Jon and Lindsay Oddo had been looking to open a CrossFit gym in the Woodbridge area because Woodbridge “is a popular up-and-coming area,” says Jon. The couple are certified CrossFit trainers and opened Woodbridge’s first CrossFit gym in late 2014 in the former New England Brewing Company space. First Selectman Ellen Scalettar made a visit to the gym in mid-March to welcome the new business.
This visit by the First Selectman was one of many designed to create a stronger bond between Town Hall and the Town’s business community and to strengthen economic development in Woodbridge. Additionally, the Town’s Economic Development Commission has been inviting new and expanding businesses to its monthly meetings in order to learn about those businesses and why they chose Woodbridge.
Coming to Woodbridge “has been a great experience for us,” Lindsay told the First Selectman. “There are such nice people here and Town Plan & Zoning and the Building office staff have been so helpful.”
The gym, called CrossFit Gilded, offers three workout classes per day in small groups. “It can be intimidating to walk into a gym,” says Jon, “so we give people a lot of one-on-one training and we focus on technique and form which is key for safety.”
About 80% of customers are from Woodbridge, they said. “Our mission is to change the lives of Woodbridge residents and help them get healthier,” said Jon.
Scalettar’s visit coincided with the end of a 10 a.m. class consisting of two women who finished their workout with pull ups and weight lifting. Both of the women were relatively new customers and Scalettar was impressed by their strength and skill and by the amount of one-on-one attention they received during their workout.
After their workout ended, the pitter patter of young footsteps could be heard above. The Oddos have a young son and they turned the office space above the gym into a kids’ play area. The couple’s baby sitter watches their son and clients’ children during workouts so parents don’t have to worry about arranging child care.
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