The CrossFit regimen builds warriors with a body blasting blend of cardio and functional fitness routines that do not rely on relentless rows of exercise machines. Developed by fitness coach and part-time crime investigator Greg Glassman, CrossFit rapidly gained followers after Glassman began posting free workouts on his website in 2001. Today, Navy SEALS, firefighters and Lance Armstrong all use Glassman's short and intense daily routines to push themselves to their physical limits, though students of all fitness levels can participate in the CrossFit program. Along with delivering fast shape-up results, CrossFit enhances competency at functional physical tasks such as lifting heavy grocery bags, moving sofas and tiger juggling. Exercisers are under the guidance of a trained professional during all classes, eliminating the risk of injury that comes with attempting CrossFit's exercises at home or inside a trash compactor.
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.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
The roster of certified trainers at CrossFit G6 includes a former collegiate baseball and football player, a former US Army combat medic, and a former figure and bikini model, all of whom have had their lives transformed by CrossFit. At CrossFit G6, they lead a different Workout of the Day—WOD—every day based on CrossFit’s philosophy of varied, functional fitness. The WOD is never the same but will often incorporate moves such as running, weightlifting, rowing, pull-ups and other body-weight exercises, kettlebell training, and gymnastics-inspired exercises such as dips on suspended rings.
In their warehouse-like gym, Rock It CrossFit's trainers teach a system of functional movements enacted at a high intensity. They implement equipment such as barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, rowers, and even tractor tires, because the motions they require are functional. Functional movements such as lifting, pushing, pulling, running, and squatting are all integral to the CrossFit method. Integral because functional movements, when perfected, make all physical activities possible, and safe. To ensure everyone can benefit, they tailor routines to individual abilities and fitness levels.
At CrossFit Bullseye, head coach Tommy Dunaway draws on his CrossFit certification and experience training US Marines to help athletes achieve their fitness and wellness goals. He and his team of certified trainers design new workouts every day that incorporate varied functional movements from CrossFit’s repertoire. Though the workouts always change, it’s not uncommon to see members performing intense exercises that range from weightlifting and kettlebell training to running, rowing, and bodyweight exercises such as pushups and pull-ups.