CrossFit is often billed as functional fitness, something that prepares you physically for any of the various and sundry physical challenges that life may present. Rampant CrossFit's coaches take that philosophy and personalize it by getting to know each gym member and their fitness goals. Then, they help those members work toward those accomplishments, preparing them to take on the physical tasks that their own, unique lives demand.
Big-box gyms filled with elaborate weight-training machines leave trainers at CrossFit Energy shaking their heads. That's because they know that fancy equipment isn't what gets people fit. Instead, their small-group workouts focus on functional movements such as squats and deadlifts, supplemented with bursts of high-intensity aerobic activity. This straightforward approach to exercise yields more effective workouts for participants of all ages and levels, as well as some much needed rest for the hamsters that power all treadmills.
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.
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.
At CrossFit Copley, trainers with a combined 35 years of experience lead exhilarating CrossFit Basics courses, showing novices the ropes and introducing them to more advanced exercises. Workouts can be tailored to each individual's level of fitness and workout experience, and the program is designed to motivate clients to give their all every day.
Equipment: Kettle-bells, jump ropes, barbells, rings, rowers, and medicine balls_
Students should bring: Water, a towel, and an extra pair of shoes_
Average class length: 60 minutes_
Number of Staff: 1–5_
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes_
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?
CrossFit incorporates movements found in everyday life at high intensity. That intensity is relative to each participant. Our workouts change daily, so you will never get bored with one routine. This is fitness for everybody.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
To an extent. You should be working out at a level that is outside your comfort zone to see maximum results. However, we never want you to push so hard that you are in actual physical pain during or after exercise.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Yes, we provide fitness regimens that help participants of every age, fitness level, and body type achieve success. We believe in creating a memorable, positive, and fun experience by being an intimidation-free gym.