Fitness without the frills

Cutting Edge Sports Sciences

This isn't your typical gym.

By Jessica Pasko

Tired of treadmills? Sick of StairMasters? You might want to check out Cutting Edge Sport Sciences in Albany.

Forget the fancy-shmancy equipment, this is no-frills fitness where you'll flip giant truck tires and lift heavy cement balls to get you fit. No joke. The day we were there, one man was dragging a heavy sled to gain strength while another was jump-roping. Other parts of the strength-training regimen here involve dragging tugboat chains that weigh as much as 136 pounds per pair.

Cutting Edge Sports Science training tiresEven the building that Cutting Edge is located in is no-frills -- it's in an old warehouse/garage in the commercial park on Vatrano Road, off Central Ave. Think of Rocky Balboa's workout scene in Rocky IV and you'll get a good idea of what a workout at Cutting Edge is like. As a matter of fact, much of the training is inspired by fitness training from Eastern Bloc countries.

Owner Dyke Naughton focuses on strength training and what's called "work capacity," rather than more, er, aesthetic fitness. Agility and balance are also a focus. There are few mirrors here, no silly slogans, no bright colors and no "lunk alarms". (Naughton says grunting is often necessary when doing serious weight-lifting.) Would-be body builders seeking "beach muscles" need not apply.

Naughton has a degree in sports sciences and has worked at Olympic training centers in the US and Australia, among other pursuits. He says that although the gym has produced several weightlifting champions, the focus really is on tailoring strength training to individuals. Athletes as young as 8 work out here, along with people ranging into their 80s who want to increase their endurance for more mundane activities like mowing the lawn or to strengthen osteoporosis-ridden backs. Wannabe firefighters have also trained here before taking their fitness exams.

Workouts are by appointment only, with each 75+ minute session costing $18.50 unless you sign up for a package deal. (It's like getting your own individual strength coach.) There are family deals, too. Oh, and you'll frequently find Naughton's two dogs wandering around as you work out.

Find It

Cutting Edge Sport Sciences
10 Vatrano Road
Albany, NY 12205

(518) 438-3343


I run a very similar gym at my home... for just $35 a month, I let people carry heavy wood logs and split and stack the wood in neat piles. Advanced students are allowed to pick up devices called "rakes" and pull them across my lawn. I also offer specialty classes in garbage can lifting, dirt shoveling and lawn mowing.

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