CrossFit into the new year

With the new year, many people are looking to change their lifestyles and their health.

In recent years, a lifestyle called CrossFit has become popular.

QTown CrossFit formed in Quincy to teach the lifestyle. Click here to learn more about what CrossFit is.

It's also a very personal journey for Katie Tappe, an owner of QTown CrossFit.

"I wanted to be able to fit into my wedding dress," said Tappe.

After dropping from a size 16 to a four, CrossFit became a way of life for Tappe.

"It became more about how I feel," said Tappe. "I had more energy, and the weight kind of melted off."

Tappe says the fitness program called CrossFit is an education about movement, fitness, nutrition and community. She says all these things require responsibility, common sense, and work to educate oneself using all the tools available in the community. Click here to watch a proper lunge from QTown CrossFit.

Now QTown CrossFit is teaming up with the YMCA in Quincy to teach the fundamentals to its membership. Click here to learn more about that partnership.

YMCA Wellness Director Johanna Voss says going back to the basics of how you carry yourself can help with things like back pain.

"Movement you do in your daily life - they're going to teach you how to do it properly, so you're in proper alignment," said Voss. "That way when you go into the real world, or in the weight room, you don't injure yourself. So you can move pain free throughout your everyday life."

Click here to hear more from Voss on the partnership with QTown CrossFit and how you can get involved in new YMCA classes.

Meanwhile CrossFit is expanding to a younger audience - kids. Click here to hear more from Tappe on how CrossFit Kids got started. CrossFit Kids is catching children and instilling good fitness habits early on. And now it's becoming a family affair.

"It's organic," said Tappe. "We started in a park and that's how we got parents involved and then they started bringing in their kids."

Click here to learn more from kids on why they are drawn to CrossFit from KHQA This Morning.

Take it from eight year-old Sophia Shaffer.

"I like to workout with my mom in the morning," said Shaffer. "It's a good time with my mom."

Eight year-old Hayden Frankel's whole family has caught onto CrossFit.

Why did you want to get involved in CrossFit.?

"It looked like fun," said Frankel. "My favorite part is doing burpees."

So no matter the exercise, everyone here says it's teaching fitness for a lifetime to all ages.

"It's about making sure they maintain mobility and move well throughout their aging process," said Tappe. "It's about instilling those good habits, not just about working out but with the nutrition."

According to the QTown CrossFit website, education is a big part of CrossFit. To be fit and physically competent to handle all of the challenges in life is no small endeavor. As you work to become a fitter and healthier person, you will need to learn about:


- How to move safely and effectively.


- What it means to be fit. Its definition, the supporting theories, and how to go about attaining it in real life.


- Eat meat & vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat.

When you start, you are not expected to have the knowledge you need.


"You can still have fun with your meal choices," said Tappe. "That you are not stuck in the rut of eating the same thing over and over. That is really what makes things sustainable."

Click here to view more about the CrossFit Fundamentals Class at the Quincy YMCA.