[Video] Visionary CrossFit inspires with your brain and brawn in an art gallery
Visionary CrossFit leads with a vision, multiple visions in fact, as they host the CrossFit box in an art gallery in Gainsville, Florida in USA.
Owner JesusMartinez hosts the CrossFit box in the main area, while wife, Carrie paints in the next room. The wall on the outside is also beautifully decorated with inspiring art.
“With the art, people are being exposed to culture and beauty while they work out. It’s like mind, body and spirit all at once. Uplifting yourself in every way that you can,” said Carrie.
Jesus and Carrie own what may be the only art-gallery-crossfit-gym fusion in the country. They opened their unique business, aptly called Visionary CrossFit, on Main Street last January. The main workout room serves as an art gallery, and framed pictures are hung along the wall behind weights, pullup bars and workout gear.
“We wanted to incorporate all our passions into one place. We thought, ‘Let’s try a gym and gallery and see how that works.’ We’re just trying to be different. We don’t want to be the average crossfit place,” Jesus said.
Every morning, Martinez wakes up at 5 a.m. to start working on the whiteboard that showcases his daily workouts. He said he spends about three hours working on his board, hands collecting smears of ink on the sides as he draws each line with dry-erase markers.
From a bright-pink unicorn in a spacesuit to the side profile of a woman surrounded by highlighter-yellow halos, his drawings always include a motivational quote and aim to inspire.
It’s a way to relax before a day full of sweat and exercise. Each drawing is a reflection of his style of art, and is a way for him to connect his two passions. When they drawing is done, the day begins. Visionary CrossFit hosts eight classes during the weekdays.
Martinez said, “We want a broader audience. Crossfit can be kind of cookie-cutter sometimes. When we set this up, I wanted it to appeal to students, to mom-and-pop locals, everyday people who want to do CrossFit.”
Just a few years ago, Jesus felt overweight and wanted a change. In many ways, his health was a work of art in progress.
“I used to be obese. I was close to 300 pounds. I wanted to make a change. I wasn’t happy with my health, so I walked into a gym and met a coach that was coaching crossfit. I started doing it, and I lost close to 100 pounds in a year,” he said.
“It was really transformational for me. I never worked out or played sports or anything, so I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the transformational aspects of it and what it can do for you.”
In 2013, he became a certified coach, using his experience to shape others’ bodies into something they could be proud of. Now, he uses both his passion in art and CrossFit to inspire others to transform themselves.
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Listen and learn from the Visionary CrossFit owners as they show you their passion in the video below.