Carole Turnbo credits CrossFit’s dedication to varied, functional fitness with giving her a new lease on life. Now certified in CrossFit nutrition and as a Level 1 trainer, she shares her passion for healthy exercise as often as she can. But, while running a “Fit Club” at Schmucker Middle School and coaching a rugby team exemplify her dedication, they play second fiddle to her true calling: training students during classes at CrossFit Michiana.
The end goal in each of Carole’s sessions is competence in CrossFit’s 10 recognized fitness domains, which include cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Students gain their ranks with the help of the Workout of the Day (WOD), an ever-changing exercise that incorporates one or more elements of the aforementioned fitness domains. During sessions, groups of students occupy CrossFit Michiana’s workout warehouse—which is more like a fitness playground—as they sweat through moves such as push-ups, pull-ups, weight lifting, and rowing. Like Santa’s collection of antique sabers, CrossFit Michiana also has equipment that can be fun but should never be used as toys, including ropes for climbing, gymnastics rings for dips, and massive tires for tire flipping.
As their name suggests, U can Paint 2 operates on the premise that anyone willing to put a brush to canvas can produce a worthwhile piece of art—and have ample fun in the process. During events open to all ages and levels of experience, participants follow along with a professional artist as they strive to produce projects that run the gamut from classical masterpieces to seasonally themed artworks. Each painting event includes all the canvases, paints, and aprons necessary to complete a piece with maximum detail and minimal garment stains. The hosts provide refreshments for their budding artists. U can Paint 2 also plans to open a new studio on South Bend Ave, where they will provide free child care during Friday and Saturday night events.
Led by a co-ed team of experienced coaches, Crossfit South Bend cultivates a supportive community of fitness seekers. Designed by exercise expert Greg Glassman, Crossfit aims to get bodies into shape with a system of constantly changing functional movements, such as pushing, pulling, running, or levitating, all executed at a high intensity.
After meeting with a trainer to discuss goals and physical condition, students ease into the program through the on-ramp course, laboring through increasingly difficult exercises while paving the way for chiseled physiques. Once initiated, clients leap headlong into a packed schedule of group sessions, heaving kettlebells and flipping tires, or even representing Crossfit South Bend in sports and strength contests.
Growing up in his mother's kitchen in Western France, Laurent Robic developed a natural enthusiasm for fresh food made tenderly from scratch. After attending culinary school, Robic minced and sautéed his way across Europe, picking up knowledge of different cuisines and broadening his foreign whisk collection. Eventually, Chef Laurent traveled to the states with his wife. Today, he's amassed over 20 years of professional experience, which he passes on to students of all ages and experience levels during an ever-rotating lineup of demonstrative and hands-on cooking classes. Whether he’s passing on the secrets of winter soups and stews, demonstrating the versatility of chicken’s many kitchen uses, or unlocking global tastes with country-themed courses, Chef Laurent honors his art with patient, friendly instruction. A noted chocolatier, he also lovingly crafts French-style truffles out of Ecuadorian chocolate certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
Pinnacle Athletic club flexes its health-geared guns by offering members unlimited access to cardio equipment, three weight rooms, a basketball league, a spinning studio, more than 50 classes a week, and more. Kick up arterial fiestas and a bumping heartbeat, thanks to more than 40 cardio-centric contraptions, from stairmasters and treadmills, to ellipticals and stationary Flintstone cars, each equipped with a personal television to distract needy eyes. For flab-fearing limbs, the gym hosts Hammer Strength and Icarian iron-pumping machines as well as free weights, ranging in size from mini to mini horse, while also promoting a gallimaufry of group-centric pastimes such as basketball, volleyball, and racquetball. The eternally fraternal can also enlist in one of the club's daily classes at no extra charge, while massage, tanning, personal training, and nutritional advice are available to members for a fee.