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CrossFit Captivate

A friend of mine recently purchased a groupon for half off a one month membership at CrossFit Captivate. Members are allowed to bring one guest for free so he asked me to go with him on Saturday morning. He picked me up at 9:30 and we pulled into the parking lot of what looked like a warehouse on Greg and McCarran in Sparks. As we walked in they had me sign all the necessary waivers as we waited for the class to begin. By 10:00 we had five people in our group and we were ready to begin.

Stretches and Warm-Up

crossfit captivate sparks nevadaWe all started by grabbing a PVC pipe and doing stretches. After stretches we played Hoover Ball. Hoover Ball consists of everyone getting in a circle and playing catch with a 14lb medicine ball. If you don’t catch the medicine ball you have three burpees. A burpee is when a person does a push-up and then jumps up and claps over their head. We started playing inside the gym until one of the girls was knocked back by the medicine ball into the equipment. The instructor decided that it would be a better idea if we finished the game outside.

After our game of Hoover Ball we went back inside to do front squats. For people like me that didn’t know what a front squat is, the instructor showed us how to do them with a PVC pipe. We then grabbed the real bars and did four sets of five while adding weight each time. By this time I was feeling pretty confident. I wouldn’t feel that way for long though.

The Workout

The main workout consisted of four rounds of a 100m sprint, 10 back squats, 15 hand release push-ups, 20 box jumps, and 25 sit-ups. The men did 135lb and women did 95lb. On the box jump the men did 24 inches and the women did 18 inches.

This cross fit class was a rude awakening for me. I didn’t realize how out of shape I was until I did this class. By the third round I was struggling to keep my breath. The box jumps are what killed me. By the third round I was walking up and down the box. The sit-ups didn’t feel good either, but that was largely because I have been trying to do more core exercises in the gym and my abs were already sore.

The bottom line.

CrossFit Captivate is pretty well hidden in sparks. From the outside it just looks like a warehouse, but inside they have a nice facility. The instructor was both friendly and motivational. If you haven’t tried it you should at least give it a shot. They allow a week free for locals. CrossFit Captivate also maintains a blog if you are interested what other kinds of workouts they do. CrossFit is considerably more expensive than a membership at a gym like Fitness Connection though, but the bottom line is if it can get you motivated to work then go for it. Please let me know about you experiences with CrossFit in the comments below.

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Connect with Fitness Connection

Currently I workout at Fitness Connection. I usually go to their Disc Drive location, however they also have a nice facility on Lonlgey Lane just south of McCarran Boulevard. Since becoming a member of Fitness connection my experiences have been in large part quite positive.

The Layout

As you walk into the gym the front desk is directly in-front of you. Besides checking in, customer can purchase a smoothie, protein bar, or any number of supplements. I think their supplements are bit pricey, but they claim they are some of the best on the market.

Behind the front desk is the main floor where all of the weight lifting machines as well free weights are. To the right of the right of front desk is the Kid’s Club where members can drop off their kids while they work-out. Next to the Kid’s Club is the Women’s only section. Other than the fact that it is a work-out area only for Women I can’t tell you much more about it. Next to the Women Only area is the pool area. The pool area contains separate locker rooms and showers for both men and women, a jacuzzi. and a sauna. Though I have yet to use the pool, I do enjoy sitting in the Sauna from time-to-time after a work-out. Across from the pool area is a full-size indoor basketball court. Once in a while I enjoy shooting around a bit as opposed to my standard workout. Next to the basketball court is two rooms for group classes. I don’t take any of the group classes, but I do know they offer a number of fitness classes like Zumba.

Fitness Connection CardioThe second floor is primarily cardio machines such as treadmills and stationary bikes. Second floor also has two more rooms that are for group classes. One is dedicated to spinning classes. The other room has a number of other classes including martial arts classes.

The bottom line

Fitness Connection works great for me. My workouts are pretty simple generally consisting of running and weightlifting, but Fitness Connection offers something for just about anybody that is looking for a good workout. I recently had a friend of min join for $125 up front and $10 a month. Considering all of the amenities available, Fitness Connection offers a great value to the people of Reno and Sparks. Please comment with your thought on how Fitness Connection compares with other gyms in the area.

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