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Focus on a healthier community

Local couple opens CrossFit location in Mountain Grove


For nearly a decade, the CrossFit lifestyle has been a blessing to Lauren Gum, and in recent years, to her husband, Steven, who runs a State Farm Insurance agency in Mountain Grove.

CrossFit exercises along with a focus on a “sound, nutritional diet” have helped the Gums be active parents and to be energetic for taking on the many day-to-day activities that come their way.

When they moved from Republic to the area six years ago, Lauren hoped to see Mountain Grove some day get a CrossFit gym.

The couple turned that dream into a reality when they closed on the 1,800 sq. ft. location at 102 S. Wall St. in mid-August.

The Gums fixed up the location and installed several pull-up rigs, rings, ropes, box jump boxes, wall/slam balls, weights  (barbells/dumbbells), bikes, rowers and more.

The focus of Crossfit is to provide “constantly varied functional movements.”

While many think of most CrossFit gyms being focused solely on high intensity workouts, the Gums understand the importance of doing things with a focused approach on each individual that walks through their door.

Everyone coming to their gym, no matter their background, have to take their Foundations class.

These classes will start in mid-January at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

After completion, class times are then offered starting as early as 5:30 a.m.

Other times include 8:30 a.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday morning workouts are available at 9 a.m. All times will feature coaches.

CrossFit Mountain Grove does offer child care for the 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 classes, the Saturday class, as well as the Foundations class.

They officially opened on Dec. 1 and held their official Grand Opening on Jan. 7.

“We want people to be healthy,” said Lauren Gum. “We want to build the community and help people.”

For those looking for more information, they are encouraged to visit the website, crossfitmg.com.

The website also provides an opportunity for folks to book a free tour of the gym with a coach.

Those interested can get started with a free trial and can schedule for a free class.

CrossFit Mountain Grove is active on Social Media with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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