Joshua Jarmin, owner and head trainer at Blueprint Fitness
Handstands! All day and all night. Aside from developing strong arms and core they greatly improve body awareness, balance, and pulling strength (antagonistic muscles, remember?). But, you need to get your shoulders mobile for it to work.
Karen Schrier, owner of Fitness Girl
Self-proclaimed “gym rat” Karen Schrier opened her at-home training studio in Kirkwood as a way to share her love of fitness with others. She earned her Master of Public Health degree in Health Education, then started teaching fitness classes after her kickboxing instructor kept doing a particular move that put pressure on the knees in a dangerous way. She says, “I knew how to tweak my form to make it right, but did anyone else? I decided right then to get certified and teach my own class. Soon after that came Pilates and weight training, and then (what the heck?), I became a personal trainer too.”
My favorite exercise is more than just one exercise: It’s strength training that incorporates the core, such as a standing row on an unstable surface, or chest presses performed lying on a ball to engage the glutes and abs, or simple bicep curls standing on one foot.
Kariim Smith, owner and certified personal trainer at Body by Kariim Fitness
Erinn Garner, Head Coach AK CrossFit
My favorite exercise is the squat. I love to squat! Out of every exercise, the squat is the most foundational and functional movement. You can use a barbell, dumbbells, sandbags, or medicine balls. You can make it more difficult by changing the location of the weight (from the back to the front or overhead). But most importantly, ANYONE can (and should) squat!
Hmmm, my strengths (literally) lie in barbell and bodyweight movements, so if I had to choose an established CrossFit workout, it’d be something like “The Chief.”
Five rounds. Three-minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of
3 power cleans (95lbs)
9 air squats
Rest one minute
Devin Jordan Ellis, coach at AK CrossFit
Devin is a former gymnast, world traveler, and Olympic lifting aficionado. She works with Erinn (see above) as a coach at AK CrossFit in Buckhead, and says, “It’s safe to say I drank the Kool-Aid. CrossFit has changed my life in so many ways, and now I get to wake up and do what I love every day. I love teaching people the power of fitness, how to eat clean and fuel their workouts so that they get in shape and start to live a happier and healthier lifestyle.”
My go to workout is anything with gymnastic elements in it. Meaning, something involving only your body weight, like pull-ups, bar muscle-ups, ring muscle-ups, or handstand push-ups. If I could create a perfect workout it would be “The Cindy” but with handstand push-ups instead of regular push-ups, like this:
20 Minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of
10 handstand push-ups
15 air squats