Eviction CrossFit brings focus on training, nutrition to Easthampton

  • Juliet Locke, co-owner and general manager of Eviction Crossfit and Side by Side, talks about the business. At left, Jean Christy tosses a medicine ball during a class at the gym at 1 Cottage St. in Easthampton. STAFF PHOTOS/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Zack Mullane, the fulltime coach at Eviction Crossfit, talks to his class at the gym, situated at 1 Cottage St., Easthampton. STAFF PHOTOJERREY ROBERTS

  • —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Matt Dusseault, who is a co-owner and director of Eviction Crossfit and Side by Side, talks about his business, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, located at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Hollie Lehouillier, left, prepares to catch a medicine ball tossed by Mike Ludwin, right, during a class at Eviction Crossfit, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Keith Locke, left, Donna Wilson, right, and others, toss a medicine ball to their partner during a class at Eviction Crossfit, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Zack Mullane, left, who is the fulltime coach at Eviction Crossfit, talks to his class, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Jon Stolpinski, left, and Mike Ludwin toss medicine balls into a wall during a class at Eviction Crossfit, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Zach Smith and Donna Wilson row during a class at Eviction Crossfit, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 8/24/2019 6:49:38 PM

EASTHAMPTON — For many, an avid interest in mountain biking and triathlons would be enough exercise for a lifetime. Matthew Dusseault, however, could be considered an outlier.

Six or seven years ago, while looking for ways to better improve his strength training, Dusseault turned to CrossFit. First, he started working out of his garage with friends in Chicopee. Eventually, after moving to Southampton, he built a gym on his property where he began to host classes.

A neighbor took issue with his gym, and so Dusseault and his business partners used that as an opportunity to move into a new space: Although they did not technically get evicted from their old digs, Eviction CrossFit, at 1 Cottage St. Suite 118, opened two weeks ago in Easthampton.

“We just saw that, if we got that many people interested, just in our friends and family, it kind of makes sense for us to find a commercial location and we can improve the health of many more people,” he said.

Juliet Locke, co-owner and general manager of Eviction CrossFit, said the name went through a lot of brainstorming and was not meant to take homelessness as a joke.

“We more spun it toward the nutrition piece of evicting bad habits and evicting bad toxins from your lifestyle,” she said.

The gym is situated in the back of the One Cottage Street building, close to Riverside Industries and a loading dock. It might not appear so from the outside, but the company’s space is newly renovated from an old warehouse, with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities for anyone looking to work out.

Adjacent to the gym is Dusseault’s other business venture, Side by Side, which provides a holistic approach to nutrition consultation, he said. Locke said a focus on every aspect of health was their main priority.

“We wanted to try to bring a bigger awareness to the community of Easthampton, and to help community members become healthier through fitness and correct nutrition,” Locke said.

Dusseault echoed Locke’s views on how physical fitness is only a small fraction of overall health.

“If you come here four days a week, four hours in this gym is not going to make you a healthy person,” he said. “You need to bring it home; you need to improve your lifestyle.”

On weekdays, the gym opens at 5:30 a.m. for classes, running five or more classes throughout the day. On Saturdays the gym has a more limited class schedule, and on Sundays there is an open gym.

Zack Mullane is one of the coaches at Eviction CrossFit, and said that although classes average 10 participants, he tries to provide a level of individual attention to every client. In addition to these classes, Mullane said, the gym also provides personal training in one-on-one classes.

Many people are used to going to gyms and doing exercise circuits on their own. CrossFit, however, is a way to more accurately track your body’s progress in becoming stronger and building muscle since there’s professional help in crafting a workout routine, Mullane said.

“That’s kind of what we’re offering here at CrossFit. It’s personal training, just with the community that comes along with it,” Mullane said.

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Mullane led a class of about 10 athletes in a workout including medicine ball exercises, runs out in the parking lot and pull-ups.

Workouts at the gym rotate throughout the week, he said, separated into an “endurance” and “performance” track — the latter of which provides a more intense workout.

“It’s all about changing how we train because of all of the metabolic pathways, and really the adaptation your body needs to be this general, physical, prepared type of healthy,” Mullane said.

Locke said the business is currently running a special where interested people can sign up for an unlimited number of group classes through the end of September for $99.

During that time period, the coaches will consult with people in helping them pick a membership plan that’s right for them. Many people want to supplement their already existing workout routine with CrossFit, Locke said.

Membership plans are usually $69 a month for four classes, $99 a month for eight classes, and $149 a month for an unlimited amount of group classes.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.


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