Defining CrossFit can sometimes seem like trying to hit a moving target. It improves the body's ability to function in ten domains of fitness, it dreams up different workouts everyday, and it encompasses an ever-expanding repertoire of techniques. It’s almost easier to describe CrossFit by discussing what it's not.
"We have no ellipticals, no smoothie bar, no mirrors, and no excuses," say the coaches of CrossFit Royse City. Instead, they focus on hard work, combining modern techniques such as swinging kettlebells and using resistance bands with classic workouts such as Olympic-style weightlifting or recreational barn-raising.
The roughly 5-kilometer Survivor Mud Run challenges athletes from around the country with 20 mud-soaked obstacles, including monkey bars, tire courses, giant slip 'n' slides, and net climbs. A team of licensed contractors builds all the obstacles, ensuring stability throughout. The dirt-drenched course allows participants to put their stamina, physical fitness, and mental determination to the test in a much more fun and safer way than challenging a Central African chimpanzee to a staring contest. Adrenaline and sheer force of will boost runners over walls and beneath low-slung wires in the mud-filled trenches, leading them to the finish line where a post-competition party awaits with beer, music, and food. After each race, announcers honor the top three male and female participants in each age division, bestowing a special distinction upon the runner who was brave enough to don the wackiest costume.
At Mackey Attack Fitness, the trainers inspire their clients to fight back against anything preventing from becoming a fitter and healthier version of themselves. They help clients meet their fitness goals with a combination of nutritional education, high-intensity boot-camp-style workouts, and positive encouragement. But you don't have to be a body builder to get fit at Mackey Attack Fitness, as the trainers welcome clients of all ages and fitness levels. Their boot-camp classes accommodate everyone, focusing more on making overall healthy lifestyle changes. They also offer programs for seniors and children and one-on-one personal-training sessions for those looking for an extra push into fitdom.
The expert trainers at Core Group Fitness help students achieve their fitness goals with three methods: group classes, boot camps, and one-on-one personal training, with each format using variations of similar techniques. The trainers use functional-movement training to help clients build strength in their entire body, without isolating muscles. They also use interval training to help boost metabolism by combining cardio and strength-training exercises.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology from Texas State University. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." Her boot camps have since expanded to 17 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of any age and fitness level through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2012 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Bootcamp 2012 from Austin Fit Magazine .
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness—an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Desperados Dancers. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers—including professional football players and mixed martial artists—lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
Brian Crull, the founder of Crull Fitness, has been creating sports-specific training programs for more than three decades. At his gyms, he continues to pursue his specialty, helping athletes hit baseballs further, chase soccer balls faster, tackle quarterbacks harder, and win the 100-meter dash without the use of rocket shoes. At the same time, he and his team of certified trainers help other clients meet their fitness goals with a wide selection of fitness programs, from boot camps and yoga classes to weight loss programs, which slim bodies in a supportive environment.