Taking the CrossFit philosophy of intense, functional, and equipment-free fitness to heart, CrossFit Rife is devoid of the standard gamut of gym equipment, favoring simple weight-training equipment over treadmills and exercise bikes. The gym’s vast supply of kettlebells, medicine balls, free weights, and ropes—combined with expansive floor space for running and jumping—makes for endlessly varied workout sessions that help bolster every aspect of fitness.
Between the unpainted walls of Profound CrossFit’s bare-bones personal training gym, certified trainer Heather Walburn inspires a family-like vibe with her classes, a team spirit that keeps everyone involved as they cheer and motivate each other toward achieving their goals. Although she fosters a positive environment, she still pushes everyone to their limits with the CrossFit system—a method that features constantly changing exercises and functional, everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. The daily workout includes a grab bag of exercises, including everything from jumping jacks and air squats one day to short sprints and jump rope the next.
Compound Crossfit's certified trainers help clients achieve their personal fitness goals through CrossFit classes and personal-training and boot-camp sessions. CrossFit courses challenge participants with a new workout each day, and personal-training packages hold guests to objective benchmarks with a regimen of nutritional counseling, conditioning, and monthly progress tracking. The team also offers wedding fitness packages to help clients reach their weight-loss goals before they walk down the aisle or ceremoniously crowd surf at the reception.
Whether youth athletes or military professionals, the expansive gym at Human Performance Initiative helps clients improve their workout. The gym's certified trainers not only oversee open-gym time, but signature Evolution fitness classes as well. Using functional strength and conditioning exercises honed by the US Special Forces, Evolution classes are designed to shock systems and improve athletic performance in everyone from firefighters to full-time moms. Human Performance's team is also available for both nutrition guidance and personal training.
Following the CrossFit ethos, CrossFit Chesapeake's instructors design high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness levels, participants may begin the gym's muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with sonorous dumbbells and hissing kettle bars, as well as with plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping also enliven workouts.
While everyone involved in CrossFit appreciates its effectiveness in achieving a full-body workout, Billy and Emily of CrossFit Gloucester also love it for the community atmosphere it fosters. As trainers they inspire members to get fit using CrossFit’s daily workouts comprised of functional, everyday movements. It’s the participants, themselves, that also encourage each other as they stick together to reach their fitness goals. Some of those exercises they help each other with include backward medicine ball toss, flipping tractor tires end-to-end, and trotting out laps with sandbags on their shoulders.