The sledgehammer slams the earth with a resounding thud before being discarded for a game of toss-back with a medicine ball. Such training methods are but a small slice of the workout routine possibilities at Black Label CrossFit. CrossFit—an innovative strengthening and conditioning program that veers away from using traditional muscle-training apparatuses—has even gained popularity among the training programs of police academies, military special-operations units, and high-profile federal agents who yearn to get better at hopscotch.
On any given day, the training team provides students with new routines based on a combination of Olympic sports, gymnastics activities, and metabolic conditioning that may include moves such as sprinting with barbells, pull-ups, or inverted rowing. By changing things up all the time, trainers hope to inspire participants to remain engaged and feel challenged to always bring their best effort to improving their health and wellness. Each session is also timed and scored, encouraging students to keep aiming higher.
The trainers at CrossFit Louisville East lead group CrossFit classes, Bootcamp classes as well as personal-training sessions in the gym or in their clients' homes. Their CrossFit Elements classes introduce newcomers to fundamental techniques and safety precautions, and their yoga sessions tailor instruction toward increasing flexibility and strength that translates into CrossFit and athletics.
A former Marine and certified personal trainer, Daniel Sands eschews screaming and pushups for an extra dose of personal attention. Just as Marine Corps instructors reprogram recruits through repetition, Sands seeks to re-educate clients on how best to incorporate exercise and healthy cooking choices into busy lives. Daniel?s boot-camp style Hybrid MaxFit classes tone muscles, and Zumba classes help sculpt the body through easy-to-learn latin dance moves. Daniel also offers personal-training sessions, where he can customize routines for all fitness levels and demonstrate the modified positions, handholds, or cyborgian insoles that can improve performance.
Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.
Even as a child, Charlie Sims knew there was no magic potion you could drink to transform yourself into a champion athlete. If he wanted to score touchdowns on the football field or hit a homerun on the baseball diamond, he needed to work harder and train smarter than his rivals. This tough, seasoned athlete brings his years of sports training and triathlon competition experience to the CrossFit Regeneration gym, where he leads fellow fitness-seekers in challenging workouts.
Dumbbells, rowing machines, and medicine balls speckle the padded floors of his intimate studio, where Charlie and a team of CrossFit Level 1 certified instructors emphasize technique and safety as they lead students through wide variety functional exercises. They focus on exercises that mimic movements from everyday life, such as squats evocative of bending down to pick up the laundry basket or pull-ups reminiscent of peeking over your neighbor?s fence to watch HBO for free. In addition to leading workouts, the instructors provide students with nutritional guidance and support. Committed to creating a supportive community in their gym, the trainers often host parties and special events for their students and teachers.
You won't find the typical rows of treadmills and weight machines inside CrossFit 222. Instead, the gym's space is filled with the likes of medicine balls, pull-up bars, and a team of expert trainers dedicated to a common goal: helping people make dramatic changes in their lives. Their ever-changing workouts of the day (or WOD) draw on several different fitness disciplines?such as gymnastics, Olympic weight-lifting, rowing, and keeping jumpropes from getting tangled on the floor. The team dedicates the entire schedule to CrossFit?starting with the introductory Foundations class?and each session fosters a sense of community support, with everyone sweating together towards their individual and collective goals.