Day: April 21, 2010

Crossfit craze comes to Keizer

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Tim Mahoney is bringing a growing trend to town. Just five short years ago, there were less than two dozen crossfit gyms nationwide. Now there are more than 1,700. Add Mahoney Crossfit to the list. Crossfit is a relatively new trend, but it relies on old-fashioned ways of working out. Mahoney’s shop at 3800 River Road N. will soon have nutritional supplements to go along with the workouts. But step back into the gym and you get an idea of what crossfit is all about. [MAP: 1] Aside from a rowing machine and a couple of exercise bikes, the floor is free of devices designed to work out different muscle groups. In their place are barbells and kettlebells, gymnastic rings and pull-up bars. There’s a different workout each day, Mahoney said, focusing on three core areas: Gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning. Variations on these activities improve the person’s 10 core signs of fitness, Mahoney said: Cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. In other words, remember Rocky IV? Think less Drago-style high-tech workouts and more sled-pulling. “This is where we find out who is fit and who isn’t,” Mahoney said. The goal is to “improve functional movement so we can increase our daily activities.” Instead of working specific muscle sets, the workouts are designed to incorporate...

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Leadership Keizer offers something for everyone

The 2010 class of Leadership Keizer is well underway in its eight-month course. Nineteen people are enrolled in the program hosted by the Keizer Chamber Foundation.  The program, based on others around the country, including Salem, teaches participants about the history and operation of the city of Keizer. “It teaches how to be a leader in your own life and in your community,” said former Leadership Keizer manager JoAnne Beilke. Leadership Keizer 2010 is managed by Tom Bauer along with Debbi McCune, Sam Sears, Victoria Shinn and Brandon Smith, all past participants.  The program began in 2008; more than 60 people have gone through the classes. Each month the class delves into a different aspect of the community including government, education, regional issues, and employment.  Coupled with tours guest speakers present information about each topic. “I am having a great time,” said Nancy Wilson of the Keizer branch of U.S. Bank, “meeting a lot of future leaders and learning Keizer’s history.” The goal of Leadership Keizer is to develop a new generation of leaders for the city.  Past participants are now involved volunteering on city committees and groups.  Graduates also assist in presenting subsequent classes. The members of the 2010 class are John Avery, Eagle Eye Painting, Nathan Bauer, R. Bauer Insurance, Betty Bolin, Travel Salem, Marlin Brownell, Brownell Photo & Video, Jerry Crane, Spice Island Catering, Emily DePlessis,...

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