Equipment: Barbells, bumper plates, kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastics rings
Students Should Bring: Separate gym shoes, bottle of water, towel if desired
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You will be learning many new movements. It's perfectly normal to feel awkward or weird at first.
At CrossFit West Allis, Coach Sara, Coach Kyle, and the rest of the crew lead their hard-sweating charges through a battery of functional exercises six days a week. Just as in the military or on a sports team, the group dynamic encourages participants to push themselves?and each other?harder and longer. The Workout of the Day might incorporate deadlifts, gymnastics stretches, or kettlebells on a given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health at every stage of life.
Certified CrossFit instructor and NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist Josh Maney aims to help clients take on new challenges in their workout regiment. As a former player on University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's national champion football team, he motivates exercisers through the CrossFit Consumed?s Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics-infused workouts included with gym memberships to help them reach their fitness peaks. The major lifts?dead lift, squat, clean, presses, C&J, and snatch?work a variety of muscle groups. Clients keep muscles guessing with a mishmash of gymnastics basics, including dips, rope climbs, splits, handstands, and sit-ups. All CrossFit coaches work closely with clients in order to perfect their form and push them toward reaching their highest potential.
To prepare for his Army training, CrossFit Waukesha's Coach Ryan first sought out several personal trainers. When their regimens didn't have the desired effects, he decided to take his health—and subsequently, that of others—into his own hands. By running CrossFit Waukesha, Ryan is able to lift, run, and toss medicine balls alongside his students. He leads classes whose movements are scalable to all skill levels, utilizing tools such as pull-up bars, barbells, and gymnastic rings to craft ever-varied routines. His expertise as an ACSM-certified trainer complements his devotion to the CrossFit method—exercises that mimic real-life movements, performed at a high intensity for functional fitness.
At CrossFit 262, John Schmidt?an NCSA certified coach and former All-American wrestler?does the same exercises as a child or a senior citizen. That's because CrossFit varies its workouts by intensity, but not by skill level. During introductory CrossFit 101 sessions, John and the rest of the staff teach newcomers all of the prerequisite movements for classes, including deadlifts, squats, cleans, and rope-climbing. The gym also hosts CrossFit Unloaded classes, which utilize lighter weights and don't require the CrossFit 101 series as a prerequisite.
Lined with sky-blue walls and lush green plants, the studio emanates a deep respect for the earth, which staffers honor with a focus on local, organic foods and exercises that require minimal electricity, instead working the body through natural movements. "We were born to be runners; we were born to be strong, to use our muscle, so we learn how to do that the correct way here," says certified personal trainer Nick Lynch, Superb Health's owner. Lynch and his team of trainers and nutrition experts look to early humans to help clients unlock their physical potential, emphasizing getting fit through functional movements that improve strength and endurance in day-to-day activities.
Group classes revolve around functional training, bolstering the entire body with tools such as kettlebells, weighted ropes, and medicine balls. The studio's Adventure Workout thrusts groups into the great outdoors, where they gallop down riverside trails and practice pull-ups on tree branches and the tusks of wooly mammoths. Whether performed in a group or a one-on-one personal-training session, each workout is paired with healthy-eating tips crafted by Lynch and his wife Natalie, a registered nurse, who also leads meal-planning sessions and grocery-store tours to help patrons make healthy choices.