What is CrossFit?

There’s been a lot of buzz in Stark County about CrossFit. We asked Dave MacDonald, owner and lead trainer at MTM CrossFit in North Canton, to fill us in on the fitness craze.

There’s been a lot of buzz in Stark County about CrossFit. We asked Dave MacDonald, owner and lead trainer at MTM CrossFit in North Canton, to fill us in on the fitness craze.

The pictures seem to tell the story. But don’t let that scare you away, says Dave MacDonald, owner and lead trainer at MTM Crossfit in North Canton.

“We work very hard,” he said. “But every workout is scaled to your fitness level. Everyone can get a great workout regardless of their current fitness level.”

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program developed in 2000 that is practiced nationwide at affiliated gyms through certified trainers. It combines cardio, body-weight and weighted activities.

“We use functional movements,” MacDonald said. “The CrossFit experience is very different than the normal gym.”

MacDonald, who comes from a racing and motorsport background, was looking for a fitness program that could fit in with his life and help improve his work capacity. He wanted tangible results that would apply to all areas of his life, he said.

“CrossFit really fit in with that — we get such huge results,” MacDonald said.

He opened MTM nearly two years ago — and has since tripled his space to fill the demand. There are two liscensed CrossFit facilities in Stark County, MTM CrossFit and Everhard CrossFit. While both are official CrossFit facilities, they operate independantly.

“The best way to understand is to come and observe a class,” MacDonald said. “It’s very different. It’s an environment for everyone.”