The energetic trainers at Albany CrossFit burnish bodies with the same sweat-manufacturing workout routines used by police academies and tactical operations teams, focusing on principal strength and conditioning. Before hefting a single kettlebell, students must first complete a six-course On Ramp program, which teaches groups of four to eight newcomers the recurrent movements of the CrossFit curriculum, including deadlifts, squats, and challenging your reflection to a flexing contest. In addition to mastering techniques in the physical realm, pupils will also glean healthful tips from lectures on nutrition and mobility. The entire On Ramp course must be completed in two weeks, including all relevant at-home assignments, which may cover postworkout recovery and how to turn your neighbor's house into your personal gym.
Equipment: Dumbbells, sandbags, TRX, chin up bars, medicine balls
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, mat, and a friend
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are a friendly community of fun and support. [You should] come excited to meet new people and have a good time
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