BY NATALIE WINTERS
Turlock CrossFit owner Shannon Tate is bringing more to her community than just a local “box.”
In the CrossFit world, a box is a gym that has all of the equipment necessary for the range of workouts their athletes do on a day-to-day basis.
Tate’s box is home to many locals, and now is opening their doors to a younger generation in hopes to help student athletes excel.
“We have about 20 to 30 youth and high school athletes from several schools around the area,” said Tate. “Our athletes represent a variety of sports including wrestling, baseball and softball, football, basketball, track and field as well as golf and tennis.”
KT Staack, CrossFit Trainer and former student athlete, will assist Tate in running the program developed to the student athlete’s needs.
“When I first trained here as a high school athlete, I was able to improve my conditioning, footwork and strength,” Staack said. “It helped prevent injuries and my improvements carried over to the game.”
Turlock CrossFit strives to create an environment for athletes and all other kids to have a place to work out. This year’s national CrossFit Games incorporated a “teen” segment, where athletes ranging in age from 14 to 17 were able to complete.
“These kids are phenomenal, they are absolutely amazing,” said Cindy Kelley, Turlock CrossFit athlete and champion of her division. “Many kids don’t want to focus on a single sport, so this gives them a little bit of everything.”
The goal at Turlock CrossFit is to provide an opportunity where young athletes can have a long, healthy career that prepares them and allows them to be the best in their specific sport.
“This year we are looking to expand our program for students and athletes in elementary to high school for both fitness and performance,” Tate said.
Saturdays are devoted to athletes to increase their athletic performance in whatever sport that may be. It’s a $10 drop-in fee with no contracts and no hassle.
“We have a lot of athletes and students,” Staack said. “So we try to keep it as affordable as possible.”
For more information contact Shannon Tate at 209-485-0544.