You won’t find any treadmills or ellipticals at Bear Flag CrossFit, just 4,000 square feet of iron bars, weights, rowing machines, gymnastics rings, and kettlebells. Beneath an American flag and a California flag, CrossFit-certified trainers Eric Schubring and Will Hurst lead squads of athletes through each Workout of the Day (WOD). WODs never repeat and incorporate exercises such as Olympic weightlifting, body-weight exercises, heaving kettlebells, and rowing—all of which are based on CrossFit’s dogma of varied, functional fitness.
At CrossFit Structured, it doesn’t matter where you finish as long as you finish with integrity. Trainers adopt this philosophy during each class, which covers a new workout of the day, or WOD, every day. WODs involve constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensities to help burn calories and fat and boost the body’s metabolism. Though exercises often vary, it’s not uncommon to see CrossFit Structured’s warriors performing weight lifts, running, or testing their body’s limits with exercises such as squats, pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.
The familial trio of Jack Brown, Jeff Brown, and Lauren Brown chose CrossFit not only because it works, but also because it works for everyone. At Garden Grove Crossfit, they lead classes that welcome men and women from all walks of life. Some are members of the military and police, others are stay-at-home parents or grandparents, and still others are completely new to fitness routines. Their system of intense functional exercises can be scaled to all of them. It's so adaptable, in fact, that one student could be focusing on a completely different regimen from another student during the same class. To create ideal fitness, class leaders change up routines every day, which also keeps boredom from creeping in. So all members can engage the method with confidence, they offer Intro to CrossFit classes every Monday.
Classes at CrossFit Live will whip you into shape with a workout program predicated on functional movements performed at a high level of intensity. The trainers make sure students work on every facet of fitness, from cardio and strength training to stamina, flexibility, power, speed, and agility.
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 coaches at CrossFit Virtue believe in the CrossFit system because its virtues are applicable in the real world. Since the system incorporates full-body exercises that use functional everyday movements, it readies its charges for anything from picking something up from the floor or getting out of a chair to playing a sport or running a marathon. It also makes activity safer by increasing durability through the strength and flexibility earned from those exercises. At CrossFit Virtue, instructors ease newcomers into the system with fundamentals classes, and they also offer one-on-one training.