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<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Crossfit owner Edmundo Veloz demonstrates strength training exercises he offers to small groups as a personal trainer.</p>
<p>Horace Langford Jr. / Pahrump Valley Times - Crossfit owner Edmundo Veloz demonstrates strength training exercises he offers to small groups as a personal trainer.</p>
<p>Edmundo Veloz</p>

Are you one of those people who shirks going to the gym? Do you doubt your ability to go through a workout because your weight isn’t perfect. Do you manufacture excuses not to exercise — ‘I’m too old.’ ‘I can’t breathe well.’ ‘I can’t do physical fitness without support.’

Motivation may come in the form of other people just like you, who have invested getting in shape at a new gym. Crossfit 160, 3640 S. Highway 160, Suite 102. The facility is open and the owner has a new concept in exercise.

Edmundo Veloz isn’t new to the fitness business. Not only has he opened Crossfit, he is also the manager of Custom Health and Fitness, which is located in the same complex as his new gym. He has spent time as a personal trainer and worked in other gyms before coming here.

He said there is no conflict between what is offered by Custom Health and Fitness and his new business. “I specialize in small group personal training and I have specific hours. People can’t just exercise when they want to.”

He said the gym is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a staff member on site. Small training classes are held at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The gym reopens for training classes from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Veloz said the workouts are customized to the individual’s ability. “My mother is 46, and she comes here. She runs, lifts weights, jumps rope — everything. Age doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never exercised a day in your life.”

He said the workouts are as intense as the client wants them to be and support comes from other people working out in the gym. “They push each other to do more, work harder, succeed. It’s a community.”

Crossfit is unique in flexibiity. “It can be scaled infinitely to suit everyone.”

Veloz describes crossfit training this way:

“Practice and training in major lifts; deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch.

“Similarly, crossfit masters the basics of gymnastics, such as pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds.

“Participants ride bikes, run, swim, row, and other activities but do it hard and fast.

“Five or six days per week, you should mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”

Veloz said his gym only requires one-fifth the space of other facilities. “I don’t need the space. The exercises don’t require equipment. I have less space and 90 percent less equipment.”

Veloz said, “Whether you are an athlete or not, young or old, overweight or thin, a gym rat or have never worked out a day in your life it will challenge you, no matter what level you are currently at, and will make you want to come back for more.”


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