Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and calisthenics. When you take elements of all three and perform them at a high intensity, you get CrossFit. At CrossFit South Windsor, founders Merle McKenzie and Glenn Perra create total-body workouts that change daily to keep muscles guessing. Merle and Glenn have found that CrossFit is one of the best ways to bolster physical power, speed, and agility, but they also value its easy scalability. Students of all abilities can find an intensity that works for them, all while keeping boredom at bay with rapidly changing exercises.
One practitioner of CrossFit summed up the lifestyle with one simple perspective: "People walk through the door and say, 'Hey, where's all the machines?' We're the machines." Everybody motivates everybody else in these group exercises, which strip away the fancy devices and fads of the moment to focus on natural movements. At CrossFit Playground, exercisers build muscle by climbing ropes, jogging backward, lifting heavy weights, and doing battle with their shadow-selves. The workout is different every day, and the instructor takes care to exactly explain the exercise du jour. Combining community, expertise, and old-fashioned hard work, CrossFit delivers proven results.
At CrossFit West Hartford, knowledgeable coaches draw from trainings and disciplines such as MMA fighting and college football to get their students fit and healthy. Instructors work hand-in-hand with each trainee to help them understand the science behind each workout, tailoring exercises to each pupil's abilities, whether high-intensity CrossFit sessions or precise Pilates movements.
Certified CrossFitter and owner David Tripp puts his Army and outdoor-adventuring experience to work during intense cross-training routines at Land Warrior CrossFit. Along with his team of knowledgeable and skilled instructors, he teaches the CrossFit system because of its universal scalability, able to prep people of all ages and fitness levels for every kind of physical activity. They do this by employing functional-movement exercises that enhance power, agility, and speed, while toning all muscle groups.
At Metacomet CrossFit & Yoga's CrossFit sessions, exercisers push themselves through intense functional workouts that not only eschew modern cardio trappings such as treadmills, ellipticals, and human-sized hamster wheels, but remain scalable to every ability level. Then, fledgling body buffs recover during gentle Kripalu yoga classes, which help to balance the body and aid in recovery. The center also offers power yoga classes, which are workouts in their own right with their focus on flexibility, strength training and sweating.
Rowing is one of the few exercises that burns calories, works the entire body, and isn't rough on the joints—so it makes sense that it's the only workout that's offered at Power 10 Indoor Rowing Center. Inside this state-of-the-art facility, seasoned coaches teach adults and youths how to row during a range of programs. For obsessional rowers, the facility is also equipped with Concept 2 ergometer machines and a Swingulator, a virtual-race rowing simulator that cannot be won with a little cheat code like Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.