In the area of Oviedo, Florida, one CrossFit establishment, Crossfit Country owned by Wayne Summers, is a 20,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space and is a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in training and exercise. One main concept among Summers and his team that they emphasize to all CrossFit participants is to “Work out hard; Get in the best shape of your life; and help others to do the same.” They are there to help and assist each person in the best individual way.
Summers shares that his background is in sports, particularly baseball, and he has been drawn to fitness his entire life. Among many things, Summers has drawn inspiration from his father and brother, who despite being born with disabilities, maintained healthy practices of living and demonstrated the true definition of doing things when others believed it impossible. Summers and the other trainers of CrossFit Country all share this passion for fitness as well as the want to help every person develop their own approach to participating in CrossFit. He also believes the atmosphere of Crossfit Country has become the space it is because of the family vibe and appreciation those who attend form with and for one another.
CrossFit is best described “as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of CrossFit is a key component of why it’s so effective.” Some individuals find their way to CrossFit as a means of developing a unified work atmosphere to promote community and well-being; while others found the want to search for a new approach to fitness. Several reasons may bring a person to this workout and this workout can be for every person to make their own. One common reality is that CrossFit allows for all people of various lifestyles and fitness levels to participate together.
CrossFit has become more popular over the years and the reason may be as simple as it “is a brilliant idea.” The breakdown of CrossFit, as described above, allows for individuals to complete a full body workout in a shorter period of time and feel satisfied with that workout. Over the span of 2005-2012, “CrossFit crossed 5,000 affiliates worldwide, and has been doubling every two years.” This directly correlates to an increase in popularity and demonstrates that CrossFit is far more than a trend but rather a steady, go-to method of exercise for many individuals.