Following CrossFit's rigorous method, which is regularly used by military special-operations units and champion martial artists, certified trainers Gina Nicolosi and Mary Connolly strive to help clients of all ages and abilities reach their fitness goals. Their high-intensity fitness routines focus on helping clients achieve increased strength, stamina, speed, and coordination, in the hopes of creating a new class of superheroes so the world doesn’t have to endure yet another Spiderman movie. The pair leads scalable, daily changing exercise regimens that help clients boost their strength and endurance and stave off workout burnout with exercises such as weightlifting and plyometrics. One day, patrons might toss medicine balls and climb ropes, and the next day, they might do pull-ups and hang from gymnastics rings. They push their clients to focus on proper form and technique to prevent injury, and the instructors continually check their progress to ensure that everyone is advancing at a healthy pace.
Sandbags and tractors tires. They're not the likeliest pieces of exercise equipment, but the trainers at CrossFit Webster know using them requires functional motions. Also, hefting, hauling, and flipping such unconventional items is good fun. Functional movements, and fun, are the core of CrossFit. The system inspires students to perform functional movements at a high intensity while using basic equipment and their own body weight. Each daily workout consists of a wide variety of exercises that sculpt muscles throughout the entire body. Changing exercises each day also keeps workouts fresh while avoiding the boredom of repetition. CrossFit is a very adaptable program, too, allowing trainers to tailor routines to anyone's individual fitness level. To keep things fun and to fuel the fire of competition, CrossFit Webster's team even periodically organizes a sort of CrossFit Olympics called Garage Games.
What began as eight racquetball courts in 1978 has grown into a family fitness center housing exercise machines, group classes, indoor pools, volleyball, basketball, and a smoothie bar. Penfield Fitness and Racquet Club members make use of an endless supply of free weights and Technogym or Life Fitness cardio equipment equipped with TVs for personal viewing.
A team of trainers leads 99 group fitness classes each week, such as Zumba dance aerobics, Pilates, and yoga as well as nationwide programs including Les Mills and SilverSneakers. In keeping with their heritage, trainers host racquetball lessons, leagues, and tournaments for adults and children. Members can take advantage of free childcare services and cool off after workouts at the club’s onsite smoothie bar instead of attempting to somersault into a passing ice-cream truck.
Though CrossFit BoomTown’s owner, Chad Curtis, has been involved in fitness and athletics for half of his life—majoring in physical education, leading fitness programs for the Marine Corps, and conducting personal-training sessions—he has never been as excited about a fitness program as he is about CrossFit. He packs his gym with pull-up bars, kettlebells, and rings, and he assembled a team of fellow CrossFit-certified trainers to coach classes throughout the week. The team opens its studio to students of all ages and athletic backgrounds, guiding them through routines designed to foster strength, agility, and weight loss. After each high-intensity workout session, the instructors leave students with guidance on leading healthy lives outside the studio, from nutritional advice to encouraging them to walk up the stairs rather than renting a donkey to carry them up. In addition to CrossFit classes, the studio offers yoga and private training sessions.
Safety is the top priority for Adam Henby. Not only is he the owner of Catalyst Health Group, but he's also a chiropractor, so he takes care to ensure that the gym's clients achieve their fitness goals in a safe environment. He leads adults and children through CrossFit workouts, which employ functional movements to burn calories and tone and trim physiques. For gym-goers who need assistance recovering from those intense workouts, Catalyst Health Group's team of massage therapists is on hand to soothe sore muscles.
No two workouts are ever the same at Iron Core CrossFit, by design. The trainers' functional-movement-oriented workouts change every day, and can be scaled by intensity and weight to match any exerciser's particular skills and fitness level which means that all fitness levels are welcome. The fitness facility also offers boot-camp programs that closely resemble CrossFit classes; the key difference between the two being a lack of weightlifting, which can, at times, act as a restraint for some participants.