Living Skies CrossFit's upcoming expansion to Estevan is a natural extension of owner Carson Brady's ongoing commitment to leading “as many people as I can” to a healthier lifestyle via improved health and fitness.
“With our new (upcoming) location in Estevan - Living Skies CrossFit South - I was always thinking about growth and how to reach more people,” says Brady.
The Estevan location will be located at 1009-6th Street in Estevan and although there is no firm opening date yet, construction is currently underway. The new location will house over 2,000 square feet of workout space - a fully-outfitted gym with brand-new equipment. Living Skies members can use either location at no extra charge.
Brady will coach there as will co-owner and CrossFit coach, Lucas Brady, who has overcome physical challenges of his own.
“Luke has a fused spine,” explains Brady. “He came to me and he's as committed as I am. And he has a real understanding of people's challenges on the road to health and fitness.”
“And like our Carlyle location, our Estevan location will be a kid-friendly zone and potentially, a pup-friendly zone, because me and Luke both have dogs,” smiles Brady.
“But seriously, if there are any single parents out there whose only way to work out is to bring the kids, bring them. We'll have an area where they can keep busy.”
“We offer all kinds of different classes, but we really want people to reach out to us and let us know what we can do to help them,” he says.
“A lot of people have some misconceptions about CrossFit,” says Brady. “But we're hopefully changing that. In reality, it's functional fitness for every age and fitness level.”
“We teach people how to move properly and we teach them nutrition and mobility,” he says. “The goal is to keep them strong and healthy in every way for as long as possible.”
“And everyone has different goals within that framework,” adds Brady. “There's a competitive aspect to CrossFit, but that's not something everyone wants to do and there's no pressure to compete unless that's something you're interested in.”
“CrossFit is for everyone. It's whatever you want it to be. It can be wanting to lose a few pounds or to be a better athlete,” he says. “Needs vary by degree; not by kind. But what everyone takes away is looking better, feeling better and regaining health.”
“We all want those six-pack abs,” says Brady. “But the reality goes much deeper than that. A healthy lifestyle is a hedge against chronic disease.”
“What you put in your body and your daily activities are the two variables that are going to make a real difference in your health and your quality of life,” he says.
“We've had people come with pre-diabetes, limited range of motion and all kinds of conditions who have turned those things around, which is really rewarding and inspiring.”
“People are often their own worst critics,” says Brady. “But once they come in and try CrossFit, there's not a day that goes by that someone isn't amazed by what they're capable of achieving.”
Living Skies CrossFit's Carlyle location currently serves over 100 members, aged 11 to 60-plus, and Brady and his fellow coaches are committed to bring the tools for a healthier life to people in this corner of the province.
“It's all about helping as many people as I can,” says Brady. “This is what it's all about.”
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