Rain pelted the parking lot and lightning flashed overhead as the loud claps of thunder Thursday night competed with the clanging of metal weights inside CrossFit Roscoe.
The garage doors were open to reveal the inside of the spacious workout center, but the handful of athletes inside seemed oblivious to the noisy spectacle outside.
They were too busy keeping to their workouts — pumping iron, doing push-ups or pull-ups, dragging weights on a rope — all under the watchful eye of owner/coach Adam Lane and general manager Lauren Hyser.
“Some gyms have huge ceiling fans,” Hyser said with a chuckle. “We’ve got some box fans and we open the doors.”
Creature comfort isn’t exactly what most of the 100-plus adult clients who frequent this particular gym are looking for. They join up to become stronger, more fit or more flexible.
“It really depends on the individual,” Hyser said. “Some want to just lose weight. Some want to compete. Some are athletes who are looking for improved performances. Some are just looking for something to do as an activity.”
CrossFit Roscoe does partner with Hononegah High School’s track and field program and the Rockton-Roscoe Lions football program and that brings in younger athletes. But there are gray-haired folks around, too.
“We have youths right on up to clients in their 60s,” she said.
Hyser would love to dispel a common misconception about CrossFit,
Not everyone into CrossFit is a hard-core zealot interested in the most high-impact, high-energy workout out there. Oh sure, they have those here and they’re welcomed. But workouts can also be geared toward individuals just concerned with looking and feeling a little better.
“We try to offer the whole package and we sit down with clients and have a goal-meeting to decide what they want,” Hyser said. “We have specialized programs for people depending on their goals. We have some clients who just want to do barbells. We have nutrition counseling for individuals who want to lose weight. I’ve done mobility classes because that’s what is most important to some people. We try to hit every avenue. That’s a big thing about our gym. People are scared sometimes about CrossFit. They see crazy videos on YouTube and they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. Our biggest problem is to get them in the door. Then we can show them what we do and what we offer.
“We try to scale our workouts to an individual’s goals and fitness level. They can make their workouts as hard or as easy as they want to make them.”
Lane opened CrossFit Roscoe four years ago. It is located at 9303 Starboard Drive in a building which originally housed a towing business, a storage unit and a machine shop. Walls were knocked down to expand into the current well-equipped facility,
Anyone wishing to see what CrossFit has to offer may well want to check a charity competition it will host on Sept. 26 which benefits the Roscoe Police and Fire Departments.
“Adam loves to invest in the community,” Hyser said. “He has a business in Roscoe and he wants to use it to give back.”
“We raised $1,200 last year and will surpass that by quite a bit this year,” Lane said.
The event drew 72 competitors a year ago, This year 30 four-person teams — 120 competitors — are expected. Each team will include two males and two females. There will be a division for the more competitive athletes and another for the more recreational. The event will start at 8 a.m. and go until 2 p.m.
The competition is varied, ranging in weight-lifting to kettle-bell swinging, rowing machines to dragging as much weight for as long a distance as possible.
There will be several teams from Roscoe Crossfit, but Hyser also expect competitors from Beloit, Janesville, Rockford and the Chicago area.
“Some of these teams may be quite competitive, but we’re making this competition more of a fitness-friendly event,” Hyser said. “You don’t have to be from a CrossFit gym. We want anyone to come out and do it, We’d love firefighters and policemen to come out and do it. Our people are just doing it to do it. We have some high school athletes who are entered for fun.”
By the end of the event, they’ll be a way to quantify the overall fitness of the teams, just as the gym can track the progress of its clients.
“Our clients can log in their lifts into a program, but to be honest a lot really don’t care,” she said. “They just want to come in, sweat and go home. They don’t need to quantify the results. They just ask themselves if they’re looking better, feeling better and sleeping better at night.”
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