Albany CrossFit Announces Sell Out of Again Faster's Garage Games "X's and Y's Competition"

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Does the couple that sweats together stay together? The answer just might be "yes" -- judging from the sellout of the Garage Games X's and Y's Competition from Again Faster.

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Jason Ackerman, Owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park

We're sold out.

Albany CrossFit -- one of the leading CrossFit affiliates in the Northeast United States -- today announced that registration is closed for its latest competition: the co-ed "X's and Y's" event to be held Saturday, March 31, 2012 as part of Again Faster's Garage Games Series.

"We're sold out," said Jason Ackerman, owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park.

Only the first event is announced in advance. The competition may involve barbells, body weight movements, running, or many other possibilities.

The goal is to beat other teams by completing all the work in the fastest possible time. The Xs and Ys is sponsored by Again Faster, Progenex and Life as RX.

"This is another great way of promoting a healthy lifestyle," said Ackerman. "Each team will consist of a man and a woman -- sometimes in a relationship, sometimes not. But it's fun all the way."

Just how much fun? Quite a lot, judging from a recent video interview Ackerman conducted with Rebecca and Chris Williams. The married couple will compete as "The Angry Pirates." Chris jokes he's "a little worried" about what the competition might do to their relationship, but Rebecca is confident they'll win "if there's a team spirit award." The two tell the story of how important fitness has been to them. They haven't let their toddler get in the way of regular workouts.

Community and lifestyle are what CrossFit is all about.

"These competitions are great," says Ackerman. "But we always make sure to include a scaled 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.

And who knows what romances might blossom after the X's and Y's competition? "The couple that sweats together stays together," says Ackerman.

But is he right?

Find out when the event is held at 8:00 AM, Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Albany CrossFit, 444 Sand Creek Road, behind the Colonie Center in Albany.

Admission for spectators is free.

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