One practitioner of CrossFit summed up the lifestyle with one simple perspective: "People walk through the door and say, 'Hey, where's all the machines?' We're the machines." Everybody motivates everybody else in these group exercises, which strip away the fancy devices and fads of the moment to focus on natural movements. At CrossFit Playground, exercisers build muscle by climbing ropes, jogging backward, lifting heavy weights, and doing battle with their shadow-selves. The workout is different every day, and the instructor takes care to exactly explain the exercise du jour. Combining community, expertise, and old-fashioned hard work, CrossFit delivers proven results.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on state-of-the-art cardio machines and top-of-the-line strength equipment in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day, Body Fit Warehouse provides its members with virtually all of the tools that they need to get in shape, from experience-driven guidance to state-of-the-art equipment. The facility?which is staffed six days a week and monitored by 24-hour security surveillance?features a broad selection of treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, and strength-training machines, which guests can use on their own or with one of the studio's expert staffers. Trainers can recommend workout regimens, and dietitians can suggest lifestyle changes designed to help clients meet their unique fitness goals. New members are also treated a complimentary walkthrough and machine-fitting session, where they learn how to adjust each piece of equipment so the can achieve their fitness goals. Athletes can also pursue those same goals within a group setting during one of the many fitness classes, such as Insanity, TRX-suspension, boot camp, and circuit training.
"When you have somebody that's actually for you in your corner, and you hear them rooting you on, you get that sense of not wanting to let them down," physical trainer Anthony Oretade says in a video on his family-run business's website. The 82nd Airborne Army veteran and his wife, Melissa, founded Iron for Zion as a training facility where gym-goers can push their boundaries a little further during each workout. Anthony forms a bond of trust with his clients, which allows them to feel comfortable going that extra mile.
Equipment: Dumbbells, sandbags, TRX, chin up bars, medicine balls
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, mat, and a friend
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are a friendly community of fun and support.
[You should] come excited to meet new people and have a good time
At CrossFit West Hartford, knowledgeable coaches draw from trainings and disciplines such as MMA fighting and college football to get their students fit and healthy. Instructors work hand-in-hand with each trainee to help them understand the science behind each workout, tailoring exercises to each pupil's abilities, whether high-intensity CrossFit sessions or precise Pilates movements.