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Arctic CrossFit Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera

Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Phillips, 176th Air Defense Squadron air surveillance technician, performs a clean and jerk during an Arctic CrossFit class inside Hangar 5 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 15, 2013. Arctic CrossFit provides classes to accommodate individuals with different strength abilities and experience level as well as coaches to help walk through each exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Inside Hangar 5 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, service members and families will find random names such as "Karen" or "Jackie" written on a white board. They find themselves scratching their heads trying to figure out what the names are and what they represent.

Hangar 5 is the home of Arctic CrossFit where they post the “workout of the day.” Traditionally, the WODs are named for members of the armed forces, law enforcement and firefighter communities who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Recently, WODs started being named after hurricanes and females who made significant impacts in the CrossFit community. These names can be a variation of different times and exercises.

Jackie consists of rowing for 1,000 meters, squatting with a 45-pound weight 50 times and quickly pulling yourself up on the pull-up bar.

Arctic CrossFit Head Coach Bryan Murphy, who have the rights to Arctic CrossFit, is a staff sergeant from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne). He started doing high-intensity interval training in February 2010, after a snowboard accident led him to have a shoulder reconstruction. Upon his recovery, he has been able to play sports without his shoulder hindering his activities.

“I like CrossFit because it is so diverse. There is no one set that you have to do,” the Paducah, Ky., native said. “There are a lot of different things you can try—power lifting, weight lifting, cardiovascular and muscular endurance. You can do everything and anything under this one program.”

There are several forms of high-intensity interval training like CrossFit, P90-X, and the “Insanity Workout.”

“High-intensity interval training is usually done in an hour or less,” Murphy said. “Some are longer, but we try to keep it at the hour mark.”

“We exist in order to provide a professional and team-oriented atmosphere to the men and women of Joint Base-Elmendorf-Richardson,” Arctic CrossFit Coach Dan Tebo said. “We are dedicated to motivating local athletes to new heights—physically, mentally and emotionally.”

For beginners, Murphy suggested attending a class and talking to the trainers.

“The Arctic CrossFit coaches are there to guide and help you with the proper forms and technique,” he said.

Each Arctic CrossFit coach walks through each exercise to ensure everyone is doing the routine correctly.

Michelle Nascimento, a stay-at-home mother of two children, started attending the class in February 2013.

“I started CrossFit because I wanted to be a fitter mom,” Nascimento said. “I have two children that will constantly grow and I want to have the strength to continually keep up with them.”

Nascimento said she also wanted to promote a healthier lifestyle by bringing her children to Hangar 5 to watch her work out.

“My 2-year-old wants to do what mommy does,” Nascimento said. “She said she wanted to be strong like mommy.”

Nascimento and her deployed husband use different fitness regimens, but they like to challenge each other to see who does more and progresses the most along the way.

While she inspired her family to join her in the fitness crusade, she has already seen a few major differences.

“I am happier all the time. Arctic CrossFit helped me mentally, physically and emotionally,” Nascimento said. “I am stronger than ever.”


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Date Taken:01.08.2014

Date Posted:01.08.2014 20:37


Hometown:PADUCAH, KY, US


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