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.
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.
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.
Named after the Greek god of war, CrossFit Ares hopes to help its clients win their fitness battles?whether they're fighting to do 20 pull-ups or win a body-building championship. The CrossFit program embraces all experience levels with its mix of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio drills that scale up or down in intensity to challenge everyone from beginners to beginners with bionic exoskeletons.
Each routine is known as a workout of the day, or 'WOD', and owner Craig Galloway puts a serious dose of thought into their composition. He meets with his staff for one Saturday out of every month, planning different exercise lineups that keep gym members simultaneously safe and entertained. He brings the same level of forethought to warm-ups, as well, and considers them just as important as the main class event.
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.