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CrossFit chain joins new shops on Commercial Street

Article Date: 
21 December, 2012 (All day)

When it comes to selecting a place to get in shape, many people are intimidated.  Chans Porter, owner of CrossFit Unknown, hopes that he can help ease that intimidation with his new fitness center.  
Porter realizes that many people see videos online of elite athletes using CrossFit techniques and they are scared away.  He said, “Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that this workout is for everyone and anyone, no matter your skill level.”
Porter assures that you do not have to be in great shape to have a great workout.  He says, “That is what CrossFit will do for you!”  Porter continued saying that anyone from 10 to 100 years old, male or female can attend.  
Every movement can be scaled to your ability and still allow you to achieve the same results as everyone else.  He sustained that CrossFit will help you get to your goals faster than any other workout. 
“We will not make you lift heavy weights or do a movement you’re not comfortable with,” he said.  “Nor will we let you do it if you don’t have the proper technique.  Safety is our main goal.”
Although the best way to see what this new gym is all about is to come and participate in a free trial membership, Porter was happy to try and explain just what you will experience at his new center.
When you think of going to the gym, people usually envision treadmills and recumbent bikes along with a few weight machines.  This however, is not what you will find at CrossFit Unknown, the newest fitness center in town.
 You will find kettleballs, Olympic bars, rubber bumper plates, plyo boxes and gymnastics rings.  This equipment is used to help the trainers keep your workout varied.  Keeping things varied makes it so that your body never knows what is coming so you don’t hit that plateau that is experienced when you do the same workout over and over.
The core of this strength and conditioning program is technique and consistency before adding intensity.  Porter explains that intensity is where you get results, but you have to master proper technique first.
Classes last an hour long, but the workout is usually 5-12 minutes long.  During the hour you warm-up properly, work on mobility, learn the strength movements, review the workout movements and then hit the workout.
The workout consists of function movements, which are movements that require more than one muscle group.  The movements are mixed into three groups: gymnastic movements, weight lifting movements and cardio movements.  Time is a tool.  If you push yourself to do the movements in the shortest time possible, you will see amazing results.
Nutrition is also a big part of the CrossFit philosophy.  Porter said, “Many people think what they put into their bodies doesn’t matter, yet that is 80 percent of the battle.  When people don’t eat properly, they get frustrated when they don’t see the results they were hoping for.”  
Members of CrossFit are part of a community.  The community is all about helping each other out and pushing each other to be the best.  “There are no egos here,” claims Porter.
CrossFit gyms can be a little more expensive than others because there is a trained professional there throughout every class making sure you do the movements safely and correctly.  But Porter offers student, police, fire department, teacher and couple discounts.  Each session is around $5.   
Your trainer goes through a two-day course where they learn how to teach each method.  At the end of the course, they must be able to pass a test and can miss no more than five out of the 55 questions.  Trainers must also pay a yearly fee.  
Many gyms try to teach the CrossFit technique without knowing how to properly teach It, which can give CrossFit a bad name.  Porter attests, “If you go to a place that doesn’t have a certified trainer, your risks of being injured are higher.”
Porter has lived in Morgan all his life and graduated from Morgan High School.  He attended CrossFit Ascension and learned techniques from two great coaches: Gary Boden and Zach Brodis.  Porter will have his CrossFit football certification in April 2013, and is working on his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification as well.
Porter is attempting acceptance into this year’s CrossFit regionals, where the top 60 athletes from each of the 17 regions of the world go to compete.  He was close to that goal last year after only a few months of training.
CrossFit Unknown is located in the old garage behind Front Street Gifts on Commercial Street.  It is easy to miss, but definitely worth seeking out if you want a tried and true way to get fit.   Class sessions are Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.  These times are subject to change according to member needs. 
Porter loves coaching and meeting new people and encourages everyone to stop in, say hi, and check things out.
For more information please call 801-791-1289 or go to