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CrossFit opens in Sugar Grove

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – CrossFit opened last month in Sugar Grove, and it is going gangbusters, owner Rebecca Martin said.

The gym, at 760 Heartland Drive, Sugar Grove, features a type of fitness regimen called CrossFit, which combines weightlifting with high-intensity workouts, Martin said.

“I was part-owner of another CrossFit in Naperville,” Martin said, which she sold about a year ago.

Martin, 40, of Oswego, said she decided to combine her two passions – exercise and running a business – by opening her own CrossFit. In the past year, she transitioned her home garage into a Cross Fit gym, then decided to open the 2,000-square-foot gym space in Sugar Grove’s industrial area.

“It’s a mixture of weightlifting and ... short, intense workouts,” Martin said. “Fifteen minutes, and your heart is racing like nothing you’ve ever done before.”

She said 25 people signed up for classes in the first three weeks after opening. They exercise in groups of two to eight – no more than 10.

“You work out in a group,” Martin said. “You don’t go in, do your thing and leave. CrossFit started in the military, and police and fire would train that way, and it morphed into CrossFit. There are thousands of affiliates throughout the world.”

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