All across Charlotte, CrossFit gyms propel gym-goers toward meeting their fitness goals with an array of always-changing workouts that emphasize functional, or everyday, strength and athleticism. There are specialized CrossFit gyms, such as South Charlotte CrossFit. At that box—the stripped-down gym, if you’re not familiar with CrossFit lingo—a group of certified coaches foster an encouraging, motivating environment that has an extra benefit in the form of two canine mascots. But the exercise philosophy’s popularity has extended its reach far beyond these enclaves. For example, both Charlotte Athletic Club and Charlotte YMCA locations offer CrossFit classes.