© 2012 Idaho Press-Tribune

NAMPA — It’s fast-paced, it’s intense, it can be life-changing — and it’s coming to a studio near you.

Nampa couple Frank and Michaela Beauvais are morphing the old Lloyd Lumber cabinet shop building in downtown Nampa into a gym for CrossFit — a high-intensity workout that mimics everyday life movements, like squatting and lifting, under the watchful eye of a trainer.

“You won’t find a lot of equipment in our gym,” Michaela said. “What you will find is lots of room, lots of space to run, jump, throw and lift, but you’re not going to see a lot of machines.”

For a few years, the Beauvais’ have been offering CrossFit training out of their garage, but decided it was time to start Snake River CrossFit.

“With the growing demand, it just made sense to really expand,” she said.

A diverse group of locals are into CrossFit, ranging from firefighters, like Frank, to stay-at-home moms.

By adjusting the intensity of the workout, “anybody can do it,” Michaela said.

But gym membership prices aren’t typical for an average exercise facility. A year pass is $816, or you can opt for smaller increments, like $80 a month.

But as far as CrossFit gyms go, $100 month is typical for this area, Michaela said, because of how much one-on-one coaching members get with a trainer. The workouts are done in groups in an organized format, rather than an open-gym format where members come and go whenever.

The couple is excited to be a part of the downtown Nampa business community and is already talking with business owners on how to support each other.

“We want to see the downtown be vibrant,” Frank said. “We’re the second-largest city in the state, and people are always leaving Nampa to go to Boise to do things.”

This is the couple’s first business venture, but they are passionate about health and the community.

“It’s something we can’t get enough of,” Michaela said, adding that CrossFit has nourished the health of their bodies, minds and marriage. “We’ve experienced it ourselves, so we want to share it.”

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