Kevin Batmanyan lugs padded mats, weighted medicine balls, and thick, heavy ropes into the park. He’s greeted by an enthusiastic group of boot campers who stretch and warm up on the grass before Kevin starts their intense training session. He leads these small groups through challenging exercises that use plyometric exercises and intense bursts of cardio to build muscles and endurance. With a focus on team building and an abundance of natural energy, Kevin aims to make the sessions motivating and enjoyable.
At Vault, a diverse team of instructors leads classes ranging from CrossFit to kickboxing to yoga. For exercisers new to CrossFit, Vault provides a three-part Vault Access course that teaches the essential movements and techniques used in more advanced workouts. Each CrossFit workout is different, which prevents muscles from getting used to doing the same thing.
Alliance Training Center's classes make students stronger in more ways than one. Instructors not only help clients reach peak fitness through CrossFit, but also arm students with the world-renowned self-defense techniques of Krav Maga. Both these activities qualify as "functional." For instance, CrossFit athletes focus on becoming experts at the kinds of movements that come naturally, as opposed to putting stress on their bodies with forced motions. For its part, Krav Maga teaches combat techniques that deal with real-world scenarios, including handling assailants who have knives or guns.
The trainers offer a few other equally practical programs to spice up the week so students don't have to turn to baffling Danish game shows for stimulation. Kettlebell courses provide a nice alternative to CrossFit's Olympic-style weight lifting. And Brazilian jiu-jitsu builds on Krav Maga's repertoire of strikes with potent grapples capable of taking larger opponents to the ground or locking up their limbs.
Helping people reach their fitness goals isn’t necessarily easy, but NASM-certified personal trainer and Level-1 CrossFit trainer Serj Khajadourian has a solid script to follow. Every day, he uses CrossFit’s workout of the day to lead an intense, full-body training session composed of functional exercises that can be tailored to any fitness level. Any given class at CrossFit Lifestyle may find exercisers performing deadlifts, squats, push-ups, or box jumps, or flipping oversized tires end-over-end across the facility’s artificial turf. After working up a sweat, clients can unwind in a locker room stocked with complimentary towels, a steam room, a sauna, a jacuzzi, showers, and a nice, cold polar bear.
At Golden State CrossFit, the rules are simple: check your ego at the door, go heavy, and clean up any sweat or protein powder you spill on the ground. Inside their shock-absorbing interior, a team of coaches—comprised of former dancers, Division I lacrosse players, and competitive power lifters—lead students who deadlift, squat, or clean and jerk brightly colored weights with perfect form. The instructors give personalized feedback during small-group workouts, and partner with a registered dietician who supplies nutritional advice.
Steel Barbells' coaching trio brings a variety of backgrounds to their classes, including martial arts, stunt work, and bodybuilding. But all three share a single goal: to help their clients get into the best shape possible. They use the flexible, scalable exercises of CrossFit to concoct new routines each day, challenging students of all ages and ability levels with functional movements, interval cardio workouts, and free weight training.