Though its title may conjure up images of base jumping or spelunking in volcanoes, Xtreme Sports challenges its members to tackle standard recreational activities with intensity. But its coaches and trainers also know that sports and physical activity should be fun, so whether their charges are shimmying to Latin rhythms in a Zumba class, improving athletic prowess during athlete boot camp, or honing teamwork skills during summer camp, they are getting positive reinforcement. This helps the instructors lead both adults and children toward their individual goals of losing weight, improving agility, or bench-pressing family members.
Against the gym's industrial backdrop of red, white, and black, students at CrossFit Clayton hoist and grapple with a stock of functional training equipment?including kettlebells, climbing ropes, pull-up bars, and barbells?to conquer the ever-changing Workout of the Day. Believers that ?everyone is an athlete,? certified CrossFit Level 1 instructors channel their former careers as sports players to motivate students through sweat-inducing tapestries that combine fitness modalities such as weightlifting and gymnastics. Aiming for optimal fitness in every aspect, they also offer nutrition guidance.
According to CrossFit 4042, there are nine basic ingredients to make the perfect workout. Their Foundations course teaches you how to execute all of them, from squats to presses to deadlifts. This class is a prerequisite for the gym's regular CrossFit classes, which combine these fundamentals into varied workouts of the day or WODs. The nine exercises are the same for all body types—coaches merely scale their intensity, adjusting the routine to suit the individual.
Coach Drew Gammon stocks his space with barbells, pull-up bars, climbing ropes, and other tools and helps his students stay safe, while executing exercises with proper form. During group sessions, he emphasizing the importance of community, encouraging his clients to motivate each other vocally or through elaborate cheer routines if they have the time to choreograph them.
CrossFit Garner's team mixes and matches cardio, gymnastic, resistance, and weightlifting exercises to achieve optimal fitness results. Those exercises feature functional movements performed at a high intensity, preparing participants to face any kind of physical activity safely and skillfully. To keep clients motivated, trainers change routines daily and scale workouts to suit each individual. Trainers also ease everyone into workouts with warmups and ease out of them with cool-down sessions.
The certified coaches at CrossFit Invoke believe that achieving physical fitness does not need to entail repetitive sessions on a treadmill day after day. Focused on preventing workout burnout, they consider their high-intensity routines play time for adults. In the gym or great outdoors, they lead ever-changing one-hour CrossFit classes that begin with warm-ups before blasting through functional exercise drills, such as holding handstands against the wall, lifting barbells, or pulling reps on the row machine. Throughout these challenging, yet manageable, total-body workouts, they motivate exercisers to build their endurance, stamina, and agility, which can come in handy in everyday-life scenarios.
In addition to CrossFit, their programs include a women-only outdoor boot camp in which gals play catch with medicine balls or swing kettlebells before hopping onto plyometric boxes from a standstill. Coaches motivate attendees into bolstering core strength and agility through power Vinyasa flows during yoga sessions, and martial-arts instruction incorporates the sweat-inducing kicks and punches of practices such as brazilian jujitsu, kickboxing, and muay thai. They tailor each class to each student and offer personal training for those not partial to group classes, in addition to CrossFit for kids, which helps youngsters enhance their coordination and milk-carton-crushing abilities.
Adam Blevins was channel-surfing one day when he came across the 2011 CrossFit games on TV. Blevins had participated in many sports growing up?he even took weight-lifting classes in college?but CrossFit was like nothing he'd seen before. A week later, he completed his first CrossFit foundations workout and was hooked. It wasn't easy?he admits it was a month before he was able to a 45-lb. bar over his head?but the changes CrossFit brought to his life were hard to ignore: Adam had more energy, a spring in his step, and felt completely challenged and motivated each day.
Adam was so inspired by the changes CrossFit brought to his life, he eventually opened his own gym, SoCap CrossFit, in order to introduce others to the diverse workout and its many benefits. CrossFit employs constantly varied functional movements that incorporate Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and core-conditioning exercises, all performed at high intensity. The workouts change each day, but might include kettlebell swings, rope climbing, box jumps, tire flipping, and tractor pulls, and all exercises are easily scalable to suit exercisers of all ages and abilities.