May 27 2015

CrossFit Studio Coming to Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

A new fitness studio offering CrossFit and other exercise programs will be opening in Burlington this summer. 

The Planning Board approved a special permit for Steel Fitness during its latest meeting, allowing the studio to begin the work of converting part of the former Baron Industries location at 12 Garfield Circle into an exercise facility. 

Attorney Mark Vaughan of Riemer & Braunstein said there will be no work done to the exterior of the building and most of it will be on renovating a 3,750 square foot section in a workout area. There will also be some restriping of the parking lot. 

Steel Fitness owner Rita Patnode said she’s been in the fitness industry for six years and has been looking for her own place to start a business for the past two years. She said she spotted the Garfield Circle location while driving down Middlesex Turnpike and thought it would be perfect. 

Patnode said the fitness center will offer only directed classes; it will not be a place for people to come in and work out independently. She will offer CrossFit, which she said is 10 years old and has exploded in popularity, as well as personal training and group training. She also has a program that allows clients to work out while monitoring their heart rate so they get the most out of a safe exercise session. 

This will be the second CrossFit location in Burlington. 

Patnode said she hopes to open the doors by the end of June and have a grand opening on July 7. 

“I’m looking forward to making a dent in the community and help to create healthy lifestyles,” she said in a phone interview with BNEWS. “I want to bring something new to that area – that area currently has nothing like this.” 

Burlington Planning Director Kristin Kassner said the CrossFit studio would be a good addition to an area of town that is changing. 

“This district is transforming from industrial into things like fitness classes, dance studios and thing like that,” she told the Planning Board. “This is a great repurposing of these old buildings.” 

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