During years of laying on mammoth hits as a linebacker for Ohio State and first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots, owner Andy Katzenmoyer learned a thing or two about training to meet peak performance. That same training also came in handy when getting back into shape after suffering a career-ending neck injury. Today, with the help of trainers Tricia and Ross, he customizes workout programs that focus on athletic skills, speed, and agility–whatever it takes to reach the individual's goals.
The team tackles these objectives within a 6,000 sq. ft gym sporting a padded floor and plenty of natural light. There, they train people individually or in small groups, running through equipment-based workout that utilize pull-up rigs, treadmills, and rowing machines that replaced last year's mechanical gondoliers. They also lead CrossFit classes, where students swing kettlebells overhead, toss medicine balls, and perform squats while clenching barbells in their fists–a mixed bag of routines and exercises that changes each session and boosts performance from all muscle groups.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
CrossFit Future's high-ceilinged, 10,000-square-foot facility is anchored by kettlebell areas, ring stations, and deadlift bars waiting to be hoisted high. Trainers—each with a CrossFit Level 1 certification or better—fuel 60-minute group or one-on-one workouts with calls of encouragement. The fifteen-strong staff unites backgrounds as diverse as a mechanical-engineering degree, a fireman, and a seventh-place finish in the breaststroke in the 1996 Olympics. Using up to date equipment, the team motivates students to sprint up and down the back alley, drag sleds, or toss medicine balls.
Delaware Fit Factory is unlike any factory you've seen. For starters, there's no heavy machinery to take up space on the floor. The studio's instructors instead use the expansive space to their advantage, leading CrossFit and krav maga classes that focus respectively on functional fitness and real-world self-defense skills. Though the programs themselves don't change, the intensity of the workouts is individually scaled and the actual exercises vary constantly. Children looking to build the muscles necessary to tear through thick stacks of homework can check out the KidFit class, which involves fun activities such as running, jumping, and throwing.
Champion City CrossFit helps guests prepare for everyday life with a wide range of exercises. The gym splits its floor space with cushioning pads and astro turf. Exercisers can rotate among free weights, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, boxes, and high bars with dangling rings. Workouts are run under the supervision of coaches who are trained in the art of CrossFit and Simon Says.
At Practice CrossFit, trainers shake bodies out of muscular slumber by leading weight training and cardio exercises from gymnastics and rowing to running and jumping. Exercisers work through routines customized to their experience levels and abilities, ensuring a workout as safe and challenging as a padded Rubik's cube. Practice CrossFit's resident former competitive bodybuilder and college basketball player, Chastity Sloan, runs women through intensive boot-camp classes. The courses focus on aerobic and muscle-building exercises, with demanding workouts that raise heart rates like kidnappers raise ransom rates with demanding lists of demands. The gym holds women-only boot-camp classes Monday and Wednesday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for a schedule of CrossFit classes, which run Monday–Saturday.