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.
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.
At HybridFitness, a trainer works with clients in either group or one-on-one settings, devising workouts to efficiently burn fat and build muscle. Exercises are tailored to each client's goals and problem areas, in an effort to rapidly transform bodies.
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.
Lady of America Women's Fitness Club spreads female-focused wellness across the nation by furnishing each of its franchise locations with equipment and classes designed with women's bodies in mind. Each locale stocks a strength-training area with machines sized specifically for the feminine frame, and ellipticals and stationary bicycles help to chisel gams without transporting users across state borders. Instructors conduct such group classes as kickboxing, belly dancing, and Zumba aboard a floating aerobics floor, whose softened surface diminishes stress on joints. Throughout each facility, personal trainers patrol public zones to acquaint guests with exercise gear or host one-on-one sessions. Depending on the location, clubs might also include complimentary onsite childcare, brow dabbing, and amenities ranging from infrared saunas to manicures.