In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.
Lando and Stacey, coaches of CrossFit Lando, draw on their experiences as a collegiate baseball coach and a competitive gymnast, respectively, to help clients identify, achieve, and surpass their goals. They design new workouts each day based on CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional fitness. Though workouts change daily, they may include a mix of exercises such as Olympic weightlifting, running, rowing, plyometrics, and medicine-ball training.
The instructors at Tokyo Joe's Studios/Dragon's Eye CrossFit know that each day provides new challenges?and so they train their students to face them. One way if through CrossFit classes, which use varied workouts to keep students on their toes as they build strength and endurance. Each workout is designed to prepare participants for any kind of physical exertion they might face, from lifting heavy objects to jumping over hurdles on their morning commute.
On the karate side, kids and adults train in more traditional martial arts forms that have been passed down for centuries. The kids' program focuses on discipline and building self-esteem while teaching kids how to protect themselves from bullies. Adult classes are available too, in which instructors establish basic techniques culled from a variety of disciplines, including tempo, jiujitsu, and MMA.
Named after the Greek god of war, CrossFit Ares hopes to help its clients win their fitness battles?whether they're fighting to do 20 pull-ups or win a body-building championship. The CrossFit program embraces all experience levels with its mix of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio drills that scale up or down in intensity to challenge everyone from beginners to beginners with bionic exoskeletons.
Each routine is known as a workout of the day, or 'WOD', and owner Craig Galloway puts a serious dose of thought into their composition. He meets with his staff for one Saturday out of every month, planning different exercise lineups that keep gym members simultaneously safe and entertained. He brings the same level of forethought to warm-ups, as well, and considers them just as important as the main class event.
Equipment: Resistance band, medicine ball, hurdles, agility ladder, kettlebell
Students should bring: Water, sneakers, comfortable layers of clothing, and gloves
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Action-packed classes start and end on time rain or shine; arrive a few minutes early to check in.
At CrossFit High Power, groups of exercisers grunt, scratch, and sweat through constantly changing workouts that include aspects of weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning. Across the facility's 4,500 square feet of space, instructors fuse motivation with education to help each individual blow past obstacles and obliterate personal bests. The workouts themselves are intense and are built around a wide range of functional movements that can burn off excess fat, improve athletic performance, or simply aid bodies in functioning better.