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CAJIR CrossFit opens in Hartford

By Jon Bisnett

Tri-City residents have a new option with the opening of CAJIR CrossFit at 55742 CR 687 in Hartford, with a no-nonsense approach to fitness training.

Hartford residents will recognize the site as the former Center Street terminal garage for Vere Shindeldecker’s heating fuel fleet. CAJIR CrossFit now occupies the space with a simple but effective approach to the age-old problem of keeping in shape.

The CAJIR team is made up of Ryan and Jessica Disterheft along with partner Brad Wilmoth. Ryan and Brad serve as trainers while Jessica handles the books.

CROSSFIT COMES TO HARTFORD… with the open-ing of the CAJIR CrossFit gym at 55742 CR 687, just north of the city limits on Center Street. Pictured (from the left) owners Ryan and Jessica Disterheft with partner Brad Wilmoth of-fer both evening and early morning hours with classes covering a full range of workouts from basic health maintenance to advanced training for the elite competition athlete.

Brad and Jessica are both Hartford alumni graduating in the 90s while Ryan grew up in Eau Claire. What began as personal fitness development led the trio to start their own CrossFit group that eventually grew from a bunch of friends working out in a members’ garage to a full blown business.


The name came from an acronym for the owners children: Calvin, Austin, Jacob, Isaac and Rylee. CrossFit is a license more so than a franchise with other nearby facilities in St. Joseph, Niles and Kalamazoo. The gyms each adopt a standard philosophy and certification of how they train, but are not reciprocal like a national franchise.

What is CrossFit

Do not expect to find a chrome and glass gym full of all the latest workout equipment; CrossFit relies on instructor led routines utilizing basic moves that Brad describes as “Building a better version of yourself… using exaggerated everyday movements.” Push-ups, squats, and pull-ups along with some free-weights and a medicine ball comprise a large percentage of the workouts.

Ryan is quick to point out the program caters to three levels from standard health maintenance to performance and even an elite competition level. All it takes to get started is to complete three basic classes which teach the proper technique.

It’s also important to understand this is not another new, latest, greatest technique. CrossFit is recognized as officially found in 2000 in California.

While Ryan, Jess and Brad all choose to test themselves competing in events like Crossfit Games, Tuff Mudder and Spartan Race, they want to emphasize that they are the minority. “Most members just want to stay in shape and maintain a healthy weight. What we do here is not difficult. There are no fancy machines here, rather a supportive environment using proven methods to help you attain your personal goal.”

“Typically the world’s best athletes are minimalists when it comes to their training. They work hard and fast with few exercises. They master the fundamentals and work with them for years. This is the secret that no one wants to hear.” That quote is attributed to Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit. Researching the underlying philosophy is to recognize that you’re only as good as your weakest link, be it cardio, strength, speed or agility. CrossFit trains to cover multiple disciplines to achieve balanced performance.

CAJIR CrossFit is open Monday-Friday, plus also hosts convenient Sunday morning classes. Weekday hours run 5:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., while Sunday runs at 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.

More information is available by visiting their website, www.crossfitcajir.com or by calling (269) 308-3062.