FO­CUS ON FIT­NESS

The Oakdale Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By TERESA HAM­MOND tham­mond@oak­dale­leader.com

There aren’t many Oak­dale busi­ness own­ers who can say, they pur­sued open­ing their doors for kids, but that is ex­actly what Ali­son Hu­berty did. Hu­berty, along with the sup­port of her hus­band, are the own­ers of CrossFit Oak­dale.

A pas­sion which first found her while at­tend­ing NorCal Re­gion­als in 2009. At the time she was a stay at home mom of three boys un­der the age of seven.

“I just saw women do­ing pull ups and thought I want to be able to do that,” she said of her ini­tial in­ter­est, not­ing a life at the time of be­ing over­weight and fac­ing health prob­lems.

She be­gan her CrossFit jour­ney not long af­ter at­tend­ing Re­gion­als, tran­si­tion­ing from gym mem­ber to coach and by De­cem­ber 2011, busi­ness owner.

The mother of three shared the driv­ing force be­hind CrossFit Oak­dale, was to of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to kids as well as adults. Some­thing which was not avail­able at the gym she and her hus­band coached at prior.

When the gym opened in late 2011, there were two coaches, Hu­berty and her hus­band. A va­ri­ety of class times were of­fered in­clud­ing one kids class. The gym oc­cu­pied 1800 square feet of space. Close to seven years later, the gym now fea­tures a to­tal of nine coaches, of­fers a kids class, teen class, as well as a pre-school class for chil­dren ages three to five. The cur­rent space at 1872 Ackley Cir­cle, Oak­dale is 5,500 square feet, with an ad­join­ing room of 1,800 ad­di­tional square feet.

“I grow in baby steps,” Hu­berty said of the busi­ness growth, from the cur­rent Ackley Cir­cle space. “I couldn’t have started here.”

As a fam­ily ori­ented cou­ple, it be­came im­por­tant to the duo that this was trans­lated in their busi­ness at­mos­phere. Hu­berty shared their youngest son was four at the time of open­ing the gym and has lit­er­ally grown up in the CrossFit environment.

“It’s super im­por­tant to us,” she said of the fam­ily at­mos­phere. “We never wanted it to feel like a shark tank. We want peo­ple to be able to bring their kids.”

There are ac­tiv­i­ties for kids to stay busy while par­ents work out and, in some cases, kids are in­volved in the ex­er­cise as well.

The pre-school class was added most re­cently and is aimed at pro­vid­ing ex­po­sure and fun to chil­dren, most of which have par­ents who work out at the gym reg­u­larly.

“At this point what­ever they do is fine,” Hu­berty said of the pint sized gym mem­bers. “Just as long as they’re mov­ing.”

While she val­ues the qual­ity time and im­por­tance of fam­ily, she’s also mind­ful of the ne­ces­sity for fam­ily mem­bers to at­tend classes suited for their age and fit­ness level. Of the vary­ing kid class lev­els, Hu­berty shared the ed­u­ca­tion of move­ment and proper body move­ment as crit­i­cal not only for CrossFit but for their fit­ness fu­ture.

“It’s im­por­tant to ex­pose kids in a teach­ing environment ver­sus throw­ing them into a gym with no su­per­vi­sion at six­teen and go for it,” the gym owner shared. “Be­ing able to have them com­fort­able with move­ments here or any­where else, know­ing they’re go­ing to be safe.”

CrossFit Oak­dale stu­dent mem­bers rep­re­sent a va­ri­ety of stu­dents in­clud­ing those from char­ter, lo­cal school cam­puses or ath­letes look­ing for extra gym time.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing to pull from other schools,” she said, “so not every­body knows each other. It gives that sort of team as­pect.”

“With this class,” she con­tin­ued about the teen class, “we have the op­por­tu­nity to talk about how im­por­tant sleep is. How im­por­tant get­ting out from in front of the TV is and even what are you eat­ing.”

Hu­berty also feels there is sig­nif­i­cant value in em­pow­er­ing her clients with body aware­ness and em­brac­ing strength which they may not have been aware of. Knowl­edge and aware­ness, she said, which will ben­e­fit them well be­yond their CrossFit Oak­dale time.

“I’m sur­rounded by awe­some peo­ple ev­ery day,” she said of the CrossFit fam­ily. “I love them so much. They’re get­ting stronger ev­ery day and it’s super awe­some.”

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on class times, fees and classes con­tact Hu­berty at (209) 345-4380 or visit www. cfoak­dale.com.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

CrossFit Teen stu­dents are taught the ba­sics, as well as the im­por­tance of proper stance, body place­ment and con­trol in the vary­ing ar­eas of their workout.

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