NEWBERRY—On Saturday, Bear Arms CrossFit opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its location on Victory Street. Owners Ryan and Caroline Smith treated a healthy crowd to an opening workout, refreshments, and a drawing for two free one-month memberships. State Rep. Rick Martin, Mayor Foster Senn, Newberry College President Maurice Scherrens, and Executive Director Michelle Long of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce were among those in attendance.
CrossFit is a fitness regimen designed to increase work capacity, or simply to improve health and wellness. Bear Arms CrossFit is an independently-operated affiliate serving the Newberry area. Ryan Smith said the three biggest reasons people give for not joining CrossFit are “I’m not in shape”, “I don’t want to get too bulky”, and a fear of being unable to move a certain way or work with a set amount of weight. To answer, Smith says that CrossFit is designed to get members in shape, including beginners and those who want to remain fit. To become “bulky”, one has “to work at it for years. They’re not gonna wake up one morning and look in the mirror and go, ‘dang! I went too far!'” CrossFit is also tailored to the member, so there are modifications for every weight limit and movement.
Rep. Martin said that the Smiths’ business is an example of the benefits that come with allowing new businesses to take root and prosper. “I’m going to do everything I can to help our local businesses, especially new business-owners” Martin said.
Ryan and Caroline Smith’s Bear Arms CrossFit is located at 1223 Victory Street in Newberry (near Hampton Inn and the Newberry Opera House), and operates Monday through Saturday. For specific hours of operation and more information, visit Bear Arms CrossFit’s Facebook page.