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LAURA OTTERNESS | THE SPECTRUM Elevate Human Potential in Moorhead, MN, improves both the mental and physical health of its members by goal-setting and achievement.
LAURA OTTERNESS | THE SPECTRUM
Elevate Human Potential in Moorhead, MN, improves both the mental and physical health of its members by goal-setting and achievement.

A brass bell hangs on the wall with the inscription, “Better than Yesterday.”

This is the motto of the Elevate Human Potential CrossFit gym in Moorhead, M.N. After a class or workout, if someone beats a personal best, they can ring the bell in celebration.

“This isn’t the, ‘Hey, I quit’ bell,” said Karla Solum, owner of the CrossFit gym. “This is the ‘Let’s celebrate what I just did what I’ve never been able to accomplish ever in my life’ bell.”

Unlike most facilities that primarily function in an open-gym format, Elevate Human Potential prides itself on the individuality of its classes. Coaches are always present to instruct, assist and encourage members to push themselves to be better.

The workout room is mostly open space containing a rope, climbing wall, gymnastic bars and rings and various free weights.

Solum said newcomers are often surprised by the lack of machines.

“Here at CrossFit, your body is the machine, and in life you’re the machine,” Solum said.

Solum opened Elevate Human Potential last December with the goal of helping people find their true potential. She said members have told her their workout is the highlight of their week.

While trying to inspire others, Solum said she is inspired every day by the members of her gym.

An above-knee amputee started about a month ago, who “modifies with pride and works to do the things that he can control.” Another member is 67, and his goal is to still be doing CrossFit when he is 70.

Students receive a $10 monthly discount when signing up for group classes. In addition to CrossFit training, Elevate Human Potential gym provides sports medicine, massage therapy, sport-specific training and recovery services.

A chalkboard resides in the athletes’ lounge with the words, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

The board is full of 2015 goals, ranging from “Do 1 pull up” to “Walk in a handstand.” The chalkboard represents the mission of CrossFit – progress toward a goal by being better than yesterday.

“You might take time to get where you want to be, but you can,” Solum said. “Sometimes people just have to find that within themselves.”

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