David Goodwin’s back pain was so severe that he couldn’t bend over to sit on the floor and play with his kids. In his search for relief, he stumbled upon a CrossFit class. As he returned again and again for four months, he found that each week his pain was less than it had been the previous week. The results saved playtime with his kids and compelled him to complete his training certifications for CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance.
Today, David works at Hermes CrossFit, where he and several other CrossFit Level 1–certified trainers guide exercisers of all fitness levels through CrossFit’s workout of the day. The routines incorporate a changing hodgepodge of bodyweight, gymnastic, Olympic lifting, plyometric, and dragon-tickling exercises that classes of students complete quickly and intensely.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.