Fitness Industry Growing throughout the Ozarks

By Brett Martin |

Published 01/30 2014 07:22AM

Updated 01/31 2014 05:49PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In the last two decades, the fitness industry has exploded with different forms and ideas of fitness.

Alicia Epps is a Hot Yoga Instructor at My Hot Yoda and says it has a long list of impacts on your body.

"Its here to help you detox, to cleanse, to sweat, to release any of those toxins that you have built up in your body from every day life," says Epps.

Its newer in the Midwest but the technique dates back  1,000 of years to India.

"Yoga originated in India where it is hot."

She says the boom in Yoga is hitting the Ozarks.

"I have people all the time asking me how do I become a Yoga instructor so there’s several places around town."

From Hot Yoga to Crossfit, Crossfit uses multiple different platforms like the arm bar, ropes, medicine balls and even rowing to help improve your every day performance.

Darrell Parker does Crossfit and says it takes working out to a whole new level.

"You have coaches, you have a set regimens that you do and you have lots of good support here" says Parker.

Jeremy Mhire is a Crossfit strength coach and says the technique strengthens your endurance, flexibility, and mobility.

"Include weight lifting and gymnastics component and just general conditioning workout principles like running and rowing and swimming and everything."

Not only did I break a sweat but the plan pushes this athlete to the limits each day but she says its worth it.

"My cardio is better, my day to day activities are better just because all the movements we do help strengthen all of our muscles," says Danielle Lee, a Crossfit athlete.

Jeremy says Crossfit has been around since the early 2000's and creates opportunities for athletes and other coaches like himself.

"With the growth of Crossfit, just as a training program and also as a sport, we have coaches and training professionals that are graduating from Missouri State and doing internships here," says Mhire.

Crossfit and Hot Yoga are not the only trends in fitness.

Shanna Higgs is a Gyrotonic trainer and says it compliments any type of workout.

"The ultimate aim for the Gyrotonic method is to help one feel at home in their body, free uninhibited, free of pain."

Unlike Crossfit where you may use multiple different platforms, Gyrotonic uses a machine but it can do well over a hundred different motions.

Its used to rehabilitate or prevent injuries by stretching and working joints where regular workouts may just build muscle.

"Fitness is a side effect of it because what it does for your whole mind body and soul is amazing," says Higgs.

She says as Yoga and Pilates studios continue to grow, she hopes Gyrotonic will too.

"I would like to be able to open a studio that encompasses the whole health between mind, body and movement between the Yoga, Pilates and Gyrotonic."

If you would like to learn more, follow these links below.

CrossFit Springfield

My Hot Yoga








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