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- $99 for one month of unlimited CrossFit classes (a $200 value)
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Trainer John Beneduce channels his athletic ability into CrossFit, a high-intensity, functional workout that he customizes for all ages and fitness levels. He and his wife opened CrossFit Bayside to offer an effective alternative to standard gyms.
“The way we do it at CrossFit Bayside is pretty much the total opposite of how a traditional gym would work,” John said. Rather than coming in to use equipment solo, members attend a packed schedule of one-hour sessions, which all begin with a warm-up before everyone spends about 15 minutes mastering new techniques. Once they can safely and effectively do the workout, students get to work, hoisting medicine balls, swinging kettlebells, climbing ropes, and dead-lifting weights. The workouts change each day, and John usually waits about three months before repeating one. As groups cool down, John leads a discussion on a health-related topic, ranging from nutritional information to how to keep a fitness journal without making your diary jealous.
“We really care about our members,” John said. “My wife and I run it together as a family business.” He added that the members themselves uphold the gym's mission, warmly welcoming new members and throwing themselves fully into each workout. “There’s no negative energy at my gym,” he said.