By Mike Irwin

Friday, January 22, 2010

CASHMERE — Does your happy place include sweat, strain, sheer exhaustion and, yep, one more set of reps?

For a group of moms grunting toward high-level fitness, “happy” is relative in a 12-minute workout that pushes them far beyond housework, grocery shopping and school commutes. It’s an exercise routine, they said, that gives them the stamina and energy to be better mothers, wives and businesswomen.

“It’s fast, it’s fun, and it helps me function in everyday life,” said Jamie Ogle of Wenatchee, a 38-year-old mother of two and winter sports participant. “I’m fitter, stronger and — grrr! — can even lift the back end of a snowmobile.”

Tough mamas like Ogle work out up to four times a week at CrossFit Cashmere, the four-month-old training facility that’s signed up more than 30 fitness buffs (female and male) for its short-interval, high-intensity exercise sessions and nutritional guidance. Owners of the bare-bones gym show clients how to use their own body weight — pushups, situps, pullups, burpees — to develop core strength, increase flexibility and improve cardio function. Weights and a few rowing machines can also figure in the 12-minute mix of exercises… Read the article on “The Wenatchee World