The fitness gurus at Ground Zero Fitness eschew the clammy confines of the gym for the wide-open turf of Seacrest Soccer Complex, where beginner and advanced athletes alike meet up to motivate each other through 60-minute boot camps. Clients hoist themselves toward the sky on pull up stations, roll tires across the field, perform floor exercises, and heft free weights at high-octane intervals that are broken up by shorts periods of rest. Those looking for more focused attention can opt for semiprivate or one-on-one sessions, which the instructors customize to suit the client’s specific goals.
Equipment: Rogue CrossFit equipment
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towels, athletic clothes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: All skill- and experience-levels are welcome.
The functional rig in the middle of CrossFit Boynton Beach's bare-bones gym looks a little like a jungle gym. That's appropriate, because the facility's certified coaches lead classes that are a little like play time. Their charges swing from gymnastics rings, shimmy up ropes, throw medicine balls around, and run while pushing weighted sleds. They choose these kinds of exercises because they require everyday motions, and perfecting those motions preps for all physical activity. The movements also enhance all 10 elements of fitness, including strength, agility, and speed. It's a well-rounded system, and one of the main reasons they subscribe to it. Another reason is its adaptability, allowing them to scale routines to the abilities of all ages and fitness levels.
For the trainers behind CobraFit, exercise alone isn't enough: even the best workout will get clients only part of the way to the body they want. That's why they include energy drinks and recovery shakes to maximize the results of each workout. Their high-intensity resistance-training sessions are designed to simultaneously burn fat and build lean muscle in just 30 minutes, which flies by as instructors blast upbeat music and students burn up to 500 calories after each workout. CobraFit also provides complimentary body profiles that help reveal how quickly the metabolism runs, how the body is aging, and how simple lifestyle adjustments can enhance overall fitness.
Dirt Fitness owner Kelli Musa designed the signature workout at Dirt, which has been mentioned by outlets such as the Palm Beach Post, the Boca Raton Observer, and NBC 6. Fusing elements of cardio and strength training, the 40-minute Dirty 40 sessions gather groups of students to burn up to 700 calories, which is equivalent to a hamburger's entire weekly income. Instructors also lead Vinyasa yoga classes, isometric barre fitness classes, and Hot Barre classes in a 90-degree room. Certified trainers even supervise open-gym sessions, allowing students to pursue extracurricular fitness on their own. Dirt Fitness recently expanded with the opening of it newest location in Boca Raton which features an 8000 sq. ft. fitness studio.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker leads students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes.