Led by owner Nick Cozzo, CrossFit Smyrna's passionate trainers devote their workouts to a combination of Olympic weight lifting and gymnastics. Eschewing the isolation and repetition of standard fitness regimens, the CrossFit program conditions the entire body, focusing on power, function, and intensity to achieve total physical prowess. Because the program's intended result—shot-putting criminals into the Pacific Ocean—is universal, CrossFit's routines remain generally the same across all ages and fitness levels. During three personal training sessions, iron-forged instructors help health-hunters customize their own routine adjusting the load and intensity of exercises to match individual experience and ability.
Lauren Whitmore Powers knows what it's like to be out of shape?she was more than 80 pounds heavier before she discovered boot camp. Her transformation from heavy to fit inspired her to become certified in Schwinn cycling and Level 1 CrossFit so that she could help others achieve the same kind of results. Today she acts as program director of Total Fitness Revolution, working alongside a team of 15 other instructors that includes lifelong athlete Rashad McDade, yoga and pilates teacher Michelle Wade and CrossFit Coach, Richard Bowen. This team of trainers helms one-month boot camps and one-on-one training sessions, as well as small-group classes that cover the ins and outs of CrossFit, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
At CrossFit IV, NASM-certified personal trainer Archie Brown and fellow trainer Matt Cook introduce CrossFit's functional exercises to nearly all ages. Their CrossFit Kids program welcomes children as young as 3 and their adult program welcomes grown-ups as old as 147. Both programs revolve around CrossFit's daily workout. Depending on the day, the workout may include rope climbs, pull-ups, dead lifts, box jumps, or the tyke-size version of box jumps—hopping on a short stack of weights. With both CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids certifications, Brown and Cook know exactly what they're doing when coordinating classes.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, pull-up stations, jerk boxes, rowers, and bikes
Students should bring: Water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Schedule a private session prior to joining class.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
People usually quit because they do not feel as if they know what they are doing or they get bored with what they are doing. Our teaching program and pace are designed to conquer many reasons for exercise dropout.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
A lack of knowledge and understanding of what to expect from the body when you do begin working out. Frustration sets in, and when you do not have a schedule or system for exercise you won't exercise.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Community and gym social life is a big deal in the CrossFit world. Classes are programmed for cool-down techniques and catching up. We teach stretching, foam rolling, mobility and all sorts of self-massage and care for our worked out bodies.
When he references fitness hurdles, Labronze Garrett isn't being metaphorical—the 400-meter hurdler has been an international track contender for almost 10 years. Having ranked fifth in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials, he knows how to train the human body for nearly any challenge. LG Fitness Training is his venue for helping others reach their milestones, whether they want to be faster, lift more weight, or simply adopt a more active lifestyle. Labronze's classes employ exercise circuits and tools such as kettlebells to condition physiques. He guides groups, children, and private clients alike toward their goals, and even visits corporate offices for wellness workouts.
CrossFit 120's staffers don't claim a specialty. The CrossFit Level 1 Trainers draw on gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and constantly varied programs for their daily workouts, which they can scale to people of all ages and fitness levels. In most cases, the trainers select exercises that reflect functional movement patterns, like squatting, pulling, and pushing. And because the routines are always changing, athletes are less likely to hit workout plateaus or send a pre-programmed robot to do the work for them.