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New fitness craze spreads to Joplin

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With more than 3,400 gyms worldwide the growing fitness organization Crossfit makes its way to Joplin, Missouri.

The JoMo Crossfit gym has led more than 60 people to join the high intensity fitness craze.  The gym opened last month but the turn out of people joining the gym is something the owners did not expect.

With workouts like jumping on and off a big tire and wooden boxes, Crossfit is not the typical treadmill and elliptical type of fitness routine.

Instructors say it's the variety of those routines, friendly competition and results that keep people coming back.

For many the workout has led them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

"I'm Type 1 diabetic so anything I do is health related," says participant Travis Jarmin.  "If I stay active and keep blood circulation going, you know, anything to help me out later on in life help myself now for later."

"Just in our area we are seeing that almost 1/3 of the population is obese and so increasing physical activity is a key component and increasing it all ages of life is good," says Susan Pittman, the Diabetes Program Coordinator at Freeman Hospital.

The Crossfit instructor says as tough as the workouts can be they are designed so everybody can do them at their personal fitness level.

Jessee Scott has been going to the JoMo Crossfit gym during her lunch break for the past two weeks.

"It combines so many exercises in one and so you do it and you're here for an hour and it's done," says Scott.  "I just feel healthier about it, like my body feels better."

"Running on a treadmill is great but we want you to actually do things that are going to overlap into everyday life," says owner Justin Olds.  "So we want you do things that make you use your body a lot more and get more efficient at body movement so when you're out in everyday life you're a lot less likely to get hurt and you will be a lot more efficient in everything you do.

Now eight pounds lighter, Scott says she joined Crossfit to improve her quality of life and health.

"When I'm doing things at home I'm like 'wow, that got easier'" says Scott.  "Yeah, your sore but you know you did it  and it helps with your confidence in 'hey, I did this, and I did this.'"

Scott says it is not only the results that keeps her coming back, it's also the variety of routines, comradeship and goal-driven atmosphere that has helped her change her life.

The JoMo Crossfit gym is the only gym like this in the area.  And the instructors are certified to teach the high intensity workouts and to make sure everyone is performing them correctly so they do not get hurt.

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