Shooting for ‘high school skinny?’ Try CrossFit

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CrossFit is a workout that involves everything from pull-ups and push ups to squats and running. TMP/E. Edgemon
Chris and Jennifer Haynes are serious about physical fitness.

They recently opened a Murfreesboro location of CrossFit, which is a principal strength and conditioning program for police, military and professional and collegiate level athletes.

“It is always something different,” Chris Haynes said of CrossFit. “It is kind of like a race. The intensity level builds up.”

The Hayneses discovered the workout that involves everything from pull-ups and push ups to squats and running last June.

Jennifer said she and her husband could see themselves getting faster and stronger.

But opening CrossFit Rutherford was a leap of faith, she said.

“Basically, we have just prayed about it,” Jennifer said. Both Chris and Jennifer were certified in CrossFit in April. CrossFit Rutherford opened May 18 at 2270 Southgate Blvd., Suite C. For more information, visit

“We loved it for ourselves,” she said, adding that they wanted to make it available to anyone in the community.

CrossFit Rutherford is an affiliate of the national CrossFit consultancy, which provides the tools and training to affiliates.

Chris, a lieutenant at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, said he couldn’t juggle his full-time job and the gym without his wife.

“If I didn’t have her, I couldn’t do it,” he said.

Jennifer runs the gym full time, and Chris runs the workouts when he is not working.

“It is something I am very passionate about,” he said, adding that physical fitness is especially important for police officers and firefighters and he wanted to provide a place where they could get a workout that gives results.

Working out in the circuit-based CrossFit creates big results in just a few short weeks.

“It is very low impact,” Jennifer said, adding that anyone over age 12 can do a form of the workout.

Workouts are customized for the person, she said.

Jennifer or Chris will talk to new clients about their goal for weightless or strength training and come up with a customized workout. Nutrition is also key to results so a person’s diet is discussed.

Colleen Tickle started her CrossFit workouts on opening day because “I am tired of doing the same routine. I needed to do something different to get results.”

Tickle said she wasn’t sure about CrossFit before she started but now she is addicted, and she is always pushing herself to do more.

In just a few short months, the already petite Tickle lost nine pounds and one and half dress sizes.

Sixx Williams has been working out at CrossFit for about three weeks and is already seeing results.

He said after returning home from camp, his son said he had lost his gut.

“It killed me the first time, but I keep coming back,” Williams said. “I am shooting for high school skinny.”

Erin Edgemon can be reached at 869-0812 and at

CrossFit Rutherford
2270 Southgate Blvd., Suite C.
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Members Opinions:
August 19, 2009 at 3:09pm
I've tried this before - tough but gets results!
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