Nick and Nicole Bastianelli, owners of Rise Athletics took some time out of their day to speak with us about the start their brand Rise Athletics and the benefits of CrossFit. Currently at two locations in Farmington Hills and Ferndale, the duo wasn’t always on board with the CrossFit trend.
After initially trying CrossFit and feeling impassive about the sport, Nick and Nicole continued on with their usual gym routines. It wasn’t until after attending a powerlifting competition in support of a family member that convinced the couple to give CrossFit a second chance. Nicole, starting off as intimidated by CrossFit would soon after become one of the greatest inspirations to women in the area, continuing her training throughout her second pregnancy. Nick, previously associating himself mainly with the bodybuilding culture, now competes regularly with mind boggling numbers ranging in the 400s (and up).
For those unfamiliar with CrossFit, the CrossFit program works in a variety of ways making the fitness regime a widely favored one. Workouts consist of a variety of high intensity, fully functional movements that are completed in a set amount of time. This translates to more work that is completed in a shorter amount of time, the more intense the effort.
Similar to all CrossFit courses and classes, a coach at Rise Athletics will oversee the program and the workout to ensure prevention of any injuries and to encourage the students. During training, each participant is exposed to movements that support functionality in the future. “People get old and can’t do simple things like get up from the toilet or from a sitting position. Doing simple movements like squats, box jumps, step ups will help in the long run” says Nicole.
In supplement of the widely known reputation CrossFit brings, is the community of diehard participants that follows. With the program driven by numbers and scoreboards, Crossfitters all over the world are redefining the standard of performance by pure motivation and sheer will. Always aiming to beat her own personal record, Alyson Dolan says,
To me it’s about a race to be better than before. I want concur last year’s struggles and find new ones. I want to be better and better. Going through the motions just to accomplish the task isn’t what these workouts are about for me. It’s finding the weaknesses, developing them, and making them a strength. The community at CrossFit really helps motivate. We are a group of incredible human beings that actually enjoy each other, and it’s doubled when we are all working together. Each person wants you to succeed. From coaches to veterans to the brand new guy; EVERY person is rooting for you and that is all kinds of inspiring. The days where it’s hard I think about the folks going to be in my class and I put on my shoes and run out the door. It becomes more than me. It becomes an entire movement.
To experience an Rise Athletics class yourself, please visit their website to see a full class schedule and well as success stories and programs available.
By Victoria Tsai
Social Media Coordinator at JMJ Phillip Group