At CrossFit Total Empowerment, instructors adopt an inclusive approach to fitness. It deviates from traditional workout regimens by using ever-changing sequences of high-intensity, functional exercises. Each class is structured around the sorts of actions that people perform in everyday life?such as running, lifting, and climbing stairs?albeit with a much greater emphasis on intensity.The workouts are scalable to any level, so they prove challenging for competitive athletes as well as casual exercisers. Attendees push themselves at their own pace while swinging kettlebells, performing deadlifts, jumping rope, and using hula-hoops made of concrete. Bolstered by encouragement from coaches and their fellow students, customers increase their strength and stamina, and over time, can improve their speed, agility, and flexibility.
At CrossFit Strong Island, a collection of fitness specialists, athletes, and coaches lead training programs within a sprawling 7,500-square-foot strength and conditioning facility. Their programs combine weightlifting, gymnastics, and high-intensity cardio exercise for an efficient overall-fitness routine. Additionally, each program is held in a group setting for extra camaraderie and social support.
Trainer John Beneduce channels his athletic ability into CrossFit, a high-intensity, functional workout that he customizes for all ages and fitness levels. He and his wife opened CrossFit Bayside to offer an effective alternative to standard gyms.
?The way we do it at CrossFit Bayside is pretty much the total opposite of how a traditional gym would work,? John said. Rather than coming in to use equipment solo, members attend a packed schedule of one-hour sessions, which all begin with a warm-up before everyone spends about 15 minutes mastering new techniques. Once they can safely and effectively do the workout, students get to work, hoisting medicine balls, swinging kettlebells, climbing ropes, and dead-lifting weights. The workouts change each day, and John usually waits about three months before repeating one. As groups cool down, John leads a discussion on a health-related topic, ranging from nutritional information to how to keep a fitness journal without making your diary jealous.
?We really care about our members,? John said. ?My wife and I run it together as a family business.? He added that the members themselves uphold the gym's mission, warmly welcoming new members and throwing themselves fully into each workout. ?There?s no negative energy at my gym,? he said.
CrossFit Merrick designs daily workouts aimed at helping clients build muscle and endurance with squats, lunges, deadlifts, and other functional movements. CrossFit Merrick offers fitness classes for adults as well as kids and teens. Fitness classes, including CrossFit programs, can be customized for a variety of fitness and skill levels.
Warren Levi Martial Arts & Fitness challenges participants to mix elements of strength, power, speed, gymnastics, endurance, agility, and conditioning. Sessions are fueled by intense, functional workouts that energize burgeoning and seasoned athletes alike. When students are not participating in classes, they are trading blows and building stronger bodies as they delve into the study of martial arts and self-defense. Students can also shape up through noncontact cardio-kickboxing sessions, and kids can build confidence during children?s karate programs.
A lifelong wrestler and athlete, Jordan Stump founded CrossFit Farmingdale to share the techniques that keep him in top shape with a new crop of fitness seekers. Despite his competitive background, you're more likely to find him with a tractor tire around his neck than a gold medal, sweating alongside his students in his fully equipped gym. In addition to the ever-mutating CrossFit workout, he also teaches kettlebell classes, endurance training, and soft tissue and mobility classes.