Crossfit Xfinity has found success with its ?garage gym? model?a no-frills approach to fitness with highly certified trainers. Coaches lead clients through the fundamental movements of CrossFit, and then shadow them as they work through Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics-based exercises, and plyometric jumps.
After a love of sports led trainer Shane Rodriquez to the fitness industry, he quickly racked up an impressive collection of certifications from CrossFit, ISSA, and NESTA, as well as a lineup of clients that includes Fabian Sanchez of Dancing with the Stars. He puts his impressive resume to use at Ignite Fitness, where he's enlisted the help of Level 1 CrossFit trainer and triathlete Sonia Steely to helm CrossFit's constantly changing regimen of varied functional movements performed at high intensity. In sessions divided by age group, the duo motivates clients of all abilities to cast aside their preconceived limitations and perform movements such as weight-lifts, lunges, and plyometrics to increase their strength, endurance, and chances of finally impressing their fathers. To ensure each client gets the most out of the workout, they modify exercises to suit each individual’s needs. They also host a nutrition guide online to keep clients from sliding back into unhealthy habits.
To provide their clients with a diverse and engaging fitness experience, Ignite Fitness also hosts yoga classes as well as nutritional workshops, which explain the processed-carbohydrate-free paleo diet.
Little black quotation marks stand out against J19 Fitness’s light-gray brick walls, encompassing neatly painted letters that spell, “What I once feared, I now embrace.” These words act as a collective mantra and reminder for the exercisers at J19 Fitness, who on any given day may perform pushups, dashes, jumps, and Olympic-style weight lifts. Each day, the trainers here consult their vast repertoire of exercises to create a new regimen, ensuring that clients never walk into the same exercise session twice. This ever-shifting arrangement of exercises is a key aspect of CrossFit; it prevents the body from adapting to the workout so that muscles continue to perform at their best. Athletes, Olympic competitors, soldiers, and police personnel around the world use this same exercise philosophy to maintain peak physical condition and achieve maximum coolness when wearing sleeveless muscle shirts.
In life, the early bird gets the worm. But at CrossFit Over The Mountain, where classes start as early as 5:45 a.m., the early bird gets first crack at CrossFit's workout of the day. Each daily workout consists of functional exercises such as chin-ups, squats, and box jumps, which exercisers complete as intensely as they can. For added motivation, exercisers can track their progress and sabotage their enemies' on the facility's online workout-tracking tool.
Inside Omega Life Fitness, fitness seekers can procure a MyZone belt, which keeps them on point by calculating and tracking burned calories, heart rate, and other fitness data in real time. Clients can don the belt during H.I.I.T. classes??interval training classes that emphasize short bursts of intense exercise followed by recovery periods, a method that effectively helps burn fat and increase aerobic capacity. Clients just starting out can practice functional movements, which help the body attain proper function and reduce physical ailments, while the Corrective Exercise Program focuses on choosing proper exercises and performing them correctly. The expert trainers lead participants through intense OmegaFX classes that use functional exercises to help develop strength and endurance in all the body's muscle groups. They also lead yoga and corrective-exercise classes, all within a naturally-lit space that has helped clients attain optimal fitness levels in a safe setting.
Sean Dickson knows firsthand how fitness can equate to survival. He spent 10 years in the Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, attending Ranger School, and working as a recon scout in Iraq and as a special forces medical sergeant in Afghanistan. He found CrossFit when he returned to Alabama, and has since set PRs that include a 465-pound deadlift and a 5:37 mile. Along with his fellow instructors, Sean leads students of all levels through intense workouts that use Olympic weightlifting equipment, stumps attached to chains, and kettlebells to build strength. The class schedule includes three strength-building classes a week, with the rest of the classes based on metabolic conditioning and the art of ripping off a T-shirt.