Albany CrossFit to Welcome 200 Athletes in the "Fall Faceoff" on October 6, 2012

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The red-hot CrossFit fitness phenomenon continues this weekend with a competition at which weekend warriors will rub shoulders with elite athletes.

Albany Fitness

Jason Ackerman, Owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park

CrossFit is for everyone.

Albany CrossFit today announced it expects to welcome over 50 teams and 200 athletes in its October 6, 2012 “Fall Faceoff,” one of the biggest CrossFit competitions on the East Coast.

CrossFit is a growing fitness phenomenon that had attracted ESPN coverage and a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal from Reebok. CrossFit is an insurgent fitness movement that is changing the way people around the world think about diet, fitness and health.

“The big message of this competition is that CrossFit is for everyone,” said Jason Ackerman, owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park. “That’s why we are offering plenty of prizes in both our divisions: recreational and competitive.”

"We've certainly come a long way since a few of our members first got together for an informal competition a few years ago,” said Jason Ackerman, owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit CIifton Park. “The prizes are getting bigger and the competition is getting tougher. But here’s the really important thing: more and more CrossFitters get a taste of competition and find they like it.”

“We made sure to include a Recreation Division for people who still have holes in their game," said Ackerman. “What most people don't understand about CrossFitis that it's for all shapes, sizes, ages, and athletic abilities. CrossFit is not only for the young and already in-shape. Some of our best athletes are 50 plus years old or have lost over 20 pounds. CrossFit really is for everyone.”

The Albany CrossFit gym began modestly five years ago in cramped and shared space with a handful of members. It expanded to a second location in Clifton Park last year. Together, both gyms have over 500 members.

Why the success for a very tough workout regimen?

"It's the community feeling and the caring," says Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park owner Jason Ackerman. "We treat everyone who walks through the door like an athlete, regardless of their current fitness level, and our members are great about encouraging each other. So people are able to go way beyond what they thought possible."

The workouts focus on natural and functional movements and are different every day. Every workout is coached and the coaches scale the workouts to accommodate different ability levels. CrossFit uses barbells, kettlebells, pull up bars and many body weight movements including squats and pushups.

And it's a bit like the TV series "Cheers": everyone knows your name. Members strike up friendships, go out together and travel together. A few have even gotten married.

So they look forward to welcoming fellow CrossFitters in teams of four in the Fall Faceoff at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Albany CrossFit, 444 Sand Creek Road, behind the Colonie Center in Albany.

Athletes may register online at

Admission for spectators is free.

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