Anyone interested in the right kind of workout might like to hear about how it should be done from someone who's been there.
That's part of what Bill Gallagher offers through his new gym, Dynamic Athletics, 25 Old Kings Highway North, Darien.
A native of Byram, N.J., Gallagher came to Connecticut to play football at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Now he's putting his interest and experience to work.
"This is what I love about being an athlete," he said, thrilled to have the chance to share what he knows about challenging your body.
Dynamic, which recently opened in the Goodwives Shopping Plaza, offers a large space with a wide array of tools to use for what is a unique approach to training.
Dynamic Athletics is an affiliate of the CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program modeled on high-intensity functional movements that are varied regularly.
"I think the best thing about CrossFit is that it's truly functional fitness," Gallagher said. "I know everybody calls themselves functional fitness nowadays, but the things we do inside the facility are things that you'll do in everyday life -- squatting, reaching overhead. ... We run, we jump, we do things with our body weight because these are the things that you do in your everyday life."
"I love it," Shana Epstein, of Elmsford, N.Y., said of CrossFit training. "It's all functional movement, but just adding resistance. My job is very physical and, due to that, I try to keep myself in shape. I'm always looking for a challenge."
She said, "I'm very picky about body alignment and form, and I was very impressed that Bill instilled those principles strongly."
Saying the gym touches upon all aspects of fitness, Gallagher said, "We don't focus on just the weights -- powerlifting movements, body weight movements, gymnastic stuff ... So every time you come to the gym you're going to do something different."
Gallagher grew up as an athlete, but didn't originally see it as a professional direction.
"I actually have an undergraduate degree in accounting," he said, as well as an MBA. "I quickly realized it wasn't for me."
After a two-year stint with Ernst & Young, he was drawn back to his first love. In particular, he began doing training sessions for young athletes with Perisi's Beach School in Stamford. "This is what I wanted to be doing instead of sitting in an office," he said.
Once he was exposed to CrossFit, Gallagher decided it encompassed the approach in which he believes.
"CrossFit is different because of the way everything's bundled together," he said. "It's constantly varied, the workouts are quick, (and) we're touching on all aspects of fitness."
Gallagher said the goal is to monitor "time, task and load."
"By measuring those three things, it allows us to be constantly improving ... and we want you to improve upon one if not all of those things."
For information, visit www.dynathletics.com or call 203-614-9311.