Jacob Porras' approach to personal training is weights, running, climbing ropes, pull-ups and all the other things nature gave us the means to do, without a lot of technology. He calls it "functional training for strength."
Porras provides it for all ages — teens to 60s, usually — and from the beginner to the top-level athlete who is training to compete against the best.
"People need help. When they go to a gym, they're lost. This is not a gym," he says of Rogue Valley CrossFit, which was voted best small/medium-sized fitness club by readers. "People work out together. They care about each other and notice when someone doesn't show. They send a message on Facebook."
Porras' classes last an hour, and "the intense part is 20 to 40 minutes." Some of his students are training for the Pear Blossom Run — and he may take the class out for a serious run.
"One 40-year-old woman came in here afraid to do box jumps. Now she's jumping up on the big boxes."
For information, call 541-944-1739 or see roguevalleycrossfit.com.
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