Ironstrength On The Intrepid



Last night 1,000 fitness fans had the opportunity to participate in one of the biggest bootcamps in NYC History on board the flight deck of the USS Intrepid. The “Ironstrength” workout was led and created by Dr. Jordan Metzl, award winning sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery, whose focus and motivation is to use fitness as preventative medicine. “As a physician, the focus of medicine has historically been to treat disease. It is such fun to use the medicine of exercise to prevent disease from happening in the first place”, said Dr. Metzl.

As we wrote about last April in Running Strong, Dr. Metzl is the best-selling author of five books, a 33-time marathon runner, and 13-time Ironman triathlete. Both a doctor and athlete, it is in his role as fitness instructor that he bridges the gap between the two. He created the Ironstrength workout to prevent the sports injuries he sees as a doctor and has experienced as an athlete himself. It is functional strength training designed to keep us healthy and injury free. Full body and plyometric exercises, like jump squats, twisting lunges, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, planks and burpees are go to favorites in the Ironstrength workouts. They are total body moves for total body strength.

Dr. Metzl teaches the Ironstrength workout in various locations around the city twice a month. It is different every time and kind of like a flash mob that descends upon a particular location and disappears when the workout is done. Last night’s mega class, hosted by The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, took Ironstrength to a whole new level and was a dream come true for Dr. Metzl. “Ever since I’ve been in New York, I’ve always thought this would be the coolest place to teach a class. A friend of a friend is the general manager who hooked it up, and with a grant from Johnson & Johnson, we made it happen. It makes me believe in life if you have a crazy idea, just see it through and you can get it done.”

The class was sponsored by Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States.