CrossFit Truckee enjoys grand success one year after cross-town move
Special to the Sun
TRUCKEE, Calif. — It only took one CrossFit class for Alexander Savitsky to become hooked.
“Carissa had been into CrossFit for a long time and she always tried to get me to go to a class with her,” Savitsky said of his wife’s influence on joining CrossFit. “I finally gave in and went to one to humor her, and that was all it took for me to keep coming back.”
Known for its high-intensity workouts involving strength, speed, stamina, coordination, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, balance, and flexibility, CrossFit has many devout followers, and – especially through Savitsky’s eyes – it’s easy to see why.
“It’s 60 minutes of constantly varied movement that is programmed for you in a way that supports pretty much anything and everything you want to do no matter what your goals are,” said Savitsky. “And at the end of that sixty minutes, you leave knowing you’ve challenged yourself and that you’ve accomplished something you may not never thought you could before.”
‘A REALLY POSITIVE ENERGY’
Having owned CrossFit Truckee & Tahoe Power Lab for just one year, Savitsky is somewhat of a new-kid-on-the-CrossFit-block, but he’s taken to the fitness regimen like a duck takes to water.
“The group-training atmosphere creates a really positive energy in the gym, which helps build a really supportive community, and that’s the biggest thing for me,” Savitsky said. “That’s not to say I think CrossFit is for everyone – some athletes train better solo – but I think it can help a lot of people to become the best versions of themselves whether it’s becoming the best athlete, or the best mom or dad, or the best firefighter.
“You can be your best version of who you are, and CrossFit can help drive that.”
Born and raised on the Wisconsin shoreline of Lake Superior, the Midwest native grew up an avid sailor, outdoor enthusiastic and all-around competitive athlete.
Upon leaving his hometown, Savitsky headed west to California, where he spent some time living with his brother on a 32-foot sailboat in the San Francisco Bay while working for the Tradewinds Sailing Club.
When his sea legs grew waterlogged, Savitsky sought out greener pastures, or in his case, the snow-clad Eastern Sierras that are home to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, where me met his future wife, Carissa, also known as the driving force behind his passion for CrossFit.
“After a few years, I left Mammoth to move to Southern California with Carissa when she went back to school for cosmetology, but only under the strict agreement that we would move back to the mountains as soon as she was done,” Savitsky said with a playful smirk.
TAKING IT TO TRUCKEE
The couple’s mutual enthusiasm for mountain life eventually led them to Truckee where, in 2007, they began launching their careers as well as starting a family.
“I had been dedicating myself to a different career in an entirely different industry in Tahoe, but as soon as Carissa convinced me to try CrossFit, I found a deeper passion for it just like I had for snowboarding, soccer, and all the other competitive sports I had been passionate about throughout my life,” Savitsky said. “So at age 30, I decided to take a giant leap of faith, and with the help and support of my wife, we opened up the new CrossFit Truckee location on Soaring Way in February 2015.”
Savitsky’s business goals have far exceeded his expectations in his first year of operations, giving rise to bigger, better opportunities, namely by way of a bigger, better gym space.
“We’ve grown quite a bit over the last year as far as membership goes, and with that, we needed to grow into a bigger space where we can offer more in terms of not just CrossFit, but personal training, sports-specific training, and different types of physical and wellness therapies like massage and acupuncture,” Savitsky said. “Another big part of what we’ve had here and will continue to offer at the new space is our kid-friendly, family-friendly environment, and we’re hoping to grow that even more by offering fitness and health classes for kids.”
The new space is equivalent to a 2,500-square-foot upgrade, and yet it’s nearly a stone’s throw from the former gym, both located in the business park near the Truckee-Tahoe Airport.
“I love helping people and for me to be able to do that every day at multiple times a day … there’s nothing better, especially when those people feel themselves getting stronger, gaining confidence, losing weight, getting faster, or reaching whatever goal it may be,” Savitsky said.
Jenny Goldsmith is a North Tahoe-based freelance writer and a former reporter for the Sierra Sun newspaper. Have an idea for a merchant to feature? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.