There are a lot of fitness fads going around right now. It is hard not to get caught up in the things that are fast and easy fixes. The problem is most of those don’t last.
By now, most people have heard of the CrossFit lifestyle but think it is out of their reach. Local trainer Chans Porter wants to dispel that myth. “CrossFit is more about the community than anything else. You won’t ever have people walking around listening to headphones not talking to each other. You get people working out and struggling together, soon those people bond, start cheering for each other to push to their limits, and start to enjoy working out because it becomes working out with friends.”
CrossFit at its core is a strength and conditioning program on general physical preparedness. General physical preparedness is the ability to perform any physical task that life throws at us, or in other words, everyday life.
“Most people think you have to be in great shape to do CrossFit. I hear a lot of people say they need to work out before. Basically they need to get in shape before they get in shape, which doesn’t make sense to me. CrossFit will be hard for everyone, whether you’re super fit, or just off the couch, and that’s what makes CrossFit work for everyone and gets you results,” commented Porter.
Many people who choose to exercise with Porter scale their routines to fit their level of ability. The purpose of scaling is to make sure you can continue to move during a workout. “If you let your ego get in the way and push too hard, you end up resting more than you’re working,” suggested Porter. “Grandma and an Olympic athlete do the same thing, just at a different degree of the individual’s physical and psychological tolerances.”
Without the one on one that CrossFit offers, it is easy to fall into an exercise rut. The goal of CrossFit trainers is to make every day easier. Once you get your range of motion where you need it to be, everything is safer and more efficient. “People who stay true to mobility have noticed a big difference,” says Porter.
If you see the CrossFit trainees running down Commercial Street, you can see that every person who has walked through their doors has gotten stronger.
The common perception is that Crossfit is more for men, but Porter says that in reality he has a lot more women come in than men. Porter reassures ”We try to make everyone as comfortable as possible since they can be intimidated when they first show up.” He said they have a rule that if people don’t say hello to someone new, they have a 15 burpee penalty at the end of class. Everyone at CrossFit Unknown knows what it is like to be the new kid, so all the members are always able to answer questions and help you out when you need it.
Last spring Porter offered a special class to the high school baseball team. He loves offering these classes because it allows athletic teams to get more training time together which can really create the unity needed for teams to be successful.
CrossFit Unknown is open at 5:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays they open at 8 a.m.
Starting at the first of the year Porter is adding a 9 a.m. class Monday through Friday, but that isn’t all he is adding. They are expanding their facility and will be at about 2500 sq. ft. when the expansion is complete. This will allow room for childcare as well. “We maxed out on our space probably two months ago and have been struggling to find something with more room. Being able to knock down a wall and add on has been a big stress reliever getting it taken care of and having members stay happy,” said Porter.
So don’t trust what you see on your television and the internet, stop by anytime to ask questions. You will see how much people are enjoying their time at CrossFit Unknown.