Brickell’s hottest new fitness facility, Society Barbell & Fitness, opened a few weeks back, so we thought we would catch up with lead trainer, Tony Carvajal, and see how things are going. Tony is a Level 1 and 2 Crossfit Trainer, Mobility Certified Trainer, Indoor and Open Water Rowing Certified Trainer, and Olympic Lifting and Gymnastics Certified Trainer. Needless to say, Tony knows what he is talking about when it comes fitness, which is why so many people are flocking to his gym. We picked his brain to get a little more insight into how he keeps his body in peak conditioning, and asked for some training tips.
What is your favorite lift?
Snatch. In my opinion, the Snatch is the most athletic movement that can be performed. It requires an immense amount of skill, balance, speed, strength and technique. The objective of the snatch is to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead in one continuous motion. It is also commonly used as a tool in training high level athletes in sports where powerful full body movement and explosion is required, and that is our objective at Society, to create athletes that are ready for whatever life throws at them.
What is your favorite type of workout?
My favorite style training piece is a Metabolic Conditioning Sprint workout. Something that involves multiple movements at a high work capacity at 90-100% effort for a short duration of time.
What is your favorite Hero workout?
A Hero workout is a workout that is named for a fallen Soldier, or First Responder. Generally these workouts are movements that that particular HERO favored and loved doing. These workouts are typically the hardest, most arduous workouts we will do and we do them happily and proudly as we know the fallen Hero laid their life on the line for our safety and freedom.
My favorite is “Kalsu” – 100 Thrusters at 135lbs for time while performing 5 Burpees every minute on the minute until completion. Not only is this a strength based workout, it turns anaerobic quickly. It’s the type of training piece that tests your entail fortitude. I would suggest many above average athlete to give this workout a try.
Do you have any training tips for our readers?
If I had to give one training tip I would say pick the movement or workout you hate the most. Then master the form and technique and do it until you have mastered it and eventually love it. Learn to do this and the possibilities for your progression as an athlete and in life will become limitless.
How are things going at Society Barbell & Fitness since the opening?
My partners and I are very focused on every last detail to create the right environment for any level athlete to thrive, feel motivated, push past limits and socialize with other like minded individuals. We are very grateful and proud of what we created and what I’m blessed to do everyday of my life. Not only have we created an environment where we take Fitness seriously, we have an environment where we take FUN seriously.