Tire flipping, weight heaving, and rope jumping. These are a few of the intense exercises of CrossFit that employs everyday movements. By using functional movements, GV Crossfit’s trainers ready their classes for all physical activities imaginable. It also enhances strength, speed, and agility. To keep their charges pumped and engaged, they also change the daily workout each day, staving off the boredom of repetition during group sessions where all involved motivate and inspire each other to reach and exceed fitness goals.
Owners Tom and Dawn Wilson hope that members of Zona Fitness can move as casually and comfortably to the gym's free-weight rack as they do to their own front door. In an effort to combat the overwhelming crowds and uncomfortable scrutiny of "box" gyms, they created a smaller, more welcoming workout space, equipped with an aerobics studio and modern exercise machinery. Here, they view intimidation as the enemy and customization as the ideal.
Their personal-training programs build routines for clients of all skill levels and aspirations. In addition to adult appointments, the nationally certified trainers host sessions for children and teens that accommodate growing bodies, instead of simply telling them "you'll lift more when you're older." Instructors also demonstrate barbell lifts, martial arts strikes, and cardio dance moves during Les Mills group classes, which share the schedule with yoga and boot-camp lessons. The staff even caters to family members at each end of the age spectrum: childcare services supervise youngsters, and Silver Sneakers courses showcase senior-friendly maneuvers.
Kristine Bennett, certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and owner of Skin & Body Fitness, leads a brigade of instructors in specialized, unique fitness classes to keep students hale and hearty. The studio’s schedule integrates a spectrum of classes, from yo-pi—a blend of yoga and Pilates—to spin-ergy cycling sessions. Zumba dance-party classes infuse exercisers’ bodies with easily followed, Latin-inspired dance steps, while ballet body classes deploy deep-toning isometric conditioning to instill grace, elegance, and the qualifications to be a living statue of a swan.
At A-Long's Kung Fu Academy, skilled instructors impart their martial arts wisdom in northern shaolin kung fu and traditional qi gong classes for kids, teens, and adults. A-Long Kung Fu Academy's training facility is outfitted with spring-loaded floors to place less stress on participants' joints.
The motivational trainers at Force Kickboxing & Fittness refuse to hear the word ‘can't.' Instead, they motivate clients of all ages and abilities to overcome their perceived limitations while reaching their fitness goals. They help clients shape up self-defense and combat skills through kickboxing's unique blend of martial arts and boxing. When they're not helping clients hone accurate, powerful punches and kicks, these trainers are harnessing X-Treme Fitness's intense, functional movements to help students carve out svelte physiques that will allow them to finally pull the crashed spaceship out of their pool.
The diversity of programs at AZ Boxing & Fitness speaks to its instructors' belief that martial arts can hold the key to achieving fitness goals, no matter one's age or experience level. Classes for adults run the gamut from Zumba to boxing, which cover the basics of shadowboxing, footwork, and bagwork, to condition the body and relieve stress and calories. In addition to overseeing more than 40 classes a week, the instructors also run personal-training sessions, where they design fitness plans geared toward losing weight or improving athletic performance.
Like a map, Parsons Training has many different roads, and each is laid out to land its travelers in a healthier place than where they started out. One of the facility's roads pushes athletes to perform better; another gets clients back on their feet with rehabilitative training following an injury. Parsons also designs some of its offerings with a more general appeal in mind. Its collection of group fitness classes, for instance, features options geared toward women and exercisers aged 55 or older. There's also the Warrior Fit class, an intense workout that incorporates plyometrics, kettlebells, and other techniques.