Even if you haven’t tried it, chances are you’ve heard a lot about it.

Founded in 2000, CrossFit has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon. It’s not just a workout; it’s a way of life for some and a competitive sport, with its own annual, televised competition, the CrossFit Games. There are more than 10,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms across the United States alone, including a few in Napa Valley, statistics show.

“CrossFit is without question the most effective method for getting your body fit and strong on the planet,” said Beth Rypins, a former captain of the U.S. Women’s World Champion Whitewater Team and owner of Napa’s first CrossFit gym, Wine Country CrossFit. She’s been doing CrossFit for 12 years and opened the gym nine years ago.

“People feel themselves get stronger; even by the end of Week 1 they start feeling changes, and they feel changes from the head to the waist to the toes.”

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