CrossFit Meadowlands? head coach, Anthony Rumo, owns black belts in both karate and judo, but, though he has trained in martial arts since age 9, he?s never found any training regimen as demanding and effective as CrossFit. After discovering the system?s benefits while training at an MMA gym in California, he traveled the country learning as much as he could, eventually earning more than five certifications that include CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman, and CPR. Together with coach Frankie Corvelli, named New Jersey's strongest man under 175 pounds, he now leads groups of fitness disciples as they embark upon journeys into the community of CrossFit.
The pair?s 7,000-square-foot facility harbors equipment including 40 yards of AstroTurf, 20-foot ceilings with five climbing ropes, 3,000 pounds of bumper plates, gymnastics rings, and strongman equipment such as sleds, Atlas stones, and tires up to 500 pounds. Students interact with this equipment as they charge through WOD?workouts of the day?which vary constantly but can include weight lifting, cardio training, and body-weight exercises such as pushups, air squats, and dips on suspended rings. Unlike the sack race portion of a job interview, Anthony and Frankie scale their classes for athletes of all ages and fitness levels, resulting in workouts that are universally challenging.
In CKO Kickboxing’s action-packed classes, students wail away at heavy, hanging punching bags, working out stress while building muscles with every punch and kick. Because the bags are so heavy, they add significant resistance into the workout, toning up muscles more effectively than punching slabs of beef and then eating the evidence. During the 60-minute classes, students rotate between cardio and strength training, bolstering heart-rates and targeting arms, legs, and cores.