CrossFit is for everyone.
Albany, NY (PRWEB) January 27, 2012
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 it will host more than 200 athletes from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts in the Tristate Throwdown Competition on February 11, 2012.
Over $2,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to athletes in the Competitive, Masters, and Recreation divisions. A C2 rower will also be awarded, along with prizes from Reebok, Again Faster, Rogue, and other sponsors.
"We've certainly come a long way since I got a $35 foam roller for winning my division in a regional competition like this one in 2009," 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 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. 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. Athletes may register online.
Admission for spectators is free.