Mad Apple CrossFit is inviting the community to attend the grand opening of the Mad Apple CrossFit gym at 10 a.m. Saturday at 300 W. Washington Blvd., located on the second floor of the Lamplight Inn.
CrossFit is a high-intensity strength and conditioning workout program that focuses on general fitness and athleticism. CrossFit is a mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics or body weight exercises and Olympic weightlifting. All classes involve a certified coach to ensure safety and assist participants with the proper form.
Owners Bobby and Brandie Petras met in 2002 at a small gym in their hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. After the couple had their second child in 2012, Brandi was looking for a new workout to help her lose the pesky baby weight. Ten years after falling in love, the couple fell in love once again, but this time they fell in love with CrossFit.
“The really great thing about CrossFit is you never get the same workout twice. There is also a certified trainer instructing each class so no matter what your skill level or athletic ability is anybody can do the workout,” Petras said.
For many of the members of the Mad Apple CrossFit gym, they describe the workout as an opportunity to train as a team while still being able to work at your own pace and strength.
Mike Martin, affiliate owner and head coach, said he got into CrossFit while he was serving in the Army.
“I went to a seminar in Texas and started training my troops in the Army. I recently got out in November and started training here locally,” Martin said.
Martin said he really saw CrossFit hit the mainstream with Reebok's sponsorship at the new CrossFit Games, an event that began in 2007 where people compete in workouts they learn about only hours beforehand began.
“CrossFit became available to a much larger demographic. CrossFit Games is a global event now,” Martin said.What CrossFit does for the body is remarkable. Bobby said many people who compete in Ironman competitions or triathlons will pick up CrossFit to enhance their training.
“I'm a former collegiate professional athlete and I was having trouble looking for a workout that would benefit me without having to put a ton of time into researching. So as I got involved in CrossFit, the constantly varied workout was great and the results were even better,” Petras said.
Workouts typically last a half an hour or so and will includes repetitions of pull ups, dubleunders, burpees, shoulder presses, box jumps sometimes partnered with running, rowing and swimming.
“Our environment is really positive. We have great coaching that will help you along the way no matter what skill level you have. I guarantee you that there is one person in the class that is at your skill level or close to it. One of the scary things, you know, when you sign up for one of these gym memberships at Anytime Fitness or the YMCA and you really don't know what you're doing. You go into the gym and you are kind of scared to try something new with the fear that someone is going to look at you and say, 'That's not right.' Well, at Mad Apple Crossfit, you don't have to worry about that because someone is going to teach you directly,” Petras said.CrossFit is also a workout for the mind.
Coach and exercise science student at the University of Saint Francis Mallory Vandersaul said CrossFit people love numbers.
“We program the schedule based upon the client. A lot of it is personal. We know our clients we know what their weaknesses are or what we need to work on as a whole. For the W.O.D., or Workout of the Day, everyone decides how much weight they want to use,” she said. “We try to write everything down, and we like statistics.”
The coaches have a weight they suggested for the client but then they can change to see how they feel.
“You notice we don't have any mirrors or anything so we try not to focus on appearance or how you look at the gym, but we focus on our movements and being safe,” Vandersaul said.At Mad Apple CrossFit, the team also likes to find ways to help others, which is why the owners are working with area needy teens to ensure everyone is able to get in a good workout.
The gym is partnering with Steve's Club National Program, a nonprofit that helps at risk teens join a CrossFit Community at a reduced, low or no cost.
Starting on Oct. 1, the gym is beginning to offer the scholarships to inner city youth and at risk teens. All families need to do is apply to Mike@madapplecorssfit.com. Teachers will also be volunteering for tutoring. The teen can also have a paleo snack while training or studying at Mad Apple CrossFit.
“We will be having fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the scholarship program. The more money we raise the more scholarships we can offer,” Martin said.
Even before the big grand opening, Mad Apple Crossfit crew has not only found ways to help the community, but the tight-knit group has also developed close relationships.
Petras said he constantly surprised by the wonderful family of people he has met at the gym.
“It's really like extended family. It's the closest thing I can relate to as being on a team. I can't tell you how many times over the last year my wife and I have said, “Wow, these people are really like family to us.” We celebrated Labor Day with people from our CrossFit gym. It's amazing the comradery that you build,” Petras said.
More InformationMad Apple CrossFit Grand Opening Details:
What: Mad Apple CrossFit gym
When:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14
Where: 300 E. Washington Blvd.
-800 Degrees Chef Mat Rogers will prepare pizzas with his mobile pizza oven as well as other treats.
-CrossFit contest to see if you can beat coach Kaleb Hetrick, who placed 21ist in the CrossFit Central East Regional Competition and 1st at the recent CrossFit the Fort.
-Local farm raised bacon, chicken, eggs, hamburger patties, ground chuck will be for sale thanks to Joseph Decuis Chef Aaron Butts.
-Mad Apple CrossFit will have a three month membership deal with free on ramp ($75 value) and a free pair of Reebok Nano 3.0 shoes ($119 value).
-Bobbing for “Mad Apples”
-$1 raffle for a free Reebok Nano 3.0 shoes and other prizes.
For more information on Mad Apple CrossFit visit their website.
For more information on Steve's Club National Program visit their website.