LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - In this day and age of cramming more stuff in our schedules than we actually have time...how would you like to know that you could get an intense full-body workout in just a half-hour? Sound too good to be true? I hit up "the box" with CrossFit of Lake Charles to get the answer.
Ashley Navarre and John Wilson are re-wiring the way people workout. "We move," says Wilson, "we're the machines in our gym."
It's called CrossFit and if you think 30 minutes isn't long enough to get moving - then you've never visited the box. Wilson says, "So many people are used to spending an hour and a half in the gym, when they don't need to. If you can get the same results - if not better results in 20 minutes or less, wouldn't you rather do that? I would."
The foundation of CrossFit centers on constantly varied, fully-functional movements done at a high intensity for short bursts of time. Wilson says this method triggers a neuroendocrine response. "By hitting the higher intensity energy systems," he says, "we actually cause metabolic changes. The mitochondria in the muscle will grow versus in an endurance athlete, where it doesn't."
Increasing the mitochondria, or energy-producing cells, helps raise metabolism - and Navarre says she's seen the dramatic effects this has had on local CrossFitters. "I love the changes it makes in people," she says, "you see people walk in puffing and panting because it's hard for them to walk and then all of a sudden, they're running miles."
Whether you're a seasoned athlete or it's your first experience jumping boxes and doing pull-ups, both Wilson and Navarre say this is an environment where everyone knows you by your name and is ready to push you to a new level of fitness. "It's what I live for," says Navarre, "it's fun, the people I've met are great. It's my life now."
*To learn more about CrossFit, click here or call 337-721-3262.
*If you want some first-hand information not only about this program, but also about fitness and nutrition as a whole, check out CrossFit's Cinema Night this Friday at 7:00 P.M. at the box, located at 426 Broad St. in Lake Charles. The event is free and open to your entire family.