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August 22, 2013

Veterans running town fitness gym in Town of Lockport

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The military has a way of accomplishing goals. And when it comes to fitness, so does CrossFit House of Dunamis.

The gym is operated by brothers Zachary Ferguson and Sam Sacco with Jillian Brennan. CrossFit House of Dunamis is located within Flips Gymnastics on 6017 South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport.

Both Sacco and Ferguson served in the military. Sacco was in the Army National Guard for eight years, which included spending 12 months in Afghanistan. Ferguson spent three years in the Army, including 12 months in Iraq.

Ferguson was medically discharged with a broken ankle, which brought him back to Western New York. After some time, the Tonawanda native noticed he needed to get back into shape.

”I needed to make a change,” he said.

That led Ferguson to discover CrossFit, which was both a company and a fitness philosophy. The CrossFit franchise grew out of a fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman over several decades.

As a company, CrossFit provides accredited training seminars throughout the world and publishes several websites providing extensive free content, including workouts, training and support for becoming fit. There’s more than 5,500 affiliated gyms and more than 35,000 accredited CrossFit Level 1 trainers.

And, then there’s the CrossFit Games, a competition where the company crowns the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth. The nearest CrossFit locations are in Williamsville and North Tonawanda.

The CrossFit training is designed for all fitness levels, from those out-of-shape up to trainers and athletes. Ferguson said some of the exercises are based around everyday movements and functionality.

But what really helps is the community feel. Those who come to CrossFit interact with the trainers instead of just putting on headphones and zoning out during the workout, Ferguson said.

Ferguson, Sacco and Brennan are all studying at Niagara County Community College under the personal training certification program.

Ferguson is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Council on Strength and Fitness and is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer.

Sacco is a certified personal trainer through the International Sports and Fitness Trainers Association, is also P90X certified and a CrossFit Level 1 trainer. Sacco is also pursuing a certification through the National Council on Sports and Fitness.

Brennan is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer studying to become certified by the National Council on Strength and Fitness.

CrossFit House of Dunamis offers classes and open gym time. The open gym time is something most value, as it’s difficult for some to reach their fitness goals within the scheduled time of a class, Ferguson said.

People can reach the gym at 478-0051 or online at www.houseofdunamis.com.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.