Since 1909, YMCA of Greater Tulsa has helped build strong families and even stronger bicep bulges—keeping families and individuals active with fitness formats that are much more fun than underwater boot camps or being hunted for sport by eccentric millionaires. Firm up your form and increase your energy level with unfettered access to pools, basketball courts, weight gyms, and thumb-wrestling arenas, all included with your membership.
A sport and fitness enthusiast his whole life, owner and head trainer Patrick Hallock honed his discipline as a Sergeant in the US Army. Today, he channels his accrued wisdom and experience into CrossFit—a high-intensity, total-body fitness program that draws on techniques from across the athletic spectrum, including track and field, gymnastics, and weightlifting. In his 6,000-square-foot gym, he leads workouts that incorporate functional movements to work all muscle groups, having students flip tractor tires, jump atop plyometric boxes from a standstill, and sling heavy medicine balls into the mouths of ailing giants. Since each exercise features motions from everyday life, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, it’s a system that can help prepare participants for anything from playing sports to carrying heavy groceries.
At Synergy Holistic Health, certified yoga instructor Abigail Engel tones bodies and clears cluttered minds during private and small-group lessons. One-on-one yoga sessions begin with students discussing their skill level, interests, and injuries caused by overenthusiastic YMCA-dance renditions with Engel, who then designs a highly personalized yoga regimen. Students hone simple, equipment-free routines that can be practiced whenever chakras slip out of alignment. Alternatively, small classes of no more than five students congregate in the sunlit studio during morning beginners’ yoga classes, where gentle stretching and meditation soothes bodies bedraggled by tackling roosters. An intermediate class delves into more challenging postures, which students perfect atop provided mats and equipment. Check the schedule for upcoming classes.
With ACSM certification, a degree in health and exercise science, and more than 1,400 track and road races under his belt, Burt McLachlan knows how the body moves. He draws from more than 17 years of training experience to build boot-camp classes at Cross~Stream Fitness, gathering students in a spacious indoor arena for constantly changing routines. His medley of cardio, strength, speed, core, and flexibility drills includes lifting weighted bars, which conditions upper-body muscles, and playing volleyball, which conditions hands to bat away meteors. Burt believes in the power of positive thinking ; he both gives and gathers feedback from his boot-camp groups to plan future classes.
At Conquer the Gauntlet, twenty-five obstacles are whetstones against which racers sharpen their resolve. The 4-mile course will challenge their speed, power, endurance, and resolve as the runners hurl themselves over walls, scale inclines with ropes, and clamber over a sea of cargo nets. Should entrants lose their footing or take an errant step, a wet and watery bath of mud waits beneath. The race starts early in the morning, and each wave of approximately 100 runners pounds across the ground with electronic chips tracking their times. While there are awards for winners in each age category, individual heats are not age specific, allowing participants the chance to compete on equal footing with hardened marathon veterans and uppity toddlers with steel spikes on their rattles.
Though contained within a 2,700 square-foot studio, The Yoga Room Tulsa's instructors still manage to explore every corner of classic and modern yoga traditions. They teach more that 40 classes a week, including gentle sessions designed to encourage beginners to give yoga a try and others fueled by billboard-topping songs that develop a rhythmic flow from pose to pose. Their second-story space is a full-service space with all the amenities of a yoga studio, including showers, props, a full sound system, and yoga mats.