Inside CrossFit Laguna Niguel, there's cheering, clapping, and yelling. There's also grunting, sweating, and the clamor of weights as they hit the floor. It's all part of an environment that sets exercisers up to succeed—as long as they're willing to charge into every session full-bore. Here, Workouts of the Day challenge muscles with CrossFit's always varied, always intense lineup of movements. Some of those movements are based in gymnastics, some in weightlifting. No matter the day's game plan, the facility's coaches remain nearby to infuse workouts with extra doses of motivation and direction.
CrossFit Doctrine is a school of fitness and well being whose staff works hard to represent their philosophy by encouraging all clients achieve their health and fitness goals. To a novice who hasn't attempted CrossFit before, some of the regimen's intense workouts—like flipping a truck tire, doing hand-stand pushups, and breaking bad guys' motorcycles in half—might seem almost impossible. But by abiding by the practice of functional movement, students hone in on the safest, most efficient use of physical energy. The workout depends on two other key concepts: constant variety, which is achieved by performing a completely different exercise every day, and high intensity, which maximizes the effect of a workout that might take less than 15 minutes. With these principles in mind, the instructors at CrossFit Doctrine design classes for beginners, experienced trainees, and even those in need of physical therapy, and ensure each workout comes with a hefty dose of group motivation to help students reach their fitness goals.
CrossFit To The Core is much more than a place to work out. Its trainers strive to build a supportive community and way of life for its health-minded members. Classes center around the importance of a dynamic workout—CrossFit's signature Workout of the Day (or WOD)—which features high-intensity interval training rooted in everyday movements. CrossFit To The Core also encourages students to continue their functional-fitness regimens outside of class, fully engaging with their surroundings as they run, swim, surf, bike, hike, and play epic games of zombie laser tag.
The certified CrossFit trainers at Rycka CrossFit believe that routine is the end of workouts. At this no-nonsense fitness center in Tustin, the emphasis is on a constantly changing variety of functional movements, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, combined with gymnastics and plyometrics. Clients come in for a different-each-time Workout of the Day, doing everything from dead-lifting weights to 50 pushups in 30 seconds, burning fat and building muscle efficiently in each class.
Kelly and John King's athletic history is extensive and diverse—they've climbed up rocky cliffs, paddleboarded oceans, and cartwheeled across balance beams. Out of all their fitness-related experiences, however, they praise CrossFit as being one of the most elite and effective they've encountered. The CrossFit-certified Level 1 trainers conduct classes within their 5,300-square-foot studio, leading students through high-intensity routines of functional exercises. The trainers design their workouts to foster the 10 skills of CrossFit, which include cardiovascular endurance, stamina, and strength. They scale movements to accommodate students of all experience levels, ages, and abilities, from former athletes recovering from injuries to elderly sailors who’ve forgotten where they stashed their spinach. The coaches encourage their students to follow the paleo diet, which favors grass-fed meats, seafood, and fresh produce in lieu of processed foods.
The trainers at CrossFit Vibe believe an unintimidating environment paired with encouragement and motivation is the key to optimal fitness. Their CrossFit Fundamentals classes teach students the discipline's nine basic movements, which are presented during scalable workouts that fit every fitness level. Armed with their newfound knowledge, students often transition into the more intense group classes. There, trainers test fitness limits with sessions that blend weight-based strength work with mono-structural movements such as running and rowing. These high-intensity exercises take the form of CrossFit's signature Workout of the Day, whose ever-changing regimen might include burpees, box jumps, and pull-ups on one day and back extensions, sit-ups, and 800m runs on another. In addition to keeping minds engaged and out of ruts, this variety also promotes the muscle confusion necessary to maximize physical results.