The expert coaches at Chain of Lakes CrossFit cook up classes for athletes of all ages and skill levels based on CrossFit’s tenets of varied, functional fitness. Each WOD (Workout of the Day) varies from session to session, often fusing elements of track and field, gymnastics, weightlifting, and strongman exercises. No matter the inspiration, each workout is short and intense, with students often climbing ropes to the ceiling, performing lifts, or doing dips on suspended gymnastics rings. The regimen is designed to teach functional movements found in everyday life, improving students’ ability to push, pull, squat, jump, throw, sprint, or carry 100 pounds of groceries.
CrossFit Body-Mechanic’s coach Casey Schmidt—who placed among the top 21% of athletes at the 2012 CrossFit Games Open—blasts away body fat with what he calls “the sport of fitness.” He and his students compete against their own best times, heaviest weights, and highest number of reps to become leaner, meaner functional athletes.
CrossFit 428's dedicated trainers, Ricky, Hope and Jethrie, strive to help clients of all shapes and sizes—from stay-at-home moms to competitive athletes—achieve their personal fitness goals through dynamic workouts. Unlike other weight-lifting or cardio exercises, the CrossFit method builds strength using functional movements people perform on a daily basis, such as squatting, reaching, and running away from the guy who's running away from the cops. During the one-hour workouts, participants work to perfect 10 areas of physical skill, which include cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, power, and agility. The staff also provides nutritional guidance to augment the process of becoming fitter.
Retired police officer Sergeant Guy Samuelson is anything but inactive. A life member of the United States Martial Arts Association and a strength and conditioning coach for high-school football players, Sergeant Samuelson has devoted his life to being active. With that in mind, he started CrossFit Panoply, a non-gym fitness environment that offers workouts used by military special-operations units, professional athletes, and evil geniuses. His workouts focus on using the entire body for each exercise, ensuring activation in all muscles, and each exercise can be scaled to suit any student’s demands or limitations. He leads the classes along with certified instructors who boast law-enforcement or fire-fighting backgrounds.
Sweat Factory's trainers expect hard work of their exercisers, but for good reason. Their CrossFit workouts change every day, which means muscles never become complacent and stop changing. CrossFit's blend of conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and throwing helps clients power right through weight-loss plateaus.
Originally founded by a pair of professional wakeboarders looking to train during the off-season, Clermont Crossfit has now become a year-round community of aspiring athletes. The trainers describe their classes as instructor-led and peer-driven, combining one-on-one coaching with the motivation and accountability of working with an encouraging group. They follow the CrossFit method of inventing new workouts every day, a strategy designed to keep muscles from becoming acclimated to the exercises and consuming fewer calories, while also staving off bordem. In any given class, they might incorporate gymnastics, Olympic weight-lifting, kettlebell training, or rowing, one of the few exercises in which it is socially appropriate to wear a viking helm.