Even as a child, Charlie Sims knew there was no magic potion you could drink to transform yourself into a champion athlete. If he wanted to score touchdowns on the football field or hit a homerun on the baseball diamond, he needed to work harder and train smarter than his rivals. This tough, seasoned athlete brings his years of sports training and triathlon competition experience to the CrossFit Regeneration gym, where he leads fellow fitness-seekers in challenging workouts.
Dumbbells, rowing machines, and medicine balls speckle the padded floors of his intimate studio, where Charlie and a team of CrossFit Level 1 certified instructors emphasize technique and safety as they lead students through wide variety functional exercises. They focus on exercises that mimic movements from everyday life, such as squats evocative of bending down to pick up the laundry basket or pull-ups reminiscent of peeking over your neighbor’s fence to watch HBO for free. In addition to leading workouts, the instructors provide students with nutritional guidance and support. Committed to creating a supportive community in their gym, the trainers often host parties and special events for their students and teachers.
The sledgehammer slams the earth with a resounding thud before being discarded for a game of toss-back with a medicine ball. Such training methods are but a small slice of the workout routine possibilities at Black Label CrossFit. CrossFit—an innovative strengthening and conditioning program that veers away from using traditional muscle-training apparatuses—has even gained popularity among the training programs of police academies, military special-operations units, and high-profile federal agents who yearn to get better at hopscotch.
On any given day, the training team provides students with new routines based on a combination of Olympic sports, gymnastics activities, and metabolic conditioning that may include moves such as sprinting with barbells, pull-ups, or inverted rowing. By changing things up all the time, trainers hope to inspire participants to remain engaged and feel challenged to always bring their best effort to improving their health and wellness. Each session is also timed and scored, encouraging students to keep aiming higher.
A former Marine and certified personal trainer, Daniel Sands eschews screaming and pushups for an extra dose of personal attention. Just as Marine Corps instructors reprogram recruits through repetition, Sands seeks to re-educate clients on how best to incorporate exercise and healthy cooking choices into busy lives. Daniel’s boot-camp style Hybrid MaxFit classes integrate CrossFit techniques, and Zumba classes help sculpt the body through easy-to-learn latin dance moves. Daniel also offers personal-training sessions, where he can customize routines for all fitness levels and demonstrate the modified positions, handholds, or cyborgian insoles that can improve performance.
The trainers at Man o’ War CrossFit understand speed and efficiency reign king in this fast-paced world, and that a busy schedule can sometimes get in the way of fitness. To help people make time for getting into shape, they’ve developed total-body workouts designed to whip patrons into shape in 30 minutes or less. Each day, they motivate patrons with a new CrossFit regimen, challenging them to their build strength, agility, and stamina with a series of functional movements scaled to suit all fitness levels. The high-intensity workouts draw on a slew of nontraditional fitness gear: One day, patrons might heave medicine balls and hang from gymnastics rings, and the next, they might climb ropes and rock heavy punching bags to sleep. In addition to calorie-annihilating CrossFit sessions, the dedicated trainers also lead one-on-one personal-training sessions and oversee free-form open-gym sessions.