At CrossFit Providence, a staff of dedicated coaches draws from a diverse range of experiences to motivate and lead clients toward the pinnacle of health and fitness. Rather than parking participants on a treadmill or elliptical, CrossFit exercises build muscle and burn fat with high-energy interval workouts built on resistance and weightlifting.
Rather than having members continually saddle ellipticals and stare at plasma TV screens, Fitt 101 keeps bodies and minds engaged with a versatile regimen of cross-training, CrossFit, boxing, and cycling. Fitness experts guide newcomers through the 5,200-square-foot facility, building workout routines based on each client's specific needs. Trainees hoist barbells, toss medicine balls, leap on plyo boxes, and stretch resistance bands, burning fat while building lean, strong muscle.
At CrossFit Seekonk, instructors spur groups of students through intense, ever-changing rounds of CrossFit. The facility breaks beginners in slowly, allowing them to advance through different workout levels at their own pace. Typically, classes begin with a thorough warm-up, followed by a high-energy Workout of the Day (WOD) built around a variety of functional movements. Many of those movements utilize the facility's equipment, which includes climbing ropes, rings, and plenty of weights.
At CrossFit Tolerance, the gym's name is scrawled in big red lettering on one of the facility's bright blue walls. It drives home the importance of the word "tolerance," to this community, which means several things to the trainers and exercisers who call this gym a second home. For one, CrossFit Tolerance isn't a gym that has issues with anyone who not being fit enough or old or young enough to use their equipment. Here, the inclusive atmosphere is a key to success that encourages everyone to work toward the best fitness of their lives, regardless of their starting point. Inside these walls, tolerance is also about accepting soreness, physical exertion, and the feel-good burn that comes with finishing a tough rowing machine session or holding a rival's unblinking stare. The gym's coaching staff also works hard to prevent injury in their client, helping beginners get acclimated and watching each exerciser to make sure they use correct technique.
For a gym, Red Island CrossFit has a curious lack of weights and other recognizable equipment. That's because it specializes in CrossFit, an intense daily workout that relies on functional bodyweight exercises such as pull-ups, pushups, and plyometrics. Exercisers looking to bulk up even more can sign up for the facility's Strongman training, which uses tires and atlas stones in lieu of dumbbells, while its Olympic lifting program can help national-anthem enthusiasts find a constructive outlet for their pastime.
Seven days a week, groups gather at AutoBox CrossFit to embark on a new workout. On any given day, Instructors may focus on everything from Olympic-style weightlifting to gymnastic techniques. And while every workout is different, each exercise is steeped in functional fitness movements, whether it is swinging kettlebells, flipping giant tires, or arm wrestling Dolph Lundgren body doubles. All the while, coaches help students set fitness goals, as well as oversee all workouts to make sure they attain those goals.