More people than ever are living a sedentary lifestyle: waking up in their racecar beds, driving to work in their racecars, sitting for eight hours in the passenger seats of experimental racecars as men in lab coats slam them into concrete walls, and then driving home again. Race to fitness with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a one-month unlimited CrossFit membership at CrossFit 305 ($160 value).
The certified trainers at CrossFit 305 lead students in brawn-building sessions that safely develop form and technique in CrossFit's versatile blend of lifting and calisthenics. During an initial two-week On Ramp session, new students build a vocabulary of basic and advanced movements including squats and dead lifts, moving on to Olympic lifts and human-pyramid lifts. Pumped-up pupils of all skill levels can scale the routines to fit their abilities and build strength without injury.
Once gym-goers have graduated, one-hour CrossFit classes assemble ever-changing, ever-challanging routines of lifting weights, swinging kettlebells, and climbing ropes to strengthen and condition blossoming muscle bouquets. The spartan space at CrossFit 305 cuts all distractions save lively graffiti murals, giving instructors room to focus on helping clients achieve goals that range from a more muscular body composition to a more disciplined outlook to a better understanding of how dumbbells differ from dinosaur bones.
CrossFit 305 traces its lineage back to a modest, 300-square-foot studio that opened in 2008. Shortly after the staff began reading about CrossFit and testing out the workouts themselves, they decided to dedicate their business entirely to the functional fitness program. Even as they restructured their workouts, their studio continued to grow. Today, they hold their group classes in a 3,500-square foot facility equipped with gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and barbells for Olympic lifting.
Co-owner Dominic Sirianni says that many clients are hesitant to begin training at CrossFit 305, due to CrossFit’s reputation as a brutal, challenging workout. He assures them that they shouldn't be worried. "We scale the workout's intensity to their ability," he explains. "We have people as young as 10 years old and old as 77." In fact, it’s this inclusive atmosphere that keeps members coming back for more.
When they aren’t pushing clients to run faster or throw their boulders further, CrossFit 305's certified trainers encourage them to stay mindful of nutrition. They have even partnered with the Florida Heart Research Institute to help them give accurate body-composition readings and determine ideal body-fat percentages.