Albany CrossFit Announces Its Latest Fitness Competition: A Battle of the Sexes with a Twist

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Does the couple that sweats together stay together? Co-ed Teams Face Off March 31, 2012 at Albany CrossFit. Will the relationships survive?

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Jason Ackerman, Owner of Albany CrossFit and CrossFit Clifton Park

The couple that sweats together stays together.

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 its latest competition: the co-ed "X's and Y's" event to be held March 31, 2012 as part of Again Faster's Garage Games Series.

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

The goal is to beat other teams by completing all the work in the fastest possible time.

The events are not announced in advance, but may involve barbells, body weight movements, running, or many other possibilities. And what about the giant cargo net that has recently been erected at Albany CrossFit? Might it be involved? "I'm not saying," said Ackerman, "Why spoil the fun?"

The Xs and Ys is sponsored by Again Faster, Progenex and Life as RX.

Online registration is now open. The registration fee is $100 per team and winners will receive valuable prizes from the event's sponsors.

The X's and Y's follows another highly successful event at Albany CrossFit, the Tristate Throwdown, held on February 11 that welcomed more than 200 athletes from around the Northeastern U.S.

"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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