At The Fighting Fit, certified instructors sharpen both kids? and adults? muscles and minds through lessons in krav maga and CrossFit sessions. Hebrew for "close or contact combat," the krav maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli army, who needed a hand-to-hand fighting system that could be learned by anyone regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. Unlike traditional martial arts, krav maga involves no forms, but rather teaches students basic self-defense skills. The multipurpose gym also leads CrossFit Bad Boys sessions that jump-start metabolisms and build dynamic, functional strength and balanced fitness. At least one instructor guides students and all times during classes, and the team offers personal training for individuals who fear being alone in a room with kettlebells.
An intense dedication to health, fitness, and helping others. That's what the trainers at Mighty Warrior Crossfit all have in common. They put that commitment to work using CrossFit's system of constantly varied functional-movement exercises. To ensure everyone stays motivated, they change routines every day and fill classes with upbeat attitudes and assistance every step of the way. They also want to make sure all their students can participate, so they scale daily workouts to individual abilities Workouts are so tailored, in fact, that students in the same class may be performing completely different exercises. It's that kind of personal attention that lets everyone know they can and will reach their goals if they stick with it.
At CrossFit 313, everyday people from all walks of life tackle a high-intensity training regimen embraced by soldiers, emergency responders, and law enforcement throughout the country. Rather than wasting time on a treadmill or stationary bike, participants get moving with an ever-changing routine of squats, pull-ups, kettlebell exercises, and plyometrics, which helps them avoid workout plateaus while building strength, agility, and flexibility.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
"When I look through the window of CrossFit Forgiven, I see a playground built for all," writes Marsha, one of the fitness facility's owners. She's not relying on metaphors here—inside the expansive studio are ropes, sandbags, sleds, multicolored weights, and even a chalkboard for keeping track of new workout records. The "built for all" part is also meant to be taken literally. Marsha and her partner, Brent, have devised a series of CrossFit workouts that can be scaled to any fitness level. Their philosophy focuses on strength and form, with functional exercises that constantly vary to keep muscles guessing.
Each day at Hines Park CrossFit, trainers lead students through a fresh Workout of the Day—or WOD—each of which focus on broad, varied, and functional fitness. Unlike the emperor’s socks, workouts constantly change, but often entail exercises such as rowing, running, pull-ups, Olympic-style weight lifting, and gymnastics-inspired moves. By nature, the CrossFit regimen is broad and inclusive for practitioners of all size, age, and skill level.