CrossFitters For A Cause

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At first glance, CrossFit may see intimidating, but in the last few years, it has grown in popularity.

"It's different. It's more intense. It's intimidating," said CrossFit Stevens Point Coach and athlete, Alex Rolfs, "but then again, a lot of women and older people are coming into this, something totally different that not a lot of people have done before."

It's constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity, meaning there's different exercises for varying lengths of time, each workout.

"If you'd ask most people if you had a 3-5 minute work out, they probably wouldn't think much of it," said Rolfs, "but you can burn yourself out in that time domain."

Athletes said one of the biggest benefits of CrossFit is the community it creates.

"It really is a community of athletes that are all looking to better themselves and we do it collectively," said Shannon Semmerling. "It's a really awesome and empowering environment where I feel like I'm getting better each day because I have a team to help push me along."

This CrossFit Stevens Point team, however, wants to do more than just keep themselves healthy. Keeping with the CrossFit philosophy of constant variety, the 150 members have started donating to the community and call themselves CrossFitters For A Cause.

"I just think it's a great things to be able to give when we can give and where we can give. We do have the man power and the hearts to be able to do it," said Charity Project Manager and athlete, Heather Bidwell.

"We have so many different walks of life in here, so let's use everybody and try to give back to our community that has given back to us," said CrossFit Stevens Point owner Scott Keyser.

Since the facility opened in May, 2013, they've done things like fundraised for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, donated more than 500 pounds of food and supplies to Operation Boot Strap, and are currently helping Project Fresh Start to help provide school supplies for kids who can't afford them.

To find out more about their facility and how you can help, visit

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