CrossFit Zachary provides unique, fun way to stay fit

Fabian Herrera loves what he does and his enthusiasm is quickly evident when he explains what he does.

“I get to change people’s lives, I love what I do,” said Herrera, who operates CrossFit Zachary, which is growing quickly through word of mouth as a popular way to get fit, stay in shape and take personal fitness to the next level.

“We’re not your typical gym. We’re a community and we all cheer for each other to succeed and help each other. Everybody has different abilities, different ages, different body sizes and different weights. The beauty of the program is that it is designed to allow people to work at their own pace.”

Herrera, a native of San Diego, used to teach kindergarten and first grade in Zachary before he decided to become a CrossFit coach full time in August 2012. His wife, Beth, still teaches school, and assists with CrossFit in her spare time.  The Herreras started in their garage, quickly outgrew it and now classes are held at 5041 Hwy. 19 Unit C in Zachary.

There are 10 components of fitness that are the goal of each member of CrossFit: power, strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, stamina, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

Fabian Herrera goes over the Workout of the Day schedule before a class.

Each CrossFit session is called a WOD or Work out of the Day. Each one is different and starts with an extended warmup with instruction, then skill work followed by the Work out of the Day.

“The workouts are different depending on each athlete’s ability and skill level,” said Herrera. “It’s structured, but the classes are always different and emphasize different tasks each time. You have to be prepared for something new every time.”

The classes use functional movements borrowed from all types of sports like gymnastics, rowing, weight-lifting, running and they can be scaled according to each individual’s skill and fitness level. Some of the movements can be more complex than others, but like anything else, they take time to master. Most folks start with the basics, learning the proper form, slowly ramping up the intensity as the body adjusts to the new movements and methods of training.

     “It’s like a classroom,” said Herrera. “It’s a school of fitness not just a place where you work out then go. You’re supervised the whole time and you go according to your level, so you compete against yourself. At the same time, it’s all about group classes. That’s where the fun, competitiveness and camaraderie come from.”

There’s also a nutritional component to the CrossFit regimen with a focus on healthy, fresh and lean.

The classes are led by a trained, certified coach. Herrera recommends members participate three to four times per week and classes are capped at a maximum 15-1 ratio. CrossFit currently offers classes at 5:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays offer a modified schedule. Personal training is also available for those seeking 1-on-1 guidance. Herrera said he’s also offering CrossFit Kids for those 5-to-17 years old in June and part of July.

For information about CrossFit Zachary, visit www.CrossFitZachary.com, like CrossFit Zachary on Facebook, email Herrera at info@crossfitzachary.com or call (225) 255-0815 or (626) 225-5423.