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CLARKS SUMMIT - A program used nationally by the military to help soldiers prepare for anything can now help you lift grocery bags.


A national program, CrossFit, has made its way to Clarks Summit.


Brown's Gym, located at 1000 South State Street in Clarks Summit, offers the fitness class open for gym members of all ages. The class includes varied functional movements meant to prepare athletes for encounters of daily life. Brown's was officially recognized as an affiliate of the national program in December.


CrossFit trainer, Dustin LaBar, gives the example of how the training can help with mundane tasks such as bending to pick up groceries. The exercises in CrossFit vary each day and seek to strengthen the entire body by doing body weight and cardiovascular exercises.


The routine of the class is the same for everyone, it's just held at a different scale, whether they are 24 years old or 90 years old, LaBar said.


A WOD, or Workout of the Day, keeps boredom at bay.


Kristen Wiggins, 26, from Olyphant who started CrossFit at Brown's Gym in late November, prior to its national affiliation, defines what she likes best about CrossFit, You never know what you're going to get.


A class is offered every day of the week except Sunday. Members do not need to attend every class, but according to CrossFit trainer Mike Kettel, most do because they enjoy it. Sometime in the middle of the week, the class is focused on technique rather than strength training. This gives the body time to recover and allows those who have trouble with a technique from an exercise to improve on it.


Everyone works at their own pace to complete reps. Wiggins, said, It feels like a high school sport, and the coaches are a good time. They give you a lot of personal attention and help with any questions. If you can't handle a specific exercise, they give you a variation to try.


Aside from the workout, LaBar said he enjoys the community aspect of CrossFit the most.


When you join CrossFit, especially ours, we focus on creating friendship. The bonds make people better athletes and it prepares them for anything and everything in and out of the gym, LaBar said.


According to Kettel, CrossFit is always competitive because you have people who will cheer you on and want to beat you at the same time.


CrossFit is not sport specific. We've had amateur and professional wrestlers, baseball, football, track and field athletes and everyday people who seek to get fit and healthy, Kettel said.


The cost for full gym access and to join CrossFit totals of $59.95 per month.


For more information, find them on Facebook by searching CrossFit Dragons Den or at www.brownsgym.net.

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