In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.
Owner of CrossFit Union Scott McAuliffe and head trainer Brendan know that variety is the key to a successful fitness regimen. That's why they offer all sorts of workout options, from punishing boot camps to yin yoga classes. Their specialty, however, will always be CrossFit's workout of the day. Alongside a team of similarly certified trainers, Brendan leads students through a set of functional, intense exercises. These exercises vary constantly but may include everything from squats and pull-ups to box jumps and four-door sedan throws. Given the workouts' adaptable nature?exercisers progress with more intensity, not more weight?they can be tailored to any fitness level.
William Gapinski understands fitness from every angle. He practiced martial arts, amongst other fitness disciplines, for 20 years, served in the US Marine Corps, and even overcame multiple skeletal injuries resulting from a major highway accident. Fueled by a desire to help others grow, heal, and overcome their obstacles the same way he did, William started Gold Medal CrossFit.
Following CrossFit's core principles, he and his staff of trainers follow a three-pronged approach to fitness: functionality intensity, and variation. To that end, they change up workout routines daily, blending functional exercises such as plyometric exercises, Olympic-style weightlifting, and gymnastics into an endless array of rigorous regimens. Community is is another element to their approach—they cultivate an atmosphere of support, camaraderie, and accountability so that all participants get the most from their time in the group sessions.
Since the exercises are difficult and require proper form, William and his crew recently launched a foundational skills training class to introduce the unique program to beginners. Unlike the regular group workouts of the day, they limit introductory lessons to only one student at a time. This ensures that the trainers can give each student ample personal attention, helping them master form and hone their grunting noises before joining the group class.
Inside CrossFit 110's 6,000-square-foot facility, a crew of passionate coaches are eager to welcome any exerciser who's willing to take the necessary steps to achieve their fitness goals. Alongside a team of certified trainers, Susanne Duato leads members through a set of functional, intense exercises. The exercises vary constantly and can be completely adaptable so that exercisers of all fitness levels progress safely. The resulting workouts bring improvements in strength, balance, power, endurance, and agility. While CrossFit is the primary offering, the facility also offers classes such as yoga, boot camps, and kid-friendly classes. In addition, CrossFit 110 is just as passionate about healthy eating, advocating nutrition as the foundation for any fitness program.
Light streams in through the large and plentiful windows inside Chelmsford Sports Club and Fitness, bouncing off high ceilings, exposed-brick walls, and boxing equipment within the sprawling confines. Here, members take fitness seriously, whether they’re training for upcoming boxing matches or working toward bench-pressing their surly landlords. The club's approach to fitness was established by its founders, all personal trainers who wanted to help their clients surpass their workout goals and change their bodies through individual training sessions and high-intensity group fitness classes.
You could raise your heart rate by running on a treadmill or build muscle tone by lifting weights. Or you could combine both and add boosting endurance, increasing agility, and burning more calories to the list through CrossKick classes. A blend of boxing and cross-training, CrossKick combines a variety of exercises such as heavy bag work, jumping roping, plyometrics, and kettlebell swings to give members a full-body workout in less time than it takes to complete a 5K or sign up for a 5K.