This is no ordinary gym with a pool and showers and coffee or any of that stuff. This is crossfit, so expect an environment more like a lockup garage. Everything is done in classes of no more than eight, supervised by teachers who train you in the proper techniques. The crossfit ethos is based on old-style exercises like situps, pressups, squats and pullups. There's also quite a bit of work with weights and kettlebells. You never know what they're going to hit you with from one day to the next as there is a huge variety of workouts, performed either against the clock or to a set number of reps. Typically the workouts provide a short sharp shock to the system rather than endless repetition. Sounds scary I know but whether you're a superfit young fire fighter or just an average person of more mature years like me you can do it as they set your weights or number of reps according to your ability. It's all great fun (really!) and the atmosphere is genuinely friendly. You'll soon notice big changes in yourself, like thinking nothing of lifting a weight heavier than you are off the floor. This morning I even climbed up a rope something I could never do at school. CrossFit Avon is a gym you'll keep coming back and back to.
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