At CrossFit Augusta, located inside Quantum Academy, seeing people give it their all is the standard, not the exception. It’s not uncommon to see someone hop onto a pull-up bar, rapidly perform a number of kipping pull-ups, drop down, walk over to a barbell, rapidly perform a number of front squats, return to the pull-up bar, and repeat the cycle. The exhausting series of exercises is typical among CrossFit’s workout of the day, because it uses functional movements, such as squatting, pushing, pulling, and waving hello to strangers. Yet a friendly, inviting atmosphere is maintained throughout, which helps those getting back into fitness find their groove. A seasoned staff of CrossFit coaches is always on hand to assist members in maintaining proper form and staying motivated.
CrossFit 4 Everyone’s head trainers and co-owners Julie and Joshua Miller are no strangers to intense workouts. Julie swam competitively for 13 years and Joshua is a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and winner of several international competitions. As teachers of the CrossFit fitness methodology, they bring their commitment and experience to workouts. Instead of sport-specific activities, students build strength and agility through nontraditional exercises such as gymnastics rings, flipping giant tires, throwing medicine balls, and weightlifting. Workouts are super intense, but typically only last 20 minutes. In addition to the CrossFit regimen, Crossfit 4 Everyone also has a rock wall and offers hot-yoga classes.
At CrossFit Aiken, the medicine balls come in several spherical sizes. Their diversity, which allows guests of all fitness levels to heft and throw their weight, reflects the gym's two major goals: customization and variety. Each CrossFit workout conducted in the space can be scaled to suit a total newcomer as well as a seasoned athlete. Certified trainer Brent Eno leads his students through barbell lifts, gymnastics movements, and a host of calisthenics during the Workout of the Day, or WOD, remaining mindful of everyone's limitations and prioritizing safe form. In fact, he requires new patrons to attend an introductory assessment class, which illustrates the proper techniques for CrossFit's repertoire of moves.
When CrossFit Aiken's staff members aren't leading guests through pull-ups, kettlebell swings, or rowing-machine piloting, they teach visitors self-defense strategies. Brent schedules classes on Blauer tactical training. This method channels the body's natural responses to danger and turns them into protective actions, such as gasping so hard that you create a lethal oxygen vacuum. Additionally, the staff teaches yoga classes that keep physiques limber in between the one-hour Workouts of the Day.