The grueling, seven-hour Krav Maga black belt test has an average pass rate of 50%?that is, at least, unless you?ve trained at Krav Maga Houston, which boasts an untrammeled pass rate of 100%. Such impressive pass rates are made possible by 2nd Dan black belt, C.J. Kirk, who helms a vetted and experienced team of instructors that teaches the Israeli fighting system to amateurs, military personnel, and law enforcement officers. Classes educate pupils on all aspects of the discipline, including how to respond to stress, act on instinct, and execute textbook strikes and blocks. To accommodate all levels, the center offers flexible class times as well as time slots dedicated to childrens? fitness and fighting classes.
Spread across FTA Fitness’ 29,000-square-foot facility, a vast collection of cardio and weight-training equipment stand ready to help gym-goers burn calories and build muscle. In separate studios, meanwhile, fitness instructors lead a wide range of drop-in classes, such as cycling and aerobics. Other amenities include free WiFi, a smoothie bar, and free childcare service.
When the trainer unveils a new workout of the day to her students, variety is key. CrossFit incorporates a healthy mix of exercises to keep things fresh and ensure that each person gets a full body workout. In each session, exercisers are encouraged to complete the workouts as quickly and intensely as they can, which means trusting oneself to put that extra oomph into each pull-up, kettlebell swing, squat, sprint, or vending-machine toss. The workouts can easily be adapted to all ages and fitness levels.
For Jonathan Pritchard, each day’s workout is a chance to help people pump their muscles and their spirits. A co-owner of Crosstraining Romans 831, his work as a CrossFit athlete and personal trainer is rooted in helping others identify and ultimately exceed their own fitness goals. The gym’s trainers use a combination of variable training techniques, power lifting, and advanced sports science philosophies to help clients get stronger, healthier, and give the most confident piggy-back rides. At the center of their programming, boot camp classes offer a variety of challenges that might include a break-neck set of box jumps or deadlifts. The 3,000-square-foot facility also features training equipment such as Cybex machines and TRX suspension cables.
Part gym, part gymnastics arena, and part fitness playground, CrossFit OverTake challenges aspiring athletes as they push toward their fitness and health goals. Helming each class, trainers Alexis Burgan—who is CrossFit level-one certified—and Marco Coppola—a certified CrossFit level-one trainer, CrossFit Strongman, and former NCAA and pro football player—shout words of encouragement as they lead workouts of the day (WOD) based on CrossFit’s 10 general physical skills of fitness. The workouts change each day, much like workout socks, and draw from weight training, kettlebell moves, body-weight exercises, rowing, running, and unconventional techniques such as battle ropes and ring dips. A custom workout rig looms in the corner, made up of pull-up bars, kettlebells, resistance bands, and suspended gymnastics rings to assist in the varied routines.
You could drive a semi through the garage doors of Beltway CrossFit's fitness warehouse. Just don't be surprised if the truck ends up getting dead lifted. Each day, co-owners and CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches Trinity Tate, Michael Gager, and Aron Anderson select functional exercises such as dead lifts, squats, pull-ups, box jumps, and push-ups for their workout of the day, which begins as early as 5 a.m. Regardless of the time, the staff's "as many reps as possible" mentality means each workout can be geared toward any fitness level. But it's not all utilitarian. In additional to the supportive environment, the facility also features convenient amenities such as showers, childcare services, and aspirational slimming mirrors.