By Starr Ramos and Sabrina Sucato
Sometimes, the gym just doesn’t cut it. Maybe you’re plateauing or maybe you’re just over the same ol’ same ol’ of your static workout routine. Either way, it’s time to switch things up.
Enter CrossFit. Unlike many cut-and-dry workout routines, CrossFit is not a fitness trend, but a lifestyle practice that combines diet and exercise. While the dietary program prioritizes clean eating, the high-intensity fitness component focuses on a variety of strength and aerobic exercises. The beauty of CrossFit for fitness lovers is that workouts change on a daily basis to push limits within the context of a supportive community. Although a somewhat unique approach, it guarantees you’ll leave the gym feeling satisfied with your workout and yourself.
Intrigued? Check out one of the local gyms that are popping up quicker than daisies in the Hudson Valley. When you’re out of breath and dripping more sweat than your t-shirt can possibly absorb, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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What originally started as a Court Club in the late 1970s has morphed to become the Capital District’s first CrossFit gym. Nowadays, it is one of the only gyms in the region that offer courses like cycling, Pilates, and yoga to supplement its core CrossFit programming. Thanks to its history as a Court Club, Albany CrossFit also has sports like racquetball, squash, and handball available for silver and gold members. To top it all off, the space even has a rock-climbing wall.
With the help of three dedicated coaches, CrossFit Beyond strives to be inclusive. Whether it’s Olympic athletes in training mode or grandparents who want to get fit, all are welcome at this gym. Discounted prices are available to families, students, military personnel, and teenagers. As for introductory classes, they’re offered monthly for anyone who wants to test the waters with the workout.
While the name may sound terrifying, this gym is interested in strengthening more than just the body. Through challenging, boundary-pushing workouts, the Albany center seeks to promote mental fortitude as well. With this in mind, the yoga classes geared toward CrossFit athletes help achieve just that. Overall, CrossFit Shatter believes that gaining stamina, strength, power, and endurance will result in a healthier and happier version of you!
As one of Glenmont area’s premier functional fitness facilities, CrossFit Spur prides itself on improving quality of life through fitness and community. Its goal is to focus on fitness outside of the gym in addition to inside it. This is possible through its WODHOPPER app, which can be installed on your phone and provides workout moves, a strength calculator, and an onsite class RSVP option.
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all things fitness in the Hudson Valley, Railroad CrossFit in Hudson is the place to be. This 4,500-square-foot gym is fully equipped with eight climbing ropes, five rig stations, dumbbells, barbells, and so much more. After you wrap up the sweat session, head to the locker rooms and shower stalls to freshen up onsite.
Previously named Dutchess CrossFit, the new and improved LOBOFIT is home to five talented coaches, not to mention their amazing CrossFit program. With nearly 4,000 square feet of workout space, LOBOFIT has plenty of space for all of your exercise needs. Beginners to the sport will love the immersive six-class Kick Start program, while experienced attendees can dive right into sessions or work one-on-one with a coach to become their personal best.
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Like the name says, CrossFit 845 caters primarily to the 845 zip code area. Here, leading CrossFit instructors are on hand for classes, bootcamp sessions, one-on-one personal training, and even youth lessons. A nutritional supplement store adds to the wellness mentality. Pick from eight of their talented coaches who have been trained to offer you the best training possible.
At Locomotive CrossFit, coaches care about your fitness journey. Not only do they get to know each and every member who walks through the door, but they also prioritize individual fitness goals through group classes and personal training sessions. Locomotive works with your schedule, offering one-hour training sessions and even remote programming. Remote programming offers both general CrossFit training and custom, tailored training.
The premier CrossFit gym in New Windsor looks to bridge the gap between fitness and healthcare. The owners of this gym are CrossFit lovers who currently rank at CrossFit level two (intermediate to advanced). To help everyone achieve their health and fitness goals, they run them through burpees, cleans, rows, and more during the course of the high-energy sessions.
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In addition to its Olympic weightlifting and mobility classes, this gym offers a room for children that’s stocked with TV and toys and connected to the fitness center. In other words, fitness fans with kids can work out in peace without stressing about daycare options. The 6,200-square-foot space has plenty of room for attendees and their kids to roam freely and safely.
Elite Progression focuses heavily on individuality and on finding programs that best fit specific goals and needs. Members include a range of students, mothers, corporate employees, and military personnel. While Elite Progression individualizes its programs, the staff also believe that everyone who walks through Elite’s doors seeks the same thing: better health and fitness. To help achieve those goals, Elite prioritizes high intensity, constantly varied workouts and a strong community.
Located in Rockland County, this gym offers weightlifting, momentum striking through mixed martial arts and boxing, and a warm community of passionate coaches. To see whether CrossFit Momentum is the gym for you, take advantage of its free week trial program. Following the seven-day session, coaches are available to discuss next steps to pursue personal or group classes.
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With a motto of “work hard, play hard,” CrossFit Rockland takes its commitment to fitness very, very seriously. Gym mode starts the minute members enter the door, thanks to the standing rule that visitors have to do 50 burpees if they forget to sign in during their session. From there, the Orangeburg facility is all about burnout activities like push-ups, pull-ups, and a whole lot of rowing.
The first and only CrossFit gym in Kingston offers a variety of classes, including boot camp, yoga, group CrossFit, and personal training. Join the four-week Kick-Start program to begin the journey of fat loss, toning, and muscle building or stop by on Saturdays for a free class to test the CrossFit waters. The gym even offers birthday parties for children. The birthday kid and their friends enjoy an American Ninja-inspired obstacle course with the gym’s certified coaches.
Located right off the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Walkover over the Hudson, this 3,500-square-foot gym has small group classes for personal coaching, kid and teen programs and camps, weightlifting classes, and nutritional counseling. The programming is designed by professional CrossFit athletes, which means that workouts are challenging, powerful, and bound to bring visible results.
At CrossFit Westchester, you will find real fitness waiting for you. From endurance, burn, and mobility classes to weightlifting, gymnastics, and CrossFit Kids, the White Plains center has something for everyone. As far as memberships go, it offers one-month, six-month, and 12-month unlimited programs along with select deals for couples and teachers. For individuals who want to attend sessions but don’t want to commit to a full membership, the 10-class punch pass may be the perfect option.
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As the winner of the 2017 Best of Westchester Award for CrossFit gym, the Mount Kisco location features advanced trainers, hardcore workouts, and attendance by elite, competitive CrossFitters. Thanks to the gym’s community-minded approach, members continue to foster relationships even outside the space by participating in local fundraisers and 5K races for charity.