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.
Crossfit Kimokeo's team of coaches refer to each and every member of their gym as athletes. They help people test their limits as any athlete would, blending strength, endurance, flexibility, and agility training in an ever-changing array of workouts. Coaches conduct classes amidst the simple elegance of a true CrossFit box, where the hardwood floors and cinderblock walls are made to feel even more industrial when paired with the metallic gleam of countless weights and the raw rubber of tractor tires waiting to be flipped.
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.
GroundWorks Gym's name is no accident?the foundational title is a metaphor for the 20,000 square-foot gym's entire fitness philosophy. The center's trainers believe that a solid foundation of not only strength, but also respect for one's body, is the key to success. That's why they buttress their fitness classes with unique sessions centered on healthy movement. For example, Functional Movement Screens can identify athletes' disordered movement patterns and provide corrections to help them avoid injuries and awkward dance-offs, and Primal Move classes help boost mobility and strengthen the body's stabilizing muscles to give bodies a stronger foundation.
This foundation comes in handy during the gym's range of intense group classes. CrossFit sessions help athletes of all ages and body types achieve total-body functional fitness with high-intensity routines, which might include performing lunges, squats, and burpees, heaving kettlebells, or lifting weights, depending on the workout of the day (WOD). Experienced martial artists train adults and kids of all levels in the art of muay thai and jiu jitsu, along with leading?of course?foundational classes designed to forge the kind of strength and mobility essential to these disciplines.
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.
Praised as the best gym with the best fitness classes by local authorities such as KSL Radio and City Weekly, Salt Lake City CrossFit East makes a point of welcoming returning champions and regulars-to-be as members of the family. Trainers subscribe to the belief that the fitness needs of even first-time gymgoers and professional athletes differ only by degree, so their classes develop the same kind of power, cardiovascular strength, flexibility, and stamina that are prized by anyone on a fitness regimen.