Critical Mass member Gabriel Chajnik is a Master Instructor and Director of Choreography at the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater. This is the second member with deep interests in Ballet. The other is Connor Meadrow who is a student at Rumson Fairhaven High School and trains here also. Gabriel made his way to our gym following trainer Scott Clayton. Keeping focus on health and fitness after a career of dance is a priority for Gabriel. In speaking with him, I found out a whole new world of Arts are right in my backyard. There are tons of shows happening through the winter and spring months of 2019. The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater is located at 100 Grant Ave, Deal Park, New Jersey. I plan on attending and maybe you should too! The Nutcracker is next on their list.
A holiday event for the whole family, The Nutcracker ROCKS is a mixture of high-power music and dance that will transport you to a land of brave toy soldiers and sweet sugar plum fairies. Based on Hoffman’s original story, choreographer Gabriel Chajnik translates the Victorian-era Nutcracker from the bustles and ruffles of the 1890s to contemporary times in this premiere from the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater. Clara’s rocker Uncle Drosselmeier shakes things up when he shows up to a distinguished Manhattan holiday party with his electric guitar and his amazing toys, igniting the imagination of people young and old. The beloved Tchaikovsky score is reimagined in collaboration with renowned rocker Alex Levine, a member of The Gaslight Anthem. The Nutcracker ROCKS is destined to become a Jersey Shore staple for many holidays to come.
The gym is open on Thanksgiving Day! Thursday gym hours will be 7 am to 12 noon. We will only be holding one class at 8 am. Friends and family are welcome to join for free! There will be a raffle for some FREE stuff!!!!! So, come on in and burn some calories before you put them back on at dinner!
Its that time of the year to truly test your strength and fitness! The Tactical Strength Challenge is a competition consisting of three events: a three-attempt powerlifting deadlift, kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period and pullups for max reps. These three events test a unique trade-off between these abilities, and while larger participants may have an advantage in the deadlift, lighter participants have an advantage in pullups, and the kettlebell snatch tests all participants equally.
Where and who can Compete?
Our gym, Critical Mass Training Systems is an pre-approved testing facility for the event, which will be held on October 27th! Critical Mass staff along with members will be competing for the chance to make the leader board. This is a world event and results will be posted online. There will be three divisions being tested. If you want to see where how you would compete check out below.
Event Details By Division Women’s Novice – A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell Women’s Novice (16kg KB) – A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell Women’s Open – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell Women’s Open (12kg KB) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell Women’s Elite – A max deadlift, pullups with 5kg of added weight (11 lbs), and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell Women’s Masters (ages 50 and older) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell Men’s Novice – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell Men’s Open – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 24kg kettlebell Men’s Elite – A max deadlift, pullups with 10kg of added weight (22 lbs), and snatches with a 32kg kettlebell Men’s Masters (ages 50 and older) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell
For further details on the events go to the Strongfirst website here.