Continuing the theme of businesses expanding, Gill Chiropractic at 1021 E. 16th in Wellington has added a CrossFit gym to the operation.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that features high intensity, short duration exercises.
"Basically you get in there, get after it, and you're done," said owner, Chad Gill. "Research has shown you get the same benefits, if not more benefits than you do from more aerobic exercises." Gill was introduced to CrossFit about five years ago by his brother-in-law.
"He showed me this program where you could get in shape and not have to spend a whole lot of time doing it," Gill said. "Most CrossFit workouts are less than 20 minutes." Before too long, Gill started incorporating the exercises into the rehab portion of his chiropractic business. This prompted Gill to add a gym on to his building.
"We've been using it since October," he said.
CrossFit classes are supervised by trainers who make sure patrons maintain perfect technique during the workouts.
"It's different everyday," Gill said. "...That's one of the things that makes it so fun, you never know what you're going to get until you show up that day." In addition to the rehabilitation uses, CrossFit has attracted a few local athletes that are participating in the CrossFit Games, a contest to find the fittest person on the planet.
"They've had the competition for three or four years now," Gill explained. "Basically the way it works, every Wednesday for the next three weeks, the workout is released." From there over 100,000 people have until the following Sunday to do the workout in front of a judge or submit a video to judges. The workouts are timed and scored.
"It's a race, that's one of the reasons you can get the results that we get in a short period," Gill continued. Rankings are released each week on www.crossfit.com.
Gill added that people of all ages can participate in the workouts, which can be modified for different age groups. The first workout is free to see if the person wants to continue the program.
"First thing is get on the website and make sure it's right for them," Gill said; the local website is www.crossfitsymmetris.com. "If you're serious about getting results, then it's definitely the right place." Less experienced people will be put through a two-week starter class to help keep everyone safe.
More information on the program can be found on the perviously mentioned websites, or by calling 620-399-9355.