An official CrossFit training facility, CrossFit Hard Bodies builds powerful bodies with exercises inspired by gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and track and field. Safety-focused trainers lead group workouts that crackle with camaraderie and one-on-one sessions that enlighten participants with custom exercise routines and nutritional guidance. Both types of sessions brim with CrossFit moves such as box jumps and handstand pushups, challenging participants to run faster and stomp antique tea sets harder. In addition to conditioning muscles for sports, functional training with kettlebells and weighted push sleds preps bodies for the lifts, bends, and shopping-cart drag races of everyday life.
Certified CrossFit trainer Rob Davis and his team of trainers rely the system's on muscle confusion and functional strength workouts to boost the fitness of students of all ages, sizes, and experience levels. At CrossFit Triple D—where the three D's are desire, discipline, and dedication—free weights, kettlebells, and medicine balls occupy the space between patriotically painted walls. Members push through CrossFit routines both inside and outdoors, completing obstacle courses that include everything from tire flips to sled pushes. Workouts also rotate daily, ensuring that muscles never tire of strength, cardio, and endurance routines that might include everything from situps and jump rope sessions to box jumps and burpees. Rob and his trainers aim for a healthy balance between guiding individuals and fostering teamwork, often reminding recruits that "we can't make you want it, but we can help you get there."
Josh Werner, who has appeared on the World Fitness Elite TV show, is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and the owner of CAT 5 CrossFit. At CAT 5 CrossFit, he and his team help clients achieve their fitness goals with a variety of dynamic classes that include metabolic training, agility training, yoga, kettlebell classes, and Olympic weightlifting. Josh can also spur enhanced results with detailed nutritional guidance customized to each client’s needs. Class size does not exceed 10 people, allowing for students to meet other fitness-seekers while they receive individual attention from instructors. Workouts last on average between 10 and 30 minutes, but the entire experience can take up to an hour when incorporating warm-ups and stretching.
When owners Tom and Kristie Kiper decided to open a gym, they were determined to make it accessible to everyone of all fitness levels. Today, they and their team of trainers teach the CrossFit system to fulfill that goal, as the system can be scaled and customized to suit all levels, from elite athlete to someone brand new to the world of fitness. They also offer continuous encouragement during intense sessions of ever-changing daily workouts that utilize functional-movement exercises, such as tossing medicine balls, jumping on and off plyometric boxes, and lifting weights. It’s a system, too, that rewards participants with enhanced agility, strength, and speed while prepping them for all work, sports, and daily activities.
Being a successful natural bodybuilder was only the beginning of a fitness journey that led Cast Iron CrossFit owner Matt Franco toward a deeper, biological understanding of how exercise and dieting affect our bodies. Franco obtained a degree in biology from Binghamton University and went on to study Nuclear Medical Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology, working in the healthcare industry for many years before discovering CrossFit. With its simple, ever-changing movements, CrossFit tied in perfectly to what he'd learned about having to constantly challenge and surprise the body in order to achieve results and his passion for helping others find the most effective way to get fit and healthy.
His newfound love for CrossFit inspired Matt to open his own studio which today operates out of an expansive 3,000-square-foot facility. At Cast Iron CrossFit, workouts strip away everything but the essentials. With the Cast Iron CrossFit Unloaded classes, students can get the benefits of CrossFit, but without the heavy lifting or tire throwing. Matt teaches movements designed using the principles of body mechanics. Just like the classes Matt took once upon a time, the workouts can be customized to challenge both beginners and seasoned athletes, and the exercises increase in difficulty and intensity over time. In a supportive class environment, students master Olympic lifts, body-weight exercises, and plyometrics as they build toned, lean, lithe bodies.
In their 6,000-square-foot gym, the certified coaches at The CrossFit Squad lead classes through a series of daily workouts designed to work all muscle groups in a single session. They change up the routine each day to prevent the boredom of repetition, and since the CrossFit system employs functional movements in exercises, they prepare participants for all physical activities—from sports to work to daily chores. To accommodate their members, the gym is equipped with showers, as well as a kids’ room so parents can bring their little ones with them.