The trainers of CrossFit S-Town don't care whether their students can lift a certain amount of weight or possess a certain amount of body fat. Their only goal is to help each student leave class a little bit healthier. That's why they maintain an 8:1 student-teacher ratio and don't push newcomers to lift more weight than they can handle. Instead, they encourage students to strive for the intensity at which they're comfortable during the functional workouts, which incorporate a combination of gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and weightlifting. As they become more experienced, students can challenge themselves by using the recommended weight for the Workout of the Day, engaging in competitive CrossFit events, and trading in their cars for pedicabs.
Jay Montanari's personal motto has always been "Hard Work," and at CrossFit Ridgefield, he makes hard work his profession. Students at his gym learn the high-intensity, functional moves that comprise CrossFit workouts, including squats, pull-ups, dead lifts, and push-presses. These ever-changing routines serve to improve practitioners' balance, speed, agility, flexibility, strength, and endurance.
The trainers at Harrison Strength & Fitness don’t care if their students are dead-lifting with 500 pounds or with a broomstick. That’s because the CrossFit workout scales to all fitness levels and requires only that participants perform at their personal max. To help them do this, owner William Harris designed his no-frills gym without the distractions and hourly tea parties offered at fancy fitness clubs, reminding exercisers that their primary objective is to get healthy.
Harris, a North American Strongman competitor, certified personal trainer, and certified CrossFit coach, helms an equally credentialed staff. They lead classes designed to maximize the body’s proficiency in 10 foundations of fitness: strength, stamina, speed, flexibility, agility, accuracy, endurance, power, coordination, and balance. Though workouts vary each day, exercisers can expect to perform moves such as squats, lunges, jumps, throws, and pull-ups. Harrison Strength & Fitness also offers personal training as well as nutrition training that teaches patrons how to balance their meals with lean proteins, grains, and greens and design a dietary plan according to their individual goals.
Owned by two brothers from Newton, CrossFit RedZone doesn't resemble a typical gym. Instead of treadmills and bench presses, monkey bars stand alongside hanging rings and medicine balls piled like an arsenal of kickballs. Such equipment might seem spare, but that's exactly what CrossFit is about. In each class, coaches challenge students' bodies in a rotating array of workouts, incorporating everything from kettle bells and crates to obstacles in the parking lot. As adults learn to redefine their physical limitations, kids' classes take into account children's unique physical and mental development to create workouts that prepare them for a lifetime of healthy habits such as bench-pressing broccoli stalks.
At CrossFit Athletic Performance, the instructors are attempting to establish a new workout tradition. They eschew the silent weight lifting of big brand gyms in favor of unconventional exercises focusing on explosive power, and ensure raucous cheers of encouragement from instructors and other students accompany every workout. This camaraderie isn't by chance. CrossFit's staff fosters the positive atmosphere by celebrating even the smallest of victories in the gym with high fives and a cake made of celery. As dedicated as owners are to a positive atmosphere, they opened CrossFit Athletic Performance to get people healthy and strong, and judging by their students' dedication, they've been successful. The gym's workouts change every day in an effort to combat monotony and shock muscles; the only constant is the intensity of the sessions. In contrast, students can take a movement-focused approach to toning their bodies with mat Pilates and yoga classes hosted by the same instructors.
Brick walls, Olympic rings suspended from chains, and gigantic tires are the only decorations that CrossFit Smithtown needs. Part of the no-frills CrossFit movement, the gym welcomes guests of all fitness levels to participate in its workouts, which change each day to continually challenge the body. Coaches lead their students through exercises that typically require either barbells or body weight—burpees, pull-ups, squats, and box jumps are but a few examples. And though the routines are meant to be intense, they are also scalable, meaning that beginners and advanced pupils can work out side by side in the same class. This sort of diversity is common, as the propelling force behind all classes is a strong sense of community.