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This Mainstream Fitness Trend Swept the Nation, and Took the Forbes Family for a Ride

By Elisha Neubauer

CrossFit burst onto the fitness scene in the year 2000. While still a fairly new kid on the block, the fitness trend has quickly escalated to a membership of over 13,000 affiliated gyms across the United States of America. What has made the activity so popular is its variety?it is a combination of high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises.

It is the variety that has allowed the practice to become so mainstream. No repetitive workouts here. CrossFit combines so many different elements that you don't have to worry about a standard, boring work out regime that is the same day in and day out.

In addition to its freshness, CrossFit's variety allows for everyone of every age, build, or exercise skill to partake. We asked Yvonne Forbes, owner of the CrossFit Reverse gym in Clinton, Michigan, to give us a little insight into her clientele. "We offer all strength and conditioning training for all ages and sizes," she said. "We have as young as 14 years old and as old as 79 years old."

CrossFit Reverse is a family-owned CrossFit Box. After CrossFit became a big part of Yvonne Forbes' family's life, her husband, Randy, felt a strong urge from the Lord to open a Cross-Fit box. The business began in the couple's garage, but before long, their following had increased so much that the business had to be moved into a secondary location to accommodate the growing size of the interest it was generating.

Forbes tells us that the average workout at CrossFit Reverse runs for approximately one hour. Each class includes a warm-up, a strength or skill segment, and a Workout of the Day (WOD). Generally, class ratio at the Clinton gym is 4-5 people per instructor. "Our classes are coached from start to finish," Forbes says. "And coach-to-athlete ratio is fairly small."

According to Forbes, CrossFit exercises are based on functional movements that we will all have to do in our later years, such as squatting properly, using correct form when lifting heavy objects off the floor, putting heavy boxes/objects up on a shelf, cardiovascular training, et cetera. "We scale all workouts to the individual so a beginner and an advanced athlete can work out during the same hour-long class," Forbes details. "All of our athletes came to us as beginners, so beginners should not be wary."

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