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CrossFit gym opens in Carthage


CARTHAGE — Try it for two weeks and you’ll be hooked, claims the owner of a new gym.

Messenger Crossfit, 270 State St., is not like traditional gyms. The open space includes ropes for climbing and chin-up bars and a pair of inverse bicycles. During the cross-fit session, clients are put through their paces, doing chin-ups, push ups, jumps and lifting weights using free weights and kettle bells.

Owners Gracey E. and Nathan A. Wike have always dreamed of owning a gym. When Mr. Wike, an Army captain, was transferred to Fort Drum, the couple decided to bring the message of elite fitness to the north country, hence the name Messenger Crossfit.

“When we moved to Carthage two and a half years ago we were disappointed because there was no CrossFit gym. Because we love CrossFit so much we thought that instead of being sad about not having a box to train at, we would build one,” Mrs. Wike said, noting a box is another name for a CrossFit gym.

She added she wanted “to have a business where I could still raise my son as a full-time mom.” Her son, Warren A., toddles around the gym as his mother instructs clients, many of whom also bring their children to play in the open area surrounding the gym equipment.

“Now I can help others discover my passion, contribute to my family and raise my son,” the gym owner/operator said.

Capt. Wike is deployed but when he returns he can start training in his own gym, she said.

“CrossFit is constantly varied, functional fitness, preformed at a high intensity,” Mrs. Wike said. “We incorporate gymnastics, Olympic weight lifting and cardio into our programming. Every day that you walk into the box, you will have a different work out.”

Mrs. Wike said she has been an athlete and competitor for her entire life. She is a certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer and yoga instructor and has worked in both capacities here and in Laramie, Wyo.

She also was a junior Nordic coach in Wyoming and has won ational collegiate titles in Nordic sprint and relay as well as track and field.

CrossFit has significant results, according the “box” owner. In a 30-day challenge, she said, eight participants lost a combined 84.75 inches off their bodies.

“Our winner lost 18.2 pounds and 21.25 inches,” Mrs. Wike said.

Messenger Crossfit offers classes Monday through Friday every hour from 6 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. and one Saturday class at 9 a.m. Monthly memberships are offered, but drop-ins are welcome.

The coaches work with clients to set up an introductory course suited to each client’s skill level. Email for more details or visit Facebook @Messenger CrossFit.

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