The certified coaches at CrossFit OTG can fine-tune their repertoire of movements to condition many different types of bodies, which is why they are easily able to train former collegiate athletes and CEOs in the same space. The team?which includes a former police officer, an elementary-school physical-education teacher, and founder Nick DiMatteo?encourages members to reach outside preconceived definitions of fitness during intense, group workouts. They pile an ever-varied mix of resistance and cardio drills into group classes and sport-specific routines, drawing from established functional exercises that mirror real-life actions. During private sessions, they broaden the scope of the program to cover nutrition and motivational strategies, such as having a pro wrestler guard your alarm clock?s snooze button. Their ability to scale the intensity to any experience level fosters an accessible and diverse workout environment.
CrossFit Razor?s coaches don?t watch from the sidelines during workouts. They actively engage athletes with each movement, making sure they are lifting barbells correctly and swinging kettlebells with ease. Group CrossFit classes challenge athletes with workouts steeped in functional fitness. Classes take place in both indoor and outdoor spaces?and always in a supportive environment. Athletes heft equipment ranging from giant tires and weighted sleds to really heavy feathers.
In the eyes of an exercise enthusiast, 700 Fitness looks like a playground. Heavy ropes, tall boxes, and mallets wait to be hurled or jumped on. Bars of different heights support bodies as they swing up into the air, and elastic, neon straps provide resistance for challenging body-weight exercises.
But much like a ventriloquist dummy, the equipment is useless without some instruction. With the help of 700 Fitness's trained instructors, students weave through fitness circuits, KO punching bags, and learn how to always win The Floor is Lava game during parkour classes for all ages.
CrossFit workouts are not meant to be easy, though they are meant to be accessible to students of any fitness level. They incorporate functional movements alongside elements of track, gymnastics, and weightlifting, encouraging students to push themselves through sequences of pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, carrying, sprinting, and levitating. Yet every drop of sweat falls in a safe and supportive group environment. Coaches Carlo Profico and Keakahiwalani Landschoot help each attendee scale the load as well as the intensity of the exercises, creating workouts that are challenging, yet doable. Increased strength and stamina is a given over time, but the coaches also hope to inspire their students mentally and emotionally by helping them overcome the workouts’ physical challenges and mid-rep pop quizzes.
CrossFit Medford's gym looks a little bit like an auto garage. And that's appropriate, because their trainers are in the business of bodywork and revving fitness engines. They do so by leading exercisers through functional movements, performing them at a high intensity. By teaching these motions, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, they ready their students for physical exertions while playing sports or working. Trainers use everything from pull-up bars and kettlebells to ropes and resistance bands to get the job done. Making all-new routines daily also ensures their students get a completely workout and don't get bored. To ensure they all can follow through with those workouts, they scale them to individual needs and fitness levels.
Doing the same workouts every day for years was taking its toll on Rich Nebel. He was bored. That is, until he discovered CrossFit. With CrossFit, Rich found himself engaged again, and the dynamic, functional workouts strengthened his body in a way that kept things interesting. As the owner and a trainer at CrossFit 41 South, Nebel works to spread the gospel of the Workout Of the Day?or WOD?an intense routine that changes every day, challenging participants to push themselves to the limit in new ways.