In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.
Lando and Stacey, coaches of CrossFit Lando, draw on their experiences as a collegiate baseball coach and a competitive gymnast, respectively, to help clients identify, achieve, and surpass their goals. They design new workouts each day based on CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional fitness. Though workouts change daily, they may include a mix of exercises such as Olympic weightlifting, running, rowing, plyometrics, and medicine-ball training.
Named after the Greek god of war, CrossFit Ares hopes to help its clients win their fitness battles—whether they're fighting to do 20 pull-ups or win a body-building championship. The CrossFit program embraces all experience levels with its mix of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio drills that scale up or down in intensity to challenge everyone from beginners to beginners with bionic exoskeletons.
Each routine is known as a workout of the day, or 'WOD', and owner Craig Galloway puts a serious dose of thought into their composition. He meets with his staff for one Saturday out of every month, planning different exercise lineups that keep gym members simultaneously safe and entertained. He brings the same level of forethought to warm-ups, as well, and considers them just as important as the main class event.
Vo2max Elite trains clients in group and private fitness classes, boxing fight clubs, and yoga of all levels. The instructors are equally varied in their backgrounds. There is an athlete who discovered yoga after playing soccer and baseball for years, as well as a music student and a martial-arts expert, many of them with close to a decade of experience. Challenging endurance workouts bring out the best in every client of every level, while Kripalu yoga, a form of hatha yoga, uses slow, even poise to build strength. Sunrise classes leave the body ready to start the day. The selection of yoga classes includes those courses as well as a range of other offerings for patrons of all levels.
The trainers at BeFit Health and Wellness have a taste for the unconventional. In their one-on-one and small-group training sessions, it’s not uncommon to see clients flipping tires, waving battle ropes, swinging kettlebells, or honing their bodies with plyometrics. The trainers like to keep things varied, so the workout changes every day, and it may include exercises such as body-weight training, weightlifting, sprinting, and moving sandbags. They work with clients of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels and also offer customized nutrition programs to help clients achieve optimal results.
At CrossFit High Power, groups of exercisers grunt, scratch, and sweat through constantly changing workouts that include aspects of weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning. Across the facility's 4,500 square feet of space, instructors fuse motivation with education to help each individual blow past obstacles and obliterate personal bests. The workouts themselves are intense and are built around a wide range of functional movements that can burn off excess fat, improve athletic performance, or simply aid bodies in functioning better.