In barren Winter Park, Colo., sits CrossFit Thin Air, an affiliate with a mere 1,800 square feet of space but a very big back yard: it sits on 80 acres that includes about 3 miles of a cross-country ski-trail system.
“We have a lot of fun with the outdoor stuff,” co-owner Dave Zink says.
That fun includes nighttime runs in the snow, hill climbs and mountain biking at 9,000 feet.
Zink, a lifelong endurance athlete, began competing in kettlebell lifting more than six years ago.
“Along that path, I started to run into people who were getting into CrossFit,” he says. “I started doing main-site stuff here, and about the same time (my wife) Karen and I built this garage gym, if you will. Had no idea at the time we were going to do CrossFit with it. (It was) just a place to work out.”
Despite a small space, Zink maximizes it with his engineering background. Storage devices on the ceiling and wall de-clutter the space, and there are even wall-mounted, collapsible squat racks.
“We love what we’re doing,” Zink says. “It’s that personal feedback from somebody that says, ‘Hey, this is working for me. Thanks.’”
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Additional reading: Too Cold To Run? by Emily Beers, published Nov. 16, 2012.