Fitness center hopes to better community

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LET’S GET PHYSICAL: Gabe Subry, owner of CrossFit 209, above, stands by large mural in his facility PHOTO BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ

After first opening in 2009, CrossFit 209 Sport relocated to a new and larger facility at the beginning of the year.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL: Gabe Subry, owner of CrossFit 209, above, stands by large mural in his facility PHOTO BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ
LET’S GET PHYSICAL: Gabe Subry, owner of CrossFit 209, above, stands by large mural in his facility PHOTO BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ

CrossFit is designed to improve and maximize fitness by using functional movements or in other words natural movements that are “ingrained in our DNA,” according to the CrossFit 209 Sport website.

“All the movements we do in here, they’re natural movement patterns, ” said Gabe Subry, owner and three time CrossFit Games competitor.

Some of those natural movement patterns include squats, which we use when we sit down and sit up or a deadlift when we pick a box up from the floor.

Along with the CrossFit classes, the facility also holds a variety of classes and programs for anyone and everyone on different fitness levels.

All the classes fall under the facility’s Human Improvement Project.

“The Human Improvement Project is basically the facility which encompasses everything within the business,” said Subry.

There is an Elevate program whose classes are more sports specific, Olympic weight training, power lifting, endurance classes which are typically done by those who do not wish to use many weights, yoga and bar which is the newest addition to the classes offered at the gym.

There is no prior experience needed to try any of the classes, so anyone from age six to 80 can participate.

The clients can be college athletes or in a wheelchair, as are a few of the clients that go to the gym.

“It’s all about customizing the program to what [an individual’s] current fitness is… And that the beauty of CrossFit it’s a balance,” said Subry.

Not only does CrossFit 209 focus on the fitness but also provides nutrition plans and will work with clients on bettering their eating habits so that they have the full experience of an overall healthier lifestyle. The new facility will have a store that will sell supplements and basic training equipment.

“We want to train people in a way that they feel great … to improve the quality of their life, the hardest part is walking in,” said Subry.

A misconception that many have is that to go to a CrossFit gym they have to be in the best physical condition, but that is false.

Subry encourages anyone to walk in the door and give him and the rest of the coaches the opportunity to help you better your lifestyle whether you just want to lose a few pounds or be a future competitor.