30A CrossFit in Seacrest is Fun and Challenging

October 31, 2012 by Joyce Owen


Have you ever signed up at a gym as part of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, to get in shape, whatever the reason, and failed to keep the commitment?  If so, know that Tony Young and Karen Katzenbach, owners and trainers at 30A CrossFit, realize this is a problem; but there’s a solution – accountability.

At 30A CrossFit, you know the people who work out with you. They are your neighbors and friends, and like the owners, they want you to succeed.

“If you sign up and don’t come to class, you’ll hear from us,” Karen says. It might be an email from the owners, or a member of the group might inquire what’s up when they run into you at the grocery store or your child’s school.

Tony and Karen started with one client and now have 73, which is fine.  “We aren’t looking to crowd people in,” says Karen.

As enrollment increases, classes are added. The plan is to have about 10 people in a class, with a goal of 150 members.

With two trainers and a couple of interns to assist, it’s close to having a personal trainer, but without the high cost.

Folks who peer in the door at 30A CrossFit often ask when the gym will open. It can be confusing when people don’t see a room full of shiny exercise equipment or mirror-lined walls. 30A CrossFit opened May 2011 and is equipped for the programs that are offered.
The absence of mirrors and televisions is purposeful, as is the limited amount of “gym” equipment, says Karen.

“You can’t focus with a television on and we don’t want to work with machines that do half the work,” Karen says.

The focus at CrossFit is on functional movement. For example, Karen compares bicep curls to dead lifts. How often do you need to do a curl? But a dead lift is something you would do everyday, whether picking up a child, a bag of groceries or getting up from a chair.

Another aspect of the training is defining your fitness level and then monitoring your progress. Members keep journals noting the weight they lift, the time it takes to complete a series of exercises, and if something felt too heavy or if they could do more. Throughout the session, participants stop and make notes. They can compare progress and improvement.

On the walls are a series of white boards with the day of the week and the training planned for that day. Every participant notes their weight or time for that activity. While some members work mornings and others evenings, they can still see the results of everyone else that day.

“They might not even meet, but they can compare,” Karen says. It’s another way to encourage accountability and competition.

New members participate in a three-day foundation course, which includes training in basic movements, nutrition, recovery and stress reduction.

An important aspect of CrossFit training is that the goal is to eliminate us, says Tony. “We want people to become so self-sufficient that they can continue to stay fit while working out at home,” he says.

To learn how the program can work for you, stop by and try it out. They offer a no charge introductory class to learn what CrossFit is about.

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