Get and Stay in Shape With CrossFit

Each work­out strate­gi­cally planned at Le­high-based gym

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - Bill Levy is a free­lance writer based in Odessa, Texas, who pre­vi­ously lived in Fort My­ers.

For those look­ing for a fun way to get—and stay—in shape, CrossFit may be the an­swer. Ac­cord­ing to Ja­son Dy­lik, co-owner of Blood­line CrossFit in Le­high Acres, CrossFit ac­com­plishes many things. “It is a per­sonal, group, high-in­ten­sity train­ing class,” he ex­plains. “It uses var­i­ous ex­er­cises like run­ning, squats, row­ing and pull-ups. It is then all rolled into one pack­age.”

Dy­lik says work­outs last an hour and al­ways start with a warm-up. “Each work­out is strate­gi­cally planned. Ev­ery­thing is on point and we put a lot of re­search into this.”

He says there are sev­eral rea­sons CrossFit works. “You may go to other gyms and feel in­tim­i­dated when you see oth­ers … You may not know what to do, you may not know how to work the equip­ment. … Here, ev­ery work­out is planned for the ath­letes. You just have to be mo­ti­vated to come here and par­tic­i­pate.

“You will be­come sort of a fam­ily. You have oth­ers in your class push­ing you. You know you are not alone. It be­comes a good so­cial ac­tiv­ity.”

Corey Voiselle, an ath­lete from Le­high Acres who has been work­ing out at Blood­line for 15 months, agrees. “Af­ter sev­eral months of go­ing to a lo­cal gym, I was get­ting bored with the same daily rou­tine,” she ex­plains. “I wanted to find some­thing that was chal­leng­ing and had va­ri­ety. Look­ing for some­thing lo­cal, I found Blood­line CrossFit.”

Dy­lik moved to the area from Buf­falo, New York, about two and a half years ago, to open the gym with his brother, Zach. He ex­plains that other healthy liv­ing as­pects, such as nutri­tion and get­ting enough sleep, are dis­cussed.

Dy­lik says ath­letes in the pro­gram can ex­pect to see many pos­i­tive re­sults. “Many have dropped pants sizes. They sleep bet­ter.

They are more fo­cused through­out the day. They feel bet­ter.”

Voiselle can also at­test to that. “I look and feel the best I ever have in my life,” she says. “CrossFit has im­proved so many as­pects of my life. I have an in­creased con­fi­dence in and out­side of the g ym. I am more fo­cused and driven at work.”

Dy­lik also says no one should w orry about their fit­ness level when con­sid­er­ing CrossFit. “It does not mat­ter if you are in top phys­i­cal con­di­tion, or you are 5 feet 8 inches and weigh 300 pounds. The work­outs are de­signed for ev­ery­one. It is the same class; we can lower the weights or in­ten­sity to ac­com­mo­date the ath­letes’ dif­fer­ent lev­els.

“We treat ev­ery­one with re­spect,” he adds. “The peo­ple we train are not clients or guests. They are ath­letes, and we treat them as such.”

Dy­lik points out, how­ever, that it does take a com­mit­ment. “Like any­thing else, the more you go, the bet­ter re­sults you’ll see.” The gym has a sched­ule of “go­ing hard” Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, “go­ing light” on Thurs­day, “go­ing hard” Fri­day and Satur­day, and tak­ing Sun­day off.

Blood­line ath­letes Freddy and Twon as­sist each other while work­ing out and judg­ing move­ment stan­dards.

From top: Ath­lete Patty at the 2018 Blood­line Brawl com­pe­ti­tion; ath­lete David par­tic­i­pates in a dumb­bell work­out.

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