With 9,000 square feet of space, and the expertise of passionate, knowledgeable trainers, CrossFit Hoboken helps clients of all body types and fitness levels smash through self-doubt and exceed their personal goals. Far away from the sterility of a big-box globo-gym or dystopian weight room ruled by self-aware treadmills, the center's CrossFit ethos gets bodies both trim and strong with high-intensity workouts in gymnastics, weightlifting, and metabolic conditioning. Certified trainers guide classes of newcomers through the universally scalable workout intervals, or work with small groups or individuals during customized personal training sessions.
In addition to building powerful sinew and muscle during ever-changing Workouts of the Day (WODs), students at CrossFit Hoboken join a vibrant, positive community of athletes, making new friends with regular events such as paintball, barbecues and pig roasts, and fitness competitions.
There are six essential ingredients that compose each of Complete Body fitness programs: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. Founder Alex Reznik is the mind behind this philosophy. In 1995, he founded the company believing that, if given the opportunity, most people would seek to better their health. Soon thereafter, he was proven right by both rising membership numbers and favorable media attention, including articles in Time Out New York and the New York Times.
Complete Body has now expanded to three locations. At each studio, expert trainers adhere to Mr. Reznik's principles, blending Eastern and Western techniques during classes such as yoga, boot camps, and spinning. Complete Body also hosts cross-training classes, which are designed to burn fat, build strength, and improve flexibility by focusing on six elements: strength, cardio, flexibility, meditation, nutrition, and rest. They even venture outside to work with clients in their homes. But the staff knows that wellness is not all about sweat. At onsite spas, massage therapists work tense muscles and aestheticians refresh skin with facials. Physical therapists can help to rehabilitate clients following injuries, calling upon various training methods in their arsenal.
Swedes are renowned around the world for their beauty, a quality that can be attributed in part to their punishing workout regimens. Though there are no polar bears to bench press in New York City, the trainers at Swedish Challenge NYC make use of what they do have—temperate weather and a scenic skyline—to design effective workouts. Their four-week boot camps incorporate a variety of boxing, CrossFit, and plyometrics exercises to sculpt muscles and improve stamina. Most of their workouts are held in outdoor locations, and all of them are scalable to various levels of fitness.
Nearly every kind of person has found success at 2XR Boot Camp Cross Fitness—from college students looking for some structure as they strike out on their own to adults who've lost upward of 100 pounds. During these indoor boot-camp sessions, clients avoid the boredom that often causes people to abandon exercise programs, because each session incorporates an ever-changing routine of cardio and resistance training. People of all fitness levels benefit from the boot-camp program, since the exercises are easily tailored to both beginners and more advanced athletes. During a boot-camp session, participants maximize fat-burning results with quick spurts of sprinting intermixed with walking and jogging on the treadmill—known as high-intensity interval training—along with suspension work designed to engage the core, and a variety of weight-training exercises. Campers might try out everything from whipping heavy battle ropes up and down to getting on the floor for pushups, burpees, and rounds of playing dead.
The Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyline can supplant mundane indoor scenery for groups of CrossFit students hurling kettlebells or running down the dock. CrossFit Giant, set right on the water either on the dock or in its fully equipped studio, challenges guests with high-energy workouts that change daily. The CrossFit technique, used by military special ops and police academies, is scaled by intensity and load. This allows the staff to accommodate students of all fitness levels, challenging the whole body with jump roping, squats, and sprints, the three of which should never be combined into one simultaneous maneuver.
BFF Boot Camp blends the high-energy atmosphere of a gym with the support system and nutrition advice of a weight-loss center. The certified personal trainers motivate fitness-seekers of all levels with positive reinforcement. They stage monthly weight-loss contests to celebrate achievement and fuel a healthy competitive spirit in their students, and write up detailed fitness reports every six weeks that outline workout results, areas of improvement, and frozen-meat-slab-punching speeds. Even their indoor air-conditioned gymnastics-style facility is supportive, outfitted with cushioned floors to reduce the joint stress of already low-impact boot-camp workouts. To further help their clients reach their fitness goals, they offer group personal training and nutrition counseling.
At Athletic Overdrive, it's not uncommon to see people carrying a beer keg at a full-on sprint. But they're not rushing to a raging party; rather, these elite athletes are training as part of CrossFit classes and strongman games. In addition to CrossFit classes, the team of elite trainers also leads sport-specific training based on their experience as athletes in sports such as football, track, soccer, and volleyball. They specialize in a variety of cardio, strength-training, and TRX suspension programs, as well as personal training with programs tailored to each client's individual needs.