The instructors at Tokyo Joe's Studios/Dragon's Eye CrossFit know that each day provides new challenges?and so they train their students to face them. One way if through CrossFit classes, which use varied workouts to keep students on their toes as they build strength and endurance. Each workout is designed to prepare participants for any kind of physical exertion they might face, from lifting heavy objects to jumping over hurdles on their morning commute.
On the karate side, kids and adults train in more traditional martial arts forms that have been passed down for centuries. The kids' program focuses on discipline and building self-esteem while teaching kids how to protect themselves from bullies. Adult classes are available too, in which instructors establish basic techniques culled from a variety of disciplines, including tempo, jiujitsu, and MMA.
Vo2max Elite trains clients in group and private fitness classes, boxing fight clubs, and yoga of all levels. The instructors are equally varied in their backgrounds. There is an athlete who discovered yoga after playing soccer and baseball for years, as well as a music student and a martial-arts expert, many of them with close to a decade of experience. Challenging endurance workouts bring out the best in every client of every level, while Kripalu yoga, a form of hatha yoga, uses slow, even poise to build strength. Sunrise classes leave the body ready to start the day. The selection of yoga classes includes those courses as well as a range of other offerings for patrons of all levels.
Crossfit 93 is tucked inside Blue Hills Fitness, so the crew of coaches includes runners, basketball players, and other athletes, all certified to lead the ever-changing CrossFit workouts. Because it includes such a wide range of exercises, the classes are rarely the same, and there's no simple secret to the workouts. Instead, patrons run, jump, lift, pull, and perform other natural motions. They often benefit from improved strength, flexibility, cardio health, and ability to blend in at action-movie premieres.
Emily, the owner and coach at CrossFit Automile, boasts a handful of CrossFit certifications. She uses these certifications and extensive knowledge to design new Workouts of the Day (WODs) every day. The workouts are never the same, and draw from CrossFit?s vast collection of exercises designed to promote varied, functional fitness. Though the exercises are always rotating, they may include Olympic weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, cardio, running, plyometrics, and gymnastics.
No student is left behind at CrossFit Norwood, where trainer John Connors leads small groups of clients through completely scalable CrossFit workouts. He adjusts his routines to accommodate virtually any level of fitness, ensuring each member of the class expends the same amount of effort—from elite athlete to first-timer.
As opposed to bulking up by pumping heavy weights, CrossFit emphasizes building functional strength. That’s why police academies and the military rely on it to boost the power and endurance of recruits.
In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.