The instructors at USP CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, the trainers have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Their sessions also help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and tearing cars in half.
Athlete Ego Crossfit's team of instructors could mount a convincing mission to colonize a hostile planet. The staff comes from backgrounds that include the military, organized sports, martial arts, exercise science, nutrition, and firefighting. Together, they blend their varied experience into a hard-hitting Marine Corps–style boot camp and freestyle cross-training program designed to kick-start the performance of amateur, high-school, or professional athletes. Lessons take place in a no nonsense 14,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility stocked with Olympic weights, kettlebells, climbing ropes, sandbags, rings, and weight sleds. To fine-tune athletes, the crew supplements sports performance training with nutritional advice.
At Animus CrossFit/Corporal CrossFit, students of every skill level, age, and body type can take control of their health with the help of encouraging coaches. The team of qualified trainers draw on intense training experiences in their own lives, such as strength coach and author Carlos Arias's service in the USMC special forces, his wife Jenny's background as a gymnast, or coach Dayron Castaneda's career in collegiate football. The team prides itself on providing one-on-one training and keeping classes small: staff lead premium CrossFit with 1:8 teacher/student ratios, avoiding the overcrowded classes, lack of equipment, and gym-clothes sharing seen in traditional programs. And indoor-outdoor bootcamp classes take advantage of sunny Miami days while avoiding wet ones by training indoors on grass turf or rubber flooring. The small, 16-person classes tailor exercise individually according to skill level and keep things interesting with a combination of gymnastics and running using balls and ropes.
Students shed pounds and tone muscles in programs that are built on proper nutrition and individual, scalable workout routines. Whether pupils are burning fat and building endurance with cardio routines and kettlebells, boosting strength with weightlifting, or refining their running techniques with pose running, coaches work closely with students to help them push past obstacles and reach health goals.
Lady of America Women's Fitness Club spreads female-focused wellness across the nation by furnishing each of its franchise locations with equipment and classes designed with women's bodies in mind. Each locale stocks a strength-training area with machines sized specifically for the feminine frame, and ellipticals and stationary bicycles help to chisel gams without transporting users across state borders. Instructors conduct such group classes as kickboxing, belly dancing, and Zumba aboard a floating aerobics floor, whose softened surface diminishes stress on joints. Throughout each facility, personal trainers patrol public zones to acquaint guests with exercise gear or host one-on-one sessions. Depending on the location, clubs might also include complimentary onsite childcare, brow dabbing, and amenities ranging from infrared saunas to manicures.
Named the area's best fitness class in 2008 by the Miami New Times, i-bootcamp challenges fitness seekers to shake off obstinate ounces and build strength and cardiovascular prowess with a variety of engaging exercises coupled with nutritional direction. Over the course of 45 minutes, soma-shapers burn through fast-paced intervals of lunges, JC band punches, pushups, bench dips, and wrist-toning French dips, while specialized workouts on the TRX row incorporate resistance training to bolster middling middles and hard cores alike. After two to four weeks, many fatigued frames undergo a marked visual improvement, much like a funeral procession of defective robots slowly transforming into a puppy parade. Trainees can attend any or all of the three weekly sessions under roof or sky depending on location.
Jorge Perez is on a covert mission. At least, that's how he has constructed BluePrint Training SoBe, Inc.'s mission statement, which makes a great claim in the form of fine print: "If you have a pulse, you are an athlete." Jorge and his team of expert coaches act on this assertion by leading all-inclusive, high-intensity workouts that scale to each student's current fitness level and ultimate goals, whether they want to shed a few pounds, develop defined six-pack abs, or shatter an enemy's windshield with a single penny.
The team's CrossFit and boot-camp regimens both involve an ever-mutating series of exercises designed to hone the body's performance in ten domains of fitness. CrossFit classes can include heavy lifting, whereas boot-camp sessions focus on unpredictable cardio work with lighter free weights.