Everyone from certified Olympic weightlifting coaches to retired police officers is on the impressive staff of trainers at Broward CrossFit. That diversity of backgrounds fits in with CrossFit's overall goal for its fitness program, in which clients transform their bodies and lifestyles using an all-encompassing fitness and conditioning program that skews away from the boring or traditional. On a tour of the facility, newcomers may notice that the studio is free of treadmills and inflatable muscle suits. In an introductory on-ramp class, students will get introduced to the rigors of CrossFit. After getting familiar with the techniques of high-intensity interval training, students will join the community of like-minded athletes for regular classes, where they can build lean muscle and strength using kettlebells, weightlifting, gymnastics, and running.
When they walk into CrossFit Ft. Lauderdale, members are most cordially invited to flip the switch into beast mode. They’re helped along with each day’s workout of the day, or WOD. These ever-changing exercises create a dynamic mélange of high-impact conditioning with a combination of powerlifting, gymnastics, and plyometrics. Home to over 200 members, the gym keeps its workouts short and intense, like a child performing a David Mamet monologue. The 6,000-square foot facility boasts an extensive array of fitness gear, including hanging ropes, ERG rowing machines, weight sleds, and kettlebells aplenty.
CrossFit is an intense fitness program designed for overall athletic excellence, not specialization. The program, comprised of 45- to 60-minute classes, accommodates all skill levels by adapting load and intensity without the need for changing workouts or bicep-boosting intravenous spinach injections. Among the defining features of this program is the unpredictable, shifting workout of the day, which pinpoints daily exercises scalable for all fitness levels and generalizes for progressive improvement. The CrossFit program starts strong and ramps up in intensity every class, so missing workouts is not recommended.
The staff at Riptide CrossFit doesn't believe that fitness is only achievable for some. On the contrary, they operate on the conviction that fitness is the body's natural state, and people just need a little help to reach it. The studio's coaches strive to help clients of all abilities blast through their perceived limitations with CrossFit's adherence to constantly varied, high-intensity interval training. The program can help everyone from stay-at-home parents to marathon runners boost their strength and stamina with such functional movements as squats, push-ups, and opening a stubborn jar with one’s mind. Workouts of the day (WODs) are performed either at Riptide CrossFit's 1,500-square-foot gym—equipped with ropes, rowing machines, and kettlebells—or outside at the beach.
After lighting up the gridiron on Saturdays as a cornerback for the Washington State Cougars, Wale Dada pursued his dream of Sunday glory with stints in the NFL and professional clubs in Germany, Canada, and the United States. Now, he trains the next generation of fitness buffs as the owner and founder of Takeover Fitness Training. There, along with certified trainers Casey Eischen and Wesley Windham, he pairs training fundamentals with professional dedication to remake healthier lifestyles for clients of all fitness levels. Whether they're sweating through personal training sessions or stoking inner fires during group camps, clients can challenge muscles with strength training, boost endurance with cardio work, or improve balance and agility with boxing work. Training sessions even unfold outside of the gym, with beach training sessions blending intense workouts with the cool spray of the Atlantic.
At Crossfit Grounds, owner Dominic Maurici and his staff lead clients toward their desired fitness goals with CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional fitness. Beneath the studio’s mural of the American flag and a demonic kettlebell with fangs, athletes perform a different Workout of the Day (WOD) each day. Though the workout is never the same, WODs may include exercises that range from rowing and running to weight lifting, body-weight exercises, and gymnastics-inspired moves such as dips on suspended rings.