The CrossFit open games, a well-established exercise program started today, hosted by Naples real fitness. The mix of aerobics, weightlifting etc. is a five weeks long competition.

This is the biggest fitness community event of the world.

Crossfit Open Games Inaugural Day, Fitness HostingWhen David Treglown completed his collegiate football career at North Central College, a Division III school in Illinois, he knew there was going to be a void in his life.

The 2005 Barron Collier graduate was a three-sport standout in high school who enjoyed the training part of athletics just as much as the games. Most of all, he loved being on a team.

“Everything about that group training atmosphere appealed to me,” Treglown said. “I loved the camaraderie, the community feeling you get being part of a team. The things you go through together. The bonds that are created. I had that in high school and in college, being able to set goals as a team and dedicate yourselves throughout the year to reach those goals.”

Treglown, 29, has rediscovered that sense of team as the head coach at Real Fitness, a CrossFit gym located on 2650 Immokalee Road in the Sam’s Club plaza.

CrossFit is a well-rounded exercise program mixing aerobic exercise, calisthenics and Olympic weightlifting. CrossFit workouts consist of constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity.

On Friday, Real Fitness is having the first day of the CrossFit Open qualifier, a five-week competition serving as the first stage of the CrossFit Games season. The Games are July 19-24 in Carson, California. As is the case throughout the competition, competitors don’t know what the workout will be until a video is released the night before, meaning nobody will have an unfair advantage in preparation.

Friday’s event — which consists of two hourlong workouts starting at 5 p.m. — at the gym also marks the first major event under new gym owner Alex Lefcakis, a longtime member of the gym who purchased the gym two weeks ago.

“CrossFit really garners the community aspect of the gym,” Lefcakis said. “Everybody in a CrossFit gym knows each other. They hang out with one another outside the gym. It’s not like most other gyms. It’s a really cool atmosphere to be a part of.”

Treglown said newcomers to CrossFit are welcomed by longtime members, and that certified CrossFit trainers are always at the gym to lead the workouts.

“Typically in a CrossFit gym, you see people alongside of you who are doing things who when they started never thought were possible,” Treglown said. “Being able to accomplish these things together, it creates a closer bond with your fellow gym members on a much deeper level than other experiences I’ve had. I always felt like an outsider when I went to a regular gym. At CrossFit gyms, you’re always welcomed. It’s a true sense of belonging that I haven’t had since I played football.”

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