Retired police officer Sergeant Guy Samuelson is anything but inactive. A life member of the United States Martial Arts Association and a strength and conditioning coach for high-school football players, Sergeant Samuelson has devoted his life to being active. With that in mind, he started CrossFit Panoply, a non-gym fitness environment that offers workouts used by military special-operations units, professional athletes, and evil geniuses. His workouts focus on using the entire body for each exercise, ensuring activation in all muscles, and each exercise can be scaled to suit any student’s demands or limitations. He leads the classes along with certified instructors who boast law-enforcement or fire-fighting backgrounds.
Soldier City CrossFit helps improve the body's health and physique using a mix of high-intensity functional movements designed to build speed, endurance, coordination, and earlobe flexibility. Within a facility equipped with free weights, kettlebells, and rope climbs, dedicated coaches lead sessions intended to help individuals meet their personal fitness goals—no matter what skill level they're at currently. For those not quite ready for the calorie-incinerating ferocity of CrossFit, the studio also runs boot-camp and agility-training classes to keep students in shape.
Certified instructor and owner of CrossFit Vindicate, Chris Hall has had a lifetime of sports experience teach him how to train. However, it was an ACL tear that taught him that CrossFit is the ideal system, whether hurt, healthy, training for a marathon, or just trying to stay fit. It’s an intense system that employs constantly varied functional movements to achieve a full-body workout, using elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and track and field. Chris can also scale each session to each individual, ensuring everyone gets the most out of the class without being intimidated by the daily workout.
The certified trainers at JustFit use scientific research and principles to help their clients achieve their goals. Based on the belief that “being realistic is the most commonly traveled path to mediocrity,” trainers design workout plans for clients based on the body’s three primary energy sources: the ATP/phosphocreatine system, the glycolytic system, and the oxidative system. By targeting each group, they can maximize calorie burning and help clients build muscle, burn fat, or train for specific sports.
The staff of experienced trainers at CrossFit High Performance helps clients reach personal fitness goals through rigorous CrossFit courses and weightlifting programs. CrossFit sessions combine squats, running, and pull-ups into a varied, intensive workout regimen, and the facility's competitive weightlifting program gives participants a chance to compete at local events.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.