Can you imagine running by the ellipticals on your 400-meter runs and weightlifting in the aerobics room? At the Sonora Sports and Fitness Center in Sonora, Calif., CrossFit is at home in the Globo Gym.
“You can teach CrossFit anywhere,” says Allison Autrey, the affiliate owner of CrossFit Sonora Sports and Fitness Center. She makes it work with minimal equipment, including just a few Olympic bars and medicine balls, with other resources drawn from the gym.
Previously a college soccer player, Autrey has had multiple surgeries on her knee and finds CrossFit as the best fit for her current sports program.
“That intense same type of workout that I would (get) on the soccer field, I can get it in the gym,” she says.
Her exposure to many coaches through her athletic career carries over into her CrossFit coaching.
“I am always looking for that one, you know, word or one thing that somebody does that makes a difference for me, and then I transfer that to other people,” she says.
“I love Allison. I think she is a great motivator, and she’s got people coming because she’s so supportive of everybody’s level,” says Dede Moreno, a CrossFit SSFC athlete.
According to Moreno, Autrey does a good job of reading her clients and pushing them accordingly.
“I’ve never been disappointed with one of my workouts,” Moreno says.
Additional reading: Where I’ve Trained, What I’ve Learned by Russell Greene, published Dec. 27, 2010.