CrossFit has been called the opposite of specialization. A weightlifter may have lots of strength but little endurance, whereas a marathon runner may have just the opposite. At Left Coast CrossFit, exercisers strive for both and then some, working to improve performance across a full range of 10 different physical attributes, from flexibility and speed to coordination and accuracy. They do so by practicing functional movements at a high intensity and focusing on areas of weakness?for example, endurance for a person who hasn't run in a long time, or coordination for a marionette. For this reason, every exercise is scalable, meaning it can be adjusted for load, duration, or reps to suit virtually any fitness level and age.
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.
Even in a group setting, people receive personal attention during workouts at CrossFit Insanity. The coaches achieve this by tailoring Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics, and plyometric exercises for each person. That way each session can incorporate both seasoned athletes and newbies, who get fit by swinging kettlebells of differing weights and jumping onto boxes of differing heights. Other scalable exercises include performing pull-ups or flipping tires that are big enough to fit onto a tractor or defective Hot Wheels car.
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.