The Tristate Throwdown: Albany CrossFit Announces First Workout as CrossFit Competitions Move to The Next Level

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Albany CrossFit, one of the top CrossFit affiliates in the Northeast U.S., today announced how it's moving competition to the next level in its Tristate Throwdown on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

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Jason Ackerman, Owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park

This is our biggest event yet.

Albany CrossFit -- part of an insurgent fitness movement that is changing the way people around the world think about diet, health and fitness -- today announced the first workout in its Tristate Throwdown competition on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Male athletes in the competitive division will perform as many rounds as possible in eight minutes of: 9 jumps on to a box 30 inches high, 6 handstand pushups, and 3 front squats at 185 pounds.

Athletes in female, master's and recreation divisions will perform scaled versions of the same workout. Full details are explained in a YouTube Video..

There will be several more workouts throughout the day. The other events will not be disclosed until the competition begins.

As excitement mounts, CrossFit Albany has posted a Pre-Game Show Podcast, featuring CrossFit commentator Justin Judkins, on its website. A video commercial may be seen on Albany CrossFit's YouTube Channel..

In all, more than 200 athletes from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts will compete in The Tristate Throwdown. Tommy Guns summed up the prevailing feeling among competitors in a succinct post to the event's Facebook page: "I'm absolutely stoked for this."

So is Jason Ackerman, owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park. He's hosted many CrossFit competitions, including regional finals for the official CrossFit competition season but says: "This is our biggest event yet." Over $2,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Sponsors include: Reebok, Progenex, Rogue, Again Faster, Steve's Club, Fashletics, Vita Coco, Afro Brutality, and Camille Bars.

"We've certainly come a long way since I got a $35 foam roller for winning my division in a competition like this one in 2009. And even today, I'd be in trouble with the evil handstand pushups," said Daniel Freedman, former Editor-in-Chief of the CrossFit Journal and a longtime observer of the CrossFit scene.

Jason Ackerman, owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park, agrees. "Competitions like this are great. And the prizes are a nice addition. But we made sure to include a Recreation Division for people who still have holes in their game. What most people don't understand about CrossFit is 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 is for everyone.”

The Albany CrossFit Gym began modestly four years ago in cramped and shared space with a handful of members. It expanded to a second location in Clifton Park over the summer. Renovations have just been completed at the original location. 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 from the Tristate Region for the Throwdown Competition at Albany CrossFit at 9:00 AM, Saturday, February 11 at Albany CrossFit, 444 Sand Creek Road, behind the Colonie Center in Albany.

Admission for spectators is free.


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