MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Andrew and Kim Handler are introducing Mount Kisco to CrossFit, a specialized full body workout in a class setting that has recently become a global phenomenon.
During the month of November, membership is free at CrossFit Mount Kisco, which opened Nov. 10 in a new 5,000-square-foot facility at 136 Radio Circle.
The center is one of several CrossFit locations in the area, including Somers, White Plains and Stamford, Conn. According to its stated principles, CrossFit can be defined as "constantly varied, functional movements, at high intensity.”
Done in classes of six to 15 people, the exercise regime involves everyday movements people do in their daily life: squatting, lifting and stepping, said Kim Handler. “Every exercise and every movement can be modified for any ability,” she said.
“It’s meant to be an inclusive way of exercising where your grandparents could do it as well as an elite athlete,” said Kim Handler, who lives in Bedford Corners with her husband and their three children.
Andrew Handler, a commodities broker, has been doing CrossFit for two years and teaches at the Radio Circle studio along with head instructor Kevin Kurz, while his wife, a designer, is certified and plans to start teaching soon.
CrossFit “conditions your body and helps with anything you might want to do as an athlete,” Kim Handler said.
The exercises, some of which use gym apparatus and weights, work all the body’s muscles, rather than just a particular set conditioned by the person’s sport of choice, whether it be running, hiking, swimming, tennis or something else.
The community created within these CrossFit classes is also very important to their effectiveness and to CrossFit's appeal, Handler said.
“In these class settings, you push yourself a lot harder than you would if you were with a personal trainer or working out by yourself because you see how hard the guy next to you is working and you push yourself that much harder,” she said.
Because Hurricane Sandy delayed their original early November opening date, Kim Handler said she and her husband figured they would give new members the month for free so anyone interested can see what it’s all about; then they will start with memberships in December.
The class schedule is Monday through Friday at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and more classes will be added soon. Those interested can check out CrossFit Mount Kisco on Facebook or go to the CrossFit Mount Kisco website.