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Crossfit Gym Coming to Polish Town

Marine and Babylon resident Joe Torre is opening Metoac CrossFit before the end of May.

Stepping into the old digs formerly held by Twin Forks Bicycle, Joe Torre – no, not that one – will be opening the doors shortly at Metoac CrossFit.

The 32-year-old Marine (with no relation to the former Yankee manager) who served in Iraq said his training translates well into the endeavor, and a fitness specialist degree from Suffolk County Community College and years of experience working at other CrossFit gyms have him ready for business.

He hopes to hold a soft opening at the Osborn Avenue location in the next couple of weeks, with a grand opening next month. 

Though CrossFit can become a way of life for some of its members, Torre said he'd like to cast from a wide net, holding women-only and men-only sessions aside from one-hour classes he'll have during the day, and open gym.

Generally, he said, "The goal is to get people progressing along from being barely immovable to being movable."

CrossFit – an actual fitness consultancy that has thousands of affiliates worldwide, Metoac being one of them – partly summarizes its approach on its website as, “the 'sport of fitness.' We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means."

Torre said typical items seen in CrossFit training, such as kettle balls, yokes, atlas stones and more will be available for use and should be arriving shortly. A couple of fitness specialist majors from SCCC have signed on as interns to join the team once Torre gets up and running, he said.

Memberships are starting off at $99 per month, and Purple Heart Veterans will be able to train for free, he said. Service personnel will also get a discount.

Torre, a Babylon resident, said he found his way to Riverhead largely due to a hole in the market he saw for gyms that center on CrossFit. Pulaski Street's GymNation holds crossfit-style training, however is not listed among the site's affiliate gyms.

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