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.
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.
Elevating fitness potential and forging healthier lifestyles. That's the goal at SuperNatural CrossFit, plain and simple. Its trainers enact that plan through CrossFit workouts—a system of functional movements performed at a high intensity. It's a system that borrows from gymnastics, Olympic lifting, cardio, and resistance training methods, and is embraced by firefighters, police officers, and the military. It's fitting, then, that SuperNatural's coaches come from police, SWAT, and Olympic lifting backgrounds. Experts in CrossFit, they scale their workouts to each individual, keeping goals realistic and within reach. They also mix up routines daily to keep everyone pumped, engaged, and ready to tackle exercises such as kettlebells, sprints, and plyometrics. Though all classes involve personalized attention, trainers provide private weightlifting classes as well.
At CrossFit Push Box, enthusiastic coaches educate and train clients to reach a new level of fitness. Workouts feature a broad array of high-intensity, functional movements that change daily?from dead lifts and bench presses to pull-ups and dips?to help increase strength and endurance. The 4,000-square-foot facility is packed with equipment such as ropes, rings, kettlebells, and even tractor tires, aiming for a broad base of fitness than can translate into increased energy and an improved outlook.
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.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.