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Planning Commission OKs Crossfit club in Sidney


Gary and Sonja Ehlers received permission from the Planning Commission on Monday night to utilize the former Freight Building at 1850 15th Ave. into a private workout gym to accommodate a Crossfit club.

This project was halted previously because of several uncertainties within the project. The Ehlers also needed the property inspected to ensure that they followed certain building code requirements as well as meet American Disability Act standards.

The Ehlers made all the necessary requirements to meet building code and ADA requirements. The gym will be used for a private Crossfit club.

Crossfit is primarily a fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman over several decades.

The Crossfit program was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. Crossfit athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess.

Sonja Ehlers said that it is amazing to see the power and confidence that individuals gain from accomplishing things they never thought they could do.

The Ehlers – along with certified trainer Lee Jacobsen – brought Sidney its first program of its kind. The instructors began teaching at the Cheyenne County Community Center and later moved to the former St. Patrick’s Youth Center, which is also owned by the community center.

The Ehlers said the recent influx of new members forced the couple to look for a larger location.


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