Between the red and white walls, and under the high ceiling of CrossFit Boones Ferry’s gym, certified trainers Trevor and Derek lead groups through the functional movements and exercises of the CrossFit system. Through the use of everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling, they prep patrons to safely engage all manner of enterprises, from sports and work-related activities to daily routines such as carrying groceries. By changing the workout each day, they also target each muscle group for full-body fitness, using a wide variety of equipment, including kettlebells, plyometric boxes, and pull-up bars. For those in need of more individualized attention, they also offer personal, one-on-one training.
Squats, dead lifts, ring dips, and tire flips are just a few exercises athletes may encounter at Making Of Champions CrossFit. Coach Dre Williams leads athletes through a new Workout of the Day every day, which blends different principles of cardio, strength training, plyometrics, and gymnastics to create dynamic workouts. Workouts are generally short but intense and can be scaled to accommodate all fitness levels from beginners to elite athletes.
In CrossFit Immense’s tight-knit community, athletes motivate each other through intense workouts and strength-training sessions. Eschewing the boring treadmills of a traditional gym, CrossFit pushes practitioners to the edge of their ability—relying on tough, functional exercises such as swinging kettlebells, powerlifting barbells, and arm-wrestling lumberjacks. Students study under trained professionals, learning Workouts of the Day (or WODs) before dropping by for open gym sessions.
When he isn't at his gym or steering a helicopter through commercial and instructive flights, owner Jake Maslin coaches high-school and college-level lacrosse teams, channeling his own experiences in competitive sports to condition players. He also draws on the discipline ingrained by his service in the military, a resolve that fuels his passion for communal CrossFit workouts.
Their inclusive group ushers total beginners and regulars through a vigorous but rewarding fitness regimen guided by 10 core values, such as honor, honesty, and leaving no one behind. The tenets all bespeak a tightly knit atmosphere that underlies each new Workout of the Day, pushing members through every last rep and away from ice-cream stands. Techniques from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and sprinting merge to form challenging routines with movements that are scalable to all fitness levels.
At any given moment throughout the week, Black Rose CrossFit whirls with activity as groups hurl medicine balls, swing kettle bells, leap on boxes, and push themselves toward personal goals. The facility's main program, CrossFit, challenges participants with fast-paced, high-intensity workouts built around those functional and natural movements. When adults vacate Black Rose after their sessions, the gym does not fall silent, though, as children aged 6–13 funnel in for rounds of Kidfit and Muay Tykes. Designed as a quick, educational workout for youngsters, Kidfit emphasizes the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle in a team environment.
Gymnastics. Weightlifting. Metabolic conditioning. These are the fundamental movement categories folded into each CrossFit workout, though together they create a workout that’s not as daunting as it may seem. Gymnastics and moves such as pushups, air squats, and ring dips help students assert control over their bodies, and dead lifts and weighted squats help them to become more powerful. Completing the regimen’s circle, metabolic conditioning hones cardiovascular systems through running, rowing, or jumping.
At VC CrossFit, instructors lead workouts six days a week wherein students practice all these disciplines at a high intensity. Workouts change constantly so students can avoid plateaus that often come with the likes of traditional gym workouts or keeping pace with a stampede of third graders. Open-gym sessions are also available on Sundays, giving members open access to the facilities in a less structured environment.
Sneakers pound the grass during shriek-filled games of tag. But this isn’t recess, it’s Portland Fit Camp, and the jubilant players aren’t children but women sculpting muscles during the intense, outdoor adult version of the classic game. With a max of 24 campers, the sessions have an intimate feel, and their participants are fueled by their collective energy and the motivational training of a certified instructor. For five days a week for four-week sessions, the groups meet in the park for muscle-shocking routines that change daily to avoid plateaus. Core-based, functional exercises such as agility ladder drills, air squats, and hill sprints are all taught to students, who break the traditional workout routine with games of tag or games of capture the flag taped to the squirrel’s back.