For the staff at CrossFit Catonsville, intensity is about the sweat on the shirt, instead of the weights on the bar. The experienced coaches at this facility understand that each client is unique, which is why their workouts are tailored to each individual person. Those who complete the CrossFit Catonsville program should see improvements in their strength, speed, agility, and cardiovascular health. In addition to tough workouts, they also offer on-site nutrition counseling and body composition testing. This way, each person has the motivation, guidance and expert knowledge they need to become their best self.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
A basketball court may sound like an unlikely feature at a CrossFit-specific gym, but it shouldn't. After all, the 10 core physical metrics that CrossFit seeks to improve?among them speed, endurance, power, and agility?are all on display during even the most casual pickup game of roundball. Seen this way, the court at Grounded CrossFit is a platform where members can not only warm up with a game of 2-on-2, but also show off the benefits of a long-term commitment to CrossFit. They prepare for every boxout and post-rejection finger wag during the Workout of the Day, an ever-changing lineup of movements designed to push fitness boundaries for every participant. Members can workout six days a week, then get cleaned up in the men's and women's shower facilities to head back out into the world.
Wreck Room CrossFit?s coaches want their clients to move naturally?that is, in ways that the human body was designed to move. To this end, they've outfitted the 4,000-square-foot gym with equipment that encourages functional fitness. Workouts change daily, but all of them have real-life implications. Barbell lifts, for example, might help with heavy lifting at work, whereas jumping onto plyometric boxes preps students to jump onto the kitchen table for dinner. Each exercise also consists of adjustable reps and weights, so everyone in the class remains equally challenged, regardless of their different experience levels.
The green turf floor at Old Line CrossFit plays host to a variety of equipment, including barbells, jump boxes, functional rigs, and medicine balls. It also plays host to the out-of-breath students laid out on their backs after workouts. Those workouts feature intense functional movements designed to ready students for any physical endeavor, whether it's mowing the lawn or running a marathon. Goals will vary, as will fitness levels and abilities, so the instructors at Old Line CrossFit tailor every workout to each participant. They also begin students with the On Ramp program, instilling fundamentals and the tools to perform CrossFit's motions safely.
To symbolize the raw energy and intensity of their training program, Donna Pierce and Lauren Bunney named their gym—named "Baltimore's Best" by Baltimore magazine in 2010—after Costa Rica’s active Arenal Volcano, which relentlessly spews hot smoke and molten lava. Similarly, the fitness team turns up the heat of their fitness routines with the CrossFit regimen, which transforms bodies through simple, rigorous, no-frills workouts. Exercisers won’t find circuit training strength machines at Arenal’s 4,800-square-foot facility. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt chiseled physiques. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the rigorous “workout of the day.” Sessions can be scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant, but always keep muscles guessing with varying reps, weight levels, and surprise trust falls.