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Fitness trend joins weekend festivities

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COACH: CrossFit Relativity owner Paul Reynolds instructs a visitor during the“Downtown Throwdown” demonstration held on Friday.
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BREAK A SWEAT: Downtown Throwdown participants work through a 10 minute set at CrossFit Relativity.

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

Passersby attending the First Friday street fair in Wabash this weekend had the opportunity to learn more about the popular fitness trend CrossFit. 

Local gym CrossFit Relativity performed a live demonstration at their downtown Wabash location on Friday, held as part of this month’s festivities.

“We want to show people what we offer in the different styles to maybe get them interested,” said Brian Swihart, head coach for CrossFit Relativity. Swihart demonstrated the three types of courses offered at the gym, which included a typical workout associated with CrossFit, a high intensity interval training (HIIT) course and a wellness-style course. 

“They hear about these big, strong guys and that’s not the case,” Swihart said. “CrossFit is basically for anyone, and any move or workout we do can be scaled based on people’s strength and flexibility. There’s really nothing to be scared of.”

Swihart got his start into CrossFit about six years ago. He started by carrying tires or running with chains, eventually obtaining credentials as a CrossFit Level 1 instructor. Since then, Swihart says he’s fallen in love with the workout trend and has been coaching, most recently with CrossFit Relativity in Wabash.

The fitness demonstration was incorporated in a new First Friday event, “Downtown Throwdown.” Wabash Marketplace Project Coordinator Tyler Karst says the event was inspired by a desire to showcase other local businesses and reach out to a new demographic. But other special events have been incorporated into First Fridays for several years now, like a wrestling demonstration from the Wabash High School wrestling team and special activities held in conjunction with ArtsFest in August.

“These events that come to town are mainly for our locals that are here, but they also bring in a lot of people from outside of our county,” said Jennifer Long-Dillon, Visit Wabash County tourism manager.

Next month, organizers plan to highlight another local gym, Wabash CrossFit, which will host a competition here in October.