At Z CrossFit, certified trainers guide members of all ages, body types, and fitness levels to break through personal goals and achieve a newfound sense of strength, health, and well-being. Although the gym's training methods were honed through founder Keith Zumar's years of service in elite positions in the Navy, each boot-camp and personal-training session motivates students through positive encouragement in a family-friendly atmosphere.
At CrossFit NSB, students of all body types and backgrounds sweat, lift, and sprint their way to health and strength with a universally adaptable fitness program. Rather than parking its members on treadmills outfitted with flat-screen TVs, CrossFit challenges everyday people with high-intensity exercises that use basic fitness equipment such as free weights and medicine balls. Participants build functional strength and endurance through a barrage of Workouts of the Day (WODs) such as pull-ups, squats, and weightlifting.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse?here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness?from power to cardiovascular endurance?through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete?a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
Equipment: Precor, Cybex, Life Fitness
Students should bring: Just bring yourself. We have towels, water, and lockers.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep our members motivated by constantly coaching and encouraging them.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
No, pain is not always to answer to reaching your goal. Consistency gets better results with fewer injuries.
Head coach Ricardo Mendez III and his team lead CrossFit workouts engineered to rebuild clients' bodies from the ground up. Workouts incorporating weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, and cardio, and they can be scaled to suit each student's level of fitness.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.