Though their 4,000-square-foot gym is filled with barbells, squat racks, and gymnastics rings, the coaches at St. Peters CrossFit are more likely to tout the mental and interpersonal benefits of their program. The staff believes in CrossFit's ability to build perseverance, confidence, and even a sense of community forged through overcoming mutual challenges. Of course, none of this would be possible without the rigorous physical tests in their Workouts of the Day. This ever-changing lineup of functional movements?pushing, pulling, lifting, sprinting?forces exercisers to work toward a high degree of all-around fitness with every muscle in their bodies and even some that only exist in their minds.
CF2 Premium Crossfit leaves behind the treadmills and weight machines, instead opting for workouts blanketed with powerlifting, gymnastics, and functional movements. During custom workouts, guests can swing a kettlebell, flip a giant tire, or spin an airplane wing on one finger. The coaches oversee each group of CrossFitters at the new facility.
While CrossFit’s mix of strength, cardio, and gymnastics training leads to full-body workouts, CrossFit 70’s certified trainers love the system for the camaraderie it fosters. All classes feature everyday movements to prep participants for daily activities, but they also feature motivational instructors and peers that push each other to reach their goals. Workouts change daily, side-stepping the boredom of broken-record routines. CrossFit 70 appreciates the scalability of CrossFit as well, which means they can tailor each workout to suit all fitness and experience levels.
CrossFit Valley Park's instructors combine lifting, gymnastics, and resistance training to achieve full-body fitness. They implement a variety of tools, such as rowing machines, kettlebells, and medicine balls, and mix up routines daily. Changing exercises keeps boredom away, and the array of motions used preps participants for all physical endeavors. It's a system that can easily be scaled to each member's fitness level, as well. Before starting courses, instructors conduct comprehensive introduction processes that include a beginners' class and an evaluation of clients' current condition and movement limitations. They also keep classes small to ensure everyone receives detailed instructions and personal attention.
At Steel Plate Crossfit, the client's fitness goals reign supreme?whatever they may be. That's why instructors stock the facility with a diverse assortment of workout equipment including barbells, medicine balls, rings, and boxes, catering to the needs of exercisers of any age or fitness level so long as they're willing to work hard and never ask where the sitting machine is. In addition to providing personal instruction, the coaches here also lead CrossFit classes, correcting techniques and supplying encouragement while clients sweat through ever-changing workouts that may draw inspiration from metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, and weightlifting. Whatever the Workout of the Day, every exercise performed is scalable?meaning everyone from senior citizens to elite athletes can expect to see improvements as a result of their commitment.
The Greek word "agon" refers to a struggle of the mind, body, and soul. But any struggle at CrossFit Agon is a positive one?geared toward taking the sometimes tough steps to transform lifestyles and improve health. And it's no coincidence that agon calls to mind a Spartan experience, given CrossFit's commitment to functional fitness. Grant Jarzynka, the owner and Level 1 CrossFit trainer, eschews treadmills and ThighMasters for kettlebells, barbells, gymnastics rings, and pull-up bars. Each exercise is easily tailored by adjusting the weight for dead lifts or the height of a plyometric box. With so many fitness choices, including flipping tires and climbing ropes, Grant creates a new workout each day, keeping both clients? minds and muscles guessing.