Equipment: Dumbbells, sandbags, TRX, chin up bars, medicine balls
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, mat, and a friend
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are a friendly community of fun and support. [You should] come excited to meet new people and have a good time
Certified CrossFitter and owner David Tripp puts his Army and outdoor-adventuring experience to work during intense cross-training routines at Land Warrior CrossFit. Along with his team of knowledgeable and skilled instructors, he teaches the CrossFit system because of its universal scalability, able to prep people of all ages and fitness levels for every kind of physical activity. They do this by employing functional-movement exercises that enhance power, agility, and speed, while toning all muscle groups.
At Metacomet CrossFit & Yoga's CrossFit sessions, exercisers push themselves through intense functional workouts that not only eschew modern cardio trappings such as treadmills, ellipticals, and human-sized hamster wheels, but remain scalable to every ability level. Then, fledgling body buffs recover during gentle Kripalu yoga classes, which help to balance the body and aid in recovery. The center also offers power yoga classes, which are workouts in their own right with their focus on flexibility, strength training and sweating.
Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and calisthenics. When you take elements of all three and perform them at a high intensity, you get CrossFit. At CrossFit South Windsor, founders Merle McKenzie and Glenn Perra create total-body workouts that change daily to keep muscles guessing. Merle and Glenn have found that CrossFit is one of the best ways to bolster physical power, speed, and agility, but they also value its easy scalability. Students of all abilities can find an intensity that works for them, all while keeping boredom at bay with rapidly changing exercises.
One highlight of CrossFit's workout of the day is that almost anyone can do it. If that sounds hard to believe, look no further than CrossFit Southborough, where Fabiana O’Brien and her team of coaches schedule these functional workouts for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. The workouts generally comprise body-weight exercises like pull-ups, iron-pumping moves like dead lifts, and plyometric exercises like box jumps. For youngsters who are younger than the 5-year age limit, the gym also offers childcare services at select times.
One practitioner of CrossFit summed up the lifestyle with one simple perspective: "People walk through the door and say, 'Hey, where's all the machines?' We're the machines." Everybody motivates everybody else in these group exercises, which strip away the fancy devices and fads of the moment to focus on natural movements. At CrossFit Playground, exercisers build muscle by climbing ropes, jogging backward, lifting heavy weights, and doing battle with their shadow-selves. The workout is different every day, and the instructor takes care to exactly explain the exercise du jour. Combining community, expertise, and old-fashioned hard work, CrossFit delivers proven results.