BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Many people around Kern County are taking part in a global competition that puts their strength to the test. It’s all part of the popular fitness craze called CrossFit.
CrossFit is a high-intensity workout that focuses on building strength and conditioning and for the last year, the most extreme men and women have trained for a chance to compete for the title of "Fittest on Earth."
Kim Abiles admits she's not your normal grandmother.
"No, I'm not, I guess," she said.
For the last four years, she's been part of CrossFit Frenzy in Bakersfield.
"This is the first workout I've ever done and stuck with for so long," she said.
Abiles is the grandmother of two and works out to reach her personal goals.
"You just push yourself to your limit, every work out you do," said Abiles.
Abiles ranks 14 in her age group in the southern part of the state and is looking to compete at the CrossFit Games this summer.
"I think about how hard I trained all year long and this is the time that all your training gets put to use to see where I fall in throughout southern California," she said.
People in CrossFit take part in high intensity workouts that implement gymnastics, Olympic weight lifting and plenty of cardio.
Rafael: "the consistence is the key," said Rafael Guijarro, co-owner and fitness trainer at CrossFit Frenzy Bakersfield.
For five weeks, competitors participate in open workouts to see if they qualify to move on to the next level.
"People come here because they want to achieve a goal. They want someone to guide them through the process and you go to a regular gym and you don't have anyone to tell you 'hey this is what you're supposed to be doing, but you come here and all of a sudden you have everybody working together no matter who you are," he said.
The exercises performed during open workouts change every week and so does the time limit.
"We all have some competitive nature in us and so, it’s really fun to compete, but it's also fun to just come together and have some fun with CrossFit,” said Angie Guijarro.
Members of CrossFit Frenzy Bakersfield compete in the open workouts until April 7th. Then, if they qualify, it’s off to the regionals and later this summer the CrossFit Games.