In the early stages of evolution, fitness routines consisted of hurling crude spears at jungle cats and diving behind boulders to avoid personal mauling. Break the monotony and despair of traditional exercise with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a fitness pass for 10 classes at CrossFit’s locations in either Bolton or Mississauga (a $250 value).
Structured around high-intensity workouts and constantly varied movements, CrossFit is a coach-led conditioning program designed to improve 10 recognized fitness domains, including strength, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory endurance. This comprehensive approach to fitness employs functional movements, such as squats and pull-ups, as opposed to stationary bikes and highly ineffective grunting machines. Motivating coaches lead students of all levels through an ever-changing, custom-made exercise program built around activities such as power jumps, rope climbs, medicine-ball throws, and cardio-boosting activities that rarely repeat within the same year. Without the clutter of bulky machinery, CrossFit blocks off open spaces for exercises requiring larger ranges of motion, such as full-speed running and synchronized sweat-angel routines.
New shape-shifters will kick-start their recently enlivened fitness program with a one-on-one intro session to establish goals, alliterative nicknames, and starting fitness levels. Experienced fitness experts prepare all programs (which rarely last longer than an hour) in both Bolton and Mississauga, with the Mississauga location voted 2010’s Best Health Club in Eastern Canada by Get Out There magazine.
One exerciser lunges across the parking lot, toting a kettlebell in each hand. Inside, another lifts a huge weight over her head, while two more dangle from the gymnast's rings suspended from the ceiling. Muscles bulge, people grunt and sweat. It's just another day in a CrossFit box.
The particular gyms in question happen to be located in Mississauga and Bolton, but each features the same amenities: weight-lifting gear, gymnastics equipment, and a whole lot of open space for functional movement training. As their philosophy dictates, the trainers at each location provide a new workout every day, preventing their customers from becoming bored and their kettlebells from becoming too attached to any one person and following them home.