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CrossFit fitness craze sweeps Siouxland

The whole point of CrossFit is to do moves that you would do in everyday life. The whole point of CrossFit is to do moves that you would do in everyday life.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - It's a fitness trend that's sweeping the country and people are catching on to CrossFit in Siouxland.   

At CrossFit Beo in Sioux City, the class starts with a little stretching and warm up.  Most CrossFit gyms require you to take a beginning class to learn the lingo, make sure your form is correct, and most importantly, so you don't hurt yourself.

"Anybody that comes through here has to go through a four week fundamentals course," says Travis O'Connor, the head trainer and co-owner of CrossFit Beo.

The first thing you may notice when you walk into a CrossFit gym is that doesn't really look like a gym at all.  It's actually called a 'box.'  You won't find rows of cardio or weight machines, because your body is the machine.

"It's a lot of things we did as we were kids, but as we grew older we kind of forgot about things and kind of got into a monotonous routine.  So it's kind of like being a kid again, running, jumping, climbing, and things like that," says O'Connor.

The whole point of CrossFit is to do moves that you would do in everyday life, like bending, lifting, and squatting.

"It's movements that are not only going to get you stronger faster, but it's going to help you in all of your daily aspects of your life," says O'Connor.

The exercise are different each day, and you work all parts of your body.  It's a fast-paced, high-energy, intense workout.  And it's hard.

"We will push you and get the most out of you that is for sure," says O'Connor.  "We also do that in a safe manner."

O'Connor says anyone can do CrossFit.  All the moves and weight can be modified as you build strength.

"Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a stay at home mom, or looking to lose 100 pounds, everything is scaleable and there's a progression," says O'Connor.

"It's you against yourself.  It's you improving yourself," says Alicia Everton, a CrossFit Beo member.

Everton joined CrossFit seven months ago to lose weight.

"It's awesome," says Everton.  "I love it.  I've lost 58 pounds since June and in a three month time frame from September to December, I've lost 26 inches off my body.  I've had phenomenal success."

And Everton's successes and progress is measured on the white board, along with everyone else.

CrossFit Beo has been around for about a year now and they offer multiple classes a day.

There's also a new CrossFit FS box that just recently opened up at Four Seasons in downtown Sioux City.  With a similar philosophy, they vary the exercise to keep your muscles guessing and growing.

"I can guarantee it's going to make life easier," says Paxton Ubbinga, CrossFit FS's program director.  "You are going to get fitter faster and you are going to feel good everyday.  In real life, you are twisting and picking things up.  That's real life.  That's what we like to mimic in here so it's making real life out there a lot easier too."

Click on the links to learn more about CrossFit FS or CrossFit Beo.

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