Classes at CrossFit Live will whip you into shape with a workout program predicated on functional movements performed at a high level of intensity. The trainers make sure students work on every facet of fitness, from cardio and strength training to stamina, flexibility, power, speed, and agility.
You won’t find any treadmills or ellipticals at Bear Flag CrossFit, just 4,000 square feet of iron bars, weights, rowing machines, gymnastics rings, and kettlebells. Beneath an American flag and a California flag, CrossFit-certified trainers Eric Schubring and Will Hurst lead squads of athletes through each Workout of the Day (WOD). WODs never repeat and incorporate exercises such as Olympic weightlifting, body-weight exercises, heaving kettlebells, and rowing—all of which are based on CrossFit’s dogma of varied, functional fitness.
Next Level Training's spacious, naturally lit facility meets a wide spectrum of fitness needs, from improving strength and agility to losing weight. The gym boasts a roster of workout stations that includes free weights, machines, and TRX equipment. In a separate area, a 1,000-square foot space hosts boot camps led by Next Level Training's motivational instructors.
At CrossFit West Whittier, students complete pushups in midair. That's because they're gripping two Olympic rings, sacrificing the ground's stability for a more challenging body-weight exercise. After their circuit is complete, they might move on to medicine-ball throws or squats—the regimen is always unpredictable. Such is the credo of CrossFit, which combines weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio to address all aspects of physical fitness. Though its dumbbells and pull-up racks may seem intimidating, the coaches help direct students of all abilities through the varied routines, acquainting them with every piece of the stripped-down gym's equipment. Their emphasis on assistance and camaraderie guides free community workouts on Saturday mornings as well as open-gym sessions on Wednesdays—freeform meet-ups that allow students to practice their techniques without adhering to class constraints or crushing an apple to give to the teacher.
The coaches at CrossFit Virtue believe in the CrossFit system because its virtues are applicable in the real world. Since the system incorporates full-body exercises that use functional everyday movements, it readies its charges for anything from picking something up from the floor or getting out of a chair to playing a sport or running a marathon. It also makes activity safer by increasing durability through the strength and flexibility earned from those exercises. At CrossFit Virtue, instructors ease newcomers into the system with fundamentals classes, and they also offer one-on-one training.
It's a widely repeated maxim in the CrossFit community that the fitness needs of Olympic athletes and senior citizens differ by degree, not kind. In other words, though an elderly person may not be able to lift as much, run as far, or jump as high as a world-class athlete, he or she should still be performing the same exercises, just scaled accordingly. CrossFit Los Alamitos commits itself to this core tenet of the sport and invites exercisers into its gym even if they're limited in experience or have only used a punching bag for hugging practice. The exercises these patrons perform on a given day could be weight-, endurance-, or agility-oriented, with adjustments to load and duration made for every individual. Ultimately, the coaches ask only that their charges perform the varied exercises at maximum intensity in order to reap maximum benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, and endurance.