Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Sep 01st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Working It

workingitThe CrossFit Mystique

There’s a reason why it must be called “CrossFit.” You’re going to get fit, and you won’t be bored—you’ll be zigzagging through all types of fitness regimens, trying something new, in essence a cross section of exercise, every day (or as often as you workout). In Scotts Valley lies one of these updated gym experiences called Santa Cruz North—a CrossFit center. Santa Cruz North co-owner John Larson explains that CrossFit is really a way of exercising that is for all people, all shapes and all sizes.

Sure, you might see some professional athletes while you’re working out, but you also might see a 60-year-old first-time female exerciser, or a 40-year-old overweight man—all part of this CrossFit family.

Seven people, including Larson, own the Scotts Valley affiliate of the national CrossFit program. There, these seven and some additional trainers, hold hourly classes every day where anyone who’s a member can attend. Think of it as bootcamp being switched up every day. You can, for instance, go in on a Monday any hour of the day and you’ll do a chosen daily workout, taught by one of the instructors. Then on Tuesday, the workout for the day will be something different. Thus, the boredom factor never gets revved up. The CrossFit plan is based on 30 percent gymnastics, 30 percent cardio and 30 percent Olympic lifting, Larson explains. Within your hour workout you’ll often do something along these lines: warm up, stretch, work out, do a quick burn, and stretch again. “Most people call it drinking the Kool-aid,” Larson says. “Once you’re in, you’re in.”

Vastly different than regular gyms where you’re on your own and sometimes you lack the motivation to accomplish your workout, attending a CrossFit class will leave you soaking in sweat, but with a thorough full-body workout, Larson explains.

While the monthly $150 price tag may sound steep, client Chris Miller says it’s well worth it. “It’s exactly what I was looking for,” Miller says. “I really wanted to take a drastic measure. It’s a lot easier to mentally commit to it than going to your garage (to work out), or going to a gym. Anybody can do this. I’ve seen people in my situation who are out of shape or more than a little overweight.”

Adds Larson, “It’s not rocket science. Nothing we do is new. People have been doing this for 100 years and we’ve put it in a package where people can get the most benefit out of it.”


For more information about CrossFit’s Santa Cruz North, visit crossfitnsc.com. For general CrossFit information, visit crossfit.com. For information about other local locations, visit crossfitsantacruzcentral.com and crossfitsantacruz.com. Santa Cruz North is at 300 Technology Circle, Scotts Valley, 438-4388.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back

 

Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of August 28

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Land of Plenty

Farm to Fork benefit dinner for UCSC’s Agroecology Center, plus a zippy salsa from Teresa’s Salsa that loves every food it meets

 

If you knew you had one week to live, what would you do?

Make peace with myself, which would allow me to be at peace with others. Diane Fisher, Santa Cruz, Network Engineer

 

Comanche Cellars

Michael Simons, owner and winemaker of Comanche Cellars, once had a trusted steed called Comanche, which was part of his paper route and his rodeo circuit, from the tender age of 10. In memory of this beautiful horse, he named his winery Comanche, and Comanche’s shoes grace the label of each handcrafted bottle.

 

Cantine Winepub

Aptos wine and tapas spot keeps it casual