Dr. Chris Hubbard was studying to become a strength and conditioning coach for elite-level athletes when a back injury altered his life plans. He shifted his focus, learning how to treat spinal injuries as he earned his license as a chiropractic physician. However, he hadn't forgotten his first dream?he had merely delayed it.
Dr. Hubbard combined his expertise as a trainer and a chiropractor to design a workout regimen based around functional movements, such as running, jumping, and crab-walking to confuse your predators. He ensured that the program was scalable, so that students could adjust it to match their fitness level. Then, he founded a CrossFit program. Each of his 60-minute sessions provides a full-body workout: attendees swing kettlebells, heft free weights, and toss medicine balls back and forth between cardio exercises. This balanced approach helps to build lean muscle and improve endurance over time.
In addition to developing Primal Health & Fitness' workout regime, Dr. Hubbard still offers chiropractic care. He also performs pain-relieving active-release techniques for those suffering from chronic aches and sports injuries.
A cluster of ropes cascade from the ceiling to the floor; some are knotted, others are not, but each one bears the weight of an ambitious exerciser climbing his or her way to the top. It?s just another day at CrossFit Lykos, where experienced coaches oversee workouts based in functional-fitness exercises. The expansive gym has enough open space for clients to perfect their Olympic weightlifting form, hang from gymnastics rings, jump onto plyometric wooden boxes, and develop other functional movements.
At FLO Fitness & Martial Arts, their vision combines martial arts with the cardio and endurance of fitness. Multiple black-belt-holding and championship-winning instructors pour more than 100 combined years of experience into molding students of all skill levels into accomplished martial artists. The 8,500 sq. ft. facility contains a wide variety of state of the art equipment, such as an elevated boxing ring, collegiate wrestling mat, tatami area, and weight machines. They also offer free weights, and a cardio area with elliptical, treadmills, and bikes.
Boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, krav maga, mixed martial arts, and muay thai kickboxing are just a few of the classes on offer; FLO encourages students to combine aspects of multiple styles to create a formidably balanced skill set. Memberships grant users unlimited access to the gym and group classes, and private lesson and personal training packages customize regimens with one-on-one attention.
Performance Factory Training doesn’t look like your average gym. Grunts and shouts echo off the rafters of the 5,000-square-foot facility, a cavernous warehouse that’s mostly empty, save for a smattering of kettlebells and cast-iron weight plates. The students here have little use for gimmicky equipment, as they focus on functional movements—pushing, pulling, squatting, and lifting, to name a few—that rely on body weight for resistance.
Though PFT’s instructors offer everything from personal training to football-specific workouts, their flagship program is CrossFit. This functional fitness phenomenon consists of a series of short, intense workouts that combine grueling strength and cardio training with basic gymnastics.
To prove that CrossFit’s for everyone, the instructors offer a two-week On Ramp program designed to get new students up to speed on the foundational movements. It’s hard not to get caught up in the daily workouts, seeing as how no two are ever the same. One day might involve shoulder presses and deadlifts, while another might require you to haul the tires of a car that was double-parked in the facility’s parking lot.
Olympic lifts and bodyweight exercises typically comprise one of CrossFit's daily workouts, but that's where the predictability ends. Trainers here draw from a wide array of exercise, keeping muscles confused and students engaged with regimens that are never quite the same from day to day. These workouts incorporate the gym's extensive equipment inventory, which includes everything from Olympic rings, plyometric boxes, and pull-up stations to barbells, kettlebells, and oversized tires from Paul Bunyan's tricycle. Trainers pair this Spartan gear with their own expertise, resulting in training plans that emphasize mobility, healthful eating, and accountability.
Equipment: Again Faster,Rogue
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot