As a busy student at the University of Kentucky, Nathan Spitz needed a quick and effective workout that he could squeeze into his demanding schedule of classes. That was how he discovered CrossFit—an innovative fitness program that involves an ever-changing tapestry of high-intensity workouts consisting of functional movements. Nathan Spitz became so enamored with the exercise form, he went on to pursue a CrossFit instructor certification. Today, he's a coach at CrossFit Maximus.
With two locations in Lexington, a 9,800-square-foot facility on Palumbo Drive and a new 7,000-square-foot facility at National and North Ashland Avenues, CrossFit Maximus boasts onsite massage centers, a childcare center (not available at the National Avenue location), CrossFit classes, boot camps, kids' fitness courses, and nutrition classes. During sessions, they draw from the gym’s arsenal of functional strength-training equipment, including free weights, medicine balls, and slack lines. Through group training and support, the team strives to create a communal atmosphere where everyone knows your name and a supportive space where everyone refrains from menacingly whispering it in unison.
At Body Structure, a team of physical therapists and personal trainers apply their medical expertise to both rehab therapy for injuries and personal training for weight loss. Though the center is a certified outpatient rehab facility, it also has an expanded scope to allow for clients who just want to lose weight or receive golf sport training.
ProMatx Health Club's amiable and experienced trainers help clients to out-maneuver stubborn pounds by navigating through the fitness package’s array of group classes, cardio and weight equipment, and personalized plans in a fun, non-intimidating environment. During a comprehensive body assessment, trainers assist gym newbies in determining fitness goals, which are set into motion by a one-on-one training session and personalized nutrition and workout plan. Three-month memberships also grant access to unlimited group classes such as the Latin rhythm-fueled Zumba, the martial arts-based Attack Fitness, and Ripped, a high-energy blend of cardio and strength building.
Although Lexington is almost 7,000 miles away from the Korean peninsula, you wouldn't know it from the training sessions at Lexington Taekwondo & Jiu Jitsu Academy. Here, adept masters teach their students the ancient art of tae kwon do, the precision kicks and fast strikes of which make it as hard to defend as it is graceful to watch. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes focus on grappling and ground fighting to show students how a smaller person can defeat a larger opponent through leverage and superior technique. Of course, these experts don't limit themselves to two disciplines; other classes introduce kids to karate, or train students in the art of martial weapons including the bo staff and nunchaku.
Though No Limits-Art of Strength owner Willie B. Ray teaches subjects called "The Art of Undulation" and "Intro to the Bells," he doesn't run a dance academy. The certified personal trainer does embrace some of dancing's tenets, though—namely that you should work your entire body during his classes. Willie leads exercises that activate as many muscles as possible, resulting in strength that assists the body in day-to-day life as much as it does in the gym.
"Intro to the Bells" references kettlebells, whereas "The Art of Undulation" refers to the waves made by weighted ropes as people raise and lower them in rhythm. This type of training, called "Ropes Gone Wild," forces the body's components to work in harmony. Like most of Willie's workout programs, it also caters to athletes as well as first-time trainees. In fact, Willie and his staff—which consists of an Army fitness instructor and a martial-arts fighter—work with people from all walks of life when leading group classes and private sessions. Their routines can be tailored to personal goals ranging from injury rehabilitation to weight loss. You could also hone-in on sports drills that enhance on-the-field performance. Students typically engage in interval training with old-school weights; they might lift barbells, medicine balls, and kettle bells to hit power milestones.
Noelle Dick was bit by the cycling bug hard. What started out as a way to relieve stress and learn to live in the moment has transformed into her entire lifestyle. She went from cycling classes to competing in triathlons to realizing that what she really wanted was to help others find a fitness routine that inspires them. She surrounds herself with expert instructors who lead intense, motivating cycling classes for students of all levels.