CrossFit Enhance in Decatur, Illinois, is not a typical CrossFit affiliate. Opened in 2009, the facility is part of the Decatur Memorial Hospital complex, and it caters to staff and patients, as well as a vast outside membership.
“This is what preventative medicine looks like in the flesh,” says CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman. “Everyone else is paying lip service to it.”
Ken Smithmier, president and CEO of Decatur Memorial, says he… Continue Reading
Four CrossFit affiliates share their strategies for keeping kids safe and minimizing the logistical headaches of gym-based child care.
Tacheena Rubio drives a long way to work out. There are CrossFit gyms closer to Rubio’s house, but she makes the hour-long commute to CrossFit Wilmington in North Carolina because the affiliate offers something others don’t: child care. Rubio has three girls, ages 1, 8 and 13.
“The main reason for choosing this gym… Continue Reading
CrossFit Black Five never runs short of laughs and smiles.
Former personal trainer Darren Freeman and former engineer Craig Massey head up the coaching staff at the affiliate in Manchester, England, and the two have been described by members as being similar to a “married couple” and sharing a “bromance.”
“They’re so funny together. They just bounce off each other in terms of the banter,” says member Caron Denny, smiling.
A fondness for the staff is felt among all… Continue Reading
Proponents of regulation fail to recognize the barriers to linking personal training to health care and third-party insurance payments.
As detailed in “Locking It Down,” the benefits of legislated licensing for personal training are minimal at best for both the public and personal trainers.
So why would personal trainers want their occupation to become a licensed profession? Many don’t, and many more haven’t even considered the issue.
The stark reality is personal trainers are not driving… Continue Reading
Shane Davis and Michael Livingston were stuck in careers that didn’t fulfill them. Then they made a decision to change their lives. In October 2013, the two opened CrossFit Luminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now their lives are constantly varied.
“Part of why I like (owning an affiliate) is it allows me to do so many different things on a daily basis and constantly challenge myself,” Davis says.
But in April 2014, disaster struck. The affiliate caught fire… Continue Reading
August 28, 2015
Many athletes earned the label by coming to a crossroads in life and deciding to take a path leading away from old habits. CrossFit affiliates are there to support those choices with a community founded on fitness, friendship and healthy food.
For Annie Kolatsis, CrossFit Mother City in Cape Town, South Africa, provided the backup when she made her decision to move past an “allergy” to exercise. Kolatsis said she… Continue Reading
Some people want a huge house and fancy cars. Eduardo Aranguiz is happy living in a small loft above his affiliate, CrossFit BEF in Santiago, Chile.
“I am really happy living here,” he says. “I completed my dream.”
Aranguiz, who found CrossFit through YouTube videos from the 2008 CrossFit Games, traveled to Santa Clara, California, to meet NorCal CrossFit owner Jason Khalipa and obtain his Level 1 Certificate before opening his affiliate in 2014. Inspired by… Continue Reading
CrossFit Defense shows Theresa Smith she already has the tools she needs to defend herself.
Like many other CrossFit gyms, Raise the Bar CrossFit in Ontario, Oregon, is in an industrial area.
We want our members to be able to work out in a place where they can be themselves, and industrial areas are home to large warehouse spaces where weights can be dropped and music played loudly at all… Continue Reading