When asked who was eligible to attend his CrossFit classes, Justin Roosenmaallen told the Brockville Recorder and Times, "There are no limits." He and his staff of certified CrossFit instructors stand by this credo in more ways than one at CrossFit Brockville. Their judgment-free attitude makes both newbies and competitors feel comfortable inside the gym, where they push their guests to redefine what "limit" means on a personal level. They lead traditional CrossFit workouts—including women-only and kids' variants—as well as kettlebell, yoga, and MMA classes, adjusting each exercise to suit different strength levels. Instead of stocking the space with cumbersome machinery, the trainers utilize the basics: barbells, pull-up racks, medicine balls, and cows that refuse to move from doorways.
An experienced team of instructors, captained by masters John and Peter Douvris, helps Ottawans get fit while learning self-defense during kickboxing and karate classes. Comprised of three classes—kickboxing, Cardio Bag, and Body Shape—the kickboxing program builds endurance, chisels muscles into diamond-like hardiness, and improves reaction time and coordination for dodging projectile bags of money. Kickboxing classes sync footwork drills to antielevator music, and Cardio Bag classes instill proper punching form with heavy-bag routines (must bring boxing gloves or hand wraps). Specialized weight training isolates muscle groups during Body Shape classes, which also incorporate calisthenics and stretching exercises.
Led by fourth-degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt Jason Motardowner, the team at Tekken Martial Arts Academy specializes in martial arts for students of all ages. Whether students want to become martial arts masters, get fit, or improve their self-confidence, Tekken caters to them with a variety of programs including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grappling, mixed martial arts, and self-defense/Hapkido. They also hold fitness-themed classes such as cardio kickboxing and muay Thai, and TRX suspension circuit training.