Led by a co-ed team of experienced coaches, Crossfit South Bend cultivates a supportive community of fitness seekers. Designed by exercise expert Greg Glassman, Crossfit aims to get bodies into shape with a system of constantly changing functional movements, such as pushing, pulling, running, or levitating, all executed at a high intensity.
After meeting with a trainer to discuss goals and physical condition, students ease into the program through the on-ramp course, laboring through increasingly difficult exercises while paving the way for chiseled physiques. Once initiated, clients leap headlong into a packed schedule of group sessions, heaving kettlebells and flipping tires, or even representing Crossfit South Bend in sports and strength contests.
Hanging rings, free weights, and fitness equipment accentuate the fitness-savvy space that is Glass City Crossfit. Exercisers of all ages build strength and work off weight in constantly varied sessions that can include anything from kettlebells and medicine balls to running and climbing. For small groups looking to reach their physical-fitness goals, boot-camp sessions combine workouts with nutritional training.
At CrossFit Sanction, instructors break fitness success down into three distinct categories. The first is proper technique: the platform for any good fitness regimen. New CrossFitters learn the proper movements the first time they enter the gym, limiting the chance of injury. The second is the effective use of the body's muscle systems??specifically those that allow for fast bursts of speed, long tests of endurance, or powerful feats of strength. Finally, there's mobility: the stretching and calisthenics part of CrossFit that keeps athletes nimble, healthy, and limboing under barbells.
Free weights and cardio machines seem to sprout everywhere at Thrive Martial Arts and Fitness, where working out is about more than just losing weight. The gym focuses on cross-training using small-apparatus equipment such as kettle bells, battle ropes, stability balls, and free weights as well as body-weight exercises for boot camps and personal training. These dynamic activities both strengthen bodies and provide a source of inner motivation. Women's self-defense classes teach a series of techniques for disengaging and incapacitating an attacker or a leering display mannequin, and the wrestling club helps youths get out their aggression and build up a sweat on the mat. For a more targeted workout, individuals, couples, or groups of friends can opt for the individualized instruction of personal training, fighting, or self-defense sessions. In addition to physical activity, personal training programs put an emphasis on diet and nutrition.
If dead lifts, back squats, and pushups don't seem like a fun way to start the day, the 5:30 a.m. class at CrossFit Malleus probably isn't for you. But that's not a problem—the schedule includes various times throughout the week. So no matter the hour, CrossFit classes take attendees through high-intensity rounds of functional movements, specifically designed to strengthen the core and radically change the body.
At CrossFit Shift, the mission is simple: promote CrossFit methods while helping others reach their goals, no matter their age, ability, or physical needs. Throughout the year, the facility maintains a full schedule of workouts, including Foundations classes for beginners. In line with CrossFit's philosophies, CrossFit Shift challenges members and visitors alike with compound movements and short, high-intensity cardiovascular sessions.