CrossFit SoCo’s functional-training exercises aren’t just inspired by Olympic events such as weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and field. They’re taught by certified coaches who’ve trained for them and other high-level competitions. When director Kevin Montford is not at the gym, he helms America For Gold, a nonprofit that supports athletes training for the Olympics. In addition to leading challenging CrossFit fundamentals group workouts, he demonstrates his athletic prowess at the Ironman triathlon and adventure races such as the ESPN X-Games.
During the classes and one-on-one training sessions, the instructors motivate patrons of all fitness levels through functional-training movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. They add resistance to these movements with tools such as barbells, gymnastics rings, and tires large enough to outfit Paul Bunyan’s stretch limo. Running fortifies many workouts as well, boosting endurance as it torches calories. Personal attention helps exercisers perfect their form and technique, and an encouraging atmosphere propels them toward goals such as weight loss, increased strength, and the ability to crab-walk across the entire 7,500-square-foot gym.