Each piece of equipment inside Crossfit Alpha Foxtrot was chosen for its ability to mimic functional movements. Members squat with barbells, jump onto wooden boxes, climb ropes, and pull the handle on a rowing machine. Other classic CrossFit exercises not seen in a traditional gym include flipping giant tires and swinging heavy backpacks. If all that seems unfamiliar, you need not worry: coaches oversee every exercise to ensure people are using the correct form and are adequately challenged.
At Orange Coast CrossFit, routine is the sworn enemy of success. The coaches keep boredom at bay with an ever-changing array of workouts, each of which incorporates elements of weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular fitness. If there is one constant, it's that they take the program seriously and expect their students to do the same. Of course, every workout can be scaled to different fitness levels, so you'll never find yourself lifting more weight or shot-putting a bigger car than you can handle.
Equipment: Rogue, Again Faster, Windy, Boon, Twins, Fairtex
Students should bring: Towel and appropriate workout attire
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Work hard
Owned by five-time UFC heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, Punishment Training Center puts poor habits in a chokehold with a full slate of MMA-inspired fitness classes for men, women, and children. Inside the fully equipped strength and conditioning facility, students work up a sweat on cardio machines or in a functional fitness area complete with kettlebells, plyometric boxes, and a colorful PA announcer. Unlike standard gyms, PTC also features a 1,500-square-foot grappling mat and a cage where students can train like their favorite MMA fighters.
Total Training Boot Camp shares several key attributes with military-style training, the most obvious of which is an amped-up level of intensity. The differences, however, are just as notable. Trainers never attempt to motivate their students with harsh words and yelling, instead opting to inundate them with positive support. Students need every ounce of encouragement they can get as they struggle through workouts designed to achieve a three-pronged objective: burn fat, sculpt muscles, and improve the quality of daily life.
Each punishing boot-camp session engages the legs, abs, arms, shoulders, and internal hard drive to slenderize the body in as short a time as possible. Total Training Boot Camp's workouts challenge athletes of all levels; their scalable nature and wide appeal helped the company place as a finalist for CityVoter's Best Boot Camp in 2011. Aside from the flagship boot camps, trainers offer personal-training sessions that customize workouts to specific body types and goals.
No one is an island at Koflex Sports and Fitness Studios, which stresses the importance of community in helping participants reach their goals. Though the
studio brims with slick one-person weight machines, guests don't just work independently. Rather, they also get fit with the help of coaches and classes. Every type of membership package includes both group and personal training, and the Koflex staff is serious about helping people get results. Two proprietary group fitness programs, Koflex Bodysculpt and Koflex Boot Camp, round out a schedule that also includes yoga classes and kettlebell yo-yo training. Supplementary services, such as massage therapy and nutritional counseling, are available to move clients even closer to their goals.