In CKO Kickboxing’s action-packed classes, students wail away at heavy, hanging punching bags, working out stress while building muscles with every punch and kick. Because the bags are so heavy, they add significant resistance into the workout, toning up muscles more effectively than punching slabs of beef and then eating the evidence. During the 60-minute classes, students rotate between cardio and strength training, bolstering heart-rates and targeting arms, legs, and cores.
Crossfit Meadowlands’ head coach, Anthony Rumo, owns black belts in both karate and judo, but, though he has trained in martial arts since age 9, he’s never found any training regimen as demanding and effective as CrossFit. After discovering the system’s benefits while training at an MMA gym in California, he traveled the country learning as much as he could, eventually earning more than five certifications that include CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman, and CPR. Together with coach Eddie Lacap, a former member of the US Navy, he now leads groups of fitness disciples as they embark upon journeys into the community of CrossFit.
The pair’s 7,000-square-foot facility harbors equipment including 40 yards of AstroTurf, 20-foot ceilings with five climbing ropes, 3,000 pounds of bumper plates, gymnastics rings, and strongman equipment such as sleds, Atlas stones, and tires up to 500 pounds. Students interact with this equipment as they charge through WOD—workouts of the day—which vary constantly but can include weight lifting, cardio training, and body-weight exercises such as pushups, air squats, and dips on suspended rings. Unlike the sack race portion of a job interview, Anthony and Eddie scale their classes for athletes of all ages and fitness levels, resulting in workouts that are universally challenging.
ProFormers is a training company located within Powerhouse Gym that is devoted to helping clients reach their highest levels of health and happiness, providing members access to top-of-the-line equipment, unlimited group classes, and individualized fitness and nutritional coaching. Today's Groupon gets you some of each, plus a 20-minute massage and sweaty camaraderie with new future Facebook friends. Launch your 30-day transformation with the first of three hourlong personal training sessions, during which a trainer will custom-fit a fitness routine that flatters both your current body and future goals. At any time during the membership, supplement your one-on-one workouts by using the gym's high-end weight and cardio machines, or by attending unlimited group classes in BodyPump, Zumba, spinning, yoga, and more.
Powerhouse Gyms ferry fitness seekers to their goals with a host of exercise equipment while experienced trainers tune up fat-burning engines in a plethora of free fitness classes. Beginning bench pressers and workout wizards alike can rev their muscle motors with free weights, weight-training machinery, and cardio equipment outfitted with personal flat-screen TVs to help make workouts fly by quicker than a hummingbird in a tornado. Gym membership also grants unlimited access to group fitness classes; Saline's schedule is packed with courses such as Pilates, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, and Yoga Fusion, which helps practitioners relax, stretch tendons, and rectify posture. Powerhouse Ypsilanti keeps hearts healthy with classes such as Latin-dance-inspired Zumba, spinning sessions, and kickboxing group workouts.
At Athletic Overdrive, it's not uncommon to see people carrying a beer keg at a full-on sprint. But they're not rushing to a raging party; rather, these elite athletes are training as part of CrossFit classes and strongman games. In addition to CrossFit classes, the team of elite trainers also leads sport-specific training based on their experience as athletes in sports such as football, track, soccer, and volleyball. They specialize in a variety of cardio, strength-training, and TRX suspension programs, as well as personal training with programs tailored to each client's individual needs.
Edie Ollwerther grew up a touring dancer, with television and teaching credits to her name. When she married, she took a break—but it wasn't long before neighborhood parents knew of her history in dance. They encouraged her to begin giving lessons to their children, and Edie obliged by transforming her basement into a studio space.
That was in the 1970s. Today, Edie and her fellow instructors—some of whom are former students, now grown—act as the heads of a continually growing family of dancers. Their curriculum encompasses tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater, as well as vocal coaching and hip-hop routines. Some of their pupils learn to shimmy as a hobby, and others aim to join the competition team, whose performances have taken them to Disney World and aboard a Carnival Cruise ship.