A workout for everyone

CrossFit enthusiast Kellie Wagner leads a workout at Shenandoah Crossfit in Winchester. Wagner is coordinating a Warrior 360 event that encourages veterans and others to exercise together and learn about CrossFit. Rich Cooley/Daily

CrossFit isn’t always the hardcore workout it looks like on TV, and enthusiast Kellie Wagner plans to prove it at a Warrior 360 program in Winchester, where area residents are invited to work out alongside U.S. veterans.

A workout for everyone from beginners to experts, CrossFit stresses functional fitness.

“They’re actually training for life,” Wagner said.

Instead of lifting barbells or hand weights, she said participants lift furniture or other items they might find in their own homes or while working outside.

There’s no experience necessary to begin CrossFit, and because of its popularity in recent years, Wagner said it was a great complement for this Saturday’s fundraiser for veterans.

The Warrior Workout will begin at 9 a.m. June 13 at Shenandoah CrossFit’s Athlete Academy, 2245 Valor Drive, Winchester. The event will be free, but “pay what you will” donations will be accepted. Donations will go to Warrior 360, a nonprofit organization that supports veterans by helping pay medical costs or providing home repair.

A fan of CrossFit for nearly three years, Wagner said she decided to coordinate the fundraiser after noticing veterans competing in various events at Shenandoah CrossFit and learning more about Warrior 360.

“It’s just so inspiring to see them participate and kind of spread the word about their organization,” she said.

Saturday’s hero workout will honor seven Central Intelligence Agency officers killed by a bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. Other workouts are rated at novice, intermediate or expert level.

“We’re super open to people who have never tried before,” she said.

So far, she knows of 40 who have signed up to participate, though registration is not necessary. Those who cannot attend on Saturday may still donate to the effort at http://www.warrior 360.org.

“It’s just going to be super inspiring,” Wagner said. Having witnessed first hand the workouts of amputees, she said, “They’re out there just not letting anything stop them.”

“It almost brings you to tears because of their perseverance,” she said.

“After all that they’ve been through, it makes you kind of look at yourself and say ‘Wow, what more can I be doing for myself and for others?'”

Contact Shenandoah CrossFit at 540-336-4195. For more information on the Warrior Workout, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1122189854462799

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com