“I have found a competitive way to work out with other people and find small improvements and gains to keep me coming back for more! “

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"I have found a competitive way to work out with other people and find small improvements and gains to keep me coming back for more! "

This month's Spotlight Athlete is Justin! Justin has been at CrossFit Beyond for almost two years. He has always been into sports and he truly enjoys the challenge, competitiveness, and sense of community at Beyond! He has noticed a lot of improvements with his flexibility and form since joining our gym but his most exciting improvement has been with his golf swing! Check out his story below!

1. Tell us about yourself

I am 30 years old, married and about to have twin boys.  I have lived in the area for 4 years but am originally from eastern Massachusetts.  After my 6 a.m. CF class I stay downtown and go to work as a banker - specifically in commercial lending.

2. When/why did you first start doing crossfit?
I have now been doing CF at CF beyond for over a year and a half.  I joined because I was searching for a platform that would motivate me to stay with working out on a consistent basis.  I would habitually go to the gym or find other ways of working out for 3 month spurts and then become lazy again.


Fortunately, the accountability factor has worked for me where I may miss more days than I should, the competitive nature of the group workouts and the consistency that everyone else brings to the table has helped me to stay engaged for all this time!

3. What fitness activities were you doing before?
I have always been into sports and therefore I learned and focused on lifting throughout my life just as a supplement to my seasonal sports.  Once done with real competition I would have physical activity from random leagues and then various gym stints and I do love hot yoga.  I am terrible at it but I enjoy the combination of the sweat, hard work it takes me and the stretch that I desperately need.

4. What results have you seen since you joined CF?
I have certainly seen improvement in my flexibility since joining CF...still with a long way to go.  Naturally I continue to gain strength and hardly ever have to scale with regards to weight so that is good.  Most importantly, I slowly improve my form in every exercise as I started out with many struggles we cross these off the list as time goes on.  This year I was able to point directly to my Golf Swing as evidence that CF helped my flexibility which made it all worth it.

5. What do you like most about CFB?
The easy answer for what I like most about CFB is the people which leads to the community.  Obviously it is a very welcoming group but the format enables you to become very close with the group that you are typically with, now I feel that way with the 6 a.m. class where it is a great fun group of people to grow close to.

6. What is your favorite CF exercise/least favorite?
 I enjoy cleans because they seem to be my most naturally easy exercise and I can continue to improve and go up in weight...everything else tests my flexibility and form so much that they are more stressful.


My lease favorite exercise is Toes2Bar - I cannot get the kip form down for them and it drives me insane.  And snatches...

7. What CF accomplishment are you currently most proud of?
It took me a long time, and still needs work, to consistently get my body in the right position for heavy deadlifting.  If I am not very careful then my back feels it the next day - but my best accomplishment is just feeling like I have this down now without major coaching every time.  It is a long road with me but thank goodness for the patience of coaches.

8. What CF goal(s) are you working towards? How close are you to reaching them?
I am starting to work on muscle ups more often so that is my next goal...I recently got banded bar muscle ups so that is a good sign.  The false grip gets the best of me so we will see.  The good news is, if i get the bar muscle up first then the kip should translate to toes2bar as well and I wont have that issue lingering quite as much!

9. If you could create a word what would it look like?
I like AMRAPs so I know that the end is in sight...so I would probably do a 10 minute AMRAP that involved Cleans, Pull Ups, and Headstand Push Ups; I like when things are challenging but do not have me thinking about form the whole time, stressing out that I might be doing something wrong.


I have a lot of fun and am glad that I have found a competitive way to work out with other people and find small improvements and gains to keep me coming back for more!

“Crossfit has changed my life dramatically and for the absolute best.”

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"Crossfit has changed my life dramatically and for the absolute best."

This month's Spotlight Athlete is Alexis! Alexis is no stranger to fitness. She was an athlete all throughout high school and college but CrossFit has helped her to achieve some major fitness goals in her life and has created some incredible friendships for her along the way. Check out her story below!

1. Tell us about yourself

I’m 26 - from Plattsburgh and moved to Albany 4.5 years ago to get my Masters in Social Work. Currently working on an initiative that focuses on behavioral health advocacy in the Capital Region.

2. When/why did you first start doing crossfit?
I joined Crossfit Beyond in 2015 thanks to Alyssa convincing me to join! I really joined because in 2014 I attempted completing a full marathon in Memphis for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and failed at mile 19. I was determined to get stronger, have better nutrition and complete the marathon. In 2016 I signed up for the Memphis Marathon again and in December of 2016 I finished the marathon AND met my fundraising goal of $2,500!

3. What fitness activities were you doing before?
Before I joined Crossfit I was running and doing HIIT classes like body pump and body combat. I also ran track in college and in high school I did gymnastics, basketball and track and field.

4. What results have you seen since you joined CF?
Since joining crossfit and with the extreme help of Broccoli Klub, I have been able to see an increase in muscle definition and decrease in body fat. My strength has increased dramatically since I've started. I’ve also been feeling much more confident about myself when I’m able to surprise myself and do movements I never thought I’d be able to do! Crossfit has changed my life dramatically and for the absolute best.

5. What do you like most about CFB?
I love the gymnastics components of crossfit especially being a former gymnast. Anything upside down is my favorite and I also love double unders and wall balls! But my absolute favorite is the friends I’ve made at the gym that have turned into family.

