Flipping tires, lugging fire hoses, and lifting weights are an everyday occurrence at IHB CrossFit. Husband-and-wife trainers Melanie and Camden Drake—who are both certified in CrossFit Level 1 and higher—design new workouts every day that present new and exciting challenges to IHB CrossFit’s athletes. The workouts seldom repeat and often include exercises such as running, rowing, weight lifting, and bodyweight exercises such as pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse?here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness?from power to cardiovascular endurance?through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete?a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
At CrossFit NSB, students of all body types and backgrounds sweat, lift, and sprint their way to health and strength with a universally adaptable fitness program. Rather than parking its members on treadmills outfitted with flat-screen TVs, CrossFit challenges everyday people with high-intensity exercises that use basic fitness equipment such as free weights and medicine balls. Participants build functional strength and endurance through a barrage of Workouts of the Day (WODs) such as pull-ups, squats, and weightlifting.
Elevating fitness potential and forging healthier lifestyles. That's the goal at SuperNatural CrossFit, plain and simple. Its trainers enact that plan through CrossFit workouts—a system of functional movements performed at a high intensity. It's a system that borrows from gymnastics, Olympic lifting, cardio, and resistance training methods, and is embraced by firefighters, police officers, and the military. It's fitting, then, that SuperNatural's coaches come from police, SWAT, and Olympic lifting backgrounds. Experts in CrossFit, they scale their workouts to each individual, keeping goals realistic and within reach. They also mix up routines daily to keep everyone pumped, engaged, and ready to tackle exercises such as kettlebells, sprints, and plyometrics. Though all classes involve personalized attention, trainers provide private weightlifting classes as well.
At CrossFit Push Box, enthusiastic coaches educate and train clients to reach a new level of fitness. Workouts feature a broad array of high-intensity, functional movements that change daily?from dead lifts and bench presses to pull-ups and dips?to help increase strength and endurance. The 4,000-square-foot facility is packed with equipment such as ropes, rings, kettlebells, and even tractor tires, aiming for a broad base of fitness than can translate into increased energy and an improved outlook.
Head coach Ricardo Mendez III and his team lead CrossFit workouts engineered to rebuild clients' bodies from the ground up. Workouts incorporating weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, and cardio, and they can be scaled to suit each student's level of fitness.