At Kaia F.I.T., working out is a team sport rather than an individual undertaking. Women of all ages and fitness levels cheer one another through functional training programs that challenge the body and mind. Designed to build strength, endurance, and flexibility, many programs adopt a boot-camp-style format, which includes a health assessment and a review of fitness goals. Armed with this information, coaches devise a custom regimen of cross-training exercises that intensify as participants grow fitter. Body-sculpting moves are culled from disciplines such as kickboxing and weight lifting, and barre exercises and yoga make muscles strong and flexible. Nutrition counseling facilitates healthy choices on days marked with temptation or a sudden storm of Sno Balls.
Eagle Fitness sets fitness objectives in motion within well-outfitted health sanctums, in which denizens can define loose musculature and evict freeloading pounds. Cardiovascular exercise equipment from Life Fitness and Precor facilitate calorie incineration on treadmills, ellipticals, and recumbent bicycles, bolstering energy and strength ahead of heated PTA nights. Free weights fuel muscle-fiber development better than chained weights through trinitarian reps, and gym staff keep offspring active and distracted with Eagle’s complimentary childcare. For those who prefer battling atrophy in numbers, aerobics classes—held six days a week at both locations—bring sweaters together to perspire away toxins with Pilates, Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and box-kicking sessions.
Freedom Fitness Unlimited owner Jared Page and his team of professionally trained and certified instructors restore rusty bodies with their expertise in weight loss and management, sports performance, nutrition, and flexibility. Outdoor Freedom boot camps at the Sparks Marina bypass the confines of the gym's four walls and disorienting entrance labyrinth so that sweat donors can soak up the vitamin-D-fortified rays of sun, build muscle in sight of mirrorlike water, and boost cardiovascular endurance with aerobic butterfly catching. A surprise array of fun games and obstacle courses keep mental triggers firing and lungs a-billow with fresh air.
CrossFit Captivate’s head coach and owner, Corey Bibolet, serves as a living example of how CrossFit’s commitment to functional movement can contribute to bettering bodies for all types of activities—not just squats and lunges. He began practicing CrossFit in 2008 as a means to build strength and spice up his break-dancing routines and has been dedicated to the fitness medium ever since. A coach for more than three years, Corey holds several CrossFit competition titles, and he travels the country to attend training seminars and find new ways to get his pupils motivated. Today, he and his staff of co-trainers teach more than 30 classes per week in their blue-walled gym equipped with weights, hanging rings, and kettlebells.
No frills. No nonsense. At Crossfit Sparks Elite that means no distractions from the task at hand, which is focusing on fitness. In their bare bones gym that features no mirrors, no chrome, and no complicated machines, coaches give personalized attention during small-group classes. They ensure that each student understands the fundamentals of CrossFit's functional movements performed at a high intensity. It also means exercisers receive the encouragement and motivation often needed to reach fitness goals. To ensure a high level of engagement, they also change workouts daily, which wards off the boredom of repetition. And to keep the method accessible to all, they scale workouts to each student and offer CrossFit Light classes for those seeking a slower pace.
Quiet ripples set a deceivingly placid stage for Lisa Gonzalez's PaddleFit classes. Lisa G. sculpts the core, back, and arms with low-impact exercises that blend both yoga and cardio. She incorporates basic paddling into the sessions, which keep the mind engaged along with the body. Lisa also leads private standup-paddleboarding lessons, sunset paddleboarding tours, and—back on dry land—circuit-training workouts.