The start of the new year is an appropriate time to open a gym, when people concentrate more on fitness and health issues after the excesses of Christmas, which is why the husband and wife team of Carl and Wanda Brenton have made that move with a CrossFit gym on Seven Mile Beach.
The Brentons are heavily involved in local flag football and volleyball and opening a CrossFit gym was a natural progression considering they competed in a CrossFit tournament last year.
Crossfit is the principal strength and conditioning programme for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. The unprecedented growth of CrossFit, 18 affiliates in 2005 to over 2,000 affiliates today, is attributable to it’s unique ability to tailor this elite level of fitness training to people of all abilities.
CrossFit coaches carefully scale the workouts appropriately so that they can be done by an elderly grandmother or an elite athlete. Both athletes follow the same template and get a challenging workout for their fitness ability.
From soccer moms to stock brokers to elite level athletes CrossFit is improving the fitness level of people from all walks of life. The Cayman Islands is one of the latest worldwide member countries who now offers this elite training at the newly established Crossfit 7 Mile location. Just ask local endurance athletes, Pam Travers and Caroline Cahill, how CrossFit has helped them. Both recently joined and had amazing results in the Stride for Cancer run on Sunday.
Cahill won the ladies half marathon and her training included only CrossFit workouts with one 10 mile run three weeks prior to the run. Travers ran a personal best and took a whopping 10 minutes off her time and her training included only CrossFit workouts with one endurance training session once a week. They are prime examples of how CrossFit type workouts can have amazing results in their sport.
CrossFit 7 Mile is located behind Mezza restaurant at 269 West Bay Road. The new ‘box’ – as Crossfit affiliate gyms are affectionately called – has Chris Spigner as its head trainer.
Spigner is a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer from South Carolina and has worked with a Crossfit Headquarters’ Trainer for two years, so he comes to the island with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
He also has an extensive background in baseball having played in the minor leagues with the Boston Red Sox and the University of South Carolina and played in their National Championship Game in 2002.
CF7M owner Carl Brenton says: “We are very fortunate to have a trainer of Chris’s ability working with us and teaching people the fundamentals of CrossFit.”
On Saturday, 5 February, Crossfit 7 Mile has its grand opening, beginning at noon. Wanda says: “Anyone interested in learning more about Crossfit or just curious as to what a typical workout entails, is invited to view various demonstrations from its current members, share in some complimentary refreshments and explore exciting offers from a few of its affiliates.”
CrossFit 7 Mile members will be demonstrating team workouts for the public to get a first-hand look at some of the things it offers. CF7M will also be doing a cross-promotion with Earthstrong Ltd, a local company that is dedicated to providing natural, organic and eco-friendly products, including chemical-free health supplements, to all athletes in the Cayman Islands.
Earthstrong will be providing free samples of an exciting new natural energy water product, the first of its kind in Cayman, called Avitae and will also be talking about other healthy products that they now offer and are used by Crossfitters worldwide.
For more information on CF7M go to www.crossfit7mile.com.