Coach Jorge believes in a back-to-basics approach to fitness—a philosophy touted in the name of B2B Barbell Club. Shedding the modern trappings of treadmills, ellipticals, and multiuse weight machines, he returns to humanity’s workout roots: functional exercises born of necessity. The CrossFit sessions capture this spirit, combining box jumps with chin-ups and squats, laying an emphasis on the importance of proper technique and safety, which allows him to tailor workouts for all skill levels. Coach Jorge also takes this philosophy outside of the gym and to the table, holding not only a CrossFit Level 1 certification, but also experience as a chef specialized in healthy, paleo-focused meals.
In a newly renovated space featuring black walls with a bright band of red, yellow, and green circling around, students sharpen their bodies with simple exercise equipment—barbells, chin-up bars, rings, and their own weight. Workouts vary according to the recommended Workout of the Day (WOD), which offers guidance so that confused exercisers don’t start playing games of Jenga with dumbbells.
Former US Marine Clive Phillips co-owns Iron Beast CrossFit with his wife, Eillen. Clive knows toughness when he sees it?being in the military will do that?so it's no surprise that he gravitated toward CrossFit and its intense, functional exercises.
As is the case at most CrossFit gyms, Iron Beast designs daily WODs (short for "workout of the day") that challenge various muscle groups. Adjustable to many different fitness levels, these WODs may include everything from weightlifting to sprinting. The idea is to strengthen the muscles we use every day to climb the stairs, chase the bus, or save the city from giant robots.
The instructors at The Training Pit CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, they have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Such workouts help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and car throwing.
At The Playground Gym, where CrossFit's workout of the day is in high rotation, the acronym AMRAP gets thrown around a lot. It stands for "as many reps as possible" and sums up two of the more important tenets of the CrossFit philosophy: intensity and personalization. During a typical workout, participants are given a series of functional exercises to perform and are encouraged to complete them as quickly as possible. Because most of the exercises, such as pull-ups, rely on using body weight as resistance and not beached whales who need to be carried back to the sea, anyone can perform them. Helping make sure that each exercise is being done with good form is The Playground Gym's staff, who have earned CrossFit Level 1 and 2 certifications.
Lifelong dancer Carmen Garson chose the goddess as the symbol of her fitness studio and boutique because it represents a loving, feminine energy. She aims to channel that energy throughout each of her belly-dancing, flamenco, Bollywood, African-dance, and yoga classes, helping earn her establishment the Hollywood Gazette?s Best Place for Yoga award. Within the wood-floored studio decked out with creations by local artists, she and her team host 33 dance and fitness classes a week.
Garson also opens her space for monthly art and poetry events where women come to share their creativity and boast about how many arms their inner goddesses have. She stocks the on-site boutique with exotic clothing and jewelry, as well as with spiritual books, essential oils candles, and incense.
Oceanfront Fitness LLC hones and tones bodies with classes that blend intensive training with scenic vistas of sunny South Florida. A team of dedicated instructors enhance the classes with backgrounds ranging from collegiate athletic stardom to intensive hours of yoga certification. Like a jackhammer with a Game Boy glued to it, each boot camp, hike, or kickboxing course makes hard work feel like fun, as students breathe the fresh, salty air of the beachfront or build muscle with functional movements. Zumba lessons fold a full cardio workout into dance routines set to foot-flailing Latin rhythms, and yoga and meditation classes healthfully center the mind and body.