Though Soloman Madron had just collapsed to the ground, he was happy?and, of course, exhausted. He had just finished his first ever CrossFit workout. Soloman was no stranger to exercise, having spent time in the Marine Corps, worked in corporate fitness. CrossFit, however, trumped everything else he had tried.
Since that first workout in 2009, Soloman has opened his own studio, West Metro CrossFit, which he runs alongside co-owner and lifelong fitness buff Nate Sappington. Together with a team of fitness trainers, they lead CrossFit classes with ever-changing workouts that combine elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardiovascular training. Aside from CrossFit, the fitness instructors teach posture and mobility clinics, train exercisers in lifting, and work one-on-one during personal training sessions. Whatever the program, they make a point of getting to know their clients, and each month they select a new athlete of the month.
With a staff of trainers handpicked by owner Trevor Wittman, Grudge Training Center spurs all sorts of exercisers to get in shape through boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. The center's family-friendly 6,000-square-foot training area features several modern amenities and regulation facilities.
At Armbrust Pro Gym, owner Dylan aspires to the old-school gym philosophy of hard work and dedication that bred fitness luminaries such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Atlas, and Richard Gaspari. In doing so, he has conceived a professional gym built for anyone to use, equipped his spacious gym with a combination of tried-and-true weight equipment—such as bench presses and dumbbells—with modern aerobic machines. In addition, he stocks his shelves with protein powders and nutritional supplements.
Equipment: Matrix S Series indoor cycling bikes, and a TRX suspension-training system
Students should bring: Water, tighter clothing, and comfortable athletic shoes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Surrounded by graffiti-strewn brick, exercisers at Endorphin box, cycle, and push themselves to the limit in a motivating space. Coaches guide groups through rigorous, endorphin-boosting classes, which include CrossFit and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Numerous yoga classes help students strengthen both mind and body during candelight or detox flow and various sunrise, vinyasa, and barre options. Those looking to get fit know they can count on Endorphin for challenging workouts and a more acceptable spot to showcase their new sweatbands instead of in the office, and group settings mean exercisers feel supported in their goal-setting sojourns.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.