More people than ever are living a sedentary lifestyle: waking up in their race-car beds, driving to work in their race cars, sitting for eight hours in the passenger seats of experimental race cars as men in lab coats slam them into concrete walls, and then driving home again. Race to fitness with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a one-month unlimited gym membership at CrossFit Schertz (a $135 value).
CrossFit's fitness philosophy, which is practiced by professional athletes and special-ops units, blends aerobic activity and weight training into a total body exercise yin yang. Trainers certified in Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and nutrition meet with new members to analyze personal goals, explain the CrossFit formula for success, and reveal the secret behind magic tricks that steal noses. Fitness guides then remain on call at all times as members sharpen their wake-making skills on rowing machines, juggle medicine balls, or mount stationary bikes for a cardio workout more challenging than outrunning the neighborhood velociraptor.