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Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
Crash City CrossFit gym is almost like Cheers. Here, everybody knows your name. When you walk through the door, immediately there’s a greeting. All that’s missing is the beer, until later.
Members include a fish and game warden, an instructor at New Mexico Military Institute, a lawyer, Taryn Russell, an Artesia firefighter and a Roswell SWAT police officer that is ranked 20th in the nation for policemen in the Southwest CrossFit region. Then there’s the mayor of Roswell, Dennis Kintigh.
Crash City CrossFit, was holding their CrossFit Open games, which is called Friday Night Lights: which runs from Feb.22 to Mar.26. During those five weeks, there are five workouts. CrossFit will have live announcement of the top athletes, female, males and age groups. The announcement will tell the groups what the workout is on Thursday night. The athletes have until Monday to do the workout in front of a certified judge and submit their score online.
There is a leader board worldwide. For men competing in the 18-year-old to 35-year-old, there were 216,000 competing. Women in that same age group were 165,000.
Scott Hendrix bought CrossFit from Tabitha Denny in 2015.
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Here, Kintigh is not the mayor. He’s just Dennis. Once Open 2018 begins, he was exhausted like all of the participants. Kintigh was an FBI special agent for 24 years before retiring and swears the CrossFit workout is by far the hardest thing he has done. Kintigh feels that being able to work out in the morning made a difference when he ran for mayor and won on Mar. 6, 2018. He was able to do the workouts and walk to different neighborhoods every day to shake voter’s hands. Kintigh estimates he talked to over 1,000 people and knocked on over 2,800 doors.
“This is in all honesty for me,” Kintigh said, “my stress relief. This is the one place in this town that I’m not the mayor. I’m Dennis. They’re yelling at me, cheering me on; this is a family thing. Here you get pushed, you don’t want to lag because you feel like you’re letting someone down. This is where I come to get recharged.”
Kintigh became involved in CrossFit through his son-in-law Brandon Stroud. Stroud took him to a box in 2009 in Waco, Texas. Not impressed at first, Kintigh started trying some of the workouts at home. When Tabitha Denny opened a CrossFit gym in 2012, his wife Carol wanted to do CrossFit, and both have been doing it ever since.
“I’ve got decent body mass,” Kintigh said. “I’ve been blessed with the ability to do this. It’s challenging. It’s the weights, the metabolic conditioning too, and it’s intense, it pushes me every day.”
Most of the people working out were competing in CrossFit Open 2018. All of them were trying to do one more rep than their last Open, each athlete seeking to get one position higher in regionals. Before an athlete can be on TV, they have to earn it, everything is computerized and done the instant they’re finished working out.
Some athletes just do it for the fitness challenge of it. Some to get in better shape and lose weight. Member Francine George has only done CrossFit with her boyfriend, Phillip Kloppenburg for three months and in that time, she has lost 30 pounds going from a size 14 to a size seven in pants. Both work out five times a week.
“Since I’ve started working out, I’m stronger,” George said. “My cardio is better. When I first started I couldn’t even run 200 meters, now I just finished a marathon in February. I recently finished in third-place running a 5K. That’s what CrossFit has done for me. I would never go back to another gym.”
Roswell police officer Brandon Stroud started doing CrossFit in 2009, in Waco, Texas. Stroud is currently ranked 20th in the nation against all the other police officers in the Southwest Region. Stroud played college football at Texas Tech and was a teammate of current Red Raider coach Kliff Kingsbury. After Tech, Stroud missed the competition void and played arena football locally for the Lubbock Lone Stars. For a couple of years, he didn’t work out or anything, until one of his buddies got him involved in CrossFit.
Friday’s work out was seven minutes. He had to do three thrusters, and three chests -to-bar pullups with 100 pounds, and then the number moves up to six and nine and n and nine and increases by three until the seven minutes are up. The score is how many repetitions Stroud completed during his seven-minute workout. After that, he would plug his score in, and it would rank him worldwide.
“It’s a drive,” Stroud said. “To be able to compete against yourself and others.”
Stroud has been on the SWAT team for six months, and the Roswell police force for two years. Stroud is a certified CrossFit trainer. Every Wednesday, he will take the officers through a CrossFit workout.
“What I like about CrossFit,” Stroud said, “it’s not like the powerlifters who can deadlift 1,000 pounds and bench press 800 pounds, but then if I ask them to run to the end of the block, they can’t do it. I can deadlift 500 pounds. I can squat 425 pounds, but I can run a 5K in 20 minutes. It’s general fitness and that’s why the military and law enforcement are big into CrossFit. It prepares you for everything.”
Scott Hendrix was a former Roswell police officer. He found CrossFit in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan. As a member of the Marines, a fellow sergeant asked him to try the workout. After the workout Hendrix told his buddy he was crazy. The guy told him to do the workout for a week, and he would fall in love with it. He did it for a week and fell in love with CrossFit.
“By doing the workouts in Afghanistan,” Hendrix said, “I can honestly say it kept me alive. It kept my head in the game. It got me more physically fit than I ever was in my life. When I got off the bus my wife didn’t recognize me.”
When Hendrix took a fitness test in Afghanistan, he could do eight pull-ups, he maxed out on the crunches and ran 26:30 in the three mile run. By doing CrossFit over there, when he got back stateside he maxed out the marine corps physical fitness test. On that test, Hendrix did 20 dead hang pull-ups, maxed the crunches and did the three-mile run in 21 minutes. Hendrix said he never ran once while overseas for seven months.
Hendrix believed in CrossFit so much that he resigned from the police force aftrer eight years and cashed out his retirement to buy CrossFit from Tabitha Denny.
“I believed in CrossFit that much,” Hendrix said. “I sold eight years of retirement; that’s how much I believe in CrossFit to keep this place open. I bought the affiliate in 2015.”
After Friday night’s work out was over, Crash City CrossFit members took pictures together. Family members, kids, and spouses who didn’t workout gathered together and hung out. The adults shared a beer and had a dinner of nachos.
“We try to harbor that family atmosphere,” Hendrix said. Every Friday night we do this (dinner) and the rest of the year on the first Monday of the month we have WOD (Workout of the Day) and Wine. We do a workout, have a potluck, and we drink beer and have some wine. That’s one of the things the members like.”