At Crossfit Diadem, CrossFit Level 1-certified coach Jen Bunnell and her staff push exercisers through ever-changing, high-intensity CrossFit workouts. The challenging routines typically center around a blend of cardiovascular exercises and functional body weight moves like push-ups, pull-ups, and squats, which can be scaled for all fitness levels. The classes, which are typically one-hour in length, might also incorporate kettlebells, dumbbells, rings, and even sandbags, and aim to help students reach their personal fitness goals while also improving their strength, stamina, agility, balance, and coordination. To help reduce injuries during workouts, the studio has also teamed with Doctor of Physical Therapy Deniz Armagan, who can give members complimentary evaluations and new names to go with their new bodies.
How likely are you to survive a zombie apocalypse? It's certainly something worth considering, and the trainers at Zastc gym think they have a pretty good chance. That's because Zastc stands for Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Center, and they're all in the business of making sure their patrons become the type of healthy strong folks who could successfully battle the undead and win. That's accomplished through circuit training workouts that keep muscles guessing burpees, squats, push ups, rowing, and all manner of other functional motions. In addition to group workouts, personal trainers help patrons target specific goals.
"I consider sacred the bond of trust that develops over time with our athletes, forged by sound direction, collaboration, and real, lasting results," says Erik Preston, owner and head trainer at CrossFit San Elijo. The ex-Marine recruited a team of instructors who work to forge a sense of community among its members through rigorous shared effort of their group workouts. Instructors teach athletes foundational movements during an initial class before embarking on daily workouts where they’ll hoist kettlebells, master gymnast’s rings, and walk with 45-pound weights. Every exercise is rigorously monitored, as instructors insist on proper form while students execute core exercises of squat, press, and lift. Along with emphasizing sound mechanics, instructors help copilot participants toward healthier eating habits and recovery techniques.
Rich Sayen started his training career more than 10 years ago. In that time, he became a CrossFit Level 1 coach, an American Kettleball Club Coach, and he was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. By the time he founded Crossfit2.0, Rich was an expert trainer.
His gym looks more like a playground than a fitness space, except that the metal loops and brightly colored straps of the CrossFit equipment stand in place of slides or tetherball poles. Students grab hold of these to do the Workout of the Day (WOD), which might include climbing ropes to the ceiling, doing dips on suspended rings, or slinging kettlebells. Sometimes workouts even spill into the parking lot as athletes run laps around the building, push weighted sleds, or shot-put meteors back into space.
At Kraken Fitness, former US Navy SEAL and CrossFit coach Paul Anderson hosts CrossFit Spring Valley—a series of daily fitness classes that employ intense reps of functional workouts to improve overall fitness. Paul’s CrossFit program combines kettlebells, medicine balls, plyometrics, and gymnastics techniques to create endlessly varied workouts that strengthen every aspect of fitness, including endurance, agility, balance, and coordination.
Equipment: Rogue, barbells, medicine balls, kettle bells, Concept 2 rower
Students should bring: Water, towel, and cross training or running shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Positive and motivated mindsets make workouts twice as fun and effective.