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.
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.
In this no-frills fitness space, members work out the CrossFit way, performing varied functional movements at max intensity to burn fat and rapidly build lean muscle. Those workouts are performed using items such as chains or kettlebells along with cardio, gymnastics, and endurance challenges. The center keeps things fresh by always introducing a new Workout of the Day, with challenges such as performing 30 pull-ups or completing a long-division problem during a 1000-meter rowing session. To help people of all fitness levels get in the game, members can train at their own pace amid the relaxed, team-centric environment.
At Iron Temple CrossFit, classes involving Olympic lifting require participation in OnRamp, a four-class series designed to introduce exercisers to the high-intensity art of CrossFit and its many moves. After passing the introduction—or bypassing it with enough prior experience—students can enlist in regular CrossFit classes, which aim to quickly carve muscle and flatten unwanted curves with a routine performed at each participant’s highest level. Although workouts change daily, trainers often incorporate a series of squats, dead-lifts, pull-ups, and box jumps, taking full advantage of the 7,000-square-foot facility. Each class caps attendance at 20 participants so that each student is ensured ample attention from trainers and a partner for the traditional postclass square dance.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.