Inside FTF Training Center, you won't find rows of stationary bikes or new-fangled weight machines that spit out tickets for the prize counter. What you will find, though, are pull-up bars, kettlebells, barbells, and turf?all equipment that encourage functional exercise, and moving your body the way it was designed to be moved. Inside, you'll also find trainers who have been, or currently are, professional athletes. During FTF's classes, these individuals motivate clients to not only strive toward their goals, but to exceed them. It's all part of a mentality that hides right in the facility's name: FTF, or Fight to Finish.
There are no typical workouts at CrossFit 1440, one of the oldest CrossFit gyms in Lomita. Each day, trainers change up exercises to keep clients' minds engaged and prevent muscles from plateauing. The highly varied functional movements may incorporate equipment from kettlebells and jump boxes to ropes, weighted sleds, and tractor tires. Participants of all ages, shapes, and sizes are welcome at the classes, whose small size makes it easy for instructors to offer individual attention. They adapt exercises to each student's skill level, whether they're a star athlete or someone just getting on the road to fitness.
If practice makes perfect, then South Bay Refinery helps aspiring athletes of all ages perfect their baseball and softball skills by providing all the space, equipment, and professional guidance they could ask for. The 25,000-square-foot indoor facility features eight regulation-size pitching mounds, two softball pitching mats, nine full-sized baseball batting cages, four full-sized softball batting cages, six Iron Mike pitching machines, and four Jugs softball-pitching machines in addition to a separate practice infield area. With a staff of instructors that includes former and current professional players as well as experienced coaches, South Bay Refinery offers lessons intended to provide mental and physical training while reinforcing fundamentals. Specialized camps are also available on a regular basis, covering the basics of everything from batting and fielding to pitching and bobblehead modeling. The facility even features a separate cross-training fitness area, which hosts classes designed to improve athletes' strength, endurance, agility, flexibility, and proprioception over time.
Inside a 5,000-square-foot CrossFit space, the trainers of Torrance Fit Lab lead clients through intense workouts customized to suit each exerciser's fitness level. The facility includes powerlifting and Barbell Club areas, as well as a gym-visible kids' area where tykes can curl their chapter books while parents work out.
Where do elite athletes train? Sometimes under the same roof as everyday people. Velocity's trainers—some of which have worked with athletes on the world stage—bring their talents to help people of all ages meet their fitness goals or become champions during sports training sessions. With a focus on agility, speed, and strength, trainers help exercisers improve their performance in specific sports or train anyone who wants to get in better shape.
The coaches also lead students in general fitness classes, such as CrossFit, which uses intense interval training to build muscle and burn fat. With physical therapy also available, clients know someone is there to help muscles repair after an intense workout or after another botched effort at walking down the stairs while juggling.
The coaches at CrossFit Modern encourage senior citizens and professional athletes to perform the same exercises. That may sound impossible, but it actually speaks to a core tenet of CrossFit as a sport. Every exercise they lead during a given Workout of the Day (WOD) is scalable, meaning each participant is doing the same exercise, just adjusted for duration or load in accordance with his or her fitness level. Ultimately, the coaches ask only that their charges push themselves and one another through the varied exercises to reap long-term benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, and endurance. And to stave off boredom, their high-intensity routines are never the same. For example, one day, they might motivate students to do push-ups and pull-ups, and the next, they might encourage them to dead lift weights and toss medicine balls, which is known to cure the common cold.
The trainers complement CrossFit training with programs such as yoga and CardioFit.