QUEENSBURY — On Sunday mornings, Amy Davis of Queensbury picks up concrete spheres that weigh about 100 pounds, walks with a weight rack on her shoulders, flips a truck tire nearly as tall as she is, then uses a sledgehammer to beat on that same truck tire.
“This is my favorite time of the week,” Davis said Sunday at Lake George CrossFit in Queensbury. “This is absolutely empowering.”
Sunday’s class was a small one, but instructor Wayne Strong, a Spanish teacher at Hadley-Luzerne Central School, said he sometimes has as many as 25 people at the class, which is open to Lake George members and those from their sister club in Saratoga Springs, CrossFit 12866.
“We stress safety first, and when you have that many people, you really need to be thinking about safety all the time,” said Strong, who noted that sometimes participants in the smaller class get an even better workout.
“With fewer people, there’s not as much waiting, and we can do more things,” he said. “Like today, everybody gets their own sledgehammer.”
The local CrossFit gym offers a variety of classes, sends its members to competitions and also does a great deal of fundraising, including a breast cancer fundraiser on Saturday.
Strong said CrossFit offers a basic instructor certification, then has specialties, such as Strongman.
Davis, who works with people with traumatic brain injuries, said she focuses hard on her Sunday workouts, and that is apparent from watching her.
Her workout partner, Emilee Davenport, was an assistant district attorney for Warren County, at times working on sex crimes.
“This is what helped me keep my sanity,” said Davenport, now the law clerk for state Court of Claims Judge Kate Hogan.
Strong said he thinks there’s a very basic instinct that gets people involved in the Strongman classes.
“I think it’s the primal movements,” he said. “There is something primal about it, and the movements are easy to learn.
Some of the Strongman participants will be taking part in the ninth annual Barbells For Boobs fundraiser at the Queensbury facility.
The event benefits a charity that provides funding to pay for breast cancer detection services as a last resort for thousands of people who don’t qualify for assistance elsewhere.
The first Barbells for Boobs event was held in a parking lot in Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach, California, with 60 athletes from three local CrossFit affiliates. Now it involves more than 45,000 participants across 1,300 affiliates in 23 countries.
For more information, go to fundraise.barbellsforboobs.org.