For CrossFit-certified trainers Bobby and Megan Vizzari, a good day can mean the difference between one and two seconds on a client's workout time. That's because, rather than focusing on gym or world records, they encourage students to do their personal best during that day's workout. Their routines adjust to suit any fitness level, incorporating weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio drills that challenge the entire body. However, even as they stress the importance of pushing your limits, they prioritize camaraderie and community support?no class ends before the final person completes his or her set amid cheers and applause.
The trainers at Harrison Strength & Fitness don?t care if their students are dead-lifting with 500 pounds or with a broomstick. That?s because the CrossFit workout scales to all fitness levels and requires only that participants perform at their personal max. To help them do this, owner William Harris designed his no-frills gym without the distractions and hourly tea parties offered at fancy fitness clubs, reminding exercisers that their primary objective is to get healthy.
Harris, a North American Strongman competitor, certified personal trainer, and certified CrossFit coach, helms an equally credentialed staff. They lead classes designed to maximize the body?s proficiency in 10 foundations of fitness: strength, stamina, speed, flexibility, agility, accuracy, endurance, power, coordination, and balance. Though workouts vary each day, exercisers can expect to perform moves such as squats, lunges, jumps, throws, and pull-ups. Harrison Strength & Fitness also offers personal training as well as nutrition training that teaches patrons how to balance their meals with lean proteins, grains, and greens and design a dietary plan according to their individual goals.
At CrossFit POP, a crew of certified coaches leads exercisers through functional workouts that help clients develop a broad base of fitness. The team fosters a fun but challenging atmosphere that encourages participants to sweat and push themselves to better health through an ever-changing roster of movements. The Workout of the Day?the core of CrossFit?might draw from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or competitive hugging on any given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health, regardless of age.
At CrossFit Valkyrie, coaches guide exercisers through functional-fitness workouts that help clients better perform everyday tasks. Their program melds exercise with proper nutrition and commitment, which together can spur individuals of all fitness levels to get in the best shape of their lives.
The exercise part of the equation involves an ever-changing roster of movements, which staves off boredom and keeps muscles from spasming just to entertain themselves. Each Workout of the Day relies on everything from weightlifting and kettlebell movements to gymnastics and cardio exercises to tone muscles and whittle waistlines.
Anyone who has been through a CrossFit workout knows that it's not for the faint of heart. The instructors push students to the very brink of their abilities, running them through a gauntlet of functional exercises that use ropes, kettlebells, and even full-size tires. It's not something that young kids would seem partial to.
CrossFit Kids Port Chester begs to differ. The revolutionary program takes the best qualities of CrossFit—fun workouts, constantly changing routines—and tailors them to kids aged 3–17. The result is an effective workout that lets kids of all skill levels burn off steam without ripping their homework to shreds. The trainers make every effort to ensure that kids stay engaged and, most importantly, safe; instructors are certified by the American Red Cross in first aid and CPR.
CrossFit One Life's trainers lead constantly changing workouts that can improve their clients' fitness and overall health. Using functional movements, the classes hone 10 general physical skills, including strength, flexibility, and stamina. The trainers scale workouts to each person, ensuring everyone works within their capabilities.