PARAMUS, N.J. — The six Guerrilla Fitness Crossfit Paramus athletes who competed in a regional Connecticut-based competition on Oct. 17 all returned that day with either 1st- or 2nd-place prizes.
Dana Wilcomes, Jenica Siniscalco and Dana Santangelo took first in the Scaled Division, which allows athletes to tailor the exercises accordingly.
Deb Myers, Patti Ryou and Dana Williams took second in Masters RX, for women over 40.
The "WOD [Workout of the Day] Up?! Nation" competition included body weight and barbell exercises, such as rope climbs, burpees and several other gymnastic and strength exercises.
"I wouldn’t have minded if we got in last place just because we really gave it a solid effort," said Deb Myers, who helps manage the Evelyn Street gym. "The competition just bonds you with other people. We wanted to represent the gym well but really it was about having a fun time."
Myers was inspired to start crossfit after seeing how her own parents struggled to bend down.
Squatting, she says, is an example of a functional exercise that will allow her to pick her grandchildren and age gracefully.
Crossfit has become a family affair for Myers and her husband, who together influenced her 24-year-old son to start.
"My friends call me crazy," said Myers who swings kettle bells and jumps rope several times a week. "I like that I’m able to pull myself up on a bar and able to pick something up that’s really heavy."
Crossfit athletes are known for their extreme workouts, but Myers says they're all specifically tailored. Guerrilla Fitness will safely encourage anyone who come into the gym to try them.
A 60-year-old man once came in and asked the trainers if they thought he'd be able to do the workout.
Myers and other athletes all agreed he could and — after a handful of one-on-one training sessions — he was competently doing the same workouts that everyone else was. Just with lighter weights.
"It’s unbelievable what happens to people who stick to it, even just 2 to 3 days a week," Myers said. "It's basic strength training and your body remembers that."
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