You could drive a semi through the garage doors of Beltway CrossFit's fitness warehouse. Just don't be surprised if the truck ends up getting dead lifted. Each day, co-owners and CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches Trinity Tate, Michael Gager, and Aron Anderson select functional exercises such as dead lifts, squats, pull-ups, box jumps, and push-ups for their workout of the day, which begins as early as 5 a.m. Regardless of the time, the staff's "as many reps as possible" mentality means each workout can be geared toward any fitness level. But it's not all utilitarian. In additional to the supportive environment, the facility also features convenient amenities such as showers, childcare services, and aspirational slimming mirrors.
Spread across FTA Fitness’ 29,000-square-foot facility, a vast collection of cardio and weight-training equipment stand ready to help gym-goers burn calories and build muscle. In separate studios, meanwhile, fitness instructors lead a wide range of drop-in classes, such as cycling and aerobics. Other amenities include free WiFi, a smoothie bar, and free childcare service.
For Jonathan Pritchard, each day’s workout is a chance to help people pump their muscles and their spirits. A co-owner of Crosstraining Romans 831, his work as a CrossFit athlete and personal trainer is rooted in helping others identify and ultimately exceed their own fitness goals. The gym’s trainers use a combination of variable training techniques, power lifting, and advanced sports science philosophies to help clients get stronger, healthier, and give the most confident piggy-back rides. At the center of their programming, boot camp classes offer a variety of challenges that might include a break-neck set of box jumps or deadlifts. The 3,000-square-foot facility also features training equipment such as Cybex machines and TRX suspension cables.
Part gym, part gymnastics arena, and part fitness playground, CrossFit OverTake challenges aspiring athletes as they push toward their fitness and health goals. Helming each class, trainers Alexis Burgan—who is CrossFit level-one certified—and Marco Coppola—a certified CrossFit level-one trainer, CrossFit Strongman, and former NCAA and pro football player—shout words of encouragement as they lead workouts of the day (WOD) based on CrossFit’s 10 general physical skills of fitness. The workouts change each day, much like workout socks, and draw from weight training, kettlebell moves, body-weight exercises, rowing, running, and unconventional techniques such as battle ropes and ring dips. A custom workout rig looms in the corner, made up of pull-up bars, kettlebells, resistance bands, and suspended gymnastics rings to assist in the varied routines.
Owner and head coach at Universal CrossFit, Eric "Big EZ" Henry draws from his experience in freestyle wrestling, amateur boxing, parkour, and his time as a Marine to lead his students towards the fitness promised land. Along with a cache of coaches comprised of college athletes and members of the military, Eric teaches the tenets of CrossFit, pairing them with nutritional counseling to keep bodies from shriveling up into prune-like versions of themselves. Based on the CrossFit philosophy of varied movement at high-intensity intervals, instructors lead pupils through a huge range of moves that pull from weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning to help improve stamina, strength, and the rest of Universal CrossFit's 10 elements of fitness.
The interior of Crossfit 290 resembles a cross between a warehouse and a gym. There's a towering ceiling, sunny windows, and a slew of plyometrics boxes, chin-up bar stations, and squat racks scattered across the sprawling floor. Essentially, the space is a perfect stage for CrossFit's daily workouts. CrossFit is a no-nonsense fitness discipline that relies on functional exercises such as chin-ups, squats, and dead lifts. Its exercises can be customized to suit all fitness levels, which was proven when CrossFit officials successfully trimmed a couch potato into a couch french fry.
At CrossFit Graffiti, owner Shondria Williamson and her team of coaches lead groups through the no-nonsense CrossFit program, an approach to fitness that incorporates movements from across the fitness spectrum, including running, power lifting, and gymnastics. Inside the fully equipped facility, participants lift and jump, push and pull, grunt and growl through high-intensity classes that unfold around the ever-changing workout of the day, which can be anything from squats to dumbbell swings.
To prepare gym novices for the rigors of taking a CrossFit class or arm-wrestling a robocop, the facility offers a fundamentals program and high-intensity boot camps.