Inside CrossFit ECF's 7,500-square-foot training space, an arsenal of barbells, rings, sleds, and pull-up bars await exercisers ready to pump out reps toward better health. A team of certified trainers presides over all activities, from group fitness classes to massages and nutrition coaching. The central program is the Workout of the Day, an ever-changing exercise routine that spans a broad base of fitness that can be applied in other areas of life, such as rescuing oneself from a quickly draining bathtub. Since the exercises are inclusive—meaning they can be scaled to fit every fitness level—students who exert themselves can expect improvements in physique and general physical fitness.
Working out should never be boring. That's the idea behind Submit 2 Fitness, a center that trades machines for challenging group classes. Here, members boost their endurance and shed pounds in motivating programs such as spinning, cross training, and Warrior Camp, which blends high-energy cardio exercises with strength training and interval training. Classes are led by instructors who each boast expertise in their particular field.
With 9,000 square feet of space, and the expertise of passionate, knowledgeable trainers, CrossFit Hoboken helps clients of all body types and fitness levels smash through self-doubt and exceed their personal goals. Far away from the sterility of a big-box globo-gym or dystopian weight room ruled by self-aware treadmills, the center's CrossFit ethos gets bodies both trim and strong with high-intensity workouts in gymnastics, weightlifting, and metabolic conditioning. Certified trainers guide classes of newcomers through the universally scalable workout intervals, or work with small groups or individuals during customized personal training sessions.
In addition to building powerful sinew and muscle during ever-changing Workouts of the Day (WODs), students at CrossFit Hoboken join a vibrant, positive community of athletes, making new friends with regular events such as paintball, barbecues and pig roasts, and fitness competitions.
CrossFit Giant, in its fully equipped studio, challenges guests with high-energy workouts that change daily. The CrossFit technique, used by military special ops and police academies, is scaled by intensity and load. This allows the staff to accommodate students of all fitness levels, challenging the whole body with jump roping, squats, and sprints, the three of which should never be combined into one simultaneous maneuver.
"I am on a quest to create super-humans out of mere mortals,” declares Justin Cotler, owner of Crossfit Dynamix. He doesn’t earn a living by simply painting capital s’s on unitards; instead, he helps athletes soar to new fitness plateaus inside a brick-lined gym filled with medicine balls, heavy ropes, and giant tires.
Backed by a staff of certified CrossFit coaches, he motivates clients to run faster during sprinting drills and add spring to their steps during challenging plyometrics. Olympic lifting moves such as rack jerks and push presses strengthen the upper body more effectively than hoisting one’s boss in the air to celebrate a raise. Bodyweight exercises performed on pull-up bars, gymnastics rings, and floor mats bolster strength, flexibility, and coordination. The workouts can be customized to many ages and fitness levels, including absolute beginners, elite athletes, senior citizens, and school-age children. To help clients melt stress while building long, lean muscles, the gym also offers yoga classes for all skill sets.
The coaches at CrossFit Queens schedule more than 60 classes each week. Of these, none is more important than the CrossFit workout of the day. Designed to be scaled for nearly any fitness level, the personalized workout consists of functional exercises such as pull-ups, squats, and kettlebell swings that replicate the movements students perform in everyday life. As a result, students who don't have CrossFit backgrounds can grasp the workout. To expedite the process, instructors schedule introductory CrossFit On-Ramp classes that instill technique and mechanics before ramping up the intensity. CrossFit Queens also offers vinyasa yoga classes, Olympic-style weightlifting classes, and training classes for adventure races such as mud runs and magma triathlons.