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CrossFit competition comes to Billings

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Mark Desin is the owner of Rimrock CrossFit and in charge of the event. (MTN News photo) Mark Desin is the owner of Rimrock CrossFit and in charge of the event. (MTN News photo)

Two hundred and forty athletes from Montana and Wyoming will gather this weekend to showcase their abilities and face competition from around the region.

Rimrock CrossFit will be holding their second Rimrock Ruckus competition Saturday, Aug. 11.  

Mark Desin is the owner of Rimrock CrossFit and in charge of the event.

“It really just brings the competition together, from around Montana and Wyoming. We have a wide variety of athletes and people coming, so we get to see a lot of people from gyms around the state we don’t normally get to hang out or work out with, kind of congregate to one place,” he said.

Eighty teams will be competing on Saturday, with three people on each team.

CrossFit is a lifestyle that is becoming increasingly popular.

“It’s challenging. I think people come and they complete a workout and they feel a sense of accomplishment," Desin said. "And number two, it works. People see results from it and see that it has a positive effect on them, on their life, on their fitness and how they feel.”

”You don’t have to be the supreme athlete to come into the gym and get started, you can be Joe Schmo off the street who hasn’t worked out in ten years, but you can come here and people are going to motivate you and push you and make sure that you’re taken care of.”

The activity explores both the limits of one’s physical and mental capabilities.

Desin said the importance of the attitudes of those taking part in CrossFit.

“Our community, our members specifically are awesome at welcoming new people, because it’s not an easy thing to step into a gym in something that’s outside your comfort zone, and something that you may not be familiar with, whether it be the workouts or the movements or whatever it might be so it’s nice to have those familiar faces, or people that are encouraging you along the way. It really makes it accessible and open to people of any skill or fitness level,” said Desin.

“To come into the gym, see someone you know, see someone who’s motivating you and pushing you, and you get a strong sense of  community involvement and encouragement from those people that are in the gym, and suffering alongside you.”

Beyond the intensity of competition, the event allows for those with a similar mindset to mix with new and familiar individuals sharing a passion.

“You can come and see very high level, regional level athletes that are making it very far in the CrossFit games and are very competitive in the CrossFit community, all the way down to 9-5’ers and soccer moms that are just in the gym doing it because they love it,” said Desin.

The Ruckus isn’t just an event for athletes. Spectators are invited to come view the competition, and enjoy food trucks, refreshments and vendors.

Whether a hobby or a way of life, the discipline and intensity of the sport will be in full force this weekend.

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