The expert coaches at Chain of Lakes CrossFit cook up classes for athletes of all ages and skill levels based on CrossFit’s tenets of varied, functional fitness. Each WOD (Workout of the Day) varies from session to session, often fusing elements of track and field, gymnastics, weightlifting, and strongman exercises. No matter the inspiration, each workout is short and intense, with students often climbing ropes to the ceiling, performing lifts, or doing dips on suspended gymnastics rings. The regimen is designed to teach functional movements found in everyday life, improving students’ ability to push, pull, squat, jump, throw, sprint, or carry 100 pounds of groceries.
The instructors of Habitat Health and Fitness lead nonmilitary-style boot camps in a group environment. Clients need not be pro athletes or cyborgs to successfully run through 45-minute, time-saving, intensified interval workouts. After a thorough warm-up, routines dive into an ever-evolving set of resistance strength training and cardio routines done without the use of bulky gym equipment. Instructors modify each exercise to simplify them for beginners or raise the difficulty level for advanced students. While they lead sessions, the instructors eschew harsh yelling but do tell the occasional joke to keep things vaguely reminiscent of a Nash Bridges episode.
At Muscle Central, certified personal trainers help clients sweat their way back into shape. Through the use of boot camps and customized meal and fitness programs, trainers can help clients meet their fitness goals, whether they want to lose a few pounds or gain strength and muscle mass. Muscle Central also provides 24-hour access to the gym without the need to sign a contract, allowing exercisers to design the perfect workout plan to fit their schedule.
Sifu Justin Och has studied shotokan, kenpo, and tae kwon, but his specialty is wing chun—a style of kung fu developed nearly 350 years ago and eventually made famous through Bruce Lee and his instructor, Ip Man. The style is as graceful as it is intense and effective, which makes it ideal for people of all walks of life: adults, children, the elderly, and the undead. This versatility appealed to Justin, so he took up the art and earned his black-and-gold sash—the highest wing chun rank—in 2009. Now, he and his team of experienced instructors teach the next generation of wing chun practitioners during classes for adults and youths. Their instruction focuses on practical self-defense skills, teaching hand-to-hand techniques applicable in real-world defense scenarios. The team also leads boot-camp classes and afterschool programs for kids.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. With today's deal, a member of Gold's Gym's staff of certified personal trainers will test each client's strength, flexibility, and body-fat percentage, among other metrics, before designing a personalized fitness regimen. Then, clients can follow up with regular attendance at the friendly gym, where they can hop on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, acquire a golden glaze in the tanning beds, and loosen up in the yoga and Pilates studios.