The husband-and-wife owners of CrossFit Linden Hills didn’t exactly intend to open their new gym on Anne Mezzenga’s due date. But she and Logan Bautch are ready to welcome their second gym and second baby to the world this month.
They live in Fulton, eight blocks away from the new studio at 4420 Drew Ave. S. in the former Turn Style Consignment space. They operated CrossFit Nordeast for the past four years at 2400 N. 2nd St.
Mezzenga has continued the Crossfit regimen throughout her pregnancy, providing an example of how the exercises can be adapted for everyone. Instead of pull-ups, for example, she can use the rings to lean back and pull herself up. People who compete in CrossFit competitions take the same classes as beginners, they said.
The gym features a handstand-pushup wall, rowing machines, kettlebells and other “infinitely scaleable” equipment.
“It looks more like a playground than a gym,” Bautch said.
Bautch said classes offer strength training followed by intense conditioning so people can get in and out within an hour.
“A lot of this community is already incredibly active,” he said. “We’re trying to prepare people for what they do outside of the gym.”
He said the workouts constantly change to keep it interesting.
“Every time you come to class it’s going to be something different,” he said. “People don’t get bored with it because we keep it fun.”
Aside from the classes, the couple hopes to draw moms’ groups to a lounge that’s already stocked with toys and books. They offer Wi-Fi and want people to consider stopping in to work, perhaps taking advantage of open gym times to take 10-minute rowing breaks.
The Northeast location offers monthly “barbells and beers” happy hours, and the owners expect to start something similar in Linden Hills.
“It’s all about balance and being happy and well,” Bautch said.