CrossFit Great Ones’ coaches believe in the CrossFit system because its functional-movement exercises performed with high intensity readies their students for all physical activities. Through its varied exercises and equipment, it also develops every muscle group while enhancing speed, agility, and power. The reason the coaches love the program, however, is the team spirit it evokes as coaches and students alike motivate each other to achieve their fitness goals. They further nurture that sense of community by sponsoring local charity events, volunteering, and donating a portion of new membership dues to charities.
At CrossFit One Way, instructors teach everyone from teens to the elderly how to use equipment and functional movements to achieve a full-body workout. They tailor workout to each participant’s fitness and abilities, preparing them for all daily, sports, and work activities.
Every visit to the more than 3,100-square-foot CrossFit Coconut Creek is bound to have a surprise or two. Every day, the instructors concoct a new combination of strength-and-conditioning exercises in the Workout of the Day, which could include pushups, lunges, box jumps, burpees, and sprints. No workout is the same, and each exercise can be scaled to match an exerciser’s fitness level. Newbies can get a running and jumping start to CrossFit with help from Fundamentals classes.
At CrossFit Hardcore Central, it’s pretty routine to see athletes lifting weights overhead one minute and then doing dips on gymnastics bars the next. But “routine” is a four-letter word at this gym, considering that the Workouts of the Day (WODs) change every day to keep muscles and their owners guessing. Based on CrossFit’s principle of varied, functional fitness, exercises never repeat workouts. Sessions may include weightlifting, running, rowing, gymnastics, plyometrics, and body-weight movements such as pushups, chin-ups, and squats.
Certified trainers Charley and Nat aren't fans of the typical big-box gym experience. They have their reasons: gyms are crowded, people don't wipe down machines after they're done, and the actual results of workouts can vary wildly. Another, more compelling reason is that they've simply found something better. It's called CrossFit, and it works.
Inspired by CrossFit's focus on functional strength, Charley and Nat opened CrossFit Navigate and began turning others on to the workouts. In each punishing session, they combine exercises such as squats, rope climbs, and tractor tosses to work out every major muscle group. They scale these exercises to challenge virtually any fitness level, from beginner to expert.
Kettlebells and dumbbells line the walls. Giant tractor tires are scattered across the entrance. Thick yellow ropes dangle from the ceiling. In this bare-bones gym, trainers use this equipment and more during intense CrossFit classes. Workouts change daily to avoid repetition and keep exercisers motivated, and feature a slew of everyday movements. CrossFit preps participants for all manner of physical activity, sculpting all muscle groups to enhance speed, power, agility, and balance.