At its core, the CrossFit regimen uses high-intensity versions of everyday functional movements to get people lean and cut. This means that the group classes will use ever-changing sequences of exercises that combine pushing, pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, and carrying movements as well as sprints to create full-body workouts. It also means that trainers can scale those workouts to fit the needs and abilities of beginners and hard-core CrossFit disciples alike.
Throughout the workouts, students will have full control over the intensity of each exercise, which allows them to safely challenge themselves while their coaches and fellow attendees provide enthusiastic support, encouragement, and guidance. Safety is always a priority at CrossFit Hays, so the instructors require newcomers to learn the basics by attending introductory Elements courses. During these courses, the coaches teach students how to safely perform the exercises while simultaneously learning to recognize and respect the limitations of their bodies and their telekinetic weightlifting powers.
The trainers affectionately call Maximum III CrossFit “The Box,” because of its open, utilitarian layout. It’s a far cry from posh health clubs, but when it’s filled with people lifting weights, hoisting themselves up on gymnastics rings, and encouraging one another, the ever-changing CrossFit workouts need no frills.
No two workouts of the day are the same. They are varied with high-intensity, functional exercises, such as kettlebell drills, rope climbing, and body-weight exercises. The workouts are scalable so that all fitness levels can join in and take on the challenges. The trainers strive to push each member to get into the best shape of their lives, whether that’s preparing for a marathon or gaining enough strength to finally win a thumb war.
To the untrained eye, CrossFit classes can look completely foreign. Students of all athletic abilities work out side by side, using not standard gym machines, but sandbags, heavy ropes, and their own body weight as equipment. And that's the beauty of CrossFit—it relies on nontraditional techniques to get students in the best shape of their lives. All exercises are scaled to match each student's ability level, allowing a diverse group of students to form bonds as they each work to their own limit. Classes are led by expert trainers and change every day.
An experienced personal trainer, amateur bodybuilder, and former gymnast, Carrie Carmichael discovered her true calling while helping her fellow cops stay in shape. Her fitness career quickly evolved from part-time personal trainer to entrepreneur in 2008, when she opened her gym. Alongside a team of certified trainers, Carmichael now conditions clients of all fitness levels with a high-intensity style that uses functional movements and short bursts of cardio to whittle and tone bodies. The trainers safely guide students through the nine foundational CrossFit movements: squats, front squats, overhead squats, press, push press, push jerk, deadlifts, medicine-ball clean, and sumo deadlift high pull.
The trainers teach CrossFit classes in levels one and two to ensure that their clients' muscles are not overtaxed. They also shape up little ones during CrossFit kids' classes. When they're not teaching their students to toss around weighted medicine balls or deadlift a beached whale, trainers customize workouts with personal-training and yoga classes, as well as amplify results with USANA nutrition supplements.