Inside CrossFit Studio City, there's no one primping in the mirror. There's no one chatting on a cell phone, flipping through a magazine, or watching TV. That's because the gym shuns such distractions, allowing for the absolute concentration it takes to perform CrossFit's system of high-intensity, functional movements.
Each day, certified instructors have students slinging kettlebells, doing pull-ups, and climbing ropes. Their mix of exercises preps for all physical activities, including running marathons or running a cat rodeo. The next day, they change the routine to keep everyone's focus intact.
Though the instructors push participants to their limits, there's no intimidation factor—they want people to feel good about leaving exhausted. They keep a jovial mood during classes, motivating all students with positive reinforcement and encouraging classmates to do the same for each other. Since CrossFit is scalable to all fitness levels, everyone from firefighters to soccer moms and grandparents are welcome to join in.
Although the workouts at Valley Crossfit are designed to be challenging, they can be scaled for participants of any fitness level. Adding to the engagement, the trainers constantly mix up class activities. On any given day, members might find themselves swinging kettlebells, tossing medicine balls, or using rowing machines to reenact Titanic's riveting canoe-race scene. Although group exercise is the core of the CrossFit program, coaches can also tailor the workouts even further during personal-training sessions.
Valley stages the group and private workouts at its 15,000-square-foot facility in Van Nuys and its new 3,000-square-foot facility in Reseda. Highlights of the larger gym include 6-foot obstacle walls, seven climbing ropes, a 1,600-square-foot pro gymnastics floor, and a 48-foot-long pull-up and monkey-bar structure.
Golden State CrossFit welcomes would-be clients to drop in and take a free introductory class before deciding whether to sign up for the cross-disciplinary training sessions. The core curriculum offers strength and conditioning training similar to that used by top athletes, but with tweaks to better suit the average fitness enthusiasts. In this spacious, no-frills gym on Ventura Boulevard, certified coaches teach hour-long group classes that include a warm-up, skill development segment, a special high-intensity workout of the day and a period of individual or group stretching. Participants range from buff guys looking to stay lean, toned women with a love for working out, and an array of adults trying to stay focused on their fitness goals. Golden State CrossFit is open Monday through Saturday, and offers discounted membership packages for long-term members.
Achieving the title of CrossFit Level 1 coach hasn’t stopped CrossFit Survival’s owner, Shannon Franklin, from learning more. In recent years, she has received CrossFit certifications for nutrition, football, kids’ training, Olympic weightlifting, and running. Shannon’s well-rounded background and enthusiasm for fitness drives her facility in La Crescenta, where she and her staff hold group classes that incorporate CrossFit’s workout of the day, a daily series of high-intensity, functional exercises such as pushups, power lifts, box jumps, and sprints. Each workout is personalized to the exerciser’s abilities as opposed to the abilities of a favorite superhero.
CrossFit Woodland Hills' experienced coaches help each student find a newfound enthusiasm for fitness with effective, high-intensity, community-building exercises. Rather than settling for boring bouts at the elliptical or loafing at sit-down weight machines, CrossFit practitioners keep both mind and body fully engaged with an ever-changing rotation of full-body resistance workouts, stamina drills, and cardio. Surrounded by clean, spartan walls and a network of like-minded fellow athletes, clients of all skill levels and body types swing kettlebells, hoist weights, climb ropes, and do sit-ups, with workouts that change everyday to challenge and surprise the body.
Cross Training 360’s more than 15 fitness classes build long, lean muscles instead of bulky mass while burning up to 1,200 calories per session. Each one-hour class, such as Piloxing—a mix of Pilates and boxing—features cross training for well-rounded conditioning while reducing boredom as well as injury risk. Besides classes such as TRX Glide and hip-hop dance, Cross Training 360 offers a 90-day weight-loss-oriented boot camp.