Albany CrossFit Announces Top Coach Contest

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With the rapid expansion of the CrossFit fitness phenomenon, Allbany CrossFit has found a special way to find its next coach: a "Top Coach" contest.

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Jason Ackerman, Owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park

We're looking for a good attitude and a willingness to learn.

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 that online voting is open for its "Top Coach" competition.

The results will help determine who becomes the next coach at one of the largest and best respected CrossFit gyms in the the Northeast United Sates.

Each of nine applicants submitted a video resume. Albany CrossFit members can view the videos online and cast their votes. The applicants will also be assessed by the current coaching staff. And there will also be "elimination challenges" that Albany CrossFit owner Jason Ackerman prefers "to keep mysterious for the moment."

"We're looking for a good attitude and a willingness to learn, " says Ackerman. The winner will receive a paid Level One CrossFit certification and a tryout on the Albany CrossFit coaching staff.

All the applicants are current members. "We've found that works best," explains Ackerman. "Bringing in outsiders hasn't usually been successful. So now we prefer to promote from within. And this friendly competition is very much in keeping with what we do every day."

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 were recently 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.

"CrossFit is for everyone, not just the young and already in the shape," says Ackerman. "Many of our members have remarkable transformation stories to tell. And one of them just might be our next coach."

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