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Group leads high intensity workouts in Warr Acres park

CrossFit Native fitness members are running, rowing, climbing, squatting and working out as one chapter of a worldwide organization.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: September 15, 2012 at 12:47 am •  Published: September 16, 2012

/articleid/3710151/1/pictures/1831699">Photo - Michael Dugan is a blur of motion as he  works on the rowing exercise at Crossfit Native <strong>CHRIS LANDSBERGER - CHRIS LANDSBERGER</strong>
Michael Dugan is a blur of motion as he works on the rowing exercise at Crossfit Native CHRIS LANDSBERGER - CHRIS LANDSBERGER

Suiter served in the Marines and now allows those going into the military a chance to train at discounted rates or in exchange for performing manual labor at the 40-acre park.

“I use CrossFit Native to serve my community and the military,” Suiter said. “I bring young guys and girls in and train them to get ready to go to boot camp.”

He often gets referrals from military recruiters in the Oklahoma City area.

One wall in the gymnasium displays pictures of Jack Martin III, of Bethany, who died in The Philippines serving in the Army in 2009. He was a CrossFit athlete whose father, Jack Martin II, still works out at the gym.

CrossFit members are planning to run in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 27 in downtown Oklahoma City, he said.

Angela Griffin, 46, of Bethany, survived breast cancer in 2009, but was tired and out of shape after having chemotherapy.

“I felt really crummy and unhealthy,” Griffin said.

For the past six months she has been working out at CrossFit Native.

After more than 20 years with no exercise, she committed to workouts for a month. After a month, she committed to making it part of her life.

“I'm stronger than I've been since I was 20-years-old and an athlete,” Griffin said. “I am healthier, I'm thinner. I'm more energetic and I can handle a whole lot of things in my day that I couldn't before.

“Overall it is just a feeling a well-being I did not even have before my cancer.”

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