CrossFit North Mesquite's vast gym space doesn't look very full at first glance. Pull-up bars sit close to walls, wall ball targets made of tape hovering above them. One whole corner of the room contains nothing but tractor tires, weight plates, and kettlebells. The rest of the floor sits basically empty. The trainers, however, make use of every square inch of this space during their daily exercise regimens, combining sprints, gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric exercises into new workouts each day.
Defining CrossFit can sometimes seem like trying to hit a moving target. It improves the body's ability to function in ten domains of fitness, it dreams up different workouts everyday, and it encompasses an ever-expanding repertoire of techniques. It’s almost easier to describe CrossFit by discussing what it's not.
"We have no ellipticals, no smoothie bar, no mirrors, and no excuses," say the coaches of CrossFit Royse City. Instead, they focus on hard work, combining modern techniques such as swinging kettlebells and using resistance bands with classic workouts such as Olympic-style weightlifting or recreational barn-raising.
At Danger City CrossFit, crews of fit-seekers push themselves and each other toward improved fitness through an ever-changing roster of movements. Taken together, the movements constitute the Workout of the Day, a regimen designed to build functional fitness that stays with the student throughout life. On a given day, the lineup might incorporate Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or cardiovascular challenges, all of which can help the body participate in everyday tasks such as playing with kids or tossing heavy steaks at family members to feed them.
The inside of Crossfit M.0 doesn't look a typical gym. Indeed, the 1,300-square-foot facility looks more like a playground for gymnasts, complete with pull-up bars, hanging rings, and mats lining the walls. These items help participants leverage their weight to perform the high-intensity functional movements that comprise each day's rotating series of exercises. The 45- to 60-minute classes can be tailored to all levels of fitness. New members workout at a lower intensity as they learn the motions, and seasoned members gradually increase the intensity to keep the program challenging. In addition, staffers email participants the workout of the day so they can stay on track even if they're unable to come to the gym due to an unexpected business meeting or police sting.
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 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.