New Sarasota Fitness Classes Boast Quick Results

Twenty minutes is all it takes. That's what Rick Wisotzke says. And he hopes to prove it to Tampa Bay clients with the opening of his Ninja CrossFit classes in Sarasota.

Housed at the Extreme Fitness facility at 2383 Industrial Blvd., the classes are held mornings and evenings and taught exclusively by Wisotzke, a certified CrossFit trainer. Classes combine weightlifting, sprinting and gymnastics that work several fitness domains in a fast-paced environment.

"You work really fast so you're working anaerobically," says Wisotzke. "It's training that transfers into every day life. Not just for looks but for fitness you use in everyday life. It can help with osteoporosis for older women, everyday lifting for moms or training for weekend athletes."

Wisotzke hopes to build more than a thriving business. It is his goal to create a community of people devoted to fitness and healthful living.

"What I'm trying to build here is a community rather than just a workout facility," he says. "It's about a general lifestyle. I currently take shopping trips with my clients, pushing organics and nutrition. I'd eventually like to build a community garden to get a community going."

Originally from Rochester, NY, Wisotzke discovered CrossFit after two accidents that doctors said would leave him permanently disabled.

"They told me I'd be in a brace and using a cane for the rest of my life," he says. "But here I am teaching. I love it down here. I'm in flip flops all the time, so I'm an old Florida boy now."

Prices begin at $10 per class, or $110 a month for unlimited classes. Wisotzke also offers individual training for $50 per hour.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Rick Wisotzke, Ninja CrossFit

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