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Your Next Workout: Try Strongman

Forget about a lazy Sunday morning. By 7:15 a.m., a half-dozen women clad in body-hugging workout clothes run into Carozza Fitness in Stamford, grab 30-pound dumbbells, drop to the floor and start doing one-arm pushups. They've just run a mile and they don't pause for a breather. Sweat dripping from their chins, they raise their arms and jump to overhead pull-up bars, curling their knees to their chest 16 times. They drop from the bars, grab the dumbbells again and do 16 reps of squats. Then, still holding the dumbbells, they high-step -- right foot up, left foot down, backs straight -- on and off of a giant truck tire. The only sound over the beat of the music is heavy breathing. Occasionally, guttural grunts burst from the ladies' mouths as they push themselves past their point of endurance. They repeat each activity four times before heading out the door to finish their workout with a second mile-long run. One of them grabs a 20-pound medicine ball to carry while running. "She's an animal," says another woman. It's a compliment. By 8 a.m., the women are sweat-drenched and exhilarated, and the workout of the day is over. Read more: Getting in shape with "Just Results" at Carozza Fitness  


Carozza Fitness Rises to save money for Sandy Hook: By KOREY WILSON Times Staff Writer


STAMFORD — In honor of the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, a local Stamford gym is holding a fundraising event to donate to the cause. Carozza Fitness will hold a team fitness competition to raise money for the students and families affected by tragedy at the elementary school.  “The event is going to be four to six exercises, 26 repetitions each representing the 26 victims,” said Michael Carozza, owner of Carozza Fitness.  Ironically, the event will be held on Jan. 26. The elementary school shooting hit close to home for the gym.  One of the gym’s members, Lexi Forrest, lost her first cousin, 6-year-old James Mattioli, during the incident.  “I’ve been going there for a short period of time, said Forrest. “They’re very giving people and they’re about helping the community,”  Forrest will participate in the three-hour contest, which will feature team competitions in body weight movements, kettle bell movements and cross-fit style workouts. Currently, 30 of the gym’s members and 20 to 30 non-members have signed up to participate. Read more:   


Picking a Pesonal Trainier: By Christina Hennessy

2012 Article on Personal trainer Alan Boetticher's work begins early, before the first weight is ever lifted or those first miles are pounded out by rubber-soled feet. "I like to assess whether the person is serious enough and committed enough to change his or her life," said Boetticher, a personal trainer who runs Albany-based NY Fitness, along with fellow trainer, Chris Wilson. For that reason, Boetticher said he rarely discusses details with a potential client over the phone or by email. Instead, he schedules a one-on-one free consultation, during which he sizes up the client just as much as the client might be sizing up Boetticher. "I want to know why they are here," he said. Although the desire to lose weight is often what brings a potential client to the door... Read more:     


2012 Article by Jenna Wolfe: Are you man (or women) enough for a Strongman workout? 

TODAY recently asked me if I’d be interested in doing a story on strongman fitness. After all, I do have a crush on "strong" and I’m sort of obsessed with fitness. No brainer, right? But up until that point, the only strongman I knew was from those ridiculously crazy competitions that would air at 3 a.m. on cable with big guys lifting bigger cars, dragging airplanes and turning over tires the size of Texas. My initial reaction was, thanks, but I'm not interested in muscles that outweigh my couch. But I was curious. So we went to Carozza Fitness up in Stamford, Conn., to join a class. My first reaction: Where were all the massive muscled men? All I saw were tractor-trailer tires, a few sledgehammers, large stone balls, and 15 women of all fitness levels eager to start a workout. Nobody looked like they could bench-press the building. Nobody looked like they could squat my car. And nobody had neck muscles that spanned an oceanfront. These were all fit women who had joined this class because they were bored of the fitness status quo. But could they handle this workout? Read more:        


2011 Article: Losing it with "Operation Muffin Top"

Michael Carozza does things a little differently at Carozza Fitness. Not many small gyms boast monkey bars along the ceiling, use giant tires and sledgehammers for workouts, and engage the community in fierce competitions — and nowhere else has clients with codenames including Miller Not So Light, Lady Gaga, Cankles, and Gonzo meeting for weekly boot camp classes and competing in a weight loss challenge Operation Muffin Top, a concept inspired by a group of men and women complaining about the dreaded muffin top at the gym. It's a fitness and weight loss competition that puts its participants through an eight-week fitness and diet makeover. Carozza Fitness runs four competitions each year and so far, participants have lost over 2,000 pounds. The last Operation Muffin Top competition had 61 participants and Gonzo walked away with the $5,000 prize for losing 13.42% of her starting weight. In the eight weeks, 26 of the participants lost over 20 pounds and two lost over 30. Read more:   




2012 Article: Stepping it Up

STAMFORD, Conn. – Standing about 350 feet tall, Trump Parc towers over the rest of Stamford and makes taking the elevator an easy choice. But that won’t be an option in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air. Participants in the fundraiser will have to climb 588 stairs to the roof. Knowing how daunting this task is, Michael Carozza has offered the services of his gym, Carozza Fitness, to train people who want to participate but don’t know if they can make it to the top. Classes will be $10, a Carozza Fitness press release said. “It’s a good way to give back to those who really need it,” Carozza said. In addition to offering training, the fitness studio will put together a team made up of trainers and members to climb Trump Parc. Carozza, who is dedicated to supporting health-related causes, has found that having gym members and trainers participate as a group fosters togetherness. The former private trainer says he missed the bonds that can be created with group activities.  



2010 Article: Let's Take the Stairs...


Michael Carozza, owner of Carozza Fitness, is working to build up the number of participants in Stamford this year and offering free or half-price classes at the gym for participants this fall. Carozza lost his mother to ovarian cancer which has spurred him to take an active role in many regional events that blend fundraising and fitness. In addition to the Fight for Air Climbs, Carozza has participated in Spin Odyssey, the Damon Runyon Yankee Stadium Run, and The Rockefeller Center New York MS Society Stair Climb. Carozza participated in his first stair climb at the Rockefeller Center. “Last year, Stamford hosted it at Trump Parc and it just made sense, I had a lot of people at the gym who enjoy doing this kind of thing and were up for the challenge,” Carozza said. Beginning next week, Carozza Fitness will begin offering free conditioning classes to prepare for the Fight For Air Climb. Classes are free for anyone who signs up to participate in the Carozza Fitness team and half-price for anyone participating in the climb on their own or with another team. Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Saturday afternoons at 4 pm for the next twelve weeks leading up to the climb. Read more: