CrossFit CrossFire readies people to handle any type of physical challenge life may throw at them. Its CrossFit classes rely on varied functional movements—cardio, weightlifting, and gymnastics movements—performed at a high intensity.
Each day, CrossFit participants follow a preset Workout of the Day plan, which may include doing 60 burpee pull-ups or running a mile with a medicine ball in hand. Those who don't wish to do any weightlifting can torch calories and tone up with Unloaded boot-camp sessions.
CrossFit CrossFire offers an onsite kids' area to entertain children while parents work out.
Bottled oils and spices line shelves, ready to sprinkle on a dish for a dash of flavor. Nearby, a painted wall of wood planks adds a homey backdrop to pea-green chairs and tables crafted from blocks of wood. Rincon Escondido proprietor Emilio Fontan drew inspiration from the years he spent living in Spain to shape the restaurant's menu, which teems with authentic Spanish hot and cold tapas and salads. Executive chefs Diego Gonzalez and Santos Jimenez oversee the construction and public-appearance schedules of shareable tapas such as bombas de queso—goat cheese fried balls dipped in orange blossom honey—or piquillos al tar-tar de atun, composed of Navarra red peppers stuffed with spicy tuna tar-tar. Glasses of Spanish red and white wine or sangria can be sipped inside or at outdoor seating area.
Athlete Ego Crossfit's team of instructors could mount a convincing mission to colonize a hostile planet. The staff comes from backgrounds that include the military, organized sports, martial arts, exercise science, nutrition, and firefighting. Together, they blend their varied experience into a hard-hitting Marine Corps–style boot camp and freestyle cross-training program designed to kick-start the performance of amateur, high-school, or professional athletes. Lessons take place in a no nonsense 14,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility stocked with Olympic weights, kettlebells, climbing ropes, sandbags, rings, and weight sleds. To fine-tune athletes, the crew supplements sports performance training with nutritional advice.
CrossFit 4U declares itself a CrossFit boutique, in which students of all fitness levels can explore functional movements with personalized attention in an upscale training space. Within the brightly lit studio flecked by vibrant fitness equipment, the passionate instructors push clients through exercises that draw from actions relevant to real life.
The strenuous workouts prime bodies for everyday activities such as climbing stairs, yard work, and lifting heavy objects, such as newborn rhinos. Patrons hoist brightly colored weights and toss medicine balls, and they stimulate major muscle groups with pushups and squats. Each class introduces a new Workout of the Day, which burns calories and swells strength levels at an intense but scalable pace. To supplement CrossFit choreography, staff members also dispense nutrition tips for more wholesome eating plans to enhance workout results.
There is a fair amount of science behind CrossFit classes; hitting a wide variety of muscle groups makes them all work harder, for example. But Adriana Grassi and Lance Mosley, the lead trainers at CrossFit Hardcore South, know that at the end of the day, nothing is possible without some basic dedication. That drive is obvious in all of the gym’s trainers, who have experience in everything from body building and personal training to CPR and nutrition.
At their sprawling training space, that team presides over clients as they burn fat and build lean muscle rapidly using functional movements such as pulling, lifting, and pushing with equipment including chains, barbells, and resistance bands. CrossFit takes these functional movements and mixes them with cardio, gymnastics, rowing, and endurance challenges during workouts that change each day much like the name of a third grader’s hamster.
Caution CrossFit founder Dominick Maurici believes that CrossFit training is, as he puts it on his website, a “way of life and well being. It’s the fitness that you create out of yourself.” No stranger to the pursuit of physical fitness, Maurici spent his high-school years competing in soccer and football before going on to earn a black belt in tae kwon do. The health benefits and jealous looks he received from bathing-suit mannequins taught him the rewards of training in multiple disciplines. When he found the CrossFit program, he felt right at home with the varied and multidimensional exercise form. He even became a certified CrossFit trainer and went on to compete against other leading instructors across the southwest in the CrossFit Games.
As the Caution CrossFit skull and biohazard logo stares down from the cinder-brick walls of their practice space, Maurici and his team lead students through an ever-changing workout of the day. Full of intensified circuit training, their workouts make use of the facilities multiple rowing machines, Olympic barbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, and suspension rings. In keeping with Maurici’s love of training across multiple disciplines, the studio now offers yoga instruction as well.