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.
Inside the no-fluff, no-frills gym, patrons sweat their way through comprehensive group workouts. Adapted from sports including weightlifting, gymnastics, and track, CrossFit's mélange keeps the body constantly working toward change, against which muscles rebel by bulking up or turning into washboards. During each 35-minute class, both men and women build more than just muscle, as multifaceted sessions also focus on endurance, speed, balance, agility, and flexibility.
For a quick leg up on getting fit, the gym's boot-camp classes immerse students in intense, varied workouts designed to burn fat and whittle away inches quickly. Six days a week, instructors might challenge students to rope climbs, sit-ups, sprints, or kettlebell exercises, always incorporating both cardio and strength training to achieve results as quickly as possible. For those new to the gym's programs, boot camps are an ideal way to gain the strength and endurance necessary to succeed in the more intense CrossFit classes.
Originally founded by a pair of professional wakeboarders looking to train during the off-season, Clermont Crossfit has now become a year-round community of aspiring athletes. The trainers describe their classes as instructor-led and peer-driven, combining one-on-one coaching with the motivation and accountability of working with an encouraging group. They follow the CrossFit method of inventing new workouts every day, a strategy designed to keep muscles from becoming acclimated to the exercises and consuming fewer calories, while also staving off bordem. In any given class, they might incorporate gymnastics, Olympic weight-lifting, kettlebell training, or rowing, one of the few exercises in which it is socially appropriate to wear a viking helm.
Sweat Factory's trainers expect hard work of their exercisers, but for good reason. Their CrossFit workouts change every day, which means muscles never become complacent and stop changing. CrossFit's blend of conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and throwing helps clients power right through weight-loss plateaus.
At Power Box Fitness, certified CrossFit trainer Shawn Albrecht and certified personal trainer Virginia Albrecht motivate guests of all fitness levels to improve their physical condition through an exercise regimen that varies frequently. Workouts are tailored such that each participant does the same exercises, but scaled to their ability level. Power Box's green-floored gym houses free weights, barbells, and tires, equipped with whatever may be required for a given day's workout.
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.