To prepare for his Army training, CrossFit Waukesha's Coach Ryan first sought out several personal trainers. When their regimens didn't have the desired effects, he decided to take his health—and subsequently, that of others—into his own hands. By running CrossFit Waukesha, Ryan is able to lift, run, and toss medicine balls alongside his students. He leads classes whose movements are scalable to all skill levels, utilizing tools such as pull-up bars, barbells, and gymnastic rings to craft ever-varied routines. His expertise as an ACSM-certified trainer complements his devotion to the CrossFit method—exercises that mimic real-life movements, performed at a high intensity for functional fitness.
Certified CrossFit instructor and NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist Josh Maney aims to help clients take on new challenges in their workout regiment. As a former player on University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's national champion football team, he motivates exercisers through the CrossFit Consumed’s Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics-infused workouts included with gym memberships to help them reach their fitness peaks. The major lifts—dead lift, squat, clean, presses, C&J, and snatch—work a variety of muscle groups. Clients keep muscles guessing with a mishmash of gymnastics basics, including dips, rope climbs, splits, handstands, and sit-ups. All CrossFit coaches work closely with clients in order to perfect their form and push them toward reaching their highest potential.
iCOMBAT Waukesha takes laser tag to the next level with high-tech tactical equipment and sets that rival those of a Hollywood action movie. Beginning and advanced players can compete in high-octane solo outings or exciting team missions, such as Safe Cracker and Blackhawk Down, and earn ranks for completed missions. Navigating through the laser combat zone, players run, roll, and leap frog through the streets while completing multiple missions during a 90-minute period. The fully-immersive course is also equipped with a range of environmental lighting, realistic sounds, intense special effects, and props that create the feel of a live-action battle.
Ken Wozniak—or "Coach Ken," as he's known to members—founded Energize Zone Wellness Center to create a safe place for people to commit to nutrition and fitness. He says that changing his nutritional habits "gave me my life back, so it's something I wanted to share with the rest of the world."
He and a team of wellness coaches help patrons reach their goals through fitness classes, body-transformation weight-loss challenges, and nutrition sessions. When new members come in, the trainers assess their fitness status with complimentary wellness profiles, which contain custom health and nutrition information, such as how many calories and how much protein they should eat to maintain a healthy weight. The coaches follow up with regular assessments—which members can request whenever they'd like—that help them track their progress between sessions, whether they're seeing how much faster they can run a mile, how many more pushups they can do, or how many more Van Halen songs they can perform at turbo speed in one karaoke slot. In addition to nutritional coaching, group fitness classes, including boot camp, cardio kickboxing, and Zumba, keep bodies moving.
Ken says many of the club’s members are new to wellness or are at the ends of their ropes with other methods. "The people who come here are the people who don't want to go to the big gyms," he says. "We call this a safe haven for people who want to come here and get healthy." He credits their supportive atmosphere to the fact that he and the other coaches have similar histories to many of their clients; one of the coaches, for instance, dropped 90 pounds as a member before becoming a coach to help others do what she did. "We are people who have been there," Ken says.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At CrossFit 262, John Schmidt—an NCSA certified coach and former All-American wrestler—does the same exercises as a child or a senior citizen. That's because CrossFit varies its workouts by intensity, but not by skill level. During introductory CrossFit 101 sessions, John and the rest of the staff teach newcomers all of the prerequisite movements for classes, including deadlifts, squats, cleans, and rope-climbing. The gym also hosts CrossFit Unloaded classes, which utilize lighter weights and don't require the CrossFit 101 series as a prerequisite.