Drive through any city in Orange County and signs advertising CrossFit gyms will beckon to even the choosiest of sweat and adrenaline junkies. “CrossFit” is quickly becoming a household name for the young and old, experts and novices alike. This new wave of workout regimens focuses on strength and conditioning while keeping the workouts of the day varied. CrossFit combines weightlifting, metabolic conditioning and gymnastics using high-intensity workouts and functional movements to create workouts scalable to any athlete’s abilities. Those OC exercise fanatics who have had enough of the run-of-the-mill, neighborhood gyms and want to do more than pop a P90X video into the DVD player should check out the best CrossFit gyms in Orange County.
7586 Garden Grove Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
Price: $150 per person for two-week beginner program/ $170 per month unlimited membership
For those with a grudge against routine exercise, Grudge Fitness offers the Essentials Program, which introduces workout novices to the fundamentals of CrossFit. An experienced coach will take beginners through basic movements and workouts while instructing on proper technique. After the beginner’s program, you’ll have a gauge for your abilities with regards to standard workouts and be able to scale accordingly with the assistance of Grudge’s great coaches.
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Price: free first class/ $175 per month unlimited membership
Aliso CrossFit emphasizes taking care of your body through weightlifting, gymnastics, sport, metabolic conditioning and nutrition. This gym offers a free on-ramp class with no obligation and no pressure to join to teach you what exactly CrossFit is. This gym is for any would-be athlete seeking serious health improvements all around. You’ll have to be dedicated to positive change, but the coaches here make it a breeze. Because diet and exercise go hand-in-hand when it comes to good health, Aliso CrossFit encourages a modified paleolithic diet. Essentially, this includes meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Couple this nutritious diet with the twice the workout, half the time philosophy here, and you’re on your way to being healthier and more fit.
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CrossFit Costa Mesa
766 St. Clair St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Price: $25 for first two on-boarding sessions/ $190 per month unlimited membership
CrossFit Costa Mesa warns potential clients that CrossFit may become their newest addiction. That is likely why coaches here place an emphasis on the onboarding process, which takes each new client two weeks to complete. The point of onboarding is to educate first and then challenge each athlete to change his or her perception of exercise. Clients rave about the great trainers at this location as well as the gym space.
17875 Sky Park Cir., Ste. AB
Irvine, CA 92614
Price: $89 for a 14-day trial/ $199 per month unlimited membership
CrossFit Insanity is known for its 4,000-square-foot facility and full set of equipment, including Olympic bars, kettlebells, rowing machines and gymnastics rings. CrossFit Insanity promises to provide the tools needed to succeed, including proper coaching, motivation and nutrition for an all-around healthier lifestyle fully equipped with coaches who want to see you succeed.
23001 Del Lago Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Price: $100 for the Introduction to CrossFit Program/ $225 per month unlimited membership
CrossFit Ethos works to help every athlete, no matter how athletic, excel in sport, fitness and life. With a 5,000-square-foot fitness coaching facility, this CrossFit gym promises never to bore its clients. In fact, the gym claims it is rare to ever do the same workout twice in one year. Workouts focus on 10 fitness domains: stamina, agility, balance, strength, speed, coordination, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance, power and accuracy.
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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.