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CrossFit Unknown Element Prevents Workout Burnout

By Pamela Sosnowski

Many people have turned to CrossFit in recent years as a way to whip themselves into shape with an old school workout that can be intense at times. But according to Greg Strauch, CEO of CrossFit Unknown Element in Clovis, another compelling reason to take up the fitness trend is because every single time in the gym is different.

"It is important to us that you never get bored," Strauch said. "With our constantly varied programming you will rarely do the same workout twice in any given year. You will never have to program your own workouts or spend hours in the gym. Instead, each day a workout will be provided for you that is scalable to suit your fitness level."

CrossFit as a fitness regimen was founded in 2000 by Greg Glassman, a former teen gymnast. As a young athlete, Glassman sought to gain muscle and started lifting weights to make himself a stronger gymnast and bicyclist. Although weights eventually helped inspire the CrossFit routine, a typical CrossFit gym contains more than dumbbells.

Members will typically use conditioning ropes, kettle bells, climbing ropes, gymnastic rings, and more. Stepping into a CrossFit training area is often a little bit like time traveling back to high school, but the coaches at CrossFit Unknown Element are encouraging and know how to make everyone feel comfortable.

Before that happens, however, every new client must complete two CFUE Foundations classes, which teach the basics of CrossFit including terminology and how to perform each exercise safely and properly. The Foundations classes build confidence and prepare members for an actual CrossFit class. Every new member also receives what Strauch calls the No Sweat Consult free of charge.

"Before we have anyone start their first class, we want to get to know them and make sure that we will be able to get them to their goals," Strauch said. "If their goal is to be a world class bodybuilder, I'm sure we could get them there but it would be a long road, I would prefer to send them to the professional closest to us that could get them there faster. Our goal is to meet their goal. We do this by have a sit down for 30 minutes in our No Sweat Consult."

For children ages 5 to 12 that aspire to be CrossFit athletes, the gym offers a CrossFit Kids program. The 40-minute class focuses on fun and proper form of exercises to help kids burn off steam and develop a lifelong love of health and fitness. CrossFit Kids incorporates elements of gymnastics, body-weight calisthenics, and weightlifting to build endurance, stamina, flexibility, and more for $12 per class. Additionally, all memberships come with convenient childcare provided during the Monday through Friday 9 AM class.

Even if someone has never exercised before, CrossFit Unknown Element's philosophy is that the fitness trend is for everyone.

"We offer a wide variety of programs," Strauch said. "Not just CrossFit but also other programs that allow for many to join in. We offer personal training for the members that want to accelerate to their goal, and a boot camp style program we call 'LightFit" which incorporates a lot more body-weight style movements."

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