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There is nothing basic about B.A.S.I.C.S. Training Studio in the Heights. I dropped by for the first time on a busy Saturday morning at the end of 2015 and was welcomed immediately. The workout of the day, or WOD as a lot of gyms call it, was titled “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Think about how long the Christmas carol is by the time you get to 12 drummers drumming, and you can see how a series of exercises repeated up to twelve times would make for a challenging and lengthy but rewarding workout.

I thought I would get lost in the shuffle of a busy gym since it was a “go at your own pace” workout, but every time I got to a point where I thought I might back down, a traveling trainer would ask how I was doing or assist me, which gave me the extra push not to cut corners even if I had only myself to hold accountable.

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Get pumped up for your weekend by working out while a deejay spins on Saturday mornings.

Being able to drop in for the workout of the day is a huge benefit for people who need a structured workout but can't make group class times or for people who dislike a group class format. B.A.S.I.C.S. owner Byron Godfrey or any of the trainers at the gym will assist or modify the daily exercises to your fitness level and watch as you go through the series of moves to ensure that you perform them safely. Members can drop in for the WOD at any time between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and best of all you don't have to be a member to drop in for a workout. The best time to do so is on a Saturday morning, when there's a DJ spinning all morning to get your weekend started off right!

Besides dropping in for a personalized workout, B.A.S.I.C.S. Training Studio also offers personal training and one-on-one boxing sessions. There are a total of 10 independent trainers of various backgrounds who work at the gym and provide functional training and combative arts specialties. The studio's first scheduled group class is a combat fitness class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. that combines combative conditioning with self-defense techniques for an hour-long full body workout.

It may be intimidating for some people to think about going to a no-frills warehouse gym with tires, sledgehammers, weight racks and pull-up bars, but it's a familiar scene for people who have tried Crossfit boxes or warehouse gyms of a similar format. B.A.S.I.C.S. dispels any intimidation factor with a community feeling that welcomes people with positive energy and a willingness to be challenged.

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