6. What is your favorite CF exercise/least favorite?
The snatch because it’s the most difficult and requires the most technique!

7. What CF accomplishment are you currently most proud of?
I am most proud of being able to get stronger this year and consistently having the strength and skills to complete wods rx and sometimes even rx plus! It’s amazing to continue to get stronger and surprise myself with what I can do.

8. What CF goal(s) are you working towards? How close are you to reaching them?
My goals are currently muscle ups (both bar and ring) as well as working towards strength goals such as a 300lb deadlift. I am 15lbs away from a 300lb deadlift and I have a lot of practice and skill work to go for muscle ups.

9. If you could create a word what would it look like?
My wod would be cardio intense and likely a chipper (multiple movements with high reps :) ) - likely squats/double unders/mountain climbers/sit ups/push ups/pull ups- with some type of a handstand/inverted movement for an after party.

CrossFit 101 Required Intro Class Saturday Dec. 9th!!

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**If you have been wanting to give CrossFit a try...Join us!!**

On Sat. December 9th from 10-4pm Join us for a Required 1 Day Seminar. 

Learn about CrossFit's Methodology and Theory. Tell us your goals and we'll tell you ours. Learn the 9 fundamental movements of CrossFit. It's fast, informative and FUN!. Learn how you can enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. Get fit, stay fit.

Use this link to sign up now:

https://crossfit-beyond.triib.com/events/crossfit-101

Check out all of our Upcoming Events!!

1.Sat. Oct. 28th from 10-4pm Join us for a Required 1 Day Seminar. 
checkLearn about CrossFit's Methodology and Theory. Tell us your goals and we'll tell you ours. Learn the 9 fundamental movements of CrossFit. It's fast, informative and FUN!. Learn how you can enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. Get fit, stay fit.

Use this link to sign up now:

https://crossfit-beyond.triib.com/events/crossfit-101

2. Sushi Night Thursday November 2nd @ 6:30pm @ Hana!!

Join the CrossFit Beyond members for a fun sushi dinner! Bring your appetite!

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3.Nine Pin Pressing Party 2017

When: Sat. Nov. 11th 11am-6-pmninepinAnything that can be pressed.....will be pressed!

Nine Pin is excited to be teaming up with CrossFit Beyond again this year for the Apple Jug Bench PRESS competition! Last year's competition was so much fun!

Can you beat City of Albany - Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the CrossFit Beyond apple jug bench press competition? Better start training! She'll be there!

General Admission tickets in advance are 15$ and at the door are 20$ (include a complimentary glass of cider). Cider Monster Special tickets are 30$ and are only available in advance (includes a complimentary glass of cider and a bottle of Cider Monster 2016 to go). DD tickets are 5$.


Local vendor goods will all be available for purchase at the event.

Discounted tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nine-pins-pressing-party-2017-tickets-38778758310



4 Save the Date!!

Our Holiday Party will be on Friday December 15th!

More details to follow! Don't miss out, this is always a fun time!

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Nine Pin’s 4th annual Pressing Party Sponsored by CrossFit Beyond!!

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Nine Pin Pressing Party 2017

When: Sat. Nov. 11th 11am-6-pm

Anything that can be pressed.....will be pressed!

Nine Pin is excited to be teaming up with CrossFit Beyond again this year for the Apple Jug Bench PRESS competition! Last year's competition was so much fun!

Can you beat City of Albany - Mayor Kathy Sheehan in the CrossFit Beyond apple jug bench press competition? Better start training! She'll be there!

General Admission tickets in advance are 15$ and at the door are 20$ (include a complimentary glass of cider). Cider Monster Special tickets are 30$ and are only available in advance (includes a complimentary glass of cider and a bottle of Cider Monster 2016 to go). DD tickets are 5$.

Local vendor goods will all be available for purchase at the event.

Discounted tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nine-pins-pressing-party-2017-tickets-38778758310


Join the Nine Pin crew as we once again press over 100 varieties of Samascott Orchards,Lindsey's Idyllwood Orchard, and wild foraged apples LIVE into one "MONSTER" cider blend and celebrate all things pressed. This year's party will also feature the release of the 2016 batch of The Cider Monster! Limited amounts of 2015 Cider Monster bottles will be available as well.

Nine Pin's PRESSING PARTY will include pressed paninis from Sweet Mama Mia, french pressed and aeropressed coffee, body presses through massages from Albany Massage, T-Shirt pressing from Troy Cloth & Paper, an apple jug bench press competition sponsored by North Albany'sCrossFit Beyond, sliders from Slidin' Dirty Restaurant and Food Truck, tastings from Albany Distilling Company, pressed donut ice cream sliders from The Dutch Udder Craft Ice Cream, free temporary Nine Pin tattoo presses, a pie eating contest where you can press your face into a delicious apple pie, and more! Winner of the bench press competition (both men and women) will receive a Nine Pin gift basket and a 1 month free membership to Cross Fit Beyond. Winner of the pie eating contest will win an amazing cider gift basket as well.

Throughout the day the apple press will be running, cider will be pouring, and we will have live original music from The Sacandaga String Band, Ryan Leddick Trio, and The Other Brothers with 102.7 WEQX - The REAL Alternative doing a LIVE broadcast from 12-2pm.

Looking forward to another awesome party!