OAK HILL - The Crossfit Program run out of Active Fitness Center currently has more members than ever before. Owner and Manager of the Program, Waylon Payne explained why.
"Anybody, anybody can get involved in Crossfit. I don't care if it's somebody like ‘Average Joe’ sitting at home and sitting on the couch eating twinkies for the last 3 years or someone who just got out of college and was an athlete. I can train both of them at the same time in the same class," said Payne.
Payne said the program rewards the athletes through small goals that they set and achieve, but it’s rewarding for him at the end of every day. "A lot of times at a fitness center you don't see people change like you want to see them do. But when you have people come in here and you're able to see that change in three months, six months, nine months, one year...there is nothing else like giving them their youth back."
Coach Kristen Summers explained why she got her Level 1 Crossfit Certification after falling in love with the program herself.
Summers said, "I love watching very body's progress. Seeing how they change how their bodies change. How their body mechanics change. Overcoming things they didn't think they could ever do. It's a little bit of everything it teaches you how to take care of yourself in general."
Whether making the workout or completing one, what everyone loves about Crossfit is the variety.
Payne said, "you're adding in the gymnastics part, the weight lifting part, the cardiovascular part where you're running, jumping, swimming or whatever. You have everything that you can possibly imagine rolled into one."
Summers agreed, "probably the well roundedness of it. It's pushed me to do things I never thought I’d do." "You're going to be better at something than I am, I'm going to be better at something than you are. It just works out that way. Nobody is great at everything," said Payne.
It looks like AFC Crossfit is here to stay as well. Membership has grown so much that Payne has had to physically expand his workout space. "It's definitely grown in the last five years that I've been doing it. We started out, I had maybe 2 members in here to start out and now were at about 100 members in here pretty strong," said Payne.
Summers said Crossfit is not just a workout, it’s her home away from home: "complete family. They're your sisters, your brothers, they're awesome. They're always there for me no matter what."
Information about AFC Crossfit is available online.