The Confluence is a community-based fitness facility specializing in programming that gets us back to the roots of human movement - good healthy play. Rather than machines, mirrors and TVs, we supply professional trainers, engaging classes and a supportive environment to help you develop your body as an athlete regardless of your current level of conditioning. Click here to view a list of the various classes and programs we offer.
We've known Johnathan for a long time through his presence in Plainfield as a firefighter, business owner, and with his wife Sarah, keepers of Allenwood Stables on Route 2 just as you come into town. When Johnathan first arrived at The Confluence he had a long history in martial arts, loved to workout, and so CrossFit became his passion. Little did he know how much he would fall in love with the Yoga classes we offered. After an "AfterWOD" class with Julia he was hooked on Yoga as the perfect compliment to the intensity of CrossFit and found himself attending about 7 classes a week - four CrossFit and three Yoga.
While he was a fit guy coming in, he saw noticeable aspects of his functional fitness improve by leaps and bounds as he trained and fought fires in his spare time. He found that a bottle of air was lasting WAY longer than his fellow firefighters and his ability to haul heavy objects and do the hard work of firefighting was getting easier and easier as his strength, conditioning and flexibilty all increased.
Then Johnathan had a crazy incident stop him in his tracks. While rowing in a workout he suffered a sub-arachnoid hematoma (brain-bleed) and was rushed to Fletcher Allen's ICU. Johnathan's doctors agreed that he was the "healthiest guy in that place" and that his level of conditioing helped him stave off any potential disastrous effects from the trauma. It turned out Johnathan had a genetic disposition to having something like this happen and it was not necessarily the hard work he was doing that triggered the incident.
Kristen Gage is an athlete who definitely takes advantage of all The Confluence has to offer. Kristen came to The Confluence 2 years ago because of a ‘Jump on It’ deal she saw online and to try Zumba for the first time. She was immediately hooked. After buying a couple of punch cards, she became a member. Thinking it would be fun to sub for other instructors, Kristen decided to go down to Bennington to become a licensed Zumba instructor. Turns out it was a good thing that she did, because Britt got injured and Kristen was there to fill in. From there it was only a few short months before she was leading regularly scheduled classes of her own.
A terrific video from the CrossFit Community on the definition of beauty. Watch it and you'll understand why CrossFitters care so much about getting our first pull-up, going prescribed on a workout or perfecting our air squat...
Click Here to watch, and look for Vermonter Dani Horan about 1/2 of the way in, climbing the rope in "Legless!"
He was one of the earliest Central Vermont CrossFit pioneers who would meet with Nick in Hubbard Park and do WODs way before we had all of the awesome equipment we have here today. John has had the experience of watching The Confluence grow and expand over the last 4 years and he has also grown and changed along with the gym. Since starting CrossFit John says that he has become much more athletic and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of The Confluence community. In July, John accomplished a goal that he has been working towards for a long time, getting his first muscle up! He has also just accomplished his goal of a Spartan Trifecta (competing in a Spartan Beast, Super Beast, and Spartan Sprint in the same year) this year which he achieved when competed in the Spartan Beast in Killington this September. John adds this to last year's amazing Uber-Vermonster performance (Both competing in the Saturday CrossFit Competition and winning the Sunday Obstacle Race)!
Sandy started CrossFit at the Confluence in October 2011. She was off to a great start when she discovered in February 2012 that she had a brain tumor and was forced to stop CrossFit to face the tumor. Sandy had brain surgery in March 2012 and fortunately the tumor was successfully removed and the long road to recovery began. Sandy came back to The Confluence in October 2012. When she first returned, she was told not to lift more than 10lbs and would do walks around the fitpark with sandbags for workouts as a way to be back around the Confluence community. When Sandy first returned, she struggled, got angry, and cried but worked hard in the hopes of regaining her post surgery strength. In November/December of 2012 Sandy started doing CrossFit WODs two times per week, but was still struggling with both strength and confidence.
In January, Sandy did the Whole 30 and it jump started her body from the inside out. Sandy lost 10lbs during the Whole 30 and 2-3% body fat and felt better than she had since discovering the tumor. After the Whole 30 was over, Sandy continued her gains in strength and health and has lost 25lbs and another 3% body fat. Recently, Sandy has started personal training sessions with Shannon with the goal of getting stronger and having better form. Well it’s been working!! Sandy has been setting tons of new PRs including a 205lb deadlift when she never thought she’d be able to lift 200lbs. Sandy also did her first prescribed WOD on July 28 of 3 Rounds of 5 front squats (80#) and 10 burpees. After the WOD was over Sandy discovered that she actually did the front squats and 85#, 5lbs over the prescribed weight!
Alan's 55+ comrades at the Games this year...
Congratulations to all of these guys for tearing it up in L.A. and a big round of applause for Alan on his 9th place finish. This guy is tougher than tough and an inspiration to us all!
Best part about it is that the changes can be passed along to your children!
With our shortened class schedule (no StrikeFit) on Sundays we will be shutting down the late morning Open Gym times. So until further notice the Sunday hours are from 9 to 10 am.