To the coaches at CrossFit Doral, CrossFit is a lot like playtime. And their gym is a lot like a playground––its multicolored weights, red functional rigs, and red, orange, and yellow striped walls exude vibrant energy. The toys they use look like fun, too. There are kettles to move, boxes to jump onto, giant tires to flip, and gymnastics rings to swing from.
But while the bootcamp workouts can seem like a game, the results are serious. Each day, the trainers welcome members with a new bootcamp workout that features a series of intense functional exercises. The ever-changing routines ensure all muscles are worked and that students don't grow tired of the program. Not only are the moves scalable to all fitness levels, they also help prep followers for all manner of physical activities. CrossFit can help train runners for marathons, basketball players for games, police for a day on the job, and moms for the challenge of rocking another human being to sleep for the next 18 years.
At Revo Crossfit, resistance bands twang and barbells clatter as students of all ages engage in increasingly challenging weight, resistance, and cardio exercises to build muscle, burn fat, and boost flexibility. CrossFit followers hoist barbells and kettlebells, sprint, lunge, leap, and fireman-carry their way to health. The varied exercises help them focus on their body's overall performance rather than boring themselves with the repetitive motions of running on a treadmill or throwing every one of a child’s Frisbees onto a roof. The Spartan gym space surrounds athletes with black chain-link fence, stacks of tires, high ceilings, and battleship-grey walls, a tough image that encourages hard work.
They call it the box instead of a gym or health club because there are no mirrors, no cafés, no hoopla. Once in the box, the only thing to focus on is the workout. That consists of a series of intense exercises that employ everyday movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. By using functional motions, clients boost their mobility, speed, and power, enhancing their daily, sports, recreational, and work activities. PowerBox CrossFit’s system sculpts muscles throughout the body, and to ensure optimal health and wellbeing, its onsite nutrition specialist advises individuals in proper dieting.
In this no-frills fitness space, members work out the CrossFit way, performing varied functional movements at max intensity to burn fat and rapidly build lean muscle. Those workouts are performed using items such as chains or kettlebells along with cardio, gymnastics, and endurance challenges. The center keeps things fresh by always introducing a new Workout of the Day, with challenges such as performing 30 pull-ups or completing a long-division problem during a 1000-meter rowing session. To help people of all fitness levels get in the game, members can train at their own pace amid the relaxed, team-centric environment.
CrossFit CrossFire readies people to handle any type of physical challenge life may throw at them. Its CrossFit classes rely on varied functional movements—cardio, weightlifting, and gymnastics movements—performed at a high intensity.
Each day, CrossFit participants follow a preset Workout of the Day plan, which may include doing 60 burpee pull-ups or running a mile with a medicine ball in hand. Those who don't wish to do any weightlifting can torch calories and tone up with Unloaded boot-camp sessions.
CrossFit CrossFire offers an onsite kids' area to entertain children while parents work out.
CrossFit MiaLife promises a lot from its CrossFit and boot-camp programs—namely, "knowledge, strength, speed, agility, balance, power, coordination, endurance and flexibility," according to its website. In return, it requires that its clients have the drive and determination to push themselves in intense, ultra-diverse workouts. In line with CrossFit principles, those workouts rely on movements you'll use in everyday life, not just when you have to wind up the little key in the middle of your back every six months. Members who stick with the program will find themselves a little more fit and athletically well rounded every time they return to the rings, bars, and weights of CrossFit MiaLife's 9,000-square-foot facility.
At Iron Temple CrossFit, classes involving Olympic lifting require participation in OnRamp, a four-class series designed to introduce exercisers to the high-intensity art of CrossFit and its many moves. After passing the introduction—or bypassing it with enough prior experience—students can enlist in regular CrossFit classes, which aim to quickly carve muscle and flatten unwanted curves with a routine performed at each participant’s highest level. Although workouts change daily, trainers often incorporate a series of squats, dead-lifts, pull-ups, and box jumps, taking full advantage of the 7,000-square-foot facility. Each class caps attendance at 20 participants so that each student is ensured ample attention from trainers and a partner for the traditional postclass square dance.