After years of working at a "globo gym," Marty Pajek and Kyle Eshleman decided to provide a better route to fitness than routine cardio and strength training. At Crooked River CrossFit, they join two other certified coaches in teaching functional, constantly varied CrossFit classes. The classes begin with aerobic activity and instruction to proper form, and then students take off on a high-intensity workout that may include lifting heavy objects and moving large loads.
CrossFit classes are designed to include participants from every athletic level or age group. Strength and conditioning workouts consist of customizable exercises steeped in functional fitness movements. The coaches tailor moves for each person attending classes offered seven days a week based on strengths, weaknesses, and experience. Coaches adjust the weights during Olympic-style weight-lifting, using plyometric boxes in multiple sizes and heights. Other workouts incorporate Kettlebells, climbing ropes, medicine balls, and pull-up rigs.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We all have different needs when we start a new strength and conditioning program. It doesn?t make sense to throw you right into classes before you have properly learned the movements. Our comprehensive Fundamentals course will prepare you for the regular CrossFit classes.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged? The CrossFit routine becomes more enjoyable and motivational as the individual progresses. Constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement increases work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Our trainers are positive and constantly push the client with inspirational words.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I have opened a CrossFit gym because of my desire to make a difference. I wanted to work with others to help move them forward in profound ways in their lives. I knew that I could offer the service, support, guidance and honesty others needed to make big transitions in their lives.
What do you love most about your job? I love my job because it's so relaxing and it's a very positive environment. It does keep me on my toes, but making people happy makes me happy.
For proof that CrossFit 440's classes can make dramatic changes, you just need to glance over the instructor bios. There, you'll find seasoned fitness experts like Ben Parks, who had been a full-time trainer for years before discovering CrossFit in 2009. But you'll also read the story of Jamie Marino, who had never considered herself an athlete when she walked into a class in 2010. Flash forward to today, and she's leading others down their own healthier paths as a certified trainer at CrossFit 440.
Whoever leads the day's session, exercisers arrive at CrossFit 440 to find the same thing: a conditioning program designed to build stronger, faster, and more powerful physiques. The route to that goal travels through several areas, from gymnastics to weightlifting, and students never quite know what to expect thanks to the ever-changing WOD?workout of the day. The instructors also offer a special On-Ramp program for beginners, as well as weightlifting classes that can maximize a person's strength and ability to lift giant strongman trophies over their heads.
Clare Gales has two loves—dance and fitness. The devoted dancer and expert trainer opened Studio 82 in 1986, where she combined her two passions by hosting both fitness and dance classes on the studio's expansive hardwood floors. Today, Clare and her staff of professional dancers and fitness professionals continue to lead students of all ages in more than 100 different classes that range from ballet to cardio kickboxing.
An abundance of internationally renowned dancers and top instructors have passed through the studio's doors over the course of its 26 years, guiding youngsters and adults alike through the footwork and form of styles such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Certified fitness instructors conduct a variety of energetic classes, interspersing a schedule of high-intensity cardio classes with strength-training workouts and rejuvenating yoga and Pilates sessions. The studio's diverse range of classes attracts an equally diverse group of clients that includes aspiring dancers, fitness seekers, and future brides preparing for the wedding dance or bulking up for the ceremonial arm-wrestling match against the groom’s mother.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.