Dr. Chris Hubbard was studying to become a strength and conditioning coach for elite-level athletes when a back injury altered his life plans. He shifted his focus, learning how to treat spinal injuries as he earned his license as a chiropractic physician. However, he hadn't forgotten his first dream?he had merely delayed it.
Dr. Hubbard combined his expertise as a trainer and a chiropractor to design a workout regimen based around functional movements, such as running, jumping, and crab-walking to confuse your predators. He ensured that the program was scalable, so that students could adjust it to match their fitness level. Then, he founded a CrossFit program. Each of his 60-minute sessions provides a full-body workout: attendees swing kettlebells, heft free weights, and toss medicine balls back and forth between cardio exercises. This balanced approach helps to build lean muscle and improve endurance over time.
In addition to developing Primal Health & Fitness' workout regime, Dr. Hubbard still offers chiropractic care. He also performs pain-relieving active-release techniques for those suffering from chronic aches and sports injuries.
A cluster of ropes cascade from the ceiling to the floor; some are knotted, others are not, but each one bears the weight of an ambitious exerciser climbing his or her way to the top. It?s just another day at CrossFit Lykos, where experienced coaches oversee workouts based in functional-fitness exercises. The expansive gym has enough open space for clients to perfect their Olympic weightlifting form, hang from gymnastics rings, jump onto plyometric wooden boxes, and develop other functional movements.
The fitness needs of casual enthusiasts and competitive athletes may be different. However, the instructors at CrossFit Lake Forest are experts at tailoring the CrossFit regimen to cater to all of the above. To accomplish this, they offer constantly changing, small-group workouts tailored around the sorts of functional movements performed in everyday life, and then allow students to scale the load and intensity of each exercise as they see fit. As the dedicated coaches provide valuable support and keep watch to ensure that everyone is practicing proper technique, attendees can safely challenge themselves by hefting medicine balls, sprinting, performing pull-ups, dead lifting barbells, and playing tug of war against a black hole.
These full-body workouts encourage visitors to proceed at their own pace, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance over time. And in addition to the traditional courses, CrossFit Lake Forest's instructors cater to their community by offering more focused classes, such as sessions that emphasize heavy lifting or longer workouts designed to bolster stamina.
Performance Factory Training doesn’t look like your average gym. Grunts and shouts echo off the rafters of the 5,000-square-foot facility, a cavernous warehouse that’s mostly empty, save for a smattering of kettlebells and cast-iron weight plates. The students here have little use for gimmicky equipment, as they focus on functional movements—pushing, pulling, squatting, and lifting, to name a few—that rely on body weight for resistance.
Though PFT’s instructors offer everything from personal training to football-specific workouts, their flagship program is CrossFit. This functional fitness phenomenon consists of a series of short, intense workouts that combine grueling strength and cardio training with basic gymnastics.
To prove that CrossFit’s for everyone, the instructors offer a two-week On Ramp program designed to get new students up to speed on the foundational movements. It’s hard not to get caught up in the daily workouts, seeing as how no two are ever the same. One day might involve shoulder presses and deadlifts, while another might require you to haul the tires of a car that was double-parked in the facility’s parking lot.
Olympic lifts and bodyweight exercises typically comprise one of CrossFit's daily workouts, but that's where the predictability ends. Trainers here draw from a wide array of exercise, keeping muscles confused and students engaged with regimens that are never quite the same from day to day. These workouts incorporate the gym's extensive equipment inventory, which includes everything from Olympic rings, plyometric boxes, and pull-up stations to barbells, kettlebells, and oversized tires from Paul Bunyan's tricycle. Trainers pair this Spartan gear with their own expertise, resulting in training plans that emphasize mobility, healthful eating, and accountability.
Rush Performance: Personal Training Studio's certified trainers take positive attitudes and community support so seriously that if you complain during your trial of the Team Rush training program and bring any negativity, you won't be able to join Team Rush. And that would mean not torching hundreds of calories and toning up during strength, cardio, and sports conditioning sessions and high-intensity interval circuits.
Even the personal training requires supporting your fellow exercisers as it usually involves small groups of two to four working out together and forming a human pyramid to place any junk food out of reach. The trainers often use the FitRanX fitness-testing system to determine how fit a person is before they start Rush's programs and to monitor their progress throughout.