Scenes From CrossFit Los Alamos Power Lifting Event

Joey LaGrange is the top male overall lifting a total of 1,505 lbs. during three events: Back Squat, Bench Press and  Deadlift. Here he is lifting 550 lbs. in the dead lift competition. Photo by John McHale/

Kenton McCosh is the top overall lifter with a total of 1,075 lbs. Here he is competing in the Back Squat event and lifting 545 lbs. Photo by John McHale/

Abby Moss is the top female competitor lifting a total of 725 lbs. Here she is competing in the Back Squat and lifting 725 lbs. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Fern and Mel Roybal stumbled upon CrossFit Los Alamos eight years ago and said that is has changed their lives for the better.

“We were so excited when the opportunity came up to lead this gym as the new owners,” the couple said after purchasing the business from John and Suzanne Wilcox who moved to Taos.

The Roybals held a Powerlifting Competition May 14 at their gym at 278 DP Road. All levels, ages and genders were welcome to compete in the event.

As both athletes and coaches, the Roybals said that they have experienced CrossFit’s power to make changes both physically and mentally.

“We’ve also experienced the friendships it created between different types of people. We loved the feeling of inclusivity we received from the moment we walked through the door, and we want all of our members to feel the same way,” they said, adding, “know that we are committed to learning as much as we can, listening to the needs of our community and leading in a manner that will continuously bring positive changes to our facility. We are committed to CrossFit and to you, as a member of our community and will continue to provide a place for our members to live healthier, happier lives!”

The explained that CrossFit begins with a belief in fitness … the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness.

“We have sought to build a program that will best prepare trainees for any physical contingency — not only for the unknown, but for the unknowable,” the Roybals said. “After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, we asked what physical skills and adaptations would most universally lend themselves to performance advantage. Capacity culled from the intersection of all sports demands would quite logically lend itself well to all sport. In sum, our specialty is not specializing.”

CrossFit utilizes constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. Workout may include gymnastic movements, metabolic conditioning, and/or Olympic weightlifting. CrossFit Los Alamos coaches teach members how to do all this “safely and effectively to make the most of their CrossFit experience”.

World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc., hard and fast. Five or six days per week, 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.” —CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman

CrossFit Los Alamos can help unleash inner power through:

  • CrossFit classes;
  • Beginner classes;
  • Group strength and conditioning classes; and
  • Personal fitness training.

“Possibly the coolest thing about CrossFit is the sense of community that springs up in the box (CrossFit gyms are frequently referred to as ‘boxes’),” the Roybals said. “When a small group of people work hard together, and know each other’s names, and cheer each other on, a sense of camaraderie develops like you find in few other places. Cheers to health, happiness and performance.” 

For more information, email MEL@CROSSFITLOSALAMOS.COM or call, 505.920.5788.

Mia Larsen competes in the Back Squat and lifts 95 lbs. Photo by John McHale/

Kim Granzow competing in the Back Squat lifts 85 lbs. Photo by John McHale/

Wes Frazier competes in the Back Squat and lifts 290 lbs. Photo by John McHale/

Jase Strain competes in the Bench Press lifting 35 lbs. Photo by John McHale/

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