There's a little bit of everything at New England Fitness Compound. Unlike the typical CrossFit gym, the space contains both cardio machines and functional-training equipment. Without the variety, its trainers wouldn't be able to host such a wide variety of classes. From CrossFit and FUNctional Fit to MMA, boot camp, and Pilates, the mix of battling ropes, free weights, and punching bags equips instructors for every class.
To help their members begin living healthier lifestyles, the coaches at Small Town CrossFit lead highly engaging fitness classes that provide full-body workouts by using varying sequences of functional movements. These classes are open to members of all skill and fitness levels?provided that they have demonstrated an ability to safely perform the exercises while using proper techniques?and the coaches encourage attendees to modify the load and intensity of each exercise so that they can continually challenge themselves. Instead of relying on weight machines and cardio equipment, CrossFit uses combinations of functional movements, such as lifting, jumping, and running, that more closely mimic the sorts of activities that people perform in everyday life. The coaches limit each class to 8?12 members, which ensures that they are able to provide individualized feedback throughout each session.
With its focus solely on functional training, CrossFit EXP doesn't believe in treadmills and butt blasters, or TVs, for that matter. The gym is bare bones and to the point. It employs the functional movements of CrossFit using rowing machines, pull-up bars, kettlebells, medicine balls, and other basics. That equipment is used with everyday motions, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, which readies participants for all physical activity. It also enhances stamina, power, speed, and agility. This system is scalable to all fitness levels, so CrossFit EXP welcomes everyone, easing them into CrossFit with a beginner's Elements course.
Owner of CrossFit Union Scott McAuliffe and head trainer Brendan know that variety is the key to a successful fitness regimen. That's why they offer all sorts of workout options, from punishing boot camps to yin yoga classes. Their specialty, however, will always be CrossFit's workout of the day. Alongside a team of similarly certified trainers, Brendan leads students through a set of functional, intense exercises. These exercises vary constantly but may include everything from squats and pull-ups to box jumps and four-door sedan throws. Given the workouts' adaptable nature?exercisers progress with more intensity, not more weight?they can be tailored to any fitness level.
Lunges while holding kettlebells, jumping pull-ups, handstands, and games of catch with medicine balls—these are a few of the ever-changing exercises that comprise CrossFit’s daily workouts. Trainers mix up routines to ensure clients avoid the boredom of that can set in from repeated exercise and use functional movements, such as pushing and lifting, to prep participants for all physical activities. The mix of explosive exercises and everyday motions works every muscle group, enhancing power, speed, and agility.
In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.