New owners take over CrossFit Livingston

By: 
Dwight Harriman

CrossFit Livingston has new owners who want to get the word out about changes they’ve made and what they offer at their facility located at 103 N. N St., on the corner of East Callender and North N.

The new owners — Sarah Mussetter, Annie Hondorf, Matt Hess, Regina Wood and Roger Yarborough — took over July 1. They were all members of the former business.

“We just didn’t want to see something that we love so much” possibly go away, Mussetter said during an interview with several of the owners at their facility last week.

CrossFit Livingston is a certified affiliate of the national CrossFit exercise program developed by Greg Glassman.

According to the CrossFit Livingston website, “CrossFit workouts are designed to achieve whole body strength and train with practical movements that will help you in very aspect of your life.”

The local CrossFit is different from a traditional workout gym, Wood noted.

“You don’t just come in and put your iPod on and not talk to anyone,” she said.

Rather, the facility tries to generate a sense of community. Everyone does the same classes planned for that day together. But, importantly, that doesn’t mean you have to be physically at the same stage as everyone — exercises are scaled to meet individual fitness levels.

The owners emphasized that the local CrossFit is not like what you see on television. Rather, coaches and trainers provide individual attention and encouragement and help everyone — from teens to folks in their 60s and 70s and from all walks of life — push themselves to their own standard.

Exercises are constantly varied, covering everything from strength to cardio to gymnastic workouts.

“You don’t get bored,” because every day is different, said Hondorf, who along with Hess and Regina is a certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

“There really isn’t a typical workout, which is what we all love about it,” Wood said.

The backbone of the program is to be functionally fit for whatever you do in life.

Exercise equipment includes rowers, Airdyne exercise bikes, a glute/ham developer, a rig for exercises like pullups and rings, free weights, various ropes,  wall balls, and a climbing pegboard, among others.

Typically, there are four classes a day offered.

There is a kids’ area for parents with children, although CrossFit does not provide baby-sitting.

CrossFit is open Monday through Saturday, with some open gym times as announced by coaches on Facebook. Since hours vary, its best to check CrossFit’s website, www.crossfitlivingston.com, for what classes are offered on what days.

Memberships are offered in three-, six- and 12-month packages, with prices varying from the two-classes-per-week package — $75/month for 12 months or $95/month for three months; to the unlimited package  — $115/month for 12 months or $135/month for three months.

The business offers a series of free classes to get newcomers acquainted with the gym and how it works.

CrossFit Livingston is having a grand reopening on Sunday, Sept. 24, from noon to three. The event will include a free light workout for those who are interested, with a free barbecue and prize giveaways.

In September the business is offering 30-day unlimited membership for $30.

To contact CrossFit, visit their website; call Wood at (406) 224-0279 or Hondorf at (406) 599-3033; or email crossfitlivingston@gmail.com.

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Dwight Harriman may be reached at dharriman@livent.net.

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