G.A.C. Fitness offers training for customers of all ages and ability levels. If you work out best in a group environment, check out one of the facility's many fitness classes, including yoga, spin, and a CrossFit program run by certified coaches. Or work at your own pace on the fully equipped gym's strength training and cardio equipment. A seasoned team of trainers offer sport-specific training, whether for budding young soccer players or adults who want to improve their golf game. Amenities abound, too—parents can enjoy the convenience of a childcare room, and visitors can take advantage of the smoothie bar and locker rooms complete with towel service, which means members are welcome to take as many towels as they need to build a workout fort.
At Practice CrossFit, trainers shake bodies out of muscular slumber by leading weight training and cardio exercises from gymnastics and rowing to running and jumping. Exercisers work through routines customized to their experience levels and abilities, ensuring a workout as safe and challenging as a padded Rubik's cube. Practice CrossFit's resident former competitive bodybuilder and college basketball player, Chastity Sloan, runs women through intensive boot-camp classes. The courses focus on aerobic and muscle-building exercises, with demanding workouts that raise heart rates like kidnappers raise ransom rates with demanding lists of demands. The gym holds women-only boot-camp classes Monday and Wednesday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for a schedule of CrossFit classes, which run Monday–Saturday.
Champion City CrossFit helps guests prepare for everyday life with a wide range of exercises. The gym splits its floor space with cushioning pads and astro turf. Exercisers can rotate among free weights, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, boxes, and high bars with dangling rings. Workouts are run under the supervision of coaches who are trained in the art of CrossFit and Simon Says.
Equipment: Rogue Fitness equipment, rowers, wall balls, bar bells, kettlebells
Students should bring: yourself
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: they are in the perfect place to get started, they don't need to be any more fit
The trainers at CrossFit 1809 prescribe only the medicine that they themselves take—CrossFit. "Our head coach Seneca lost 100 pounds and changed his life," says the owner. Now Seneca and team share that success with new students from all walks of life. They draw from weight-lifting, gymnastics, plyometrics, and other schools of movement to help clients sculpt their bodies.
According to the owner, though, fitness isn't the only thing they offer; they also boast a great community. "[The] cool thing about CrossFit1809 is that people from all walks of life come together and hit the same workout."
Inside CrossFit Cornerstone, you won't find rows of weight machines and treadmills. Instead, you'll see sand bags, gymnastics rings, and other nontraditional gear. But the most vital piece of fitness equipment in a CrossFit workout is you. And the motivational trainers work to make fit-seekers of all ages and fitness levels successful during their high-intensity workouts, whether they're just starting out or highly experienced.
Their workouts are designed to increase patrons' functional fitness, meaning that they'll perform squats to help tackle flights of stairs or heave bags of sand to help heave bags of sand. And no two workouts are alike in an effort to keep participants engaged, while also working different groups of muscles. As the sweat-inducing routines progress, fellow classmates cheer one another on, building camaraderie that also serves to instill a sense of accountability, which keeps everyone coming back for more.
The inside of Blue Ash Strength & Conditioning looks like a jungle gym for adults. Here, people hang from bars of different heights, jump up to gymnastics rings, or flip giant tires through the space. This is a typical CrossFit class, led by experienced trainers who change up the workout routine every day to ensure muscles don't plateau. Their exercises are designed to create well-rounded athletes, and everything that's done can be scaled to accommodate guests of all fitness levels. A typical day at Blue Ash can bring any number of unforeseen challenges, from running around outside to hurling medicine balls.