TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A new CrossFit gym is set to open Saturday in Robinson, Illinois and the man behind the business is hoping to lift the spirits of veterans like him while lifting weights.
Matt Van Schoyck is the owner and head coach of CrossFit Final Call. Matt was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and says he struggled for years after he returned home.
A buddy introduced Matt to CrossFit and he says it saved his life.
"I tried it and I wasn't very good at it but what it did was give me an outlet for all the aggression that I was having and a way to deal with my transition and kind of the anger I was dealing with from coming home from the desert."
Matt says he got better and felt better. He eventually began training others.
"Getting involved in the community Of CrossFit, the camaraderie that you have with the other people in the class with you, kind of that bond in suffering, it was the closest thing that I found to being back in the service in the civilian community and that absolutely pulled me out of the gutter that I was in."
CrossFit Final Call, located at 1302 West Main Street, has partnered with Lift for 22 to provide free gym memberships to veterans.
“Gave them some memberships to this gym so veterans can go through their organization and come to this gym for free and hopefully we can help them deal with the same issues that I was having.”
As part of the grand opening, the gym is hosting a special workout to honor vets. The workout is actually done across the country to raise money to support veteran sevices. It is scheduled for 9am local time.
“There’s two levels. One of them involves a barbell and one of them is just body weight only.”
Matt says the gym is not just for veterans. He wants to encourage everyone to get involved saying the people of all ages can get something out of the exercise.
“We train our body to do the things it’s supposed to do. So we do pick things up. We put them over our heads. We run. We jump. We twist and we turn and move our bodies in all the ways it supposed to move.”
You can visit the CrossFit Final Call website for more information on classes.