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Eight CrossFit Level 1–certified trainers unite their backgrounds as professional firefighters, medical personnel, and hockey or snowboarding athletes to form a dedicated gym family, guiding apprentices in their journeys to fitness. Members of the tight-knit team took 3rd place in the 2012 Reebok/CrossFit Canada East Regional Competition, where they clambered onto the event podium to cement their finish by hand-bending a block of molten bronze into a trophy.
During guided classes, they welcome newcomers to the fold by committing each student's name to memory as they tackle intense Workout of the Day routines. CrossFit's catalogue of functional movements—actions relevant to real life and befitting how our anatomy works—include squats, dead-lifts, pull-ups, kettle bell swings, and box jumps among other exercises, all of which can be scaled to individual strength levels. Workouts might even call for the ascension of dangling ropes or heaving loaded sleds across the floor without opening any of the presents heaped on top. Such a reliance on muscle confusion aims to keeps physiques from settling into monotonous reps or hitting a fitness plateau.