If you are like me you have heard the term CrossFit a lot lately, but had no real understanding of what exactly it was. So like anyone in this day and age I googled it. The first definition I found was less than helpful: CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen created by Greg Glassman and is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc. Wow, thank you google for clearing up all the mystery.
So I dug deeper, starting with researching our local CrossFit gym. From them, I learned that CrossFit is a high-intensity fitness program that incorporates elements from several types of sports and exercise. First opening in 2014, Harvest CrossFit has recently expanded to the point of relocation right onto Main Street. Their new location opened in August of 2017.
After speaking and meeting with owner MacLarin Jones, who owns the gym with her husband Devin, I can see why people view them as more than a gym. With five wonderful coaches that bring a wealth of knowledge and experience; they see their members as real people and strive to know what is going on in their lives. They’ve built a culture of camaraderie and encouragement that keeps their members coming back and inviting their friends. Once again, those small town personal touches go a long way to building a meaningful business. They continue to get involved in the community as well, a few ways they are building community outside of their gym are, chairing the Young Pros group, serving on the Chamber Board, helping in their church and promoting community events to name a few. They were even named Young Professionals of the Year in 2017.
One member had this to say, “Devin and MacLarin are really good at creating community. When you sign up at Harvest it isn’t just for an intense workout, it’s signing up to be part of the family. They often host BBQs and get together outside of class that help keep you connected. Losing 30 pounds has been great, but it is even better because I’ve had a community there to celebrate with me.” –Steve