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Local CrossFit’s atmosphere helps build membership

Local CrossFit’s atmosphere helps build membership

Local CrossFit’s atmosphere helps build membership
February 27
00:40 2014

Brittany Armstrong // Intern Writer

Music is pouring out of the glass garage doors of what used to be an old automotive shop near the Golden Triangle Mall.

Inside, the floors are lined with black rubber mats and the white walls are covered in colorful graffiti art. Pull up bars and row machines replace the tool boxes and vehicle lifts that were once there. One person’s passion has revived the building and transformed it into Mean Green CrossFit.

With the national Reebok CrossFit games starting today, this cardio exercise-based competition will be featured on a big stage. Mean Green CrossFit provides Denton with a taste of the same intense activity.

CrossFit consists of various high-intensity, endurance based techniques in which you are either challenged to complete as many repetitions of a workout in a set time or perform a set of exercises in as little time as possible.

Each day presents a new workout. A typical CrossFit workout entails repetitions of five-weighted lunges, a 50-meter run, 10-sit ups, 10-back extensions and five-air squats. The goal is to do as many rounds as you can handle in 20 minutes.

While working out, many “crossfitters” use poker chips to keep track of how many repetitions they have completed. Once complete, they often record their times, or number of repetitions in order to push themselves to improve and compete with their previous workouts.

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Owner of Mean Green CrossFit, Taylor Compton, said that the accepting and motivating culture is what makes CrossFit different than other exercises. Her gym opened in November, 2012. In 15 months, her business has grown to more than 60 members.

“It is not the traditional gym, there are no mirrors, there is no weigh in, there are no measurements, you’re not forced into a body image,” Compton said. “You walk into the traditional gym even still today and I feel like I’m stared at. I feel like everybody looks at me like I’m awkward. I feel like maybe I’m not doing something right and I know that I’m doing it right,”

UNT mechanical engineering and energy sophomore Edward Gates said he was shy when he first came to Mean Green CrossFit because he could sense a family atmosphere. But after the positive experience of his first workout, he was hooked.

Gates said he was running around the building feeling as if he was going to be the last one to finish, but when he turned the corner he was met with encouragement and cheers from the Mean Green CrossFit members.

He has since joined the gym. He and his fellow members continue to encourage each other.

“Anytime anyone runs slow or needs a spot we’re there and just really helpful because we all understand that were going through that same goal of bettering ourselves,” Gates said. “There’s no meanness or harshness there’s just love and motivation and it’s pretty fun.”

Compton described her experiences working out in other gyms as being more about the show than the workout.

“The average person that does membership sales is hitting on you on a constant basis, you’re constantly felt like you’re inferior,” Compton said. “I don’t think I’ve ever walked into a CrossFit gym where the women are done up and adorable. It’s like everyone comes and gets their butt kicked and goes home.”.

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Compton has been involved in the fitness world for 10 years. Her first encounter with CrossFit was when she was competing at a National Physique Committee bikini show. Before going on stage, she watched a CrossFit expo for about four hours and was instantly enamored.

“Anyone who has never been challenged physically by a sport, type of training does not understand that your body has so many capabilities,” Compton said. “Not only does it feel good but [CrossFit] releases endorphins that make you feel like superman.”

CrossFit does have some negative critics because of all the injuries suffered by competitors. According to an ESPN article, critics of the exercise said the program is reckless because it pushes people at a dangerous pace.

“CrossFit can absolutely injure you,” Compton said. “Don’t go to the wrong gym, make sure that you have the right coach, you can get injured doing anything so for that matter you can get injured just as easily going to a normal gym”

When deciding on the location of the gym, being close to UNT was important to Compton and the name Mean Green CrossFit was chosen to gain the attention of UNT students.

Speech pathology junior Mallory Massey is delighted with the gym being in Denton because of the experience and atmosphere it provides.

“Its hard but its worth it especially when you have everyone encouraging you, I love it,” Massey said.

Top photo: Mean Green Crossfit owner Taylor Compton addresses members of her gym while the class begins to stretch before a Tuesday night workout. Photo by Kelsey Littlefield / Staff Photographer   

Center photo: Members of the Mean Green Crossfit gym work on their push-ups on Tuesday night. The Mean Green Crossfit gym has been open in Denton for just over a year. Photo by Kelsey Littlefield / Staff photographer  

Feature photo: Members of the Mean Green Crossfit gym warm up and stretch before class on Tuesday night. Photo by Kelsey Littlefield / Staff Photographer 

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