In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.
Founded by Miss Fitness U.S.A. Champion and World Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation Figure Pro Shelly Rego and led by the trained Forever Health and Fitness GroupXTreme Classes crew, members are able to get fit and have a good time doing it. Each week, they pack a schedule with Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes taking place in a studio promoting a nightclub atmosphere. As global beats thud through the speakers, the students throw themselves into the aerobic dance workout?s easy-to-follow choreography, which makes the classes feel more like a party than a visit to the gym. The staff has also been known to organize flash-mob dances with routines taught during class. At the start of the year, instructors lead a six-week Resolution Solution program that helps clients achieve their fitness goals, such as losing weight, becoming more active, or being able to do the worm all the way to the gym and back.
Although it’s a sprawling, multi-leveled gym with separate areas for aerobics, cardio machines, and boxing, the folks at Forever Health and Fitness Center strive to cultivate the ambiance of a small neighborhood club. To truly invoke this sense of community, they provide even more than their already impressive lineup of gym amenities, which include 18 diverse group classes, an outdoor floor-hockey rink, and saunas—they also house an on-site hair salon and a full service pub where exercises can toast to a great game in the racquetball courts.
Inside CrossFit 110's 6,000-square-foot facility, a crew of passionate coaches are eager to welcome any exerciser who's willing to take the necessary steps to achieve their fitness goals. Alongside a team of certified trainers, Susanne Duato leads members through a set of functional, intense exercises. The exercises vary constantly and can be completely adaptable so that exercisers of all fitness levels progress safely. The resulting workouts bring improvements in strength, balance, power, endurance, and agility. While CrossFit is the primary offering, the facility also offers classes such as yoga, boot camps, and kid-friendly classes. In addition, CrossFit 110 is just as passionate about healthy eating, advocating nutrition as the foundation for any fitness program.
Brick walls. Exposed beams. Rustic wood floors. CrossTrain Fitness’s gym space has all of the trappings of an art gallery or a penthouse loft; instead, serious workouts take place here. Inspired by CrossFit, coaches guide groups of exercisers through a scalable, ever-changing cross-training regimen designed to boost speed, strength, and coordination more safely than sprinting across a tightrope while carrying an anvil in each hand. They also provide one-on-one training and group training, which gives the added benefit of camaraderie and support from friends or family members who also participate.
You could raise your heart rate by running on a treadmill or build muscle tone by lifting weights. Or you could combine both and add boosting endurance, increasing agility, and burning more calories to the list through CrossKick classes. A blend of boxing and cross-training, CrossKick combines a variety of exercises such as heavy bag work, jumping roping, plyometrics, and kettlebell swings to give members a full-body workout in less time than it takes to complete a 5K or sign up for a 5K.