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“CrossFit is actually pretty simple,” Trevor Craig of Yellowstone CrossFit says. “It’s the concept of performing varied functional movements at high intensity.”
This fitness trend, which has gained popularity in the last 10 years, incorporates high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics and other functional movements in a way that’s meant to keep your body guessing. Each workout is different and challenging, which can seem intimidating. But Trevor says that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Every movement and weight is able to be scaled for a person’s ability, weight, age or injury,” he says. “Because of this, CrossFit is for everyone.”
It’s also about creating a community.
“It’s demanding, but it builds camaraderie,” Trevor says. “Respect is given to anyone insane enough to do some of the things we do. The person finishing last is cheered loudest because we all know the effort involved.”
Pure Barre Billings
A low-impact workout, Pure Barre combines strength exercises, mind-muscle connection and stretching to create long, lean muscles. In a one-hour class, you’ll get a total body workout and a clear mind.
“Pure Barre is more than a workout; it’s a lifestyle,” Pure Barre owner Tanya Ferber says.
Each class begins with a warm-up before moving into weighted arm work and lower body exercises at the barre. Stretching is used throughout to lengthen the muscles. While the flow of each class is the same, the movements are always changing, so no two classes are alike.
For an added cardio challenge, a new class called Pure Empower increases the intensity to raise your heart rate even more while following the same principles.
“Pure Empower is challenging,” Tanya admits. “But it’s modifiable for all levels and a great compliment to our classic class.
“Come, try a free week with us,” she says. “Our Pure Barre community is inspiring and empowered.”
Telos Fitness Center
Dolan Hornbeck calls Telos a hybrid gym.
“At Telos, you get access to a typical fitness center, but also have the community, teaching and support of a studio gym,” Dolan says.
Part of that means making personal training more accessible by providing each member with workout programming. You’ll never have to create your own workout here–Telos will do that for you. It’s a unique, personalized approach to hitting the gym.
So, what’s a typical Telos workout like? In one word: dynamic. The always changing workouts feature weights, kettlebells, TRX bands, body weight calisthenics, gymnastics and more. This not only makes each training session interesting but it also delivers great results.
“We took the best features of different disciplines and put them under one roof,” Dolan says. “We combined that with great facilities, child care and all the equipment a person needs to reach their fitness goals.”
New to Billings, Orangetheory is sweeping the nation with its heart rate-based interval training. Hour-long workouts are designed to utilize the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC.
“It’s a fancy way of saying you’ll continue to burn calories up to 36 hours after you finish your workout,” Tempe Connel, owner of Orangetheory Billings, explains. “We call it the afterburn.”
Combining the energy of a group workout with the attention of an experienced coach, Orangetheory is a one-hour, full-body workout focused on training endurance, strength and power. You’ll wear a heart rate monitor to help keep you in your individual heart rate zone to help you burn more calories and individualize the workout.
“Each session is going to use a variety of equipment such as treadmills, rowers, dumbbells and more,” Tempe says. “Getting bored isn’t an option here.”