Gustavo Zingg, 22, spends his week training Hardcore Crossfit South “The Brick” members on Olympic lifting, gymnastics, running and rowing. Some of the exercises include overhead squats, hang power snatches and deadlifts.
“The workouts are all about what we call ‘functional movements,’ ” said Zingg, who is head coach of “The Brick,” a fitness center that provides members with personalized group training sessions to help them lose weight, gain muscles and increase their endurance. “It involves targeting multiple muscles with just one exercise.”
The workout sessions take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at 151 SW Seventh St. in Miami, where members receive one-on-one instructions on how to keep their body strong and conditioned.
Six months after opening, “The Brick” is hosting its first public event at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The “throw-down” event will consist of competitions between teams of two male and two female members.
“We’re going to have food, a DJ and representatives from Sports Authority,” said Zingg.
Elizabeth Perez, 30, was the first member to join Crossfit Hardcore South “The Brick” and said she looks forward to being part of the throw down.
“It’s a fun competition where you get to see how you do among your other pupils,” Perez said.
Eduardo Caprile, 24, the main owner of Crossfit Hardcore South “The Brick,” started at a Crossfit in Little Haiti and continued in Crossfit Vida, where he met Zingg and together started “The Brick.”
“I’ve always liked sports,” said Caprile, who came from Peru as a guest actor for Telemundo’s soap operas Mi Corazón Insiste and Aurora.
“When I came to this country three years ago, I started going to the gym, but I got tired of the routine of working out by myself or with a personal trainer.”
At Crossfit Hardcore South “The Brick,” members start their workout with a full body warm-up of 20 minutes. Then, the coaches explain the workout of the day and modify the exercises to fit with each individual.
“It takes a lot of physical stamina,” said Akshay Hedge, 32, who has been going to “The Brick” for two months. “I like the challenge of such an intense workout, and I’ve seen results in just three to four weeks.”
“The Brick” is among nine franchises Crossfit Hardcore has throughout South Florida; others are in Boca Raton, Pompano Beach and Royal Palm Beach.
The business has become a community of people of all ages who encourage one another to achieve a fitness goal, Caprile said.
“The coaches motivate you constantly, so you keep yourself going,” said Caprile.