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CrossFit the Rock Offers Functional Fitness

By S. Mathur

CrossFit is functional fitness, which means that it is useful in every day scenarios. More than just exercise, it provides a better quality of life.

"CrossFit is an extremely efficient and effective way to get into great shape," owners Carlo Mattia and Thomas Walsh said. "CrossFit training system started at a maverick gym in Santa Cruz and quickly spread to Olympic and professional athletes, police and military special operations units, champion martial artists, and, like most of us here at CrossFit The Rock, everyday people looking for a superior way to get in great shape."

What makes CrossFit workouts effective is that they are constantly varied. The gym in Rockville Centre, NY can go through months of fitness routines without repeating a single workout. Workouts consist of functional exercises like Olympic lifts, push ups, pull-ups, running, jumping and more, all done at high intensity.

"CrossFit is challenging, fun, and delivers incredible results," Mattia and Walsh said. "The workouts are scalable so that anyone, from highly trained athlete to hardly trained new members, can participate and achieve their fitness goals."

CrossFit is different from other fitness programs, being broad, general, and inclusive. As the tag has it, Our specialty is not specializing. Other programs include CrossFit Kids, Yoga and Olympic lifting classes. New members can begin with a free trial class, for which they can sign up online.

The community spirit is another unique feature of CrossFit.

"Our members are the kindest, most friendly people we have ever encountered," Mattia and Walsh said. "They come from all walks of life; doctors, lawyers, iron workers, teachers, firemen, police officers, nurses and many other professions as well as backgrounds. What they have in common is a drive to better their lives through fitness."

Athletes cheer each other on, and are always willing to lend a helping hand. At the gym, nutrition is an important part of fitness.

"We want and encourage our athletes to take their nutrition more seriously," Mattia and Walsh said. "They should look at their body and think of it like a machine. Most people would not fill their gas tank with water, or whatever else other than gas, and then going driving around. Yet, some people will not think for a second about drinking sugary drinks, eating overly processed foods or over eating."

Social events like bowling night, fundraisers for breast cancer, races and competitions help to maintain the community and friendships formed at the gym.

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