Macedonia - Two residents dedicated to providing fitness training that incorporates non-traditional gym equipment, goals of mental and physical well-being and workouts for any strength level recently celebrated the grand opening of their new business, Molon Labe CrossFit.
"It's all about getting people in shape and doing things differently than they ever did before," said Mark Nolan, who owns the company with his wife, Eleni Manous-Nolan.
Mark Nolan was introduced to the CrossFit program about six years ago by one of his friends. He began practicing workouts that the program posted each day. He later became an official affiliate of CrossFit and began providing fitness training to small groups of friends in his garage.
"We started to gain more momentum and decided it was time to take a risk," he said. "So we decided to buy this space so we could expand. We wanted to keep it local."
Eleni Manous-Nolan said their workout space known as "the box" includes features like cargo nets, monkey bars, jump boxes and steady rings like those used in gymnastics while abandoning traditional gym equipment like treadmills and mirrors.
"We're not here to look at ourselves," she said. "We're here to achieve goals."
Mark Nolan served in the United States Air Force for eight years, has a black belt in American Kenpo Karate and says he is the only Spartan certified coach in Ohio. He creates a new workout each week that focuses on a combination of gymnastics, weight lifting and metabolic exercises. Everyone who attends the classes does the same workout, but Nolan said he helps each person tailor the workout to their skill and strength levels.
"The creative process for me is coming up with the workouts," he said. "They're hard, but they're fun. Doing them gives you a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment."
While Molon Labe is a physical fitness training business, Eleni Manous-Nolan said they also focus on mental and emotional well being. Members of the gym not only feel like a family, but help the owners participate in fundraisers to raise money for local non-profit organizations like the Battered Women's Shelter and the Emergency Assistance Shelter.
She said this was the perfect opportunity for her and her husband because they both are outgoing, dedicated to healthy living and have a passion for making a difference in the community.
"It's empowering seeing people that never thought they could do anything start to accomplish things," she said. "It carries on through other aspects of their lives."
Molon Labe CrossFit, located at 9100 Valley View Road, offers several classes in the morning and evening through the week. To get a membership, patrons must sign-up for a six-class introduction to CrossFit training. For more information, call 330-998-3111.