Lifelong athlete opens CrossFit 31 gym, teaches ‘core values’

Published on: September 7, 2017

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Kim Honrud, owner of CrossFit 31, a new CrossFit gym in Gibsonton, prides itself on its one-on-one training and its small class sizes, which allows for more personal training.


Kim Honrud is one of the last people you might expect to own a gym — not because she doesn’t look the part, but because of her early history.

At 13, Honrud was involved in a vicious accident that left her hip shattered and her pelvis broken.

But she never had surgery — her muscular, athletic body, even at that young age, allowed for quick recovery.

“I was really fortunate when I had that accident,” she said. “The x-ray of my hip looked like a hard-boiled egg that dropped from the counter. It was shattered and had either 14 or 17 breaks between my hip and pelvis. I had no traction, no surgery, nothing. They released me on a walker.

“After the accident, they made me stay home, bedbound for 30 days, but I was on the track team within six months.”

By high school, she was on the track and playing basketball.

She credits her athletic body — and so did her doctors — with her quick recovery.

After a career as a computer scientist, Honrud opened CrossFit 31 in Gibsonton eight months ago and is working as a personal trainer. The gym, which touts its small class sizes, is located at 10905 U.S. 41 S. in Gibsonton.

Now she is focused on teaching others how to strengthen their core.

“A good percentage of our problems are derived from weak cores,” Honrud said. “The back, hip, knee, ankle and shoulder pain. The majority of accidents are from instability of the body.”

CrossFit 31, she said, is taking your body and putting it through functional movements. “We teach how to do it all properly. That is a big focus We are all about form first.”

Since CrossFit 31 is about full body function, it is good for everyone from elite athletes to older women who want to avoid hip injury or falls, Honrud said.

“We can work with anybody. If you have a prosthetic or a loss of use, we can modify every movement for anybody. It’s a core to extremity program and we will get you a defined core.”

Kirk Hayes joined CrossFit 31 in January and finds the atmosphere much better for him than some of the large corporate gyms, even though the cost is considerably higher.

“It’s more like a family, honestly,” Hayes said. “I’ve made lots of friends in there and they are very focused on our individual development. I feel like I get more one-on-one than I would at a larger franchise type place.”

Hayes said he’s never attended a class with more than 10 people, which has advantages. “It is a little bit easier to get some one-on-one coaching. Usually, I try to go four times a week. “

Mechanics, consistency and intensity – those are the keys, Honrud said.

“I’ve always been a gym rat,” Honrud concedes. “And once I stayed home, I became an unofficial personal trainer.  I was always interested in getting my personal training certification, which I did. One of my friends opened a CrossFit 31 gym, and I worked for him for two or more years.”

She also worked at Shapes Fitness for Women as a group fitness teacher and a personal trainer, which prepared her to become a gym owner, she said.

“I absolutely love it. It’s so much fun,” Honrud said. “When we found this location, we knew it was time.”

For the first eight months, she and her business partner, who wishes to remain anonymous, worked on every aspect of the business. Now, they are focusing on getting the word out.

“We do predominantly classes, but we also have a couple hours of open gym time. The benefit of the classes is that they are small, typically five to nine people. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes.”

Clients can join month to month for $165 or make a 12-month commitment for $140 per month.

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