IMT CrossFit occupies a 10,000 square-foot facility, which—aside from some weights and ropes—is almost entirely empty. This blank canvas gives trainers plenty of room to exercise their imaginations and construct new workout regimens based on CrossFit’s core focus on functional movements.
The coaches spend six days a week—mornings and evenings—teaching students exercises designed to promote their musculoskeletal health and enhance the functions of their bodies. Using kettlebells, Olympic weights, and even gravity, clients work toward running faster, climbing better, and getting fitter. And because there are no mirrors in the facility, exercisers can focus their complete attention on their workout instead of constantly consulting their reflection to find out who is the fairest one of all.
Spirited students have turned to Top Gun Cheer and Dance to hone their skills since 1994. In that time, the gym's instructors have earned acclaim at the national and international level. Co-owners Victor and Kristen Rosario use their expertise to place students on competitive teams, dividing them into age- and skill-appropriate groupings that focus on cheerleading, hip-hop, and jazz.
Founded in 2005 as a corporate wellness-consulting firm, Empower Health & Fitness Systems quickly expanded to bring health and fitness to the entire community. The company's fitness programs rely on three pillars of fitness success: effective exercise, effective eating, and motivation. Coaches sit down with clients to customize the most effective routines, bolstered by nutritional counseling and encouragement. Intense, 30-minute boot-camp-style workouts blast exercisers out of lethargy, and, when paired with yoga or TRX training, help them to reach their fitness goal, whether it’s sculpting a six-pack or building enough strength to bear hug a bear.
Sensei Michael Cardoso, the head trainer at Extreme MMA, has more than 15 years of experience in martial-arts styles that include karate, judo, Japanese jujitsu, shoot fighting, and Brazilian jujitsu. Sensei Michael and the Extreme MMA team lead multiple programs for self-defense and fitness, including kids’ martial arts, cardio kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, fitness boot camp, and MMA classes that blend muay thai kickboxing, Western boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jujitsu.
Teri Sibal is kind of a kid at heart, traveling and playing in the great outdoors in her spare time. But her main passion is teaching children about exercise, nutrition, and wellness as an instructor at Kids & Fitness. There, she and her team of dynamic staffers lead students ages 5-15 down the path of healthier lifestyles, pairing kid-friendly exercise classes with nutritional programs that stress the importance of healthy eating. Adults, teens, and families also get in on the act, shedding pounds and building confidence in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
At Conquer CrossFit, athletes shun traditional big-box gyms for intimate, intense workouts that can be tailored to all fitness levels. A staff of four swole instructors scale each day’s workouts to the fitness level of the individual, creating an environment where grandparents can sweat right alongside cage fighters. Classes implement a mixed bag of body-weight exercise, kettlebell swings, and free-weight lifts as well as box jumps, gymnast’s rings, and medicine balls.
The trainers at Sledge CrossFit do a lot for their clients: they give them the knowledge, hands-on instruction, and encouragement to dive into CrossFit’s full-tilt, functional workouts. But although trainers are always there with a guiding hand, final responsibility ultimately rests with the client. Coach Alexis Barraza, certified by USA Weightlifting, cultivates a culture of personal responsibility and camaraderie as members bang out brutal daily workouts in a spartan space lined with truck tires, medicine balls, and monkey bars. Barazza also oversees the gym’s powerlifting program, which can prep students for local and state competitions all the way up to the global level, where they try to unseat reigning champion Atlas.