Editor's note: This press release is from CrossFit Paramount owner Christopher Douglas.
Can workouts last less than 20 minutes and make you fitter than most Olympic athletes? Thousands of people around the world say "yes" – and two of them are certified CrossFit coaches who are bringing the idea to Shoreline.
One glance inside the new CrossFit Paramount and you know you are in a different kind of gym. The machines that engulf a typical gym’s space are missing; most of the floor is open, gymnastics rings and thick ropes hang from the ceiling and a large pull-up rack hulks on the back wall. In fact, the owners/coaches of CrossFit Paramount, Christopher Douglas and Peter Hong, don’t even call it a gym, it’s a “CrossFit Box.”
CrossFit is a training method used frequently by the military, firefighters and law enforcement, but can be adapted to any fitness level. “The CrossFit method uses constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements” says Coach Chris. “This means we do something different every day and use exercises that work your entire body in a way that mimics things you do in real life.” To which Coach Peter adds “The intensity is key. Everyone from an absolute beginner to a professional athlete is challenged…. And you are NEVER bored.”
CrossFit training is done as a group training session where camaraderie and a sense of humor can go a long way. Clients attend workout sessions three to five times a week during which every member is coached by a CrossFit-certified trainer to complete the workout of the day, or “WOD.” The goal of CrossFit training is to build physical skills in endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, balance, agility, and accuracy. These skills transfer into an ability to pick up—and do well at— nearly any sport or physical challenge that an athlete may encounter. At the end of each session, participants' times are recorded on a whiteboard to gauge progress from week to week. “The whiteboard definitely introduces an element of competition too. Everyone wants to know how they compare to not only their own times, but to everyone else, and sometimes there’s some friendly rivalry going on.” says Coach Peter.
CrossFit Paramount is officially affiliated with CrossFit Inc. and offers a unique training program that builds strong peer relationships while building strong bodies. Far from being exclusive to elite athletes, CrossFit Paramount trains all individuals, no matter the skill or fitness level, to become as fit as possible, using tested means of general physical preparedness.
“CrossFit training celebrates, at its core, the sport of fitness,” says Christopher Douglas, co-owner of CrossFit Paramount. “You’ll exercise on a whole new level while incorporating a competitive edge driven by challenging sports moves that gets everyone’s blood pumping. I absolutely had to bring this fun, invigorating workout to a convenient location for everyone in north Seattle, so that a larger community has access to this incredible program.”
“We understand not everyone is an elite athlete. That’s why at CrossFit Paramount, we work with each and every client to ensure that we have the safest possible fitness plan in place," says Coach Peter. "Our programs deliver a fitness that is broad, general and inclusive, designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.
Located just off of I-5 on Ballinger Way, CrossFit Paramount offers programs to challenge all fitness levels – from those interested in introductory fitness to elite athletes. Training sessions are currently scheduled at 3:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with an additional session at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
“We plan to add more sessions soon based on the times that work for our members.” says Coach Chris. “We will also be starting our CrossFit Paramount Teen Program in December."
To introduce the gym to the community, CrossFit Paramount is hosting a Grand Opening and Open House on November 10th, 2012 at 20021 Ballinger Way NE in Shoreline.
Festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. with a free workout for the community that will commence at 4 p.m.; this is open to all ages, no matter the fitness level. For those not wanting a workout, they are encouraged to show up, meet the trainers and come see the box.
Along with hosting a fun community event, CrossFit Paramount will be raffling off:
- One-month Silver memberships
- Free Personal Training sessions
ABOUT CROSSFIT PARAMOUNT
CrossFit Paramount is a premier CrossFit affiliate in the community of Shoreline, WA and provides the highest quality personal training and elite coaching for individuals of all ages and abilities in private, semi-private and group format. CrossFit Paramount plans to stand out from other CrossFit gyms by offering a Teen Athlete program, a Competitive CrossFit Athlete program and an Olympic Weightlifting program where more advanced coaching is necessary. Founded by co-owners Christopher Douglas and Peter Hong, CrossFit Paramount is devoted to redefining the way people look at fitness and health by following its mission to teach and support healthy lifestyles, be a leader in results-based fitness and encourage fellowship within our membership and global community.
Coach Christopher Douglas is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer with over 10 years of experience training others in the gym. He started professionally training individuals in 2006 while working at Explore Fitness in Seattle, Washington. In addition to his CrossFit Level 1 Certification (CF-L1), Coach Chris also possesses certification in CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Football. He has also completed the CrossFit Level 2 Coach’s Prep Course. After successfully building a thriving CrossFit community in Ketchikan, Alaska Coach Chris recently left the gym in good hands after deciding to return to his home town of Seattle.
Coach Peter Hong is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer and a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach. Coach Peter has been training with Cascade CrossFit since February of 2012 and is in charge of their Sunday Strength and Technique class where he utilizes his eye for technique in Olympic Weightlifting to help members learn the world of Olympic Weightlifting and how it can benefit their CrossFit WODS.
To learn more about CrossFit Paramount visit www.crossfitparamount.com