Lando and Stacey, coaches of CrossFit Lando, draw on their experiences as a collegiate baseball coach and a competitive gymnast, respectively, to help clients identify, achieve, and surpass their goals. They design new workouts each day based on CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional fitness. Though workouts change daily, they may include a mix of exercises such as Olympic weightlifting, running, rowing, plyometrics, and medicine-ball training.
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.
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.
Emily and Sam, the co-owners and coaches at CrossFit Automile, have five CrossFit certifications between them. They use these certifications and their 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.
A CrossFit devotee since 2007, head coach Kevin Foley leads a team of fitness instructors in motivating their students through reps of CrossFit’s functional exercises. They keep their classes interesting by centering each on a different workout of the day (WOD) designed to boost endurance, flexibility, strength, agility, and all-around fitness.
As the owners of CrossFit Union, Scott McAuliffe and Gus Mello know that variety is the key to a successful fitness regimen. That's why they offer all sorts of workout options, from punishing boot camps to yin yoga classes. Their specialty, however, will always be CrossFit's workout of the day. Alongside a team of similarly certified trainers, Gus leads students through a set of functional, intense exercises. These exercises vary constantly but may include everything from squats and pull-ups to box jumps and four-door sedan throws. Given the workouts' adaptable nature—exercisers progress with more intensity, not more weight—they can be tailored to any fitness level.
At FC CrossFit, pain has a name. Each of their daily workouts boasts a different name as well as a unique and invigorating blend of power lifts, body weight exercises, and gymnastic moves. For instance, Mary forces trainees to execute five handstand pushups, 10 one-legged squats, and 15 pull-ups. During early-morning or post-work sessions, trainers help students perfect their form as they lift kettlebells and perform handstands designed to strengthen their muscles and empty their pockets of spare change.