After spending years immersed in the fitness and athletic industries, Ernesto McLaurin and Kim Brutzman had grown weary of the monotonous exercise equipment found in large corporate gyms. On their search for a more substantial form of fitness free from bulky machines, the two trainers fell in love with the CrossFit program’s high-energy, functional-movement-based workout routines, eventually joining forces to form CrossFit El Paso in 2006. They stuff their Eastside and Westside locations with simple resistance-training equipment, free weights, and kettlebells, conducting CrossFit classes throughout the week with the help of certified instructors. In addition to leading rigorous CrossFit workouts, they provide students with nutritional guidance and host regular health seminars. They also offer a FemmeFit class, where women and male comedians in convincing makeup can practice CrossFit workouts specifically designed for the female body.
Octavio Urias doesn't believe that poor genes, previous failures, or hectic schedules are acceptable explanations for a lack of physical fitness. The handsome, brawny, and cheerful certified personal trainer dedicates himself to improving the health and fitness levels of his fellow El Paso residents, regardless of their shape, size, or physical history. Amid a collection of equipment that includes dumbbells and suspension trainers, Octavio and his staff lead ever-changing, high-intensity workouts that are only 30 minutes long, accommodating busy work schedules or plans to maintain constant surveillance on park statues. Octavio also enlightens students with tips on healthy eating habits, some of which he also shared during his appearance on local KTSM News.
Established in 1886, the YMCA of El Paso today offers pools and fitness facilities alongside a wealth of programs, including swimming lessons, sports leagues, and group exercise classes. Adult and youth swim lessons ($20+) enhance aquatic skills, leaving participants better equipped for a future in which all business deals are transacted in wave pools. Youth can throw, kick, punt, and bounce a variety of balls in the many sports leagues available or scuff up gym floors during ballroom-dancing or hip-hop classes. Family activities such as roller-skating and yoga instill a sense of familial togetherness without the groaning and complaints of bonding events such as family tax filing or family gutter cleaning.
Shundo Dance Studio's crackerjack rug cutters, celebrating more than 25 years teaching choreographed struts, transform pairs of left feet into Astaire-esque hooves of rhythm and grace during group lessons. The Foxtrot, Rumba, and Waltz sessions invoke a simpler time when men wore hats and women hunted wooly mammoths, and the Swing class allows for more modern and flashier moves, such as the Lindy Hop and Charleston. Or add a little Latin flair to evenings by learning how to hip swivel through Salsa, Cha Cha, Samba, and Bachata gambols. Class sizes average between 15 and 20 humans to ensure that everyone gets the personal attention they need while providing enough of a crowd to hide missteps and spasmodic break dances.
Equipment: Dumbbells, barbells, resistance bands, and chains
Students should bring: Proper workout attire
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Accountability, benchmark assessments, and a motivational atmosphere.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
They don't adapt, which causes them to plateau. Also, a lack of knowledge on how to do exercises, as well as a monotonous routine.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Fate favors the strong. Our goals aren't handed to us. We must work to achieve them.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
These are not group classes, but specialized training programs tailored to each individual.