If dead lifts, back squats, and pushups don't seem like a fun way to start the day, the 5:30 a.m. class at CrossFit Malleus probably isn't for you. But that's not a problem—the schedule includes various times throughout the week. So no matter the hour, CrossFit classes take attendees through high-intensity rounds of functional movements, specifically designed to strengthen the core and radically change the body.
At CrossFit Shift, the mission is simple: promote CrossFit methods while helping others reach their goals, no matter their age, ability, or physical needs. Throughout the year, the facility maintains a full schedule of workouts, including Foundations classes for beginners. In line with CrossFit's philosophies, CrossFit Shift challenges members and visitors alike with compound movements and short, high-intensity cardiovascular sessions.
At CrossFit Sanction, instructors break fitness success down into three distinct categories. The first is proper technique: the platform for any good fitness regimen. New CrossFitters learn the proper movements the first time they enter the gym, limiting the chance of injury. The second is the effective use of the body's muscle systems––specifically those that allow for fast bursts of speed, long tests of endurance, or powerful feats of strength. Finally, there's mobility: the stretching and calisthenics part of CrossFit that keeps athletes nimble, healthy, and limboing under barbells.
Free weights and cardio machines seem to sprout everywhere at Thrive Martial Arts and Fitness, where working out is about more than just losing weight. The gym focuses on cross-training using small-apparatus equipment such as kettle bells, battle ropes, stability balls, and free weights as well as body-weight exercises for boot camps and personal training. These dynamic activities both strengthen bodies and provide a source of inner motivation. Women's self-defense classes teach a series of techniques for disengaging and incapacitating an attacker or a leering display mannequin, and the wrestling club helps youths get out their aggression and build up a sweat on the mat. For a more targeted workout, individuals, couples, or groups of friends can opt for the individualized instruction of personal training, fighting, or self-defense sessions. In addition to physical activity, personal training programs put an emphasis on diet and nutrition.
Bass pulses sync up with heartbeats as up-tempo music reverberates off the sunset-orange walls of the studio at H.E.A.T. 4 Athletes. The sound rattles free weights, massive car tires, and advanced RealRyder exercise bikes, which add side-to-side motion to stationary-bike workouts. The gym, whose name is an acronym for "highly effective athletic training," hosts high-intensity boot-camp classes, cycling courses, and personal-training sessions throughout the week. A staff of certified instructors captains each session, guiding students through effective movements and exercises beneath television screens displaying energizing videos rather than popular morality plays about tortoises.
At CrossFit Clarkston, exercisers row, dead-lift, squat, and sprint their way to better bodies and improved overall health. High-intensity functional movements are incorporated into class programming, with each day consisting of a different assortment of exercises that stamp out weakness and help individuals perform better in everyday duties, such as rappelling down elevator shafts. As coaches ensure correct technique and shout encouragement, participants pump out reps on pull-up bars, ropes, rings, kettle bells, and even tractor tires side-by-side with their classmates—developing accountability and morale in equal measure.