Most of the classes at Small Group Fitness are capped at ten people, which gives the trainers more opportunities to work with clients one-on-one. Adhering to an instructive style of training, they teach clients how to prevent injury as they use equipment in the fitness suite, which is divided into three sections: a field-turf area with TRX-suspension bands and ropes, a hard-floor area with kettlebells and plyometric boxes, and a matted area with free weights and tractor tires once used in Old MacDonald?s cross-training program. In addition to small-group classes, the trainers also schedule one-on-one personal-training sessions and larger boot-camp classes.
CrossFit Paradox?s co-founders, Luke and Chris, are both CrossFit-certified trainers with varied athletic backgrounds that include grappling and martial arts. At CrossFit Paradox, they lead students through Workouts of the Day (WODs), which incorporate moves from various fitness platforms including strength training, cardio, gymnastics, and plyometrics. Workouts are performed with high intensity at intervals of varying length, fusing moves such as body weight exercises, weight lifting, kettlebell training, rope climbing, and dips on suspended rings.
Final Round Combat Sports Academy's 14,000-square-foot facility includes a boxing ring, an Olympic-style wrestling mat, a CrossFit box, and even a yoga studio. Instructors use every inch of space to help their students get fighting fit. The lineup of teachers includes certified CrossFit coaches and martial artists specializing in MMA, boxing, and jiu jitsu. John Paun?head CrossFit instructor and two-time All Around State Champion in gymnastics, for instance, teaches morning CrossFit classes, drawing on his training as a Greco-Roman wrestler. Though strength, endurance, and mental toughness are important for any martial artist, instructors acknowledge that students also need skills that can only be coaxed out in a slightly gentler fashion. They use yoga to cultivate flexibility, weightlifting to build strength, and mitt-based boxing to build coordination.
Nate Aye's life story is best organized by the form of exercise he was pursuing at any one point. In high school, he wrestled before joining the Marine Corps. After several tours of duty overseas, he came home and took up mixed martial arts. As he trained, he became fascinated by the stories of strong men from the past, who, without the aid of supplements or modern exercise science, performed feats of power that have yet to duplicated. So he studied their techniques and developed a program based upon their training tactics, which he now teaches at Golden Age Strength Club. In his classes, men and women work toward strong, lean bodies and improved athleticism, while actively supporting the community of dedicated exercisers around them.
Practicing his new methodology, Nate made it all the way to the Las Vegas finals for the 2012 American Ninja Warrior Contest. There, he swung from moving curtains, scaled perfectly smooth inverted walls, and broke a DVD of American Ninja in half just by looking at it.
?Routine is the enemy,? say the trainers at CrossFit Alpha Dog, whose students never see the same workout twice. Since the body adjusts to repetitive workouts, the team keeps it guessing by mixing up exercises with unpredictable combinations of organic movements, sprinting, plyometrics, and gymnastics. These workouts are designed to improve functional strength?practical musclepower that head trainer Tommy Moon calls upon during his firefighting career and that students may need when carrying an injured person to safety or a healthy person to a salad bar.
The gym itself reflects this functional approach. Gymnastic rings dangle from webbings of monkey bars, and a wide-open space offers ample room for lunges, sprints, and push-ups.