In the tiny city of Sonora, Calif.—with a population of less than 5,000—a CrossFit box is thriving.
Originally started in a friend’s garage, CrossFit Sonora is nearing 100 members.
“We were just looking to serve a small population of people who were really into fitness and really wanted to perfect the athleticism that they already had,” co-owner Shannon Hildebrand says of the three-year-old affiliate.
Hildebrand and fellow co-owner Nic Peterson are both first responders. Hildebrand was introduced to CrossFit by a co-worker, while Peterson stumbled upon it on the Internet.
“I’ve always been intrigued with the human body and the way it moves,” Peterson explains. “CrossFit has really (furthered) my own knowledge of how everything works and how everything’s connected.”
Both say they are hoping to create a healthier community.
The best part of owning a CrossFit gym, Peterson adds, is “helping people achieve things they’ve never achieved before.”
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Additional reading: The Ties That Bind by T.J. Murphy, published June 11, 2012.