A growing fitness trend in major cities across the U.S. is catching on in Charlotte's suburbs.
Cory Worf opened a CrossFit gym in Weddington on Nov. 1 and said another CrossFit should open soon in uptown. The uptown location would bring the total of CrossFit gyms in the greater Charlotte area to 17.
"In the past couple of years, it's definitely gotten a lot bigger," Worf said .
CrossFit is based on a series of training exercises originally designed for firefighters and other first responders to stay in shape. Worf describes it as everyday fitness turned into a sport.
"It's run more like a high school or collegiate football or basketball team," he said. "Everybody works together in a group. It helps you go harder if somebody's doing the same thing next to you."
CrossFit classes last one hour and consist of a high-paced warm-up, 20 minutes of working on a skill or strength set and 10-30 minutes of metabolic conditioning.
Workouts change daily, and they can include anything from kettle ball swings to sprints to handstands.
Worf said people of all fitness levels work out together. The difference comes in the amount of weight and repetitions clients do for each exercise.
"I could train you and a division one athlete the same," Worf said.
Anyone, he said, can do CrossFit, but the client who wants to watch TV while working out on an elliptical machine may not be well suited for CrossFit.
"(CrossFit is) for people who enjoy doing something different every day at a high intensity," Worf said.
Worf has been involved in CrossFit since 2006 and managed the CrossFit in Steele Creek for two years before opening the Weddington gym.
Worf's gym is the second in Union County; the first opened in Indian Trail. CrossFit gyms also are available in Indian Land and near the intersection of Monroe Road and N. Sardis Road.
Details: crossfitweddington.com or call 704-222-6003. The gym is at 13635 Providence Road in Weddington.
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