Before he became the owner and head trainer at CrossFit Prestige, Arthur Santos played professional minor-league baseball for the Red Sox, Braves, Royals, and Mets. Arthur, who is also a tae kwon do black belt, saw his life change dramatically when he tried his first CrossFit workout. Fast-forward to the present, and now Arthur and his team of CrossFit-certified coaches introduce new athletes to the CrossFit community and help them achieve their fitness goals.
In their gym—which looks like an industrialized fitness warehouse—a pull-up rig occupies an entire wall as droves of students cling to it during the Workout of the Day. Gymnastics rings dangle from the rig’s suspended bars, and bumper plates stack up on the wall and entice students to perform moves such as overhead squats, cleans, and deadlifts. Because CrossFit stresses varied fitness, WODs rotate every day, just like the moon’s sleep playlist. Today students might be performing dips on gymnastics rings, and tomorrow they might face challenges such as push-ups, kettlebell exercises, rowing, or medicine-ball throws.
Bisao CrossFit’s coaches bring an intense, constantly changing workout program, which was originally formulated for police forces and martial artists, to the masses, tweaking its combination of cardio and strength training for individual fitness levels. They adhere to a fitness philosophy that emphasizes broad, inclusive exercises and sheds the constraints of athletic specialties, such as focusing on one muscle group or only punching bags that punch you first. The trainers motivate patrons to heave medicine balls and speed through burpees or leap over hurdles and haul loaded sacks during dynamic workouts, which they post online each day. Beyond its day-to-day assistance during CrossFit classes, the staff offers seminars, trainer certification, and consultation services for athletic teams.
Just 900 square feet. That was all the space the original American Top Team Aventura (ATT) had to work with when the team began training in Boca Raton. But despite the cramped quarters, the Mixed Martial Arts fighters excelled at their craft. Eventually, ATT upgraded a bit—the current location covers a massive 20,000 square feet, widely considered the largest Mixed Martial Arts facility in the state. And its Brazilian jujitsu, or BJJ, training program, available for both kids and adults, has gained such widespread acclaim that the academy's specific techniques now show up at academies across the country and the world. Beyond BJJ, American Top Team's seasoned instructors also teach muay thai kickboxing, boxing, cross-training, submission grappling, wrestling, and a kids program.
At CrossFit North Miami Beach, there are no mirrors, overcomplicated machines, or juice bars. Instead, there are barbells, rowers, kettlebells, pull-up bars, medicine balls, and other back-to-basics gear. This setup keeps distraction at bay and fitness always in focus. Trainers help participants sculpt every muscle group using CrossFit, a system of constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. They foster a welcoming environment where daily workouts can be tailored to any person's abilities.
Coach Jorge believes in a back-to-basics approach to fitness—a philosophy touted in the name of B2B Barbell Club. Shedding the modern trappings of treadmills, ellipticals, and multiuse weight machines, he returns to humanity’s workout roots: functional exercises born of necessity. The CrossFit sessions capture this spirit, combining box jumps with chin-ups and squats, laying an emphasis on the importance of proper technique and safety, which allows him to tailor workouts for all skill levels. Coach Jorge also takes this philosophy outside of the gym and to the table, holding not only a CrossFit Level 1 certification, but also experience as a chef specialized in healthy, paleo-focused meals.
In a newly renovated space featuring black walls with a bright band of red, yellow, and green circling around, students sharpen their bodies with simple exercise equipment—barbells, chin-up bars, rings, and their own weight. Workouts vary according to the recommended Workout of the Day (WOD), which offers guidance so that confused exercisers don’t start playing games of Jenga with dumbbells.
Most gyms strive to tone their customers. The Training Pit goes one step further. Its instructors try to build entire communities of healthy flexers that extend beyond the gym and into the streets. How they do it is easy?even if the exercise regiment isn't. CrossFit-certified coaches motivate all who enter, from athletes seeking bigger biceps to newbies with no-ceps, in an open, bare-bones atmosphere devoid of fancy machines but well-suited for bonding. During scalable CrossFit-training sessions, students endure running, weightlifting, and gymnastic drills typically designated for Olympic athletes and firemen, creating the chummy feeling that The Training Pit is sharing a secret with them. Adding to that community-building ethos, students share exercise goals together, rather than fight over a pile of meat, to help motivate each other toward success.