Without a variable workout, exercise quickly becomes nothing more than a Sisyphean routine of lifting boulders, running up hills, and running away from sudden boulder avalanches. Evolve stale workouts with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a one-month unlimited membership to Tamalpais CrossFit in San Rafael (a $205 value).
The CrossFit method engages students of all fitness levels with a varying regime packed with jump-rope, rowing, weightlifting, and kettle bells exercises. Multiple disciplines are rotated from class to class to keep bodies on their toes and to avoid the plateau many athletes reach when participating in unchanging fitness routines. As new members, all students are required to schedule a complimentary Mobility Assessment, during which a CrossFit trainer will help you define your fitness goals, while addressing any mobility issues and introducing you to the basic CrossFit moves and class structures. The trainer will then lead students in a CrossFit workout to assess their current physical state and ability to juggle flaming barbells. From there newbies can jump into the schedule of classes, which are offered six days a week with 10–20 students in each class.
Tamalpais CrossFit's coaches are not content to teach the same curriculum day in, day out. Instead, the CrossFit specialists mix up their routines on a regular basis, linking innovative sequences of exercises that increase strength and prevent fitness plateaus. Whether leading students through deadlifts, pull-ups, or lunges, the trainers keep students on their muscle-bristled toes. In addition to leading training sessions at various levels, the gym's fitness experts dish nutritional advice for complete body-revamping programs.