High-intensity boot camp style Rebel Fitness opens

Published on Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:30
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - There are crossfit gyms, and then there’s a high intensity functional boot camp gym.

Rebel Fitness, the latter, recently held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at their new location, 384 Deming Road in Berlin.

“We needed to find another space because we outgrew our facility,” said Justin Debienski, who co-owns the gym with Johnathan Stangel and opened it three years ago in Rocky Hill after previously working at a different one. “We thought Berlin was a little better of a location, a little bit more centralized to towns we have members coming from.”

The gym offers classes at six different times throughout the day, Monday through Friday, from the earliest at 5:30 a.m. and latest at 6:30 p.m. Classes are also held at noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 4 and 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Upgraded semi-private workouts are also available.

Using suspension systems, kettle belles, dumb belles. a lot of work with bands, ropes and bodyweight, and not requiring use of barbells like crossfit does, the workouts taught by certified trainers are more functional for the common people, Bryan MacDonald, an instructor at the gym, said.

“They’re safer and more effective for the general population,” said MacDonald, who instructed a group of five immediately following the ribbon cutting.

Each month is designed to target a different emphasis of exercise, he added, such as strength training and cardio or mobility workouts, and determining which exercises will be scheduled.

With about 5,000 square feet, about double the amount of their Rocky Hill location, the gym features showers for members to come before or during work and return without being sweaty, MacDonald added. The gym can also provide a customized nutrition plan, with exercise supplements for sale, and hosts a youth program once a month for children of members to attended classes and get a piece of the workout with fun and games.

“All age groups, all skill levels, whether you have injuries or not, you can still work out here,” said Debienski, who plans to continue to grow and expand the gym. “We always have modifications for stuff so we can help with any fitness level.”

Earlier this year, Box Bistro, a gourmet-to-go meal-prep restaurant with storefront food items for sale, opened on Farmington Avenue, and the town recently received a donation from the Central Connecticut Health District to install a bike repair stand in town.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain on Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:30. Updated: Thursday, 12 October 2017 22:32.