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.
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.
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.
The trainers at Man o’ War CrossFit understand speed and efficiency reign king in this fast-paced world, and that a busy schedule can sometimes get in the way of fitness. To help people make time for getting into shape, they’ve developed total-body workouts designed to whip patrons into shape in 30 minutes or less. Each day, they motivate patrons with a new CrossFit regimen, challenging them to their build strength, agility, and stamina with a series of functional movements scaled to suit all fitness levels. The high-intensity workouts draw on a slew of nontraditional fitness gear: One day, patrons might heave medicine balls and hang from gymnastics rings, and the next, they might climb ropes and rock heavy punching bags to sleep. In addition to calorie-annihilating CrossFit sessions, the dedicated trainers also lead one-on-one personal-training sessions and oversee free-form open-gym sessions.
CrossFit doesn't just work out a one muscle per day, but every muscle. The program's foundation is Workout of the Day, which comprises a different blend of strength and cardio drills in each class. These sessions target new muscle groups and prevent workout-routine boredom. After an exercise review and a warm-up, students adapt the functional movements—which may include Olympic weightlifting, sprints, and medicine-ball tossing—appropriately to their fitness level. The routines pick up in intensity as the workout progresses, and a limited class size guarantees personal attention from a certified CrossFit level-one trainer. Click here for a workout schedule.
A 4,500-square-foot gym serves as the staging ground for Triple Crown CrossFit's all-out assault against flab. The gym's trainers bring years of fitness experience to each Workout of the Day. As they lead dynamic, challenging workouts, instructors also strive to create a welcoming atmosphere that will help clients of all fitness levels power their way into shape.
In addition to CrossFit, Triple Crown also offers a full slate of martial arts classes for adults and children of all skill levels. During kids' jiu jitsu sessions, youngsters cultivate knowledge and confidence along with strength and balance as they study the form's submissions and grapples. Students learn to set their own goals as they work toward higher ranks, and each session ends with a life-coaching talk that ties classwork to positive development and foundational values.