Exercise would be a doubly efficient venture if people could split into two halves and have both body sections burn calories simultaneously by riding a tandem bike. Make the most of feasible workouts with today's Groupon: for $49, you get twelve beginner-level classes of "CrossFit 101" at Alamo CrossFit ($300 value). CrossFit's system translates real-life activities into focused, results-driven workouts, and fosters a self-supportive environment of like-minded individuals who keep each other focused and motivated. Workouts draw on everyday movements such as running after your kids, climbing a flight of stairs, loading a suitcase into the van, or assembling a yurt out of Lincoln Logs.
"CrossFit 101" teaches program fundamentals in a safe, progressive and closely coached environment, stressing technique, form, and proper rage-bellowing form. Typical workouts might involve a series of 400-meter runs interspersed with repeated cycles of sit-ups, squats, pushups and sprints. Classes are offered during the afternoon and evening Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and during the morning Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Workouts change each day to keep muscles and mind fresh and alert, and CrossFit instructors vary weight loads and number of reps so that everyone—from students to pugilist grandparents—can participate.
Rick Martinez began his career as a registered nurse, working in emergency rooms across the country to help patients overcome intense physical traumas. However, it was during an 18-month tour of service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that Rick encountered the mother of a wounded soldier who changed his aspirations in life. Her indomitable spirit and the bravery with which she supported her son through his pain and recovery inspired Rick. Fully intent on helping people develop the unflinching resolve needed to better their own lives and well-being, he founded Fitness Porvida—Fitness for Life.
The center’s health gurus lead CrossFit and fitness sessions for students of virtually any fitness level, using functional exercises to create challenging, full-body workouts that build the strength and endurance necessary for students to bench-press their bathtubs. Yet physical exercise isn’t the only tool that the trainers employ—they also use nutritional guidance and camaraderie to empower their clients. Rick summarized this approach to the San Antonio Business Journal in 2010, saying, “when we treat the body as a whole the results are fantastic.”
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