Welcome to Pleasant Hill CrossFit

“It happened, very organically. There was an idea tossed around, followed by research, and before you knew it, we were building” said Julien Marquez, Health & Wellness Coordinator at the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA (IDF) in Pleasant Hill.

Late last year, the idea of adding a box (CrossFit gym) to IDF was proposed to meet the growing demand for functional fitness for all ages or those looking for a new challenge. Construction began at the start of 2016 and by June, the doors officially opened.

The classes kicked off and as the Field of Dreams saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.” From CrossFit enthusiast Malia Warren to new comers Jenna and Chris Da Sie, the Pleasant Hill CrossFit community is made up of members of all ages and fitness levels. Many found their way from other classes already offered at the Y, like Body Conditioning and Out of the Box class, while others were simply looking to try something new.

“I wanted to become stronger” said Jenna, “And I’m very competitive so I wanted to try it” said Chris.

No two days are the same. The WOD or work out of the day is shared by the trainer/coach at the beginning of every class which outlines the exercises, the weights prescribed (Rx), and time or reps allowed for each. They are customizable and you can scale up or down depending on your abilities and fitness level.

While some people like to have fun and see if they beat a friend’s time, in the end the competition is only against yourself. “The comradery is really good” said Chris. “It’s a great way to meet people” added Malia. The class really becomes a tight unit and the bonds they form go beyond the box. Last month a few members ran an obstacle course race and they plan to do a couple more before the end of the year. 

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. The CEO; Founder of CrossFit is noted for staying “the needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not type.” All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements and these movements reflect the best of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. There’s more on the horizon. The program is set to grow to meet the interest of the community to possibly include classes for seniors as well as youth. Visit the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA branch for more details.

By. Jerico Paguio