When Verge Athletics opened, there was nothing quite like it in the area. In the years since, it's both introduced CrossFit to the larger community and built up a strong, committed community of its own. Its leaders are full-time, career coaches devoted to helping members with their personal goals?as athletes and as individuals?over the long run.
On any given day, Verge coaches lead classes through high intensity workouts that focus on mastering functional gymnastic, cardio, and weightlifting movements. Using these movements and an assortment of equipment, regular bouts of high-intensity exercise tone complete physiques.
CrossFit LifeForce prides itself as a community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts, which, collectively, pushes individuals to meet and exceed their personal goals. With an expansive schedule that features classes six days per week—including during the evenings on most days—the facility welcomes seasoned exercisers and beginners alike. During each session, one of CrossFit LifeForce’s coaches leads groups through a WOD, or workout of the day, which gets posted to the website daily.
As the instructors devise a new workout every day at CrossFit 053, the warehouse-style gym is always aflutter with activity. They lead guests in swinging kettlebells in one corner of the gym, jumping onto wooden plyometric boxes nearby, and climbing ropes in another corner. Though they're on hand to encourage guests through every station, they're especially attentive while exercisers tackle Olympic-style weightlifting?the cornerstone of CrossFit?to ensure everyone executes proper form. They base each exercise on functional movements to help guests thrive in every-day activities. Their sessions might include jumping rope, weight lifting, sprinting, and speed-texting. To make sure all participants are equally challenged, they tailor workouts for varying intensities and durations, catering to fitness newbies and professional athletes alike. In fact, the gym?s coaches were selected to train the Philadelphia Flyers during their annual Trial on the Isle competition. Additionally, the Happening List named them the Best Gym in 2014.
At Liberty Bell Crossfit, instructors lead groups of exercisers as they box, squat, sprint, and lift their way to better health. A new workout awaits with every visit to the gym, complete with a unique assortment of functional exercises that pays dividends in other areas of life, such as holding a squat when the movie theater runs out of seats. The gym prides itself on an all-inclusive approach to fitness, incorporating the non-exercise aspects of meal planning and weight-loss into health routines.
CrossFit FiveStar’s coaches whip fitness enthusiasts into shape using the cross-training methods of CrossFit. They change up the workouts of the day each session, leading participants through full-body exercises such as lunges, jump rope, and weightlifting. It’s a mix or cardio and strength training that employs functional movements designed to work out every muscle group and prepare CrossFitters for day-to-day activities, as well as all sports and work activities.
Certified boxing coach Alden Washington was born into a family of boxers. His father, in between teaching boxing classes in the US Army and Navy, began coaching him in the pugilistic arts at the age of 10. Alden took to the sport, winning boxing titles in Silver and Golden Gloves competitions, all while earning his black belt in bando, Chinese kenpo, and tae kwon do. In 1980, the consummate athlete began coaching students, conducting classes in kickboxing as well as sprinting and sports conditioning.
At Washington Boxing Academy, Alden combines his extensive title-taking and teaching experience to conduct kickboxing classes for all ages. Amid the professional heavy bags and cushioned floors of his studio, the certified coach infuses kickboxing routines with rounds of creative exercises, including jumping rope, shadowboxing while holding weights, and slamming massive tires with hammers. In personal sessions, he spurs on advanced boxers as they spar in the studio's full-size boxing ring. He also provides students with fundamental self-defense tips, such as how to a catch an oncoming fist mid-punch or halt a flung pie midair.