I would absolutely recommend this gym to anyone who wants to get stronger, healthier, or just generally in better shape. Ryan’s background in exercise science and nutrition as well as his experience with personal training are some of the biggest assets to this gym. His focus on proper form and technique ensures you’ll get a good workout while avoiding injury.
The programming is well planned, the equipment is all-new, and the training is top-notch. This gym has grown immensely in the past year and had major improvements. They’ve moved into a new, massive space and undergone an extensive equipment upgrade. They’re continually adding more class times and coaches, plus more in-house certifications/specialties (e.g. Olympic weightlifting, yoga, etc.) and expanded programming (boot camps, competition training, youth programs).
I’m almost three months in and I’m so glad I took a leap of faith and did the free class back in February. I went into it looking for a more affordable substitution for personal training, but it has become so much more. I spent the last year transforming my lifestyle through diet and exercise but it was all driven by a need to lose weight which is great, but it’s not a sustainable motivation. You burn out, you beat yourself up, etc. My favorite thing about this gym and CrossFit in general, is that I actually look forward to working out and have goals that extend beyond wanting to be thinner. I’m more excited about being able to squat lower or use a lighter band to do pull-ups than I am about a number on the scale — which is going down by the way.
To make things more specific to Ohio Strength, every coach I’ve had has personally introduced themselves to me, remembers my name, helps me with modifications, and encourages me to do things I didn’t think I could do. The owner, Ryan, cares very much about providing quality programming and welcomes feedback. Whether you’re an experienced CrossFitter or brand new like I was, I highly recommend this gym and these coaches.
I’m a person that’s tried a little bit of everything: boxing, running, cycling, HIIT, etc. I tried CrossFit in a traditional box setting a few years back and loved the workout, but not necessarily the box. I strongly believe it takes a great workout routine, a strong, motivated coaching staff, and a welcoming group of members to create a successful atmosphere.
After completing two half marathons I decided to ramp up my workout routine. Running alone wasn’t giving me the physical results I was driving for. As a larger person, I’ve always been a bit hesitant to jump out of my comfort zone and into an elite athlete atmosphere. I was a bit anxious walking into Ohio Strength—Home of CrossFit Italian Village for the first time. Quickly scanning the environment soothed my anxiety, by seeing people of every ability level performing the workout like a badass. Everyone was very welcoming and no one was there to judge anyone but him or herself.
The three fundamental classes taught by Ryan were no joke. It was very comforting to be with a group of beginners like myself. Ryan is very passionate and knowledgeable about the sport. His main goal isn’t the weight you’re lifting, but teaching you proper form so you can stay safe and healthy while progressing. The workouts push you out of your comfort zone. They are hard. They are sweaty. They produce the most rewarding feeling that makes you want more!
Overall, I’m looking forward to calling CrossFit Italian Village my home. Being with a community of like-minded people drives me to be better every day! If you’re on the fence about joining CrossFit, come to Ohio Strength—Home of CrossFit Italian Village! You won’t regret it!