At CrossFit West Allis, Coach Sara, Coach Kyle, and the rest of the crew lead their hard-sweating charges through a battery of functional exercises six days a week. Just as in the military or on a sports team, the group dynamic encourages participants to push themselves?and each other?harder and longer. The Workout of the Day might incorporate deadlifts, gymnastics stretches, or kettlebells on a given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health at every stage of life.
The personal trainers at Vita Fitness work in tandem with licensed physical therapists to design custom regimens for clients of all fitness levels. After evaluating posture and weak areas in the body and appraising flexibility with a Twister test, the expert shape-shifters draw up workouts that may employ Woodway treadmills, Keiser strength equipment, free weights, and balls. Guests also get advice on weight loss and nutrition, as well as sport-specific training tips for everything from running to racquetball to underwater jai-alai. Six trainers on staff at the 3rd Ward gym and more at the Fox Point location easily accommodate schedules for early birds, lunchtime larks, and nighthawks. On-site extras include private lockers, showers, a smoothie bar, and off-street parking.
The Shape Up Shoppe Fitness Club for Women is a women's-only gym where members get in shape and have fun doing it, with a focus on group fitness classes. The class curriculum includes aerobics, boxing, Boxbag, and indoor bootcamp, among other disciplines, and interested parties can even sign up for personal training and lessons in tennis and sparring. Best of all, the club features a number of cool, club-like amenities, including a bamboo room and tiki deck where exercisers can cool down after class. The gym, which has been in its same location for 33 years, is family-friendly, catering to mothers and daughters alike.
The ?self? in SELF Fit stands for strong, efficient, lean, and fast. They?re also the results of the studio?s strength and conditioning program. Certified CrossFit coaches Danika Holbrook, a former world-champion rower, and Ryan Atkins, a former mixed martial artist lead Metcon Madness classes. Although they don?t involve lifting heavy objects, the workouts are similar to CrossFit in that they incorporate functional movements to tone, trim, and strengthen physiques.
No matter the hour, the rhythmic beat of sneakers hitting treadmills resounds in Snap Fitness's 24-hour studio. The network of gyms stretches across the country, each housing state-of-the art cardio and strength-training equipment that scorches huge batches of calories, like an Easy-Bake Oven scorches cookies when it's souped up with nitrous oxide. IPod hookups and TVs turn treadmills and stair steppers into personal entertainment centers. Unlike impersonal big-box gyms, Snap Fitness's staff subtracts intimidation from the experience with free equipment orientations, custom workout plans, nutrition tips, and hand-crocheted workout shorts for all members. During staffed hours, peppy instructors lead fitness classes such as turbo kickboxing, plyometrics, and aerobic blast.
Orangetheory Fitness Group Personal Trainers combine their muscle and anatomy expertise with the technology of heart-rate-monitoring devices to produce results for clients. They guide studio-goers through 60-minute workouts that rotate between treadmills, rowing machines, suspension body-weight training bands, and free weights. They use the heart-rate monitors to ensure that clients stay in the ideal calorie-burning zone as they engage larger muscles through weightlifting, encouraging the body to consume as much energy as possible.