by: SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Melissa and Claude Smith are eager to bring CrossFit training to the Madras area.After several years away from the area, Claude and Melissa Smith have returned to open 3 Peaks CrossFit in Madras.

“We were born and raised here, when away to college, lived in Spokane, then five and a half years ago, with friends, opened CrossFit Breakthrough in Redmond,” said Melissa Smith.

Both attended Oregon State University where she studied business and he studied forest engineering. Claude Smith played football at Madras High School, and he and his wife both developed an interest in physical fitness.

“We fell in love with this type of training, which is not like a traditional gym. It’s not hard on the body and anybody can do it,” she said.

Wanting to moved back to the Madras-Warm Springs area, they sold their half of the business and kept their eyes open for a suitable location. “We’d always known Madras was the place we wanted to bring CrossFit, because this is our heart and soul – our hometown,” Melissa Smith said.

Previously, while commuting to a job in Warm Springs, Claude had noticed a vacant building in the Jefferson Business Park, which was visible from the highway and looked perfect. They finally inquired about it and the owner agreed to lease the space. The building is located at 2061 N.W. Andrews St., just off Cherry Lane in the Madras Industrial Park.

In the meantime, the Smiths said the popularity of CrossFit programs have exploded in Central Oregon.

“It’s in our heart to help people at any level of fitness. Because fitness and healthy lifestyle is so important to us, we want to promote it in Jefferson County, Melissa Smith said.

CrossFit training is coach-led, with a coach leading students in warm-ups, teaching movement, and then a workout. The sessions last one hour. Both Smiths lead classes and are certified as level 1 CrossFit coaches.

“It’s like a small group personal training,” she explained, noting, “We teach students, correct their movements, and help them with mobility.”

“From moms to firefighters to office people, CrossFit helps with what they have to do. Even people who are missing limbs can do CrossFit. And age doesn’t matter. Our oldest client is 80 and our youngest is 5,” she said.

The Smiths have three children, Shawntana, 15, Gabrielle, 12, and Jeremiah, 10, who all do CrossFit training and think fitness is important.

Everyone is invited to give CrossFit a try at a free trial workout of the day, held at 10 a.m., on Saturdays. Call 541-475-7500 to sign up or for more information.

The business, 3 Peaks CrossFit is membership-based, and students schedule themselves into hour-long classes that fit with their schedules. Classes are currently being offered from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and a 45-minute lunchtime class is another option.

The Madras-Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting for the business at 8 a.m., Friday, Jan. 17, and 3 Peaks CrossFit is planning a grand opening celebration on Jan. 25. The website is currently under construction, and more information can be found on the business’ Facebook page.

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