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CrossFit Teo pushes fitness, competition

New gym opened by MP locals, draws CrossFitters from across SE Iowa

Union photo by Grace King

CrossFit Teo held their grand opening of their gym at 2555 Lexington Avenue in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Aug. 10. The gym was launched by Raul Becerril, middle, his wife Mallory Becerril, right, and Matt Klundt, left.
Union photo by Grace King CrossFit Teo held their grand opening of their gym at 2555 Lexington Avenue in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Aug. 10. The gym was launched by Raul Becerril, middle, his wife Mallory Becerril, right, and Matt Klundt, left.

MT. PLEASANT — CrossFitters are finding their competitive spirit while working out in community at a new CrossFit gym that opened in Mt. Pleasant earlier this summer.

CrossFit Teo is the first CrossFit gym to open in Mt. Pleasant, and the fitness market is ready for CrossFit, said Mallory Becerril, who co-owns the gym with her husband Raul Becerril at 2555 Lexington Ave. in Mt. Pleasant.

CrossFit is a high-intensity workout that incorporates calisthenics, weightlifting, powerlifting, aerobics and body-weight exercises. The mission of CrossFit Teo is to help people be independent by encouraging them to eat well and “keep and build function of movement,” Raul said.

Raul and Mallory began their journey to become small business owners in January, applying for a small business loan, creating an LLC and getting approval from the CrossFit corporation to use the CrossFit name. They pay annual dues to CrossFit.

Once Raul and Mallory decided on the location, they knocked down some walls to open up space in the building, added a garage door and built a front desk. Seeing it come together was part of Raul’s favorite part of launching a business.

CrossFit Teo opened July 1, with a grand opening following on Saturday, Aug. 10. They already have 50 members, Raul said. The building is on the grounds of Airport Road Vineyard and was previously used as Mallory’s mother’s photography studio, Studio K. Wine is made in the back of the building, Mallory said. They are open Monday through Saturday with five classes a day. A membership comes with unlimited classes. They also offer classes specifically targeted to student athletes and a CrossFit Legends class for beginners.

“Everyone has an itch to learn more about (CrossFit),” Mallory said.

“We want to give them the best hour of their day,” Raul said. “We want them fully engaged and enjoying each other’s company.”

Raul and Mallory, who welcomed their first child in March, are looking forward to raising their kids around the CrossFit community, Mallory said.

“This is the start of something great,” Raul said.

Raul began exploring CrossFit his senior year of college at Iowa Wesleyan University. He met Matt Klundt, a fellow student at Iowa Wesleyan, and they started doing CrossFit workouts together. Other students took notice.

“People would see us in the gym and we started getting 10 to 15 people working out with us. It kept the passion alive,” Klundt said, who is now working part time at CrossFit Teo.

CrossFit is humbling, Raul said. Even as a college athlete, Raul enjoyed the challenge of the exercise. Even what he considers a simple workout left him gasping for air.

The community aspect of CrossFit is what drew Klundt in. He enjoys working out with “like-minded” people who are seeing to better themselves.

Mallory said that CrossFit workouts reveal your weaknesses while giving you a support group to encourage you through those weaknesses.

Raul, Mallory and Klundt are CrossFit Level 1 certified and have bachelors degrees in exercise science. They attended a two-day class in Chicago, Illinois, learned the proper movements and passed the Level 1 certification test.

The three are working toward their Level II certification, which requires more extensive testing with certified CrossFit instructors. There are four levels of CrossFit certification.

Jake Lowe, of Mt. Pleasant, tried CrossFit for the first time a month ago and was hooked, he said.

Lowe said he was competitive athletically in high school and lost that outlet when he graduated. He rediscovered that competitive spirit with CrossFit.

“They all push you to be competitive,” Lowe said of Raul, Mallory and Klundt.

Kalynn Batey, of Mt. Pleasant, also recently began her CrossFit journey. Batey said a friend of hers was interested in CrossFit and recruited her to try it. Batey also knew Raul and Klundt and always wanted to join them in their CrossFit workouts.

“I really like it. It’s more fun to work out with people,” Batey said.

For more information about CrossFit Teo, call 319-217-9368 or visit them on Facebook or Instagram at CrossFit Teo.