At CrossFit Nittany, everyone knows Joelle Hirschfeld and Cydney Korek.
“They are definitely (a) very integral part of the community,” says Bryan St. Andrews, owner of the State College, Pa., affiliate.
“We rein them in when necessary,” he adds with a laugh.
The sorority sisters started CrossFit in August and have been making the 30-minute drive to the box ever since.
“We wanted to get involved in real sports; we just weren’t being challenged enough,” Hirschfeld explains.
Both women have “really taken to it,” St. Andrews says.
And CrossFit offers them an outlet that contrasts their college lives, the women say.
“Bryan’s really big on the whole us being like a family and everyone knowing each other’s names and supporting each other,” Hirschfeld says. “You don’t really need to worry about what you look like and I feel like it’s so much more real and (we’re) making true friendships.”
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Additional reading: Finding the Fire by Hilary Achauer, published Dec. 22, 2011.