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My Visit to Axiom Fitness

I was called up to Milwaukee last week for business, but that provided a great chance to tag along with my friend Laura Gainor to her normal workout spot, Axiom Fitness.  Laura invited me to a Thursday 6am bootcamp-style workout (note: her husband Brian continues to chose sleep over the AM workouts).

It was a little awkward for me to be on the business end of someone else's Thursday 6am workout, since at that same time my normal class at the Charlotte Dowd YMCA was just wrapping up their workout with a substitute instructor.  Needless to say, it was well worth the lost hotel room sleep to break a sweat with instructor Jen Wenzel. 

Jen warmed us up with a quick bodyweight GPP-style circuit, then broke us up into a series of :30 circuits.  As you can see in the below video segment, Axiom featured a great variety of equipment.  Our workout featured (among other elements):

  • Kettlebell work
  • Rope training
  • Explosive medicine ball drills
  • TRX-style suspension training
  • Sandbag work

Anyone who has either taken my classes, or read my CrossFit entries knows that I am a big fan of varied equipment and drills to keep things moving, and keep the body guessing.

Your workout is as only as good as your post-workout nutrition, so afterwards we were rewarded with great recovery drinks (also featured in the video) to refuel protein in the muscles.

As an instructor, often you trade time that would be spent on your own workouts to dedicate time and energy towards your classes or clients.  This was a great opportunity for me to jump into someone else's territory and be on the other side of things for a change.  Jen and the crew at Axiom Fitness have a great facility with killer workouts, so for anyone near the Milwaukee area I would definitely recommend a visit.  Bring your gear and be ready to sweat.



Fitness Spotlight: Sarah Rippel

Sarah Rippel is a fitness pro with over 14 years experience in the industry.  She's based out of Baton Rouge, LA and one of her biggest activities is as an instructor at the Baton Rouge Adventure Boot Camp.  Now that the weather is getting warmer everywhere, boot camps are popping up all over (I'll be a part of one next month) and Sarah Rippel's looks pretty strong. 

Sarah Rippel's got a big online presence as well.  You can check out her Rippel Effect Training site that features articles, blog postings, workout routines, and videos.  She's also a guest writer periodically for eHow and Trainer Nation.

I'm a big fan of fitness pros that take you along their personal ride as well.  Sarah Rippel is (understandably) in fantastic shape and keeps us updated on her daily workouts and running mileage via Twitter, you can check her out via @fitprosarah.

 You can also check out Sarah Rippel and The Rippel Effect via YouTube - here are a few samples: