Jump on a treadmill, tune out, go home. Repeat. This is exactly the type of workout rut the founders of Crossfit West were hoping to break free of when they opened this results-focused gym. Here, intensity is the key to a successful workout, and the encouraging trainers motivate guests to push past their personal limits each day, whether that means lifting five pounds or carrying five tired classmates to the water fountain. Using a workout system originally developed for military training drills, the trainers lead ever-changing routines that are scalable to any fitness level and can include tasks such as burpees, push-ups, squats, and sled pulls. Best of all, the gym offers more than 25 classes per week so members can drop by for a plateau-blasting workout whenever their schedule allows.
Since his first run-in with Brazilian jujitsu at age 7, Claudio França has been busy. Now a fifth-degree black belt, he's spent more than 30 years mentoring MMA competitors, winning multiple championships, and hosting the annual U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Santa Cruz. He also teaches classes at three eponymous dojos with the help of fellow black belts. Training sessions teach groups how to execute BJJ's signature ground-fighting techniques and instill in individuals the keys to becoming a part of the martial-arts community.
Claudio's classes mix advanced students with total beginners, enabling the new arrivals to learn from more than one person, while regulars hone their coaching chops. The environment is family friendly, as well: there are programs for kids as young as 4, youth classes, and both women-only and co-ed adult lessons.
Members of CrossFit Amundson Santa Cruz find themselves amid a second family that supports their athletic endeavors. Coaches tailor workouts to challenge every person that swings a Kettlebell, lifts a barbell, or flips a tractor tire. Kids as young as five years of age can partake in CrossFit as well, with special kids classes that focus on having fun with functional fitness exercises. The gym also holds Krav Maga classes?dubbed by the trainers as ?The CrossFit of Martial Arts? for its self-defense techniques steeped in functional fitness. There, students learn such classic moves as a knee strike or noogie.
It happens all the time: people wander into CrossFit Los Gatos and wind up becoming a member of the gym's fitness community. And many of them find themselves getting into the best shape of their lives. A team-like bond forms between CrossFitters, all of whom motivate and encourage one another through the often strenuous—though scalable—workouts. Coaches also rally groups through the day's sessions, which employ such fitness tools as kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastic rings, and ropes.
One class style stands out on Morgan Hill Crossfit’s schedule: Kids’ Crossfit. Owner Skip Rebozzi wanted to open a gym where his children, avid athletes, would feel comfortable working out as well. Regardless of students’ ages, Rebozzi and his staff lead Crossfit classes comprised of moves that scale to challenge exercisers of all stripes while toning the entire body.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.