CrossFit’s credo upholds specializing in not specializing, and the coaches of CrossFit Super Sport—one an active-duty Marine, and the other an accountant—embody this idea daily. Together, they show people from all walks of life how to attain total-body conditioning through CrossFit’s Workout of the Day—also known as the WOD—which changes daily to develop every metabolic pathway and measurable component of fitness, from strength to cardiovascular endurance. Their Spartan gym dispenses with the treadmills and weight machines that fill most commercial gyms in favor of equipment such as kettlebells, medicine balls, and rowing machines. In addition to encouraging community through the CrossFit model of small-group classes, Super Sport’s coaches foster camaraderie through sharing dishes they’ve made, such as paleo quiche made with sausage, broccoli, and pterodactyl eggs.
Groupon Asks: What inspired you to start or run this business?
"CrossFit principles are tried and true, as evidenced by its popularity nationwide. Core customers in the fitness industry have a thirst for efficient workouts that allow them to measure progression. At the end of the day, I just want to make it easy for people to become healthier. This may be through 24-hour access or through affordable fitness instruction."
-Sierra Dunaway, Coach and Owner
At CrossFit Bullseye, head coach Tommy Dunaway draws on his CrossFit certification and experience training US Marines to help athletes achieve their fitness and wellness goals. He and his team of certified trainers design new workouts every day that incorporate varied functional movements from CrossFit’s repertoire. Though the workouts always change, it’s not uncommon to see members performing intense exercises that range from weightlifting and kettlebell training to running, rowing, and bodyweight exercises such as pushups and pull-ups.
Sleek standup paddleboards glide across Lake Grapevine as the sun begins to set over the pristine waters and leafy surrounding trees. But the passengers atop these boards aren't relaxing on leisurely rides or looking for mermaid prom dates—they're engaged in energetic routines of crunches, leg lifts, and stretches. Certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer and seasoned paddleboarder Nate Richard conducts these paddleboard fitness classes throughout the week, leading students through dynamic workouts designed to tone muscles, boost stamina, and slim physiques.
The roster of certified trainers at CrossFit G6 includes a former collegiate baseball and football player, a former US Army combat medic, and a former figure and bikini model, all of whom have had their lives transformed by CrossFit. At CrossFit G6, they lead a different Workout of the Day—WOD—every day based on CrossFit’s philosophy of varied, functional fitness. The WOD is never the same but will often incorporate moves such as running, weightlifting, rowing, pull-ups and other body-weight exercises, kettlebell training, and gymnastics-inspired exercises such as dips on suspended rings.
GSX CrossFit's trainers push exercisers of all fitness levels toward their personal workout goals with high-energy CrossFit classes. The program pulls moves from 10 different athletic disciplines, including gymnastics, kettlebells, and thumb wrestling, to toughen up cores and buck up the human spirit within. Enthusiastic staff put muscles through their paces in a spacious athletic arena tricked out with fun exercise implements so that antsy biceps don't start doing pull-ups on the nearest fire truck ladder. Classes are scheduled at five times every weekday.
At CrossFit FerVor, there’s no distinction between gym newbies and those in fighting shape when it comes to which class they take. CrossFit regimens—replete with moves such as handstands, pull-ups, and Olympic lifts—scale to exercisers of all stripes. And coaches Chuck and Melissa Swain know how to motivate each participant through each session, as the husband-and-wife duo used CrossFit themselves to get back into shape.