Heather Shoemaker of Wyoming works hard at her law practice. The work can be draining, especially when she has complicated cases coming to trial. Heather Shoemaker says she learned a long time ago that it helps her stamina and concentration if she gets regular exercise, so she rides her bike to work when weather permits. She also participates in a CrossFit class at the Flat Mountain Recreation Center two nights a week.
CrossFit is an intense exercise program that features dynamic exercises like plyometric jumps and Olympic lifts. The class that Heather Shoemaker of Wyoming takes part in also uses non-traditional weightlifting equipment like kettlebells and sand-bags, which she says are fairly common in CrossFit.
The Flat Mountain CrossFit program challenges its participants to do a certain number of repetitions in a workout in a certain period of time, says Heather Shoemaker of Wyoming. She says she does it strictly as an intense workout in a short period. "It's more bang for your buck, as the saying goes," she says. But some of the people in her class enjoy competing against each other to see who can complete the workout first. "It's the men who like to do that, not surprisingly," she laughs.
The great thing about CrossFit, says Heather Shoemaker of Wyoming, is that if you stick with it you are just about guaranteed to get fit. "CrossFit workouts are really challenging, so they trigger plenty of fat loss and muscle development. The composition of your body is going to change for the better. It has to, really, because you're doing so many different, athletic things."