They call it the box instead of a gym or health club because there are no mirrors, no cafés, no hoopla. Once in the box, the only thing to focus on is the workout. That consists of a series of intense exercises that employ everyday movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. By using functional motions, clients boost their mobility, speed, and power, enhancing their daily, sports, recreational, and work activities. PowerBox CrossFit’s system sculpts muscles throughout the body, and to ensure optimal health and wellbeing, its onsite nutrition specialist advises individuals in proper dieting.
At Revo Crossfit, resistance bands twang and barbells clatter as students of all ages engage in increasingly challenging weight, resistance, and cardio exercises to build muscle, burn fat, and boost flexibility. CrossFit followers hoist barbells and kettlebells, sprint, lunge, leap, and fireman-carry their way to health. The varied exercises help them focus on their body's overall performance rather than boring themselves with the repetitive motions of running on a treadmill or throwing every one of a child’s Frisbees onto a roof. The Spartan gym space surrounds athletes with black chain-link fence, stacks of tires, high ceilings, and battleship-grey walls, a tough image that encourages hard work.
As a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, Armando Parets at BFit helps clients approach fitness from the angles of exercise and diet. He helps design programs catered to guests' goals—whether losing weight, developing muscle, or rehabilitating after injuries—in which workouts dovetail with dietary plans. He also offers programs for children that help instill the importance of fitness and exercise from a young age.
To the coaches at CrossFit Doral, CrossFit is a lot like playtime. And their gym is a lot like a playground––its multicolored weights, red functional rigs, and red, orange, and yellow striped walls exude vibrant energy. The toys they use look like fun, too. There are kettles to move, boxes to jump onto, giant tires to flip, and gymnastics rings to swing from.
But while the bootcamp workouts can seem like a game, the results are serious. Each day, the trainers welcome members with a new bootcamp workout that features a series of intense functional exercises. The ever-changing routines ensure all muscles are worked and that students don't grow tired of the program. Not only are the moves scalable to all fitness levels, they also help prep followers for all manner of physical activities. CrossFit can help train runners for marathons, basketball players for games, police for a day on the job, and moms for the challenge of rocking another human being to sleep for the next 18 years.
In this no-frills fitness space, members work out the CrossFit way, performing varied functional movements at max intensity to burn fat and rapidly build lean muscle. Those workouts are performed using items such as chains or kettlebells along with cardio, gymnastics, and endurance challenges. The center keeps things fresh by always introducing a new Workout of the Day, with challenges such as performing 30 pull-ups or completing a long-division problem during a 1000-meter rowing session. To help people of all fitness levels get in the game, members can train at their own pace amid the relaxed, team-centric environment.
Firefighter, paramedic, and certified personal trainer Kamil Escobar has been helping his clients achieve their fitness goals for more than 14 years. His energetic outdoor boot camps incorporate calisthenics, muay thai, cardio, and strength training, and he strives to make each class challenging as well as interesting, with new activities each time. All his students need to bring are a mat and a bottle of water—he brings an entire gym's worth of equipment to the camps' park setting, arming classes with kettle bells, barbells, dumbbells, and other gear. To keep students motivated, Escobar mixes up his fitness regimens with exciting games, such as dodgeball, football, and tug-of-war.
Recognizing the interdependence of fitness and martial arts, Thump Fight Gym & Fitness Center married the two, inspiring patrons of all ability levels to hone their combat skills while making strides toward an overall healthier lifestyle. The trainers and certified exercise physiologists lead martial-arts classes including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, challenging fighters to face off in the regulation-size boxing ring or the half cage—which has proven inadequate for housing feral exercise bikes. During each class, students burn calories and learn practical and potentially lifesaving self-defense skills. To supplement the combat training, the instructors also lead yoga and Pilates classes, spinning, kettlebell training, and CrossFit classes. The gym also accommodates solo workout routines with a weight-training zone and functional fitness equipment such as oversize tires and climbing ropes.