A 15-year member of the US Army, Jose Martinez first discovered CrossFit at the US Army's Infantry Basic Officer Course. He found himself instantly drawn in by the mental and physical challenge of the exercise form and began to pursue it regularly. Soon, he earned a certification as a Level 1 CrossFit trainer and opened his own gym, CrossFit Emanation, where he shares the ever-mutating regimen with his students.
As recently as 2010, Stylez G. White was exploding off the line as a starting defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Today, he runs Elite Vandals, a fitness studio known for its daily, CrossFit-esque philosophy that has been dubbed "Vandal Fit". The workouts and drills resemble what you'd see being performed in a pro football team's weight room: think dead lifts, squats, box jumps, pull-ups, ladder drills, field-goal-post tosses, and rope climbing. Making matters better, White, who is a CrossFit Level 1-certified instructor to boot, caps each class size at 10 exercisers, resulting in more one-on-one instruction between trainer and trainees.
Sprawled out on the ground, sweaty, and holding a tire--this is how Kandis Dunn often leaves her charges at the end of one of her CrossBoot classes. The certified personal trainer and ultra-runner constantly changes her exercise routines, using variable training techniques and muscle confusion to dramatically reshape the body. Another added benefit to Kandis's outdoor CrossBoot classes is the supportive group environment where students cheer each other on as they bang out another set of kettlebell swings or challenge an old draw-bridge to see who can hold plank position the longest.
At CrossFit Manta Ray, students join a community of coaches and exercise aficionados all working towards the same goal: a stronger, healthier body. Coaches and co-owners Sebastian Albors and Chris Zamudio draw from a passion for fitness and loads of experience in their field to help trainees of all body types and levels. Through group training, nutritional guidance, one-on-one workouts, or Olympic weightlifting classes, participants strengthen their muscles and build up superhuman endurance. Unlike boring bouts on a treadmill or inside a giant hamster wheel, CrossFit regimens challenge minds and bodies with an ever-changing array of intense exercises, such as running, jumping, weightlifting, and rowing, all designed to deliver maximum results and prevent exercise plateaus.
CrossFit Tecnica?s [coaches][http://www.crossfittecnica.com/coaches] liken themselves to a family?a clan that grows with each person who walks through the door and picks up a barbell. These professionals, who include former members of the US Army and Air Force, certified Olympic lifting trainers, and elite-level athletes, ease neophytes into the world of CrossFit with an On Ramp program that teaches the basic techniques of weight lifting and tire flips. They work together to whip bodies into peak shape and, if the students desire, prepare them for CrossFit competitions that pit their skills against others across the country. In doing so, participants work out at a gym as fuss-free as the workouts, with chalkboard walls that surround rings, boxes, and kettlebells and display the best results of each trainee.
Clients at CrossFit DPC have a knack for the unconventional—rowing, tire flipping, and dips on suspended rings are just a few exercises they might perform during a workout. Trainers blend these moves with other fitness disciplines such as plyometrics, weightlifting, and interval training to create a different Workout of the Day, or WOD, each day. Designed to promote variable, functional fitness, instructors can scale the workouts by experience level so that beginner, intermediate, and elite athletes can all participate.