Cross training Works. period.

It's designed to help everyone.

One of the most appealing aspects of the intense world of cross training is its universally scalable workouts. The program provides the same workout of the day (WOD) for everyone, regardless of technical ability or strength. However, no matter where you're at in your fitness journey, each activity can be modified to work for you; so there's no more sacrificing form and risking injury to keep up with the Schwarzenegger next to you.

Workouts are pre-decided, and there are time limits.

At The Dragon's Den, like most cross training gyms, the daily WOD is posted for the entire gym to follow. The program eliminates the responsibility and guesswork that comes with creating an effective, yet feasible workout. With cross training, you simply show up and do the workout, which is hugely beneficial to a cross training or gym newcomer. Not only that, but most WODs come with time limits or a pre-set amount of work that you should complete before stopping. In other words, the light at the end of the tunnel is always visible during each high intensity WOD.

WODs are quick, not inconvenient time commitments.

If you're sick of finding the time to get to the gym just to stare at the wall while you run like a mindless hamster on the treadmill, then say, "Hello," to your new best friend. Cross training workouts take an average of 15-20 minutes to complete. That may have you thinking, "How can I get a good workout in that short of time?" And the answer is the intensity and effort you are expected to put in during that 15-20 minutes. So, rather than giving 50% during a lackluster, hour-long workout, cross training demands everything you have all at once. Think: Big effort, little time.

You become a superhero version of yourself.

Because cross training combines vigorous weight training, aerobics, and gymnastics, you become fit in every aspect of the word. The goal of the program is to be fit, not just for muscles and mass, but for functionality. cross training pushes every aspect of your body to its limits so that you can become healthier, stronger, and more in shape. And that health isn't just so you can lift heavy weights and run a four-minute mile, but so that you're fit and prepared to handle anything life throws your way.


The cross training community is one big, supportive family.

One of the most important and underrated aspects to working out is enjoying the people you workout with. When you like the people at your gym, it's easy to keep showing up and putting in the work. Because you're all doing the same WOD together, an environment of friendly competition, teamwork, and encouragement is created. During a workout, you'll be cheered on and held accountable.

So, is cross training for you?
You won't know until you give it a shot.