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Determination and encouragement – these two adjectives describe not only the state of our Downtown area, but they also describe one local business. North Chaparral Street in downtown Corpus Christi is home to many tried and true restaurants, new and promising construction, and real estate for future business owners. Take a stroll past the Executive Surf Club and the Texas Surf Museum, and you might begin to hear these sounds of determination and encouragement at CrossFit Downtown Corpus (CrossfFit DTC), founded and opened by local attorney Stephen McMains and Ruben Antonio Bonilla, of the Ruben Bonilla Insurance Agency.
As previous workout mates, McMains and Bonilla have been welcomed and sustained by the downtown neighborhood when they decided to open CrossFit DTC after another area gym closed. They recognized a need for the downtown community – a current and what would become a future desire to have a space to work on one’s personal overall goals. McMains is a certified Level One instructor in CrossFit, and with the support of Bonilla as a business partner, they have much to offer the well being of Corpus Christians.
Founded in March 2015, the concept of CrossFit has certainly gained popularity over the last decade, more so within the last 5 years. Its popularity is in part due to its universality as a workout. It is heavily focused in isolating and improving one’s “functional movements.” In a one hour workout, the “cross-ing” aspect could cover anything from running, lifting, plyometrics, mobility, balance, strength, flexibility, and cardio – just to name a few of this wide-ranging spectrum! CrossFit focuses on one’s strength rather than mass in weight-lifting, on moving efficiently with the body, safety, and then on taking this knowledge out into real world situations.
In the CrossFit space, you will see a wide variety of weights, cardio machines, and equipment. Proponents of CrossFit encourage their participants to take their hard work out into their communities by entering various races, sports competitions and activities. Another aspect to highlight is the social component – Crossfitters are successful because of the group approach, the comradery, and group motivation.
At CrossFit DTC, every class, which is an hour in length, is led by a certified coach. You can expect specialized and individualized instruction, even in a group setting. The workout is available to any age group and any level of fitness, as the workouts are modifiable and the movements can be brought to scale. The gym offers a great Beginners introduction to CrossFit through a 10-session approach. This helps the new Crossfitter through paced improvement and progressions. They help the newbie and seasoned alike hone in on how the workout makes one feel, rather than how they look. Setting individual goals and being introduced to the CrossFit culture, one will realize that it is more than a workout; it is a lifestyle choice.
As part of the downtown community, CrossFit DTC offers its members a diet and nutrition program, complete with a downtown and local approach. McMains and Bonilla have partnered with various downtown restaurants to offer “DTC specials.” These meals offer healthy eating options outside of the home. They help their participants take their goals beyond the gym and share what the downtown community has to offer, such as partaking in the Downtown Farmers’ Market, monthly ArtWalks, and local sporting competitions.
“Demand Impossible From Yourself and Get Maximum” is one of many motivational goals shared by CrossFit DTC. For overall well-being this workout might be the perfect fit for you!