The motto at CrossFit Insurgent is "start together, finish together," emphasizing the health club's familial community spirit. CrossFit level-one certified head coaches Brian Franzen and Victor Chavez have empathy that matches their muscles, and embody a commitment to their clients that borders on fatherly. Combining Franzen's 18 years in the industry as a gold-medal winning wrestler and personal trainer and Chavez's expertise in mobility, movement, and firefighting, their CrossFit classes produce results while eschewing the mundane tropes of the typical gym experience. Instead of hosting hordes of ellipticals and complex weight machines, the workout space, affectionately known as "The Box," remains uncluttered as patrons use real weights and the machine known as "the human body" to whip into shape.
Next Level Training's spacious, naturally lit facility meets a wide spectrum of fitness needs, from improving strength and agility to losing weight. The gym boasts a roster of workout stations that includes free weights, machines, and TRX equipment. In a separate area, a 1,000-square foot space hosts boot camps led by Next Level Training's motivational instructors.
At CrossFit West Whittier, students complete pushups in midair. That's because they're gripping two Olympic rings, sacrificing the ground's stability for a more challenging body-weight exercise. After their circuit is complete, they might move on to medicine-ball throws or squats—the regimen is always unpredictable. Such is the credo of CrossFit, which combines weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio to address all aspects of physical fitness. Though its dumbbells and pull-up racks may seem intimidating, the coaches help direct students of all abilities through the varied routines, acquainting them with every piece of the stripped-down gym's equipment. Their emphasis on assistance and camaraderie guides free community workouts on Saturday mornings as well as open-gym sessions on Wednesdays—freeform meet-ups that allow students to practice their techniques without adhering to class constraints or crushing an apple to give to the teacher.
No one goes to CrossFit Reason
to hop on a treadmill. And you won?t see any weight machines here, either. Instead, a trip to the 3,000-square-foot gym gets you a custom workout closely monitored by a certified CrossFit coach. These workouts change every day and include functional fitness exercises, from Olympic-style weightlifting that prepares you for lifting heavy objects to rope climbing, which prepares you for climbing a rope. The small group class size allows coaches to customize each workout so participants at any level feel challenged while swinging Kettlebells or jumping onto plyometric boxes. For even more personalized workouts, the coaches work with members one-on-one during personal training sessions.
One of the major hurtles to starting an exercise program is the fear of falling behind in a fitness class that's over your head. That's why The Fitness Station's personal-training sessions take a four-stage approach that ensures bodies can adapt and build endurance before attempting skills that require strength and power. Their group classes are just as accommodating?supportive instructors foster a welcoming environment in small-group training, yoga, and Zumba sessions designed to burn calories and melt fat while building functional strength.
Classes at CrossFit Live will whip you into shape with a workout program predicated on functional movements performed at a high level of intensity. The trainers make sure students work on every facet of fitness, from cardio and strength training to stamina, flexibility, power, speed, and agility.