Taking a note out of the playbook from many police academies and military special operations units, CrossFit Pisgah’s seasoned trainers lead small groups through a constantly rotating fitness regimen that fuses cardio work and strength training for a highly intense total body workout. Inside the no-frills gym, participants—with the encouragement of motivational instructors and other students—perform functional exercises based of off movements found in everyday life, from squats reminiscent of picking up heavy laundry baskets to weight lifts evocative of hoisting lazy husbands onto the roof to clean the gutters.
At Summit CrossFit, the house rules are probably a bit different than what you'd see at a standard gym. They call for all exercisers to check their egos at the door. With no pretension or mid-workout autograph signings to bog it down, it essentially has created a community of like-minded exercisers. When everyone is an active participant, they collectively battle group sessions. They can grunt through squats, presses, dead lifts, and other functional movements, all of which get incorporated into CrossFit's intense workouts of the day.
Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses. A 30-day all-access membership (a $69 value) gives bodies access to enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them capable of running a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud.
At Swamp Rabbit CrossFit, members practice and master the CrossFit method in a 16,000-square-foot gym replete with a warm-up and workout room. There, they perform high-intensity functional movements using gear such as Rogue Fitness weightlifting bars, 15-foot vertical climbing ropes, and Black Concept 2 rowing machines. When the sun’s inviting, instructors take class onto the 12,000-square-foot outdoor training field to execute workouts that change for each session. Changing routines daily is key in avoiding the boredom of repetition. The Swamp Rabbit Trail, which is 17.5 miles long, is behind the facility and ideal for warm-up runs and sprints. Back inside, a premier audio system keeps music flowing and advanced filtration systems keep water clean for showers and water fountains.
Functional movements are at the core of Distinct CrossFit’s workouts. Certified coaches use barbells, kettlebells, giant tires, heavy ropes, and pull-up bars during exercises. CrossFit workouts are tailored to benefit each person according to fitness level and daily horoscope.
Six days a week, the trainers at Upstate CrossFit lead different WODs—classes named for Workout Of the Day—which are designed to keep participants engaged every time they get their sweat on. Even though the classes are geared toward a group, the trainers work closely with each client to make sure they're challenging themselves, but not attempting the impossibl. They also make sure their speed and intensity is sufficient and safe.