The certified coaches at Oakland Country CrossFit draw from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds to motivate and push their students to higher levels of fitness. Students work their bodies with a wide range of programs, including traditional yoga, CrossFit classes, Olympic lifting, and personal training. At the 7,000 square-foot gym, students won't find treadmills or step-machines, but they might notice free-weights, tractor tires, and 2,000 square feet of astroturf. CrossFit students build muscles with a high-intensity regimen of scalable exercises, shattering their limitations and goals with calisthentics, kettlebells, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning.
Born deaf and three months premature, Jordan Levin didn't hit the ground running. He had to work at it. After teaching himself to talk and read lips, he knew he could scamper toward any goal he chose. Now, this certified personal trainer and his wife, Hillary, propel others toward pride and achievement at their gym, CrossFit Bloomfield. During group workouts filled with weightlifting drills and gymnastics moves, clients morph into teammates who cheer one another toward personal bests. Cardio challenges such as rowing and running raise heart rates to increase endurance, and bodyweight exercises such as burpees and pull-ups build cores as stable as a barium isotope after years of psychotherapy. In addition to scaling the workouts to a variety of fitness levels, the Levins tailor programs to the needs of kids, first responders, and exercisers who are overweight or disabled. Clients can zero in on their goals in personal training sessions, in which a certified coach helps them hone their form and hurdle any obstacles hindering their success.
Focusing on fitness from an early age, instructors Brenna Medley and Joshua Hunt picked up a wide variety of training techniques while playing everything from hockey to lacrosse to baseball. Today, in their 3,800-square-foot gym, they help others reach their fitness goals with the varied exercises and training styles of CrossFit. Its broad focus—which draws from gymnastics, weight lifting, and track and field—ensures a comprehensive workout, enhancing strength, agility, stamina, and speed. During workouts that change daily, they push participants toward fitness with a variety of equipment, including plyometric boxes, barbells, and pull-up bars. The constantly rotating exercises and drills ensure all muscle groups are equally targeted and stave off the boredom of repetition. As the workouts can be customized to everyone, the trainers offer beginners' and standard courses, as well as CrossFit for Kids, which helps wee ones who are preparing to beat an orangutan in a monkey-bars race.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Owner Sherry Hopkins’ outgoing and positive attitude inspires her students to push themselves to their limits during each one-hour CrossFit training session. Besides her upbeat outlook, she relies on her background in gymnastics to lead the classes, which incorporate functional and gymnastic movements, as well as weightlifting and resistance exercises. That particular amalgam results in a full-body workout–a workout that she also changes up constantly in order to keep everyone engaged and committed to his or her goals.
At CrossFit Clarkston, exercisers row, dead-lift, squat, and sprint their way to better bodies and improved overall health. High-intensity functional movements are incorporated into class programming, with each day consisting of a different assortment of exercises that stamp out weakness and help individuals perform better in everyday duties, such as rappelling down elevator shafts. As coaches ensure correct technique and shout encouragement, participants pump out reps on pull-up bars, ropes, rings, kettle bells, and even tractor tires side-by-side with their classmates—developing accountability and morale in equal measure.