Mount Shasta High grad returns to open CrossFit facility

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Scott Rodriguez moves 100 pound floor mats into place while setting up his new StoneWay CrossFit training facility on Ream Ave. in Mount Shasta. He and his wife Katie, who also have a CrossFit in Seattle, Wash., have scheduled a Mount Shasta grand opening for Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 10 a.m.

Scott Rodriguez said he and his wife Katie took a leap of faith when they decided to move from Seattle to Mount Shasta to open a new StoneWay CrossFit training facility.

They’ve scheduled a grand opening for their 4,000 square foot training center at 1119 Ream Ave. this Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. Call 206-930-7169 for more information.

A 1997 Mount Shasta High School graduate, Scott has been a personal trainer for about 10 years, and he and Katie have owned StoneWay CrossFit Seattle for the last seven years.

“I never thought I’d come back,” Scott said of returning to live and work in the town where he grew up. “The only way Katie and I talked about doing it is if we could open a CrossFit here. The opportunity opened up, and we moved. We’re trusting this is the right thing to do.”

The oldest of their three children, 14 year old Elijah, has joined the Mount Shasta High School JV football team. He, Ava, 8, and Maddox, 5, will soon be attending the same schools their dad attended.

Scott said CrossFit combines weightlifting, gymnastics and traditional cardio exercises, but the gym has no machines.

“It’s all functional training using natural movements,” he said. “It’s training for outside life; being able to do stuff is the goal. I say I want to be able to get on and off the toilet at 90.”

He described it as a community based program. People of all ages and abilities train together, led by CrossFit trainers who vary the sessions to create “metabolic conditioning.” Participants “interact with each other, learn movements, train together, and build friendships,” Scott said. “When you struggle to learn together, you bond with people, like a baseball team or Boy Scouts. It’s way more than just working out.”

The “high intensity training” leads to “a natural high,” and it has helped people deal with such issues as drinking, depression, and high blood pressure, according to Scott.

“It’s a holistic thing,” he said. “It’s good for track, skiing, rock climbers, runners, gymnasts, baseball and soccer players. Our youngest client was 10 and our oldest was 80. It’s for new athletes and ex-athletes, moms and dads, everybody. It benefits athletes and people who have never been in sports.”

He said it’s best to do CrossFit sessions three to five times a week for 60 minutes at a time, “and the body reaps the benefits throughout the day.”

Other experienced CrossFit trainers at the new facility are Jason Burkleo of Yreka and Justin and Jenny Fisher from the Scott Valley.

Burkleo said he started CrossFit in 2007 while he was in the service and has found it to be beneficial for people who do all types of physical work and recreation.

Scott said CrossFit started in 2001 and has had an affiliate system since 2003. As an affiliate, Scott said he and Katie have the rights to name their facility and “run it how we want.”

Main classes are being scheduled for Monday to Friday at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 with free child care, and Saturday at 9 a.m.

Scott said a six-week All Ladies “New You” Challenge will be starting Aug. 22, with classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 a.m., Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m., and Saturday at 7:45 a.m.

He said the standard month-to-month cost is $185 or it’s $150 per month with a 12-month commitment or $135 per month with an 18-month commitment.

The first 20 people who sign up for a 12-month commitment at the grand opening will pay $125 per month.

Scott said a personal trainer can cost $75 per hour, but with the special pricing available at the grand opening, it will cost less than $8 per hour.

Free week’s passes will also be available to those who want to try CrossFit.