Finding Your Strength: At new center, members compete against themselves

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From the outside, a new Seymour fitness center doesn’t look like a gym.

In fact, someone walking by Crossfit Seymour at 112 Chestnut St. might not even realize it’s a place for people hoping to become a little more fit.

Crossfit has no sign out front; there aren’t a lot of flashy designs on the walls inside, and there aren’t treadmills and ellipiticals lining the aisles — just sweaty people, chin-up bars and weights.

“People ask, ‘Where are the treadmills? Where are the ellipticals?’” trainer Rae Ann Mellencamp said.

Mellencamp said the class-based center focuses on specific workouts and repetitions to build strength and range of movement rather than just endurance.

“When people walk by and just look in, they probably think those guys are nuts,” trainer Jase Robinson said.

The gym focuses on the strength and conditioning program CrossFit used by police academies, military units, martial artists and many other athletes. Because of its ability to be scaled, however, the training can be good for anyone, Robinson said.

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