You won't find any treadmills or weight machines inside Primitive CrossFit. Instead, owner Matt Charney fills his gym with barbells, kettlebells, pull-up bars, plyometric boxes, gymnastics rings, giant tires, and ropes that dangle from the ceiling. Reading that list may be exhausting, but it's nothing compared to the workouts themselves, which are extremely welcoming to beginners. CrossFit is known for its intensity, and Primitive lives up to this reputation with a series of high-energy workouts that change every day to keep muscles guessing. With its focus on functionality, CrossFit can help individuals achieve goals that range from running a 5K to cartwheeling a marathon.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists may burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the one-month trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Burgess Meredith (all three subject to availability).
The experienced coaches at Chalk Fitness want to make sure their clients get results quickly with their fast-paced, challenging group fitness classes. There are no rows of expensive machines in this indoor/outdoor gym—members do pushups outside, heft kettlebells, and work with resistance bands to achieve measurable workout goals.
So Cal X Fit trainers Luis Briseno and Michael Jauregui get exercisers into shape during engaging boot-camp classes. These workouts incorporate myriad forms of resistance, from battle ropes and Prowler sleds to TRX suspension training tools and over-sized tires from Paul Bunyan's childhood tricycle. To complement the workouts, So Cal X Fit also provides body wraps and nutritional counseling.
At Anaheim CrossFit West, co-owners Stephanie and Al Amato and their team of experienced coaches lead small groups through the ever-changing and intense workout of the day in their recently expanded studio. The workouts?which are designed for all fitness levels, including Little Mario, Bigger Mario, and Fire Mario?require exercisers to complete a daily sequence of functional exercises such as squatting, deadlifting, rowing, and jumping with purpose. To help replenish exercisers' bodies following the grueling sessions, Stephanie, whose nickname is Primal Mama and whose background includes nutrition counseling, posts protein-packed recipes on her blog.
The certified CrossFit trainers at Rycka CrossFit believe that routine is the end of workouts. At this no-nonsense fitness center in Tustin, the emphasis is on a constantly changing variety of functional movements, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, combined with gymnastics and plyometrics. Clients come in for a different-each-time Workout of the Day, doing everything from dead-lifting weights to 50 pushups in 30 seconds, burning fat and building muscle efficiently in each class.