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CrossFit: Focus on fitness, health and longevity

I was feeling nervous as I walked from my house to CrossFit CDA on Fourth Street. Kind of like going to church after not having attended for a long time. It’s been about 10 years since I was a regular member of the CrossFit congregation and what I remember are intense workouts and lots of super fit people. I am definitely not in the shape I was back then! But from the moment I stepped through the door, Coach Chandra  greeted me warmly and as I was stretching out, other acolytes came up and introduced themselves to me. Before we started, Coach Chandra gathered all 30 of us in a big circle and welcomed me into the flock as she was outlining what we’d be doing for the next hour. 

My friend Caline Lybarger arrived right as we were starting our warm-up exercises, which included line drills with rubber bands around our ankles and stretches as well as using a rowing machine. So far so good! Caline has been doing CrossFit for over five years and started it, “to prepare me for being stronger at triathlons” but admits that “the best part is the friendships I’ve made here…  it’s a friendly atmosphere.”

    Dr. Geoff Emry and Caline Lybarger

After the warmup about half of the group did strength work focusing on squats with progressively heavier weights while the other half did the EnduroFlow workout. EnduroFlow tends to be sweatier but doesn’t use heavy weights or barbells and often involves sit ups, slam balls, running, kettlebells and pushups. As Chandra explained, it’s good for those who are working through injuries and allows for workouts to be “scaled in different ways… we give a lot of options. That’s why EnduroFlow has been so popular.”

Caline and I chose the squats which I

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