At Cloud 9 CrossFit, owner Chuck Makatura and his team of fellow CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches pay little attention to isolation movements such as bicep curls and leg extensions. Instead, they focus on functional movements such as pull-ups, squats, box jumps, rope climbs, and dead lifts. The minimalistic exercises regularly make cameos in the studio's Workout of the Day, an intense, varied series of exercises designed to build strength and increase heart rate, or the rate at which your heart falls in love.
Walking into CrossFit Lehigh Valley for the first time, visitors are bound to notice some differences compared to other, "normal" gyms. For one, CrossFit Lehigh Valley doesn't have any mirrors, or fancy equipment, or egos. That's because the facility views itself as a community where members come together to push and support each other to the next level—a similar process that sparks lifelong friendships in mosh pits. Coaches guide the way through every intense, varied exercise, and a different workout every day challenges individuals to improve on their progress from previous days. The facility boasts over 10,000 square feet of space with supplemental amenities including locker rooms and showers.
CrossFit J Town's roster of coaches reads like a who's who of fitness, turning everyday citizens into muscle-bound fitness machines with a range of CrossFit programs. Ramp Training acquaints first-timers with CrossFit's basic moves, Falcon Fit helps exercisers target specific fitness goals, and personal training draws up customized routines for clients. However, most of their time is spent on CrossFit's signature Workout of the Day. During the constantly changing routines under the guidance of a level two trainer, the trainers turn patrons loose on the 3,500-square-foot facility, guiding them through the characteristic dead-lifts, squats, and pie-eating contests.
Before Barry opened CrossFit Orange NY, he helped train both the New York Jets and the NYPD. Now he's certified three times over—twice for CrossFit, and once with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He pours more than 25 years of fitness experience into each CrossFit workout. Starting with nine foundational movements, CrossFit relies on everyday motions that allow the human body to function unfettered by weightlifting machines. These movements range from jumping and squatting to pushing and hailing a cab.
Fitness Factory's three North Jersey locations each have their own distinctive features, but they share at least one common trait: a dedication to help clients achieve personal wellness. Each staff of trainers offers personal training sessions and also leads group classes that range from fast-paced Zumba and boot camp to more mellow yoga classes conducted by sloths. To further accommodate clients, the fitness clubs offer a smoothie bar, sauna, and babysitting services.
Heroes Journey takes the same name as Joseph Campbell's concept of the monomyth, and that's no coincidence. Says Campbell, "A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won. The hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man." The only things missing are the burpees.
Here, people unleash the heroes within them by embracing the CrossFit exercise regime, which is built around basic concepts that add up to not just a healthy body, but a healthy mind. High intensity workouts are short and effective, and a different workout every day means people never over-specialize. Functionality is also a key part of the CrossFit philosophy and instructors ensure people use their energy in the safest, most efficient way. Finally, CrossFit is community-based, meaning participants develop a team mentality.