CrossFit can be scaled to an 8-year-old kid's abilities just as well as an 80-year-old grandmother's. That's a big reason why CrossFit Heroism's trainers love the system, which employs a variety of functional movements performed at a high intensity—as high as clients can take. Some days they're lifting barbells and scaling ropes, on others they're flipping tractor tires and performing sprints. The mix of motions and exercises annihilates calories, molds every muscle group in the body, and preps participants for whatever manner of physical activity they might choose to undertake.
At Red Carpet Boot Camps’ fitness center, trainers motivate others toward fitness through classes such as spin, yoga, and Reformer Pilates. When not in the gym, trainers lead their charges outside for 60-minute boot-camp sessions that combine everything from their classes, as well as resistance, cardio, and calisthenics. Understanding that pushing muscles to their limits is only part of the equation, Red Carpet also offers nutrition coaching.
The masters at Martial Arts Warriors Academy don't teach students from a single, unadaptable style. Instead, they combine useful elements from a range of styles, such as the flying kicks of tae kwon do, the graceful take-downs of aikido, and the savage strikes of muay thai. Age-appropriate seminars are held in the academy's spacious studio, which is equipped heavy bags and striking pads for safe practice and cardio workouts.
Sun salutations finally make sense at Yoga in the Park. Students gather their mats in the park's grassy knolls, with the sun shining through the many trees during daytime classes. Those who would prefer to practice by the glow of the moon aren't left out, either, as classes also take place after the sun sets.
The staff members at Fierce Crossfit are fueled by the desire to transform their clients' bodies, incorporating CrossFit exercises that mix elements of various disciplines to provide effective, results-oriented workouts. CrossFit-certified trainers equipped with degrees in kinesiology help clients to shred calories with moves designed to improve endurance, strength, power, agility, speed, coordination, balance, flexibility, posture, accuracy, and combat skills to use against clingy couch cushions. Workouts often incorporate muscle-ups, box jumps, snatches, rows, and dead lifts. Based on the principle of “universal scalability,” CrossFit workouts are designed to be accessible to pupils of all fitness levels.
At Dream Body Boot Camp, which was voted San Diego A-List's best boot camp of 2012, trainer Matthew Johnson and his staff of specialized trainers help patrons to quickly sculpt physiques into top form during indoor and outdoor workouts that pair cardio moves with strength-boosting exercises. Instead of painting muscle ripples onto participants’ abs, each of Johnson’s instructors draws from a kinesiology degree or a national personal-training certification when designing a new 60-minute workout each day. Before their first class, students meet with Johnson to get acquainted and set their fitness goals, such as looking good in a bikini or ripping through a T-shirt to reveal their swimsuit with one powerful body flex. In the course of 10 minutes, he asks clients what they’d like to achieve in class and how they’ve pursued their goals in the past.
Once the talking ends, the training begins, and the motivational instructors put patrons to work hefting dumbbells, straining against Trx suspension gear, and flipping giant tires end over end. Johnson and his trainers leave long runs out of their workouts, opting instead for tire hopping, jumping rope, and other dynamic exercises to elevate heart rates.