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.
When he founded CrossFit Akron North, Josh Felber already knew that persistence was at the core of any athletic pursuit. He preached that philosophy to the many athletes and fitness newbies who visited his gym, and the idea took firm root between the pull-up bars and the climbing ropes. Today, the gym's staff includes eight coaches who, between them, teach CrossFit, CrossFit swimming, On Ramp classes, and personal training sessions. Rather than focusing on how big your biceps are or how far you can throw a harpoon from the rowing machine, each class focuses on overcoming your personal limitations?a touch that adds a competitive edge to the cooperative, community-focused workout.
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.
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.
At CrossFit Copley, trainers with a combined 35 years of experience work to create a comfortable and supportive environment for women. In their exhilarating boot camp courses for women, they show novices the ropes and introduce 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.