At CrossFit South Lewisville, passionate trainers lead students of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels through high-intensity workouts that blend gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio to mold the body into a lithe, athletic machine. Developed by Greg Glassman in 2002, CrossFit depends on a dedicated community of followers that motivate each other through an ever-changing barrage of daily exercises. The workouts focus on functional movement and variety, steering clear of the repetitive, pointless grind of a cross-country stationary bike ride. Instructors at CrossFit South Lewisville do more than inspire their pupils to lift massive tractor tires or increase their heart rates—they welcome them into a community of fellow athletes, shaping flab into muscle with personal training, nutrition planning, and sports-specific workouts.
Most workouts simply help people build muscle tone or bolster endurance. These aren't the only goals at 81mm CrossFit. Instead, the coaches and trainers inspire people to push themselves to new heights through sheer force of will and self-determination while receiving the support of a like-minded community of students. CrossFit classes combine functional movements to create high-intensity workouts, which challenge attendees with regimens that can include running, jumping, dead-lifting weights, throwing medicine balls, swinging kettlebells, and more. Although students have the ability to scale the load and intensity of their own workouts at open-level classes, the coaches also lead introductory sessions that help beginners master the fundamental exercises and techniques in a safe, supportive environment.
Mean Green CrossFit director Taylor Compton draws on her 13 years of experience as a competitive gymnast to help exercisers achieve the same physical condition that got her into National Physique Committee shows. After becoming enamored with CrossFit's challenging daily workouts and supportive community, she began taking exercisers of all skill levels under her wing, pushing them to their limits with CrossFit’s individually tailored, high-intensity workouts. Unlike gaudy gyms, Mean Green doesn’t have steam rooms, wall-length mirrors, or butlers that will pedal stationary bicycles for you while you drink a frappuccino. Instead, visitors walk into a no-frills-necessary setting where athletes swing on gymnastic rings, hoist barbells, and pummel punching bags.
After rising through the ranks, taking leadership of an aikido school, and attaining a third-degree black belt, John Thompson decided he wanted to try something that would push him even harder. He tried CrossFit at the urging of his sensei, and was quickly able to feel its positive impact on both his martial-arts practice and everyday life. Now, he shares the system with others through training sessions at CrossFit Denton. Outfitted with everything from pull-up bars to plyo boxes, the gym is specially designed to maximize the impact of the lauded strength-and-conditioning program. There, exercisers bust through whole-body workouts, which change every day to encourage muscle confusion and prevent burnout.
Jeremy Jones and Jason Johnson, two United States Marines and professional fitness trainers, lead the classes at Corps Fitness Strength & Conditioning. Influenced by military workouts, sessions begin and end with clients in military formation before they tackle exercises that involve unconventional tools, such as sand bags, weighted bars, and tires. The 50-minute workouts also include a military-style obstacle course, and they can be scaled to each individual’s fitness level. Corps Fitness Strength & Conditioning also donates a portion of proceeds to veteran charities.
First-time exercisers and seasoned gym-goers alike will find a challenge in CrossFit, a functional, scalable workout regimen. At CrossFit Coppell Central, instructors rotate workouts regularly, pulling moves from a lengthy arsenal that includes burpees, dead lifts, pull-ups, squats, and walking lunges. Newbies can schedule a fundamentals session to learn exercises before a regular-level classes or enlist in CrossFit Coppell Central's personal training for an even more individualized workout.