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.
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.
Equipment: Rogue, MuscleDriver USA, squat racks, yokes, barbells, kettlebells
Students should bring: Layered sport clothing, supportive sport clothing.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready and receptive for coaching. Be 15 minutes early for class. Say hello to other members.
Certified personal trainer Rich Dupell isn't interested in shoving fitness seekers into heavy metal contraptions. To him, the body should become the machine. With a philosophy to "create a personalized environment for individuals to pursue and reach their health, weight loss, and fitness goals," Rich guides his students onto the paths of enlightenment and physical lightenment. Utilizing his skills as an ISSA and CrossFit Level 1 certified instructor, Rich molds trainees in personal-training courses and tandem workouts, and offers computerized body analysis and helpful food guidelines for upkeep of physiques.
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.