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Training For Any Goal: CrossFit on the rise in Quincy

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QTown CrossFit coach Sam Dancer instructs a student during Monday's class. QTown CrossFit coach Sam Dancer instructs a student during Monday's class.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- If you haven't heard of CrossFit by now it probably won't be long until you know someone who is involved in the popular method of training.

The Gem City has been home to QTown CrossFit for nearly a year and it has grown rapidly.

Sam Dancer is a former Division I athlete in football and track who thought his days of competing were over after graduating from Western Illinois.

That was until he discovered the world of CrossFit.

"Unfortunately I didn't find out about CrossFit until about a year and a half ago," Dancer told WGEM Sports.

"My cousin who's also a sponsored CrossFit athlete said, 'Sam you've got to try this' and I said, ''Taylor I know what I'm doing I'm a football player.'"

"But after football was over I needed a competitive outlet and I found CrossFit and realized that their methodologies and principles have been the most successful for me and a lot of other people as well."

The story for Katie Tappe is very similar, and after opening QTown CrossFit, Katie, along with Sam and several other coaches are helping others reach heights they didn't think were possible.

"When I first walked into a CrossFit I saw a lot of really fit people moving weights really fast," Tappe expressed.

"It's not what you expect and it's not what you see on TV."

"Our gym is that place where you can be a professional athlete, you can be a mom, you can be a teacher, anyone can do it."

Like any sport, a personal goal helps to push forward, but the competition makes you push harder.

"The CrossFit regionals were a five week was an open competition for the whole nation and roughly 150,000 people signed up for it and two of us, me and Jenni Nobis happened to qualify," said Same Dancer.

"We're training for that up until the tail end of May and hopefully QTown can bring home some hardware and take a trip out to the games."
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