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General manager Cherie Wong performs squats

By Caroline Wright

The world of CrossFit is one in which mysterious acronyms like WOD, EMOM, ATG and AMRAP are casually tossed into conversations.

It’s a world in which some workouts come with deceptively delicate names like Grace, Isabel, Chelsea and Fran; and others with monikers like the Filthy Fifty.

Daniel Lyman has been part of that world since 2007, when he walked into his first “box,” as CrossFit’s locations are called, and completed his first WOD (Workout of the Day). At the time, Lyman was an Army infantryman stationed in Southeast Asia, on one of three deployments.

After a dozen years in the Cross-Fit universe — working his way from member to coach to head coach to general manager — Lyman is now the owner of CrossFit East Oahu.

“You can work out anywhere,” he said, “but what you get at Cross-Fit East Oahu is a workout with friends, family and a community that is second to none.”

Wong and Lyman on air bikes.

CrossFit’s celebrated strength and conditioning program — a combination of aerobics, calisthenics and weightlifting — consists of “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains,” all with the goal of improving members’ physical fitness.

The regimen was developed by a California gymnast named Greg Glassman and first implemented in the 1990s, when Glassman was hired as a physical trainer by the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Today there are more than 13,000 CrossFit locations all over the world, in more than 120 countries. Opened in 2011, the Niu Valley “box” has helped countless Oahuans become stronger and healthier through a core strength and conditioning program that emphasizes the Ten General Physical Skills of Fitness: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

Open more hours than any box on Oahu, as Lyman claims proudly, CrossFit East Oahu offers WODs, Open Gym, and occasional mobility and yoga classes, with multiple community events and Gym Socials each month. There’s even a kids’ class each Saturday morning for aspiring junior Firebreathers (as CrossFit’s toughest athletes are known).

“All levels of experience can join,” Lyman said emphatically. “We can scale any movement to fit your needs and/or injuries. We want you to come back to work out tomorrow!”

CrossFit East Oahu’s certified coaches bring more than 80 years of combined experience to the table (or to the box, as it were), and include four military veterans, a soccer mom, and a four-time CrossFit Games competitor, among others. Lauded on the gym’s social media pages, CFEO’s tight coaching group has participated as a team in fundraisers for the Blood Bank of Hawaii, #FightBurnsHawaii, Barbells 4 Boobs, and other community events.

“We offer the most class hours, the cleanest gym in town, lots of parking, and no reservations are needed,” said general manager Cherie Wong.

With multiple membership options, including special deals for police officers, firefighters, and members of the military, the Niu Valley box offers a deeply supportive environment, perfect for aspiring personal trainers and coaches who hope one day to enter the CrossFit world as professionals.

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THE 411

COMPANY: CrossFit East Oahu

LOCATION: Niu Valley Center, 549 Halemaumau St., Honolulu

PHONE: 306-1485

WEBSITE: crossfiteastoahuhawaii.com