After years of working at a "globo gym," Marty Pajek and Kyle Eshleman decided to provide a better route to fitness than routine cardio and strength training. At Crooked River CrossFit, they join two other certified coaches in teaching functional, constantly varied CrossFit classes. The classes begin with aerobic activity and instruction to proper form, and then students take off on a high-intensity workout that may include lifting heavy objects and moving large loads.
CrossFit classes are designed to include participants from every athletic level or age group. Strength and conditioning workouts consist of customizable exercises steeped in functional fitness movements. The coaches tailor moves for each person attending classes offered seven days a week based on strengths, weaknesses, and experience. Coaches adjust the weights during Olympic-style weight-lifting, using plyometric boxes in multiple sizes and heights. Other workouts incorporate Kettlebells, climbing ropes, medicine balls, and pull-up rigs.
Clare Gales has two loves—dance and fitness. The devoted dancer and expert trainer opened Studio 82 in 1986, where she combined her two passions by hosting both fitness and dance classes on the studio's expansive hardwood floors. Today, Clare and her staff of professional dancers and fitness professionals continue to lead students of all ages in more than 100 different classes that range from ballet to cardio kickboxing.
An abundance of internationally renowned dancers and top instructors have passed through the studio's doors over the course of its 26 years, guiding youngsters and adults alike through the footwork and form of styles such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Certified fitness instructors conduct a variety of energetic classes, interspersing a schedule of high-intensity cardio classes with strength-training workouts and rejuvenating yoga and Pilates sessions. The studio's diverse range of classes attracts an equally diverse group of clients that includes aspiring dancers, fitness seekers, and future brides preparing for the wedding dance or bulking up for the ceremonial arm-wrestling match against the groom’s mother.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Running, gymnastics, and weight lifting find common ground at CrossFit Strongville, where instructors lead high-intensity functional CrossFit workouts. Though routines always change, they typically incorporate a slew of moves, such as pull-ups, lifts, and squats—moves that can be scaled to challenge exercisers of all levels. And these moves are performed at a high intensity for a reason: CrossFit Strongville's trainers want to whip their clients into shape as fast as possible, not only so that they are healthy, but also so they feel confident in their bodies.
CrossFit is often billed as functional fitness, something that prepares you physically for any of the various and sundry physical challenges that life may present. Rampant CrossFit's coaches take that philosophy and personalize it by getting to know each gym member and their fitness goals. Then, they help those members work toward those accomplishments, preparing them to take on the physical tasks that their own, unique lives demand.