At CrossFit 732 at Absolute Fitness NJ, it?s not uncommon to find people flipping truck tires, doing pull-ups, or climbing a rope to the ceiling. Outside, someone might be pulling a jeep with their bare hands. If doesn?t sound like a typical workout, that?s because it?s not?cofounders Rob Esposito and Jerry Andrews have built more than a simple gym, assembling a fitness school and community based on support for one other and the unceasing push to test physical limits.
Like a teenager?s mood, the workouts change each day, adhering to CrossFit?s principles of varied, functional movements. Sessions may combine cardio, such as running and jumping with weightlifting, kettlebell exercises, and body-weight exercise, such as pushups, pull-ups, and burpees. The staff, which includes CrossFit-certified trainers and a former military police officer in the US Navy, also leads programs such as youth conditioning and training for sports including weightlifting and Red Rover.
Celebrating their grand opening, the coaches at CrossFit Delirium only need one hour to provide a top-notch workout for their clients. They teach classes designed for all skill levels, which are rooted in functional fitness routines that incorporate all muscle groups and movements of the body. Exercises include Olympic weightlifting, kettlebell training, gymnastics, rowing, and jumping rope. Smaller classes yield a supportive environment as students flip oversized tires or couches.
Not a single elliptical machine or mirror is seen inside Big Dog CrossFit. With a ban on the word can?t, the center relies on positive reinforcement during CrossFit workouts. Led by a trainer with a slew of certifications, clients swing kettlebells and flip giant tries, among other functional movements. The trainer also works with kids during special CrossFit classes.
Manned by certified fitness and CrossFit L1 certified trainers, Ultimate Fit Zone offers boot camp and crossfit held in a small group environment. AstroTurf lines the 3,000-square-foot facility, flanked by bright blue, green, and purple walls. This well-equipped space pulses with beating hearts during classes such as Zone 360 Boot Camp and Crossfit.
Before earning his black belt from World No Gi Champion Pablo Popovitch, professor Tony Rivera studied the art of Brazilian jujitsu under world-renowned masters and champions for more than 10 years. Now, as head of Brazilian jujitsu at Strategic Combat Academy, he passes those lessons on to beginner and novice fighters with the aid of highly experienced coaches. Through sparring and live drilling, students train for competition in numerous combat styles, including mixed martial arts, boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and muay thai.
The facility’s 20’x20’ Everlast ring welcomes bouts of sparring, and pupils grapple and give each other loving bear hugs in the 525-foot cage. The instructors help students improve full nelsons in wrestling classes, whip into fighting form during cardio-conditioning sessions, and learn to use their feet as weapons in kickboxing classes.
The kids program introduces youngsters to many of the same combat arts, elucidating self-defense skills while imparting values including self-discipline and self-confidence.
It doesn?t matter if you are a seasoned athlete or a fitness newbie, because every exercise at Crossfit Bacon is preceded by a set of instructions. Coaches guide members through workouts to ensure the correct form is used during such activities as Olympic?style weightlifting, kettlebell swinging, rope tying, and tire flipping. The nature of the exercises??steeped in functional movements??allows for easy customization so everyone is equally challenged. And by offering new workouts every day,coaches help people better improve in CrossFit?s 10 fitness domains: cardio-respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.