Victor CrossFit's workouts are scalable to every age and fitness level. If you can't do a pull-up, no problem. VCF's coaches will cheer you on while you grab a platform and do negative pull-ups starting from the bar. If you can't do negative pull-ups, they'll scale you back to static hangs or body-weight rows using Olympic rings. They're happy to do it, because they know sooner or later, you'll build to a full pull-up. And once you do that, they can teach you advanced variations, such as kipped pull-ups.
The staff helps launch fitness journeys in Victor CrossFit's small-group WOD—Workout of the Day—classes. It begins with the On Ramp program, where coaches teach the proper form of foundational exercises such as Russian-kettlebell swings and Olympic lifts. Once clients have demonstrated adequate preparedness, coaches let them enter the WOD workouts, which change each day and emphasize functional movements to develop all-over conditioning. Throughout every workout, the staff fosters camaraderie and inclusiveness through ongoing support. They also encourage participants to motivate one another and affectionately refer to them as ninjas. VCF's trainers can also support clients beyond the gym by advising them on paleo dieting, which emphasizes nuts and seeds, little starch, and only the freshest brontosaurus eggs.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.
Since its inception, Parisi Speed School has trained more than 150 NFL players and 5,000 scholarship-holding college athletes in its youth programs. Parisi consistently churns out all-stars with its Jump Start program, which trains youngsters at the time when their motor skills are most malleable. Outfitted with a 25-yard artificial-turf field, a four-lane track surface, and a weight room, the center hones agility, endurance, and coordination in future athletes aged 7–18. Using the center’s signature speed- and strength-training methods, supportive staffers not only infuse muscle memory with a suite of opponent-lambasting skills, they also teach them how to avoid injuries without hiring a stunt double to take tackles.
The trainers at CrossFit Every Second Counts lead classes through a series of constantly varied, functional movement exercises that prep for all physical activities. Located within the Parisi Speed School in Village Sports, they employ equipment such as weights, medicine balls, and weighted sleds as well as the indoor track. Besides daily workouts, they also organize high-intensity boot camps designed for all fitness levels looking to get in shape quickly and burn some calories.
The certified personal trainers at VIP Fit Club believe that fitness is a lifestyle and work to help their clients improve their quality of their lives. During Get Fit boot camps that run six days per week, exercise denizens pace through intense workouts using tires, medicine balls, weights, and ropes. VIP Fit Club helps people burn calories and build lean muscle effectively. Nutritional coaching also helps clients on their journey toward health and wellness.