I will be the first to admit that I had some preconceived notions about CrossFit before giving it a try. I envisioned weightlifting competitions and trainers screaming in my face for more reps. To me, CrossFit seemed like a better fit for professional weightlifters than a mom in her thirties. However, amongst my hesitation was a curiosity to see what the huge following was all about. Eventually I gave CrossFit M2 a try and was pleasantly surprised.
About CrossFit M2
CrossFit M2, owned by Michael Matthes (hence the M2), is located at 2017 Broad Avenue in Findlay. The gym opened in June, 2011 after Matthes accumulated a following of personal training clients and numbers began to grow. Crossfit M2 now has 175 members with over 30 classes each week as well as personal and athletic training.
Personal attention and group interaction
I attended the 9:15 am Saturday community class along with 11 other people. Folks who are new to CrossFit get assigned to a coach who helps make sure they use proper form and stay safe in the workout. I greatly appreciated the personal attention of my coach and keeping safety a top priority.
CrossFit classes typically include a warm-up, skill development, Workout of the Day (or WOD) and a cool down. Our warm-up included walking lunges, leg kicks and sideways shuffles. For our WOD, we split up into groups of three and worked as a team to do different exercises including squats, kettlebell swings, sit-ups and burpees. Cardio bursts were mixed in including 30-second rowing and stationary bike intervals. Overall, the team worked together to accomplish as much as possible in a certain time frame and this made the workout go by quickly.
CrossFit was much less intimidating and more enjoyable than I thought it would be. It was challenging, exhausting and an incredible workout. I also received an email after class with tips to prevent soreness— an excellent personal touch!
Matthes encourages people not to be intimidated by inaccurate stereotypes. “You look around this gym and, for the most part, it’s normal people who want to be fit and healthy. I would tell people not to be scared of getting started,” he says.
For more information or to get started, go to crossfitm2.com or call 419-318-XFIT.