CrossFit Craze Hits Metro East

Contributing Writer - Angela Grossmann-RoeweJuly 3, 2013 

It’s time to put the belief that weightlifting is only for boys to rest – for good. Ladies everywhere are beginning to “lift like women,” and they’re loving every minute of it especially at the CrossFit Ready to Live gym in O’Fallon.

CrossFit works every part of the body, and focuses on core strengthening and conditioning. It is not the same routine every day, but a regular mixture of activities designed to activate and strengthen various core and major muscle groups from a variety of tasks. The CrossFit program seeks to achieve this through balance in the following fitness categories: Heart and lung endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

CrossFit has been the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide for decades. Today, it is seen as a fitness regimen, and women are no longer intimidated of this long-time male fitness activity.

Brian Magill, co-owner and business manager, says the CrossFit program is the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.

“We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts,” he said. “We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.”

CrossFit workouts offer increased muscle mass and metabolism, improved strength and functional fitness, enhanced cardiovascular fitness, improved core strength and balance, and less boredom and more enjoyment in physical fitness.

“It’s a full body workout that includes the sweat glands, so sweat is promised, which should be expected from any good workout,” Magill said. “CrossFit is a constantly varied high intensity workout over a very short period.

“CrossFit is a community of more than 4,500 gyms worldwide. The workouts are done as a group with everyone supporting and respecting each athlete’s goals and performance. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective. This feeling of community will make you want to come back for more.”

And so will the results he says.

“Your body knows what it needs, and no kidding, after your first CrossFit class your body won’t let you stop,” Magill said. “It’s the best time you and your body can have together.”

CrossFit Ready to Live is located at 1711 West Highway 50, A rear, in O’Fallon. The business is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. Call 618-628-6445 or log onto for more information on CrossFit classes and one-on-one training.

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