Caution CrossFit founder Dominick Maurici believes that CrossFit training is, as he puts it on his website, a “way of life and well being. It’s the fitness that you create out of yourself.” No stranger to the pursuit of physical fitness, Maurici spent his high-school years competing in soccer and football before going on to earn a black belt in tae kwon do. The health benefits and jealous looks he received from bathing-suit mannequins taught him the rewards of training in multiple disciplines. When he found the CrossFit program, he felt right at home with the varied and multidimensional exercise form. He even became a certified CrossFit trainer and went on to compete against other leading instructors across the southwest in the CrossFit Games.
As the Caution CrossFit skull and biohazard logo stares down from the cinder-brick walls of their practice space, Maurici and his team lead students through an ever-changing workout of the day. Full of intensified circuit training, their workouts make use of the facilities multiple rowing machines, Olympic barbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, and suspension rings. In keeping with Maurici’s love of training across multiple disciplines, the studio now offers yoga instruction as well.
Rafael Moret helps his clients to see dramatic changes in their bodies through furious 45-minute workouts that challenge their strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Classes capped at 20 students incorporate TRX rowing motions, fierce mountain-climber kicks, and plank positions designed to build rock-hard cores. Students stay motivated thanks to the support of their peers, squeezing out sets of pushups and squats in unison. Rafael helps to streamline success with detailed nutritional counseling and access to products such as protein bread, made from natural yeast and lumberjack tears.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Combat is a combination of art and science, one that requires creative and critical thinking in equal measure. It also happens to require its practitioners to be in peak physical condition, which is why the trainers at Paladin MMA Academy equip their students with the skills needed to excel in all fields. The trainers combine strategy-focused MMA classes with fitness-focused offerings such as cross-training and kickboxing. They teach students of every age, using focus mitts and punching bags to impart the basics to beginners and kids. They also challenge more advanced practitioners with a training circuit that moves from standing striking fighting styles to standing grappling, and finally ground grappling in three-round rotations.
Outside of the matted arena, Paladin MMA Academy houses a slew of workout equipment designed to help build muscle and increase agility. Weight-training equipment and standing punching bags line the walls. And several stations are flanked by massive tractor tires, which trainees can use to either bolster leg strength or jumpstart a career in agricultural science.
At Iron Temple CrossFit, classes involving Olympic lifting require participation in OnRamp, a four-class series designed to introduce exercisers to the high-intensity art of CrossFit and its many moves. After passing the introduction—or bypassing it with enough prior experience—students can enlist in regular CrossFit classes, which aim to quickly carve muscle and flatten unwanted curves with a routine performed at each participant’s highest level. Although workouts change daily, trainers often incorporate a series of squats, dead-lifts, pull-ups, and box jumps, taking full advantage of the 7,000-square-foot facility. Each class caps attendance at 20 participants so that each student is ensured ample attention from trainers and a partner for the traditional postclass square dance.
Inside the new Community Fitness Centers, formerly a Gold's Gym, exercisers scorch calories and tighten and tone on their own or in group fitness classes. Many of Community Fitness's machines feature individual iPod docks and TVs, which, unlike a person yelling, "hot dog!" after they hit 10 reps, pleasantly distract guests while they get in a good workout.
Many of the facility's group fitness classes also help people stay in the zone with the use of pulse-pounding music. Classes include everything from spinning to Hatha yoga to Show Dance, a choreographed dance fitness class.