LAKEWOOD RANCH -- When Crossfit Lakewood Ranch moved into a new 9,000-square-foot facility at 5261 Paylor Lane in the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park in September, staff members of Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Company, located next door, saw a golden opportunity.
"Our company promotes fitness. It's part of what we think is a good thing for our staff," said Gulfstream General Counsel Perry Ian Cone.
Gulfstream arranged to have its staff walk next door and receive 10 weeks of training at Crossfit Lakewood Ranch. The employee perk turned out to have real health and bonding benefits for the workers, Cone said, adding he has nothing but praise for the fitness company.
"They have been very successful and have a huge following," Cone said.
Crossfit Lakewood Ranch originally opened on Lena Road in 2011. The new facility on Paylor Lane was designed and built as a Crossfit gym, providing more space, lockers and showers.
Aaron and Alexis Weedo, husband and wife owners of the business, say their goal is to promote a heathier, more active lifestyle and to do it safely.
"Form and technique are important. We want to teach people how to move through exercise," Aaron Weedo said.
The Weedos stress moving correctly, eating correctly, and resting correctly.
Programs are offered for all age groups, from very young children to senior citizens, and families. Most clients are 25 to 40 and about 60 percent of the total are women, Alexis Weedo said.
Women may worry about getting pumped up with
a fitness program. Not to worry, "you won't get big and bulky," Alexis Weedo said.
Anyone considering a fitness program should not be scared off by the name "Crossfit," the Weedos say.
Those who give it a try may be surprised at how much they can do, they say.
A motto on the company web site urges "leave your ego at the door and your sweat on the floor."
The results are more energy, or as Alexis Weedo refers to it, "so much go."
Classes are offered Monday through Saturday.
The Weedos invite potential clients to come in and take a free class.
Costs are higher than at a normal gym, but less than for a personal trainer, they say.
"We ask for a commitment of three months," Aaron Weedo said.
All classes are an hour long and are led by an instructor.
For more information, call 941-907-0005 or visit http://www.crossfitlakewoodranch.com/
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter: @jajones1