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.
Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and calisthenics. When you take elements of all three and perform them at a high intensity, you get CrossFit. At CrossFit South Windsor, founders Merle McKenzie and Glenn Perra create total-body workouts that change daily to keep muscles guessing. Merle and Glenn have found that CrossFit is one of the best ways to bolster physical power, speed, and agility, but they also value its easy scalability. Students of all abilities can find an intensity that works for them, all while keeping boredom at bay with rapidly changing exercises.
Certified personal trainer Fabrice DeCola founded Body Physics in 2006, and it is his current professional outlet for his ongoing passion for fitness. His experience in the industry covers more than 22 years, going all the way back to a collegiate period when he was nationally recognized for his skill on the wrestling mat. His father, a professional soccer player in Italy, inspired him to succeed at other sports, and a career in business management gave him the market savvy to put his training certifications—earned from NFPT, NASM and AFAA—to use at his own facility. There, he adheres to the Egosque method, which focuses on dispelling imbalances in the muscular and skeletal system. His expertise in yoga, Pilates, and tai chi augments programs to improve posture, and an emphasis on mobility over strength ensures that his clients do not lift cows without first being able to outrun them. Fabrice's highly qualified staff of fellow trainers all contribute to the studio's roster of personalized services. Lessons center on each client's dictated goals and can lead to results such as weight loss or better sports performance. Most regimens incorporate a mix of resistance work, cardio drills, and nutrition advice for a more holistic approach to health than eating your doctor. Group classes can inject camaraderie into calorie-burning workouts, and specialized exercises prep prenatal, postpartum, and injured physiques for rehabilitation.
Owned by two brothers from Newton, CrossFit RedZone doesn't resemble a typical gym. Instead of treadmills and bench presses, monkey bars stand alongside hanging rings and medicine balls piled like an arsenal of kickballs. Such equipment might seem spare, but that's exactly what CrossFit is about. In each class, coaches challenge students' bodies in a rotating array of workouts, incorporating everything from kettle bells and crates to obstacles in the parking lot. As adults learn to redefine their physical limitations, kids' classes take into account children's unique physical and mental development to create workouts that prepare them for a lifetime of healthy habits such as bench-pressing broccoli stalks.
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.