Albany CrossFit 90 Day Challenge Exceeds Expectations

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Albany CrossFit announces preliminary results from a 90-day diet and fitness challenge that has participants pushing hard to exceed expectations.

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Jason Ackerman, Owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park

We've been blown away.

Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park, part of an insurgent fitness movement that is changing the way people around the world think about nutrition, health and fitness, today announced some remarkable success stories 30 days into its 90-day diet and fitness challenge.

“We suspected we were on to something when over 120 of our members signed up for the challenge, but we've been completely blown away by the results to date,” said Jason Ackerman, owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park. “I can’t believe the life the challenge has taken on. Our members have banded together to form a remarkable support system.”

Challenge participants record improvements in diet, athletic performance and body composition and blog about their experiences. They take before and after pictures and track improvements in benchmark workouts including: Deadlifts (1 rep max); a 2000 meter row; and a short circuit-based workout.

Winners will receive free memberships and prizes when the competition ends on April 1, 2012.

“But this is not really about winning or losing a competition," said Caleb Nelson, a coach at Albany CrossFit. “That’s not what’s driving everyone. It’s really about becoming your best self. Our participants are going to end up happier and healthier. That’s the real win.”

Lisa Rudd, a devoted athlete and one of the challenge participants, agrees. “Every day I take a challenge. Every day I strive to be better. Sometimes it gets hard. But my CrossFit experience is tremendous and positive. What keeps me focused is being able to track progress in all my workouts and feel better 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 are now underway to expand 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. CrossFituses 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.

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