With the new year approaching, Evolution Fitness and CrossFit Wellington can help you lose those extra holiday pounds and be as fit as possible by creating a well-balanced fitness routine.
Providing customers options for their physical fitness routines, Evolution Fitness and CrossFit Wellington are separate fitness centers located at one facility at 11596 Pierson Road in Wellington.
Owner Bryan Nichols opened Evolution Fitness 10 years ago to provide two primary options for physical fitness. The first option is either a personal or group training service. “We do one-on-one personal training, and the group personal training is done with random groups of one to four clients per hour,” Nichols said.
The other option is access to the studio as a 24-hour gym. “It’s a fingerprint access gym, and it never closes,” Nichols said.
Nichols opened CrossFit Wellington four years ago. It’s located next door to Evolution Fitness but offers a totally different approach to fitness.
CrossFit Wellington offers a high-intensity workout for groups of up to 25, and clients do the same workout together. The workouts involve a variation of routines, which change on a daily basis. “It’s a combination of Olympic and power lifting, and gymnastics coupled with running, rowing, jumping and other cardiovascular routines,” Nichols said.
The workout routine for the day is posted on a board for clients to view as they workout. “They all come in and do the same thing at the same time,” Nichols said.
It’s all about keeping up and beating your previous time. “The instructor yells out ‘3-2-1 go,’ and they all will try to accomplish the work that is listed on the whiteboard as soon as possible to potentially yell out ‘time’ so that they can become first,” Nichols said.
Although it’s a highly competitive atmosphere, a CrossFit Wellington’s workout routine is mostly about personal endurance and ability. “You’re competing against yourself,” Nichols said. “So the next time that workout comes out, in the next 30 to 40 days, you beat your own time. That’s why it’s you against you.”
Even the competition among the clients is not actually a real competition. “It’s a make-believe competition,” Nichols said. “It’s friendly competition amongst some clients within the group, just for fun.”
CrossFit Wellington also focuses on working on the various components of a person’s fitness, which include nutrition, stamina, balance and flexibility to name a few. “We are trying to make athletes out of people,” Nichols said. “That’s the difference between the people who go to Evolution Fitness and CrossFit Wellington.”
Evolution Fitness is for people who want to lose weight but not as quickly. “It’s less intense,” Nichols said. “CrossFit Wellington is not for everybody, and so some of our clients prefer the more low-key approach to working out. That’s why we provide both.”
CrossFit clients typically have different goals from the clients at Evolution Fitness.
“They don’t just want to lose a couple of pounds; they want to be super fit and in the best shape possible,” Nichols said. “And potentially they could compete in the annual CrossFit games and could be crowned the fittest man or woman in the world, but that’s all up to the client how hard they want to work.”
Classes are available in the mornings at 6, 7, 8 and 9 a.m. and in the afternoons at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. “We post all the information about our classes and times on our web site,” Nichols said.
Above: Evolution Fitness and CrossFit Wellington owner Bryan Nichols.