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Evan Polaski, owner of Queen City CrossFit / Image: Tommy Zipperstein

Yes, CrossFit Is As Crazy As It Sounds. But It's Also Kinda Awesome

I know it's a good workout when I feel pain in muscles that I never knew existed. And that was exactly my experience following a CrossFit bootcamp class a few weeks back.

During the Sunday morning workout (led by one of Queen City CrossFit's 10 trainers) I pulled up, pushed up, sat up, jumped up, and burpeed my way through an hour of "enjoyable" pain and gain. It felt good to push myself to the limit and to be part of a welcoming community of other like-minded individuals. The subsequent two days where I could barely lift my arms above my head? Well, those were slightly less enjoyable.

But still... it was worth it.

So, what is CrossFit?

Created in 2000 by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai, CrossFit is both a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive sport. The workouts one might experience in CrossFit include calisthenics, Olympic-style weightlifting, and aerobic exercise. Layman's terms: "muscle up."

Okay, why CrossFit?

Well, I can't speak for everyone, but I can tell you why some folks (144, in fact) have become raving fans (a.k.a. members) of Queen City CrossFit.

Answer: community.

Sure, the workouts are killer, but it's the environment owner Evan Polaski has created that makes the members such gluttons for punishment. At QCC, there's a big focus on group training. "We do offer open gym space when people need it, but classes are where the community happens," Polaski explained. "Working out together, cheering each other on, helping coach each other... All of these help create a bond and trust within the gym that keeps people coming back for more."

Really, people are that into it?

Umm, YES. And at Queen City CrossFit, some people are so into it that they've gotten engaged or even turned down job transfers (yeah, we're talkin' about you, P&G-ers) because they don't want to leave behind the network they've forged.

Alright, but won't I get hurt?

You shouldn't, as long as you know your own limits and you put your trust in the coaches. Plus, before you can do any regular CrossFit workouts, you must first get through Elements. Think of it as CrossFit Training 101.

Cool, anything else I need to know?

Nah. I think that's enough to get you started. If you do want more info, hit up Queen City CrossFit's website.

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