When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Achieving a level of fitness that leaves you prepared for anything is just one of the goals that the trainers at CrossFit Queenston Heights have for their students. To achieve it, they lead full-body CrossFit workouts that build muscles and burn calories through intense cardio and moves borrowed from gymnastics and weightlifting. During a typical class, head trainer Chris challenges his students through a Workout of the Day that incorporates the fitness expertise he's gathered as a kettlebell instructor, certified Olympic weightlifter, and member of the Army Reserve. Whether students hope to become more fit in general or train for a specific goal, Chris’s team holds CrossFit classes seven days a week to help them reach their fitness potential during the hours most convenient for them.
Experienced CrossFit coaches help clients melt away pounds by leading challenging CrossFit workouts, which are held outside whenever possible. In addition to the lifting, cardio, and cross-training of CrossFit, the centre also offers licensed YogaFit classes for a gentler challenge, and private coaching, which allows clients to work out at their own pace.
The certified instructors at CrossFit Cambria work to enhance their patrons' functional fitness, meaning forging the muscles and endurance to perform every-day tasks such as climbing stairs or lifting heavy grocery bags. To that end, they cull exercises from fitness modalities including rowing, gymnastics, and Olympic-style weightlifting and combine them to form a different high-intensity workout each day. They can tailor moves to equally challenge each member, whether they are a CrossFit newbie or the Hulk?s stunt double. And to better help their patrons reach overall wellness, they also offer nutritional counseling and lead CrossFit-inspired yoga classes.
Complex Barbell's coaches describe their gym as a "functional fitness facility." They conduct CrossFit?style workouts designed to improve a person's ability in multiple domains of fitness. They combine cardio, olympic lifting, gymnastics, plyometrics, and calisthenics into new workouts each day. They particularly specialize in teaching safety and proper-form, so that people can build strength, speed, and endurance with minimal risk of injury.
It may seem a heroic feat for the coaches to put in this level of focus on a day-to-day basis, but as lifelong athletes, they are prepared. They actually refer to themselves as The League, adopting super-heroic nicknames such as Coach Phoenix or Coach Bane. They pursue fitness as tirelessly as their namesakes pursue enemies or a contract with the most fashion-forward cape designer.
Another daily workout has started at CrossFit North Burlington and the group of exercisers is reaching a frenzied state. One person is dead lifting, another is clenching a pull-up bar, and, yet, another is swinging a kettlebell up and down. Overseeing the movements is Coach Brad, a sports science major who has more than 20 years of training experience and a passion for CrossFit's intense, functional nature, which can be scaled for all fitness levels and primal grunting tendencies. Helping with the scalability, Coach Brad and his staff schedule introductory CrossFit Basics classes, where newcomers can learn proper lifting techniques.