In the eyes of an exercise enthusiast, 700 Fitness looks like a playground. Heavy ropes, tall boxes, and mallets wait to be hurled or jumped on. Bars of different heights support bodies as they swing up into the air, and elastic, neon straps provide resistance for challenging body-weight exercises.
But much like a ventriloquist dummy, the equipment is useless without some instruction. With the help of 700 Fitness's trained instructors, students weave through fitness circuits, KO punching bags, and learn how to always win The Floor is Lava game during parkour classes for all ages.
CrossFit workouts are not meant to be easy, though they are meant to be accessible to students of any fitness level. They incorporate functional movements alongside elements of track, gymnastics, and weightlifting, encouraging students to push themselves through sequences of pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, carrying, sprinting, and levitating. Yet every drop of sweat falls in a safe and supportive group environment. Coaches Carlo Profico and Keakahiwalani Landschoot help each attendee scale the load as well as the intensity of the exercises, creating workouts that are challenging, yet doable. Increased strength and stamina is a given over time, but the coaches also hope to inspire their students mentally and emotionally by helping them overcome the workouts’ physical challenges and mid-rep pop quizzes.
Every day, the certified trainers at CrossFit Cetro guide students through a different Workout of the Day. Based on CrossFit’s philosophy of varied, functional fitness, these workouts often blend disciplines such as cardio, weightlifting, strength training, gymnastics, and plyometrics. In the CrossFit Cetro gym, which is equipped more like a fitness playground, athletes might perform squats and rowing one day and dips on suspended rings the next. No matter the workout, trainers believe that each client’s needs are the same as a professional athlete's; the only difference is intensity and volume, which they can scale for each individual’s fitness level.
Power Train Sports & Fitness designed their classes for students of all athletic ability. Each workout combines cardio intervals with strength training to build lean muscle and maximize fat burn. Classes are taught with a personalized touch and are designed to keep clients engaged to maximize results.
At 14 facilities across the U.S., Power Train Sports & Fitness' trainers and fitness professionals have helped clients attain their personal goals, whether its a pro football player looking for a professional career or an everyday exerciser trying to find a healthier physique. To do so, trainers don't use a Magic-8 ball; instead, they ask a lot of questions, and then design fitness programs around a client's specific targets. The resulting programs can achieve everything from improved overall fitness and weight loss to enhanced core strength and better flexibility.
CrossFit Medford's gym looks a little bit like an auto garage. And that's appropriate, because their trainers are in the business of bodywork and revving fitness engines. They do so by leading exercisers through functional movements, performing them at a high intensity. By teaching these motions, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, they ready their students for physical exertions while playing sports or working. Trainers use everything from pull-up bars and kettlebells to ropes and resistance bands to get the job done. Making all-new routines daily also ensures their students get a completely workout and don't get bored. To ensure they all can follow through with those workouts, they scale them to individual needs and fitness levels.
Doing the same workouts every day for years was taking its toll on Rich Nebel. He was bored. That is, until he discovered CrossFit. With CrossFit, Rich found himself engaged again, and the dynamic, functional workouts strengthened his body in a way that kept things interesting. As the owner and a trainer at CrossFit 41 South, Nebel works to spread the gospel of the Workout Of the Day?or WOD?an intense routine that changes every day, challenging participants to push themselves to the limit in new ways.