Equipment: Poles by X Pole and equipment by Lil Mynx, PoleDanzer, Cybex, Schwinn, and Hampton
Students should bring: Water bottle and towel
Average class length: 45 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We are a private women's facility, and we offer both group fitness classes as well as one on one personal training. Our group fitness program offers classes ranging from pole fitness and burlesque chair workouts to yoga, step aerobics, and ballet. There is a little bit of everything to keep people interested.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
We keep our class sizes small to ensure a welcoming, safe, and fun environment for women.
Has your business won any awards?
Sharon Polsky, the owner and founder of Pole Position Fitness, has won first place in multiple fitness competitions.
As a movement, CrossFit rejects the idea that one needs the fancy equipment of a big gym to get in shape. Instead, its creators argued that all someone really needs to get fit is a little motivation, a knowledgeable trainer, and a big, empty room. The trainers at CrossFit 5150 embrace that idea, dubbing their gym “the box.” They like to keep it virtually empty, with minimal fitness accoutrements and a maximum amount of sweat dripping to the floor.
The staff create new routines for their charges to perform daily, but these trainers put in double the mental effort. They produce two Workouts of the Day, the first penned on a dry-erase board, letting the gym’s members know how they should break their sweat on any given date. The other is online and requires no equipment whatsoever, which helps prevent travelers, office workers, and people trapped in WiFi-equipped underground bunkers since Y2K from missing a single day of training.
The coaches at CrossFit Modern encourage senior citizens and professional athletes to perform the same exercises. That may sound impossible, but it actually speaks to a core tenet of CrossFit as a sport. Every exercise they lead during a given Workout of the Day (WOD) is scalable, meaning each participant is doing the same exercise, just adjusted for duration or load in accordance with his or her fitness level. Ultimately, the coaches ask only that their charges push themselves and one another through the varied exercises to reap long-term benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, and endurance. And to stave off boredom, their high-intensity routines are never the same. For example, one day, they might motivate students to do push-ups and pull-ups, and the next, they might encourage them to dead lift weights and toss medicine balls, which is known to cure the common cold.
The trainers complement CrossFit training with programs such as yoga and CardioFit.
It's a widely repeated maxim in the CrossFit community that the fitness needs of Olympic athletes and senior citizens differ by degree, not kind. In other words, though an elderly person may not be able to lift as much, run as far, or jump as high as a world-class athlete, he or she should still be performing the same exercises, just scaled accordingly. CrossFit Los Alamitos commits itself to this core tenet of the sport and invites exercisers into its gym even if they're limited in experience or have only used a punching bag for hugging practice. The exercises these patrons perform on a given day could be weight-, endurance-, or agility-oriented, with adjustments to load and duration made for every individual. Ultimately, the coaches ask only that their charges perform the varied exercises at maximum intensity in order to reap maximum benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, and endurance.
Inside FTF Training Center, you won't find rows of stationary bikes or new-fangled weight machines that spit out tickets for the prize counter. What you will find, though, are pull-up bars, kettlebells, barbells, and turf?all equipment that encourage functional exercise, and moving your body the way it was designed to be moved. Inside, you'll also find trainers who have been, or currently are, professional athletes. During FTF's classes, these individuals motivate clients to not only strive toward their goals, but to exceed them. It's all part of a mentality that hides right in the facility's name: FTF, or Fight to Finish.
The coaches at CrossFit Virtue believe in the CrossFit system because its virtues are applicable in the real world. Since the system incorporates full-body exercises that use functional everyday movements, it readies its charges for anything from picking something up from the floor or getting out of a chair to playing a sport or running a marathon. It also makes activity safer by increasing durability through the strength and flexibility earned from those exercises. At CrossFit Virtue, instructors ease newcomers into the system with fundamentals classes, and they also offer one-on-one training.