Husband-and-wife team Damon and Priscilla Stewart have turned their 6,000-square-foot gym into a veritable fitness factory, so much so that they're in the process of expanding to 11,000-square-feet. With the help of a smattering of barbells, Damon's nearly 5,000 hours teaching CrossFit, and constantly changing daily workouts, the duo churns out more chiseled bodies than the assembly lines that manufactured Michelangelo's sculptures. Along for the ride are coaches with résumés that cover everything from college sports, multiple marathons and triathlons, and careers in law enforcement.
The workout of the day from February 18, 2013 best exemplifies the sort of workout that exercisers receive from CrossFit North Salt Lake. It was called “Cindy” and it challenged exercisers to repeat a sequence of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats for 20 minutes. Like all of CrossFit’s daily workouts, the exhausting “Cindy” workout relied on quickly and intensely performed functional movements to forge stronger muscles, but it was scalable to the fitness level of each individual participant.
Seasoned fitness coaches Andrew Ettinger and Walter McClenton motivate exercisers through each of these workouts. Through their program, Ettinger and McClenton emphasize variety and unpredictability to prepare participants for any physically demanding task in life, whether playing a full-contact sport or wringing sweat from The Hulk’s jersey after he plays a full-contact sport. Ettinger holds a degree in exercise science, and his rigorous training approach contrasts his personal laidback demeanor and gets a dose of whimsy from the reggae he plays during workouts. His partner, McClenton, is a certified personal trainer through NASM and used to start at safety for the Utah State football team.
Phenix Athletics aims to get bodies in better shape and help clients achieve their fitness goals. Its coaches focus on each individual, ensuring workouts are tailored to fit specific needs through one-on-one instruction and group sessions. Group classes challenge bodies with Olympic weightlifting mechanics and crossfit workouts. During yoga classes, students stretch with a series of poses to calm their minds and build lean muscles.
At Fault Line CrossFit, the ceiling is really high, but the sky's the limit when it comes to fitness goals. Coaches teach the CrossFit system during group classes, but customize workouts to each participant to ensure students reach their goals. CrossFit consists of constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. Coaches change up exercises to keep muscles and students from getting bored, and to prep bodies for any manner of physical activity. The mix of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio readies students for everything from sports and marathon running to climbing a mountain to accomplishing regular household chores. To keep intimidation factors low, coaches keep an upbeat attitude at all times and also offer beginners Foundation courses.
The workouts at Revolver Strength and Conditioning are intense, but the students have no reason to be intimidated. That's because all the exercises––be they box jumping, heavy lifting, or rope climbing––are scaled to meet the fitness levels of each individual. Expert instructors mix up the routines each day to keep muscles from reaching a plateau or wandering off altogether. They also focus on raising energy levels and encouraging community mindedness to keep students accountable to their fitness goals.
CrossFit Golden Spike's certified trainers teach a system of functional movements performed at a high intensity and implement the system through daily workouts. Those workouts change daily to avoid boredom and keep muscles from plateauing. Exercises include everything from pushups and pull-ups to rowing and rope climbing. It's a system scalable to anyone, too. However, to ensure the safety and preparedness of all their students, trainers ease participants into the program with a beginner's course.