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FITNESS

FIT FUNDRAISING BY JERRY MEZA

MATTHEW MARTIN OWNER CROSSFIT PALM SPRINGS

OWNER CFPS MATTHEW MARTIN AND CEO OF B&GCPS MARGARET KEUNG

As we say good-bye to April showers and welcome in May flowers. We also welcome and celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. I recently got the opportunity to speak with the owner of CrossFit Palm Springs Matthew Martin about his plans to bring more fitness awareness to our valley. With so many options to choose from these days, I wanted to find out what sets CrossFit apart from all the others. We spoke about the positive impact he has had on his members overall fitness, and about his plans to promote health and fitness within the entire desert community through partnerships with charitable organizations.

people not just how to exercise, but how to use their bodies safely and effectively OUTSIDE of the gym as well.

The Standard Magazine: What is CrossFit and what does it teach your members? Matthew Martin: CrossFit is a training methodology that uses Functional Movements (movements that exist inside and OUTSIDE of the gym) such as squats, burpees, running, etc… to improve a person’s overall fitness. Another way to put it would be to say that doing CrossFit will improve our members’ Work Capacity, or their ability to perform reasonably well at a variety of physical tasks. Improvements to their fitness will ultimately lead to improvements in their health and quality of life in the long run. We are teaching

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TSM: How is CrossFit different than training at a standard gym? MM: The first thing that sets CrossFit apart from a traditional gym is the group setting. Anyone who has ever been to the gym can tell you that it’s more fun and motivating to have a workout partner... imagine having 5 - 10! Sometimes more! The group is lead by a Coach through a warm up, taught the movements they will need for that day’s WOD (workout of the day) and supervised while they do the workout. The entire class is about 1 hour start to finish. There are several advantages to training in a group. First, it’s a much better value for the members when compared to personal training. 1 month of Crossfit will usually cost you less than $200/month. Personal training rates start at about $1/minute. You do the math. Second, the group setting creates a fun atmosphere and provides a sense of camaraderie and community. It can even spark some friendly competition that will help motivate some people. Third, you don’t have to think! Your Coach is there to tell you exactly what to do. The group will be there to motivate you and cheer you on. All you have to do is SHOW UP!

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