Since opening their CrossFit gym in July 2010, Dickson City residents Tim and Allison Muenkel have focused on ways to educate and enrich the local community participating in the worldwide fitness movement.
Next week, the owners and head coaches get their biggest chance to date.
Keystone CrossFit (1000 Dunham Dr., Dunmore) will host a Barbells for Boobs event to benefit Mammograms in Action on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
‚??Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organization that‚??s 100 percent CrossFitters around the country. It was started in California by a group of CrossFitters, and it kind of blew up into this movement where CrossFit gyms sign up to do the workout,‚?Ě Mr. Muenkel, 32, explained.
This month‚??s event in Dunmore will put CrossFitters and other athletes through the ‚??Amazing Grace‚?Ě workout. Participants will be challenged to lift a barbell from the floor to their shoulder and then to the overhead position 30 times as quickly as they can. Women will lift 95 pounds and men will lift 135 pounds, but the event will also offer different tiers of the workout to fit all fitness levels, Mrs. Muenkel, 29, said.
Workouts generally last up to 10 minutes, but there are some who can ‚??kill it in three minutes,‚?Ě she added. Up to 20 barbells will be set up at Keystone CrossFit, depending on the number of required heats for registered participants.
But the event won‚??t just be open to existing members.
‚??We plan to hold public practice workouts from now until the event on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. That will allow completely new CrossFitters to come in and learn how to do the dumbbell version,‚?Ě Mr. Muenkel said.
Until then, donors are invited to visit the Barbells for Boobs page at keystonecrossfit.com to offer their donations to the Dunmore gym. Donations can be made to the gym as a whole or to individual members. Cash and check donations will also be accepted at Keystone CrossFit on Nov. 17. 50/50 raffles and sales of concessions will also aid Barbells for Boobs.
About 30 area CrossFitters had registered by Nov. 1, and $2,835 had been raised online by Nov. 2, according to the Muenkels and Keystone CrossFit‚??s fundraising page at support.barbellsforboobs.org.
Aside from raising funds through the unique fitness event, the couple is happy to welcome in CrossFitters from across northeastern Pennsylvania.
‚??CrossFit is like a community,‚?Ě Mrs. Muenkel said. ‚??In this area, it‚??s kind of blown up in the past two or three years. It‚??s catching on, and this is just another event that people want to participate in to come together and meet other athletes they don‚??t know,‚?Ě she said. ‚??We‚??re happy to have it here because we have the space. It‚??s the largest CrossFit gym in our area.‚?Ě
‚??We thrive on the community aspect of what CrossFit is and being a part of something that‚??s worldwide,‚?Ě Mr. Muenkel said. ‚??One of the biggest things about CrossFit is our fundraising events.‚?Ě
The Nov. 17 benefit will also feature sports massages, food from the Drinker Mobile food truck, and music from Mike Walton Productions.
Those interested in what Mr. Muenkel called ‚??the school to achieve elite fitness‚?Ě can also get a glimpse of the basics of CrossFit and see members in action.
Barbells for Boobs: Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Keystone CrossFit (1000 Dunham Dr., Dunmore, left side of North American Warhorse building). Event aids Barbells for Boobs organization, which provides funding to Mammograms in Action. Donate at https://support.barbellsforboobs.org/group-fundraising/keystonecrossfit. Info: keystonecrossfit.com, 570.909.8870.