Yuri Salnikov, co-owner and coach at the new Chrono CrossFit Personal Training Facility, said working out is fine for improving your health—but add in some fine tuning to the diet and the results really take off.
"My main focus is proper form for everything," he said, emphasizing not only body form but also breathing when exercising—and eating when not.
The new center opened last week at 5 Jill Court, Building 14, and owner Anton Rodionov said the center will specialize in personal training, small group coaching and the popular core strengthening and conditioning CrossFit classes.
While Chrono CrossFit isn't the only local facility offering the classes which have become popular because of their effectiveness regardless of a person's age or condition when starting, its approach is different.
The center combines a strong cardio component with timed strength-building exercises that has worked well for many people, but Chrono CrossFit and Salnikov wants to take a step further with his holistic "Paleo-diet": fruits, vegetables and meat. He said the importance of establishing good eating habits ends dieting and eliminates lots of the trouble people run into with weight-loss efforts. He'll even provide the recipes to help stay the course.
"Most people work out two or three times a week—but we eat all the time," he said. "The main thing is to get people to move from 'crap' food to whole food."
That doesn't mean a diet full "no's" either: a self-admitted ice cream fanatic, Salnikov said he searches for the best choices rather than eliminate favorite foods (he even quit making his own ice cream when he found that Haagen-Dazs ice creams were as healthy as he could make it).
"I subscribe to the 80/20 rule—80 percent of the time, (my clients) are doing great and 20 percent of the time they aren't," he said.
So rather than cause guilt, Salnikov said he works to teach his clients to understand it's OK—and be sure to exercise.
The programs range from $39 for basic, two-class per week schedules, and up, depending on the frequency and training or consultation. Rodionov said he encourages clients to make a three-month commitment—but said the center doesn't have any cancellation fees.
"We'll work with people," he said.
This article was edited to include Yuri Salnikov's ownership and correct the center's location.