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First Friday: Southern Tier CrossFit

A new venue for First Friday is the new location of Southern Tier Crossfit at 1 Lewis St.
A new venue for First Friday is the new location of Southern Tier CrossFit at 1 Lewis St.

CrossFit is a relatively new fitness technique that combines a wide variety of exercises in short but intense workouts. Co-owner and head coach Leslie Heywood says each exercise can be scaled to the level of the participant and that CrossFit promotes a team approach with lots of motivation to succeed.

"All kinds of fun things that you haven't done since your elementary school days like jumping on boxes and climbing ropes and jumping rope. We do strength training and some running and just a little bit of everything. So, it's always constantly varied workouts that are always different. You never get bored because you're always doing something different," said Heywood.

Heywood and co-owners Barry Baldridge and Yasha Hartberg all have artistic backgrounds, so joining the Art Walk was a natural fit.

In fact, each month, Southern Tier CrossFit will display the work of a local artists beginning with the photographs of Hartberg.

Tomorrow's grand opening celebration runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes door prizes, live music and plenty of food and refreshments.

Plus, there will be CrossFit demonstrations and the chance to try the exercises yourself.
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