More than a hundred men and woman from across the globe competed in this year's Reebok CrossFit Games.But not every CrossFitter joins the sport to make it to the big competition.KHQA's Kristen Aguirre introduces you to local athletes who say the sport changed their lives."People ask me, 'how do you get those biceps?' or 'what are you doing?' and it's really all CrossFit," CrossFit athlete Tieraney Craig said. "I mean an hour a day, it's not even that hard."
But to some people, CrossFit might look hard.
Between the kettle bells and free weights, it can be a little intimidating. Craig said she thought the same thing when she first started the sport. Her first training bar was 15 pounds.
"You know, I'm a mom, and I've never really been good at a lot of sports," she said. "I've been okay, but I think CrossFit kind of fits the mold for anybody."
"The workout, we call it intensity, and intensity is what you make it," Qtown CrossFit co-owner Katie Tappe said "Everyone collapses, everyone is tired, everyone feels good but you set the intensity."
Craig has been working out at QTown CrossFit in Quincy for almost a year. Like her, the facility has undergone major changes since the opening. The group originally started off by holding CrossFit workouts at local parks.
"From there, we've really been building our community, and it's been incredible to watch this community grow," Tappe said.
QTown started off with 30 members last August, and now has more than 120. Many of them considered success stories like Victoria DeMent.
"I was like, 'You know what, it's time for a change. I need to do something different,'" she said. "So I went and I fell in love even though I felt like I almost died everyday. I kept coming back because I knew it was making a difference in my life."
DeMent will kick off her 18th birthday 75 pounds lighter than the year before.
CrossFit is all about molding a powerful athlete, but the true strength comes from the community.
"This has kept me really consistent, because you develop a core group of friends and family that you go with here," QTown athlete Casey Francis said.
"It's not just coming into the gym and getting this really intense workout and going home," Tappe said. "It's about connecting with people, building relationships and really supporting everyone and their goal."
That support is what keeps Craig coming back to CrossFit and surpassing her goals.
"Well now I can back squat 185 and push press a lot," she said. "So I'm way beyond that 15 pound training bar."
In honor of its one-year anniversary, QTown is offering free intro classes for new members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can get an inside look in QTown by clicking, here.