“Become what you are meant to be” is one of the tenants at CrossFit Lancaster, as owner Tim Card views his rigorous CrossFit workouts as a means of reaching your full potential; therefore, becoming your best self. And that doesn’t necessarily mean transforming into a professional athlete or body builder. He motivates patrons of all ages and fitness levels to be able to excel in daily physical tasks, such as climbing stairs, biking to work, and lifting heavy objects, through his dynamic CrossFit classes.
These high-intensity routines focus on functional exercises to build strength, endurance, and agility; and no two sessions are ever the same. For example, one day students might dead lift weights and climb ropes, and the next day, they might flip tires and bang out box jumps—but one thing remains consistent: the instructors always seek to push students to their physical limits. Each workout is designed with scalability in mind, making them accessible whether you’re an ex-college athlete, grandparent, or competitive wedding-cake eater.
At MMAXOUT Fitness, certified trainers fuse high-impact circuit workouts with the punishing training techniques of MMA fighters. A sample class might find students transitioning from slicing upper cuts through the air to dropping down and pounding out mountain climbers and muay thai elbow strikes against a pad on the ground. Each week focuses on a different muscle group, helping participants build a balanced, toned body. Instructors challenge their students to dig deep, leading the charge through vocal shouts of encouragement and silent yet stirring kabuki movement pieces.
A training space of 4,200 square feet. Fifty feet of AstroTurf. Custom squat racks. Pull-up rings. 13 Stripes CrossFit is clearly outfitted for serious workouts. Their trainers lead the gym's namesake CrossFit workouts, slinging an ever-changing routine of high-intensity moves, which participants perform while carrying as much weight as they can. The gym also has its own workout style, Burner X, which matches CrossFit's intensity level but focuses on fat loss; as such, exercisers perform more reps while holding less weight.
The coaches at Signal 5 CrossFit each come from a different fitness background—one was a gymnast, another was a basketball player. This diversity serves their CrossFit courses well, as participants can scale each exercise to their own personal fitness abilities and goals. In addition to CrossFit classes, Burner X courses eschew traditional lifting and free weights, instead utilizing objects such as ropes, sleds, and tires.
Mike Bradley used to coach from the sidelines of high school football games. Now, he coaches exercisers at Crossfit Elation. Instead of X's and O's, he and CrossFit Level 1-certified instructor Sue McClain design a game plan around CrossFit's functional exercises, creating ever-changing daily workouts that might include everything from pull-ups to squats to dead lifts.
Equipment: Rogue Pull up Rig, Rogue Bars/Bumpers, Dynamax Med Balls, C2 Rowers
Students should bring: Proper athletic apparel, and Water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come with an open mind, the desire to learn, and remember to have fun.