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Crossfit coming to Norwalk

By JOE CENTERS • May 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Dani Seidel has big dreams for Little City Crossfit.

The newest business in downtown Norwalk is set to open at 8:15 a.m. Saturday with a free community workout starting at 9. The new gym is located at 29 N. Hester St., the former location of Ronald E. Cooper, auctioneer. The building is located on the corner of Hester and Monroe streets, right behind Sheri’s Coffee House.

Seidel, a 2006 graduate and former standout athlete at Western Reserve High School, is a professional Crossfit competitor who has spent her entire life in athletics. She was featured in the March/April issue of Discover Norwalk magazine.

In high school she competed in volleyball, basketball and track, where she was a three-time state champion.

Seidel, of Norwalk, and Nick Helmz, of Ashland, are co-owners of the business. They are renting the building and are in the process of upgrading it with showers and a playroom for children.

“I think the biggest thing that separates Crossfit from any other workout regimen is the community aspect,” Seidel said.

“A lot of people like to refer to it as a cult. You drink the Kool-Aid and you are hooked. You walk into the door and you are automatically accepted for who you are and everyone is welcoming you with open arms. It can be a little bit intimidating because you see individuals like myself, but I compete on an elite level and I started from the very, very bottom at the very, very beginning and had to work my way up and learn all of the movements that everyone starts off on the first day.”

“If I could go back in time, I would have somehow incorporated Crossfit into all of my athletic training in both middle school and high school,” she said. “I wish I could have done this years ago.”

Seidel’s 70-year-old grandmother competes in Crossfit. She said athletes in her sport range from teenagers to people in their 90s.

For more information, log onto www.littlecitycrossfit.com.

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