I decided to take a trip to Unleashed Fitness Center on my day off to see what everyone has been talking about.
It’s a 6,000 sq.ft facility that is basically one large warehouse style room with the exception of restroom facilities. It has cinder block walls and very high ceilings. The flooring is Rubberized everywhere other than a large strip of AstroTurf down the middle of the place, which is used for sled pushing and sometimes some running/sprinting drills etc.
Being a fitness instructor, I tend to look at details when I go into a facility like this. I look at the quality of equipment they have to offer etc. My first observation was that they have a little bit of everything. In one corner they have some squat racks and flat benches along with Olympic Weight lifting bars and plates. Along one wall they have various things from Kettlebells and MMA heavy/grappling bags to free standing heavy bags and plyo-boxes to foam rollers and medicine balls. They also have a nice TRX work station, sleds for sled pushes/pulls and a couple stationary bikes. In addition to these items, they have 6′, 8′ and 10′ wooden walls like those you would find at an Obstacle Course Race (OCR) with a slight modification to them in that there is a 2′ open space at the bottom of each one used for training on low crawls and various ground work etc.
They have a VERY nice 36′ monster rack with a cargo net on one end and monkey bars all along the length at the top. The rack/rig has varying heights on each end which creates a high degree of difficulty for training on monkey bars like one might find at Tough Mudder But steeper (see picture). Along one side of the rig they have some suspended rings for various work like muscle ups. Along the length of the rig they have some suspended ropes for practicing rope traverses like those found in many ocr’s. Between the rig and the wall you will find a rope ladder and 4 suspended ropes each with varying degrees of difficulties (knots, no knots, fat rope, skinny rope, nylon vs. hemp etc.).
The owner, Kevin Ford tells me they have plans to add a rock climbing wall along the length of the room in the future so people can work on those skills and grip work.
Basically this place is set up to allow someone to train for MANY different things. Outside adjacent to the building is a small playground with some various concrete walls and playground equipment as well as a larger block retaining wall.
I talk about these things because they are all things that can be and ARE put to use for training in various circuit style workouts. The combination of all these things is pretty fantastic given that it’s all in the middle of an urban environment. The quality of the equipment is very good too. Nothing looks or feels cheesy or unsafe and the atmosphere is professional and clean. Now for the important part, the people.
I had a chance to work directly with Kevin Ford (one of the owners) and train on one of his evil circuits for about an hour and a half. He is welcoming and incredibly professional and knowledgeable. He holds multiple certifications including ACE Personal Trainer as well as Spartan Group-X Certification. In addition to that, he is a beast of an athlete and loves to compete in triathlons and OCR events so he can offer first hand insight.
They offer several different types of boot camps and fitness classes as well as “free time” options, all of which are very affordable. If you are a member of the NE Spahtens you get discounted rates as well!
All in all, I would rate this place and it’s people very highly. My experience was top notch. I would even say I’d make the 2.5hr drive from NH back to play again! If you want to work on some specific OCR skills like wall or rope climbs, monkey bars, rings etc. OR just want to sweat it out with general fitness work, you can get it at Unleashed. Give them a try. You will not be disappointed.