Effective fitness programs integrate exercises that replicate life's everyday tasks, such as unloading the groceries or digging up the neighbor's leech field. Take your quotidian activities to the next level with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get 12 drop-in CrossFit classes at CrossFit Classes (a $199 value). Choose from eight locations in Rocklin, Marysville, Sacramento, Folsom, Elk Grove, Davis, and Woodland.
Following the CrossFit ethos, instructors design high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness levels, participants may begin the muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with sonorous dumbbells and hissing kettle bars, as well as with plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping also enliven workouts. CrossFit’s physical-transmogrification techniques work for all healthy humans. To encourage progress and accountability, trainers urge clients to set incremental goals and record their achievements, preferably in a magical tome with a face on the cover that screams encouragement whenever it smells sweat.