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.
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.
The trainers at BeFit Health and Wellness have a taste for the unconventional. In their one-on-one and small-group training sessions, it’s not uncommon to see clients flipping tires, waving battle ropes, swinging kettlebells, or honing their bodies with plyometrics. The trainers like to keep things varied, so the workout changes every day, and it may include exercises such as body-weight training, weightlifting, sprinting, and moving sandbags. They work with clients of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels and also offer customized nutrition programs to help clients achieve optimal results.
Never sizes never exceed 10 people at CrossFit West Peabody, enabling coaches to give members a personalized workout. Each aspect of the CrossFit workout, from jumping onto plyometric boxes to Olympic-style weightlifting, is easily tailored to challenge everyone equally. During a single class, a coach may have people swing different weighted kettlebells and flip tires sized for tractors or Micro Machines. Each exercise, which uses both indoor and outdoor space, is closely supervised by a coach to ensure people use the proper form.
Crossfit 93 is tucked inside Blue Hills Fitness, so the crew of coaches includes runners, basketball players, and other athletes, all certified to lead the ever-changing CrossFit workouts. Because it includes such a wide range of exercises, the classes are rarely the same, and there's no simple secret to the workouts. Instead, patrons run, jump, lift, pull, and perform other natural motions. They often benefit from improved strength, flexibility, cardio health, and ability to blend in at action-movie premieres.
In March 2014, the award-winning Bayshore Athletic Club opened Bayshore CrossFit. But instead of just tiptoeing into the CrossFit realm, the new club dove in headfirst. The owners decided on a 4,000-square-foot facility and filled it with brand new equipment, amenities, and competition-level coaches. While adding another 1,500 square feet to the gym, they now lead groups through CrossFit's intense, full-body programs, which incorporate elements of cardio, gymnastics, and weightlifting into fast-paced workouts. As an added bonus, Olympic Lifting classes are included in the regular schedule at no extra charge, and several acres of space just outside the facility act as an extension of the gym, letting exercisers get fit outdoors and inspire any local birds that have clearly let themselves go.