When clients walk into CrossFit Peekskill, they're not inundated with the rows of elliptical machines and treadmills common in typical gyms. This warehouse-influenced gym houses wall-to-wall Olympic weights, gymnastics rings, and rowing machines. During workouts steeped in functional fitness, clients climb ropes and flip giant tires. Coaches are on-hand to ensure clients are practicing the correct form during each exercise, which include swinging kettlebells and lifting medicine balls. To help workouts fit into everyone's schedule, CrossFit classes are offered every Monday–Saturday, and open gym hours are scheduled seven days a week.
Before Barry opened CrossFit Orange NY, he helped train both the New York Jets and the NYPD. Now he's certified three times over—twice for CrossFit, and once with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He pours more than 25 years of fitness experience into each CrossFit workout. Starting with nine foundational movements, CrossFit relies on everyday motions that allow the human body to function unfettered by weightlifting machines. These movements range from jumping and squatting to pushing and hailing a cab.
Tired of gimmicky diets and ineffective workouts, owner and master coach Ray Carile turned to CrossFit. He has whipped himself into shape and kept excess pounds at bay with CrossFit’s no-nonsense approach—perform a varied workout three times a week and burn more calories than you consume. To help others stick to that simple and effective philosophy, he opened CrossFit Rally by Sweat. He and his team of trainers lead clients of all fitness levels in exercises that incorporate functional movements, such as pushing and pulling, and draw upon a wide array of equipment, including battle ropes, kettlebells, and rowing machines. Their focus on functional movements prepares participants for everything from everyday activities—such as climbing stairs and chasing cars—to sports and work tasks. In each session, they vary the daily workout to help motivate patrons to stick to the schedule. Because the method is adaptable, they offer classes for kids as young as 3 to instill healthy lifestyle habits in wee ones right out of the gate.
At CrossFit Athletic Performance, the instructors are attempting to establish a new workout tradition. They eschew the silent weight lifting of big brand gyms in favor of unconventional exercises focusing on explosive power, and ensure raucous cheers of encouragement from instructors and other students accompany every workout. This camaraderie isn't by chance. CrossFit's staff fosters the positive atmosphere by celebrating even the smallest of victories in the gym with high fives and a cake made of celery. As dedicated as owners are to a positive atmosphere, they opened CrossFit Athletic Performance to get people healthy and strong, and judging by their students' dedication, they've been successful. The gym's workouts change every day in an effort to combat monotony and shock muscles; the only constant is the intensity of the sessions. In contrast, students can take a movement-focused approach to toning their bodies with mat Pilates and yoga classes hosted by the same instructors.
Whatever your shape or build, Connie Cramer wants to help you reach a new peak of fitness. The personal trainer focuses her efforts on empowering women of all ages and fitness levels, showing them how to break through their personal barriers in a variety of heart-pumping classes. Inside her colorful Yorktown studio, Connie successfully motivates her students to lift their kettlebells a little higher and jump up from the mat a little faster.
Much like the clients they now teach, Crossfit201's four co-owners each bring a different history to their CrossFit training. Alon Soundry sought a new type of workout to boost his performance in the martial arts and motorcross. Keith Ferrara had tired of his extra pounds and found relief in a CrossFit regimen. Artie Kreutzer and Wilson De Dios enjoyed staying active even before discovering the regime. No matter their clients' background, the trainers seek ways to make the CrossFit regimen work for them.