Sunnyside area residents get Crossfit

Nearly 3 dozen turn out for exercise session

Crossfit participants jump for joy yesterday afternoon after completing an intense workout at the Sunnyside Community Center.

Photo by Roger Harnack
Crossfit participants jump for joy yesterday afternoon after completing an intense workout at the Sunnyside Community Center.


Crossfit Lower Valley co-owner Marisol Baranowski, 35, and resident Mary Garcia, 34, both of Sunnyside, flex their workout muscles following yesterday’s event.


They came, they completed the workout and they built a pyramid as a testimonial to their fitness success. Pictured from left to right, are bottom level, Destanie Morales, 17; Alysia Garcia, 17, Annabelle Padgham, 16 and Mercedes Mendoza, 16; second level, Isabella Arraiga, 14, and Briceida Ramos, 18; and top, Jessica Jelineck, 16.

— The crossfit craze sweeping the nation turned up again here yesterday as part of the Spring Break Bash at the Community Center.

Nearly three dozen participants turned out for an intense 20-minute workout that included squats, swings, lunges, bear crawls and Kong leaps.

“We also did a plank contest,” 35-year-old Crossfit Lower Valley co-owner Marisol Baranowski said. “Jeremy Van Dam won it (by more than 4 minutes).”

Baranowski partnered with husband and crossfit co-owner Andrew “Bear” Baranowski, 33; and husband and wife Jorge and Catalina Bazaldua, ages 30 and 27, respectively, to put on the second day of the bash at the center, 1521 S First St.

The Bazalduas own Lower Valley Fitness Club.

“It was a little bit bigger group than we expected,” Andrew Baranowski said after the event that he called a success.

Crossfit will return to the city this summer for a public competition in July.

“Hopefully, it will be bigger this year,” he said, referencing last year’s inaugural event.

The Baranowskis will also partner with the Bazalduas to put on an obstacle course race here in August.

The “Hero Rally” obstacle course race will raise money for the Rebuilding Warriors program.

Last year, the event raised $3,000 for the veterans-support organization.

Marisol Baranowski said Sunnyside fitness groups are both literally and figuratively family.

Her brother is Jorge Bazaldua.

Today, the Spring Break Bash features a two-hour Zumba party with a live D.J.

There will also be a diabetes specialist and nutritionist on hand from Sunnyside Community Hospital to provide information. And Sunnyside United Unidos will be handing out free lock boxes to keep prescription medicines secure from children.

The event is free and open to the public.


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