Crossfit 906 is a workout facility in Ishpeming where they push their clients to experience the "Sport of Fitness." The workouts are challenging, but people keep coming back, due to the results and the community support.
Age is just a number at the Crossfit 906 gym in Ishpeming where the goal is for each individual to challenge his or herself daily. The toughness of the 906 clients runs deeper than a desire to look good physically, but through their "Hero" workouts, they strive to honor fallen warriors of all kinds who have served our nation.
Each workout name represents a service man or woman who has died as a result of duty or while on duty.
"It really helps motivate you through a workout when you know someone gave their life for your freedom," says Cross Fit coach, Angela Kiviniemi.
Laurie Bashaw's husband was a Marine Corp and Navy veteran. He recently lost his battle with cancer, which the VA recognized as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange, a herbicide used during combat operations, while he served in Vietnam.
For Laurie, Crossfit 906 has been a form of therapy.
"That's the one reason why I started coming here, because I needed to be stronger for everything that I needed to do in my life without him," said Laurie.
This new side of life has not been easy since her husband's death in 2011, but her new friends and community at Crossfit 906 help keep her motivated for the journey.