The CrossFit-certified coaches at CrossFit 946 want their clients to get in the best shape of their lives while having fun. Each group class is more like a sports team, with coaches and participants working together to achieve their personal fitness goals during the Workout of the Day. The coaches motivate and inspire members to push themselves to see better results, which include fat loss and lean-muscle gain.
Zack Marler describes his ADHD as a blessing: Whereas some might be discouraged by the diagnosis, it has fueled him with an unrelenting store of energy and an upbeat attitude that is invaluable in the fitness world. Zack began honing his unending pep at a young age, when his mother had the good sense to encourage the lively youngster to channel his energy toward athletics. Since then, Zack has been involved in martial-arts studios, gymnastics gyms, boot camps, and CrossFit training centers, and he trained for five years in the U.S. Navy.
Today, Zack owns and operates CrossFit Essentials, where he continues to infuse his abundance of energy into high-intensity CrossFit classes every day. He and his staff of certified CrossFit trainers guide students through the strenuous CrossFit workouts while doling out nutritional tips and words of encouragement. His studio also offers CrossFit courses for kids, in which children and teenagers engage in creative workouts that aim to hone their athleticism and their ability to hurl unabridged copies of Great Expectations up to 40 feet away. Throughout the week, the gym brings all its members together with family outings, movie nights, and nutrition challenges.
Inside the CrossFit Locust Grove facility, barbells, jerk boxes, strongman logs, truck tires, and a welcoming group of classmates await any exerciser willing to take the next step in their fitness goals. A crew of committed coaches leads what comes next, namely, Workouts of the Day (WOD). Each WOD comprises functional movements, all performed at high intensity while coaches and classmates shout encouragement. Over time, the WOD targets every major muscle group, which not only sculpts muscles but helps with performance in everyday tasks, such as grinding coffee with a bowling ball. Since the exercises are scalable?meaning they can be adjusted to fit everyone from beginners to elite athletes?all students who attend can expect to push their own limits in strength, balance, power, endurance, and agility.