Local gym pairs with PAWS to raise awareness

By Christine Simmonds | Nov 04, 2019
Photo by: Laura Amey CJ Strength and Conditioning hosts a fundraiser for PAWS Animal Adoption Center on Saturday Nov. 2.

Rockport — CJ Strength and Conditioning teamed up with PAWS Animal Adoption Center on Saturday, Nov. 2, for a workout and fundraiser called “As Many Dogs As Possible.”

The title is a play on a workout term called AMRAP, which stands for “As Many Reps As Possible.” An AMRAP is where the athlete completes as many sets of a specific workout in the allotted time as they can. Chris Chacon, owner of CJ Strength, stated that he hoped the fundraiser would increase awareness of the PAWS nonprofit and help dogs find their forever homes.

CJ Strength, located on Commercial Street, is a group fitness gym that offers strength and conditioning classes as well as cardio blast classes. Strength and conditioning courses are designed to help people build strength for general health as well as respiratory and cardio conditioning. Cardio blast classes are based on circuit training and offer more lightweight options such as kettle bells and dumbbells.

Chacon stated that the goal of the gym is to, “Help people find the results they are looking for in as creative and safe a way as possible.” Classes aim to give the community a place to get healthy without judgment or risk of injury.

This is not the first fundraiser CJ Strength has hosted. Chacon stated that previous charity events have been to benefits members with breast cancer, members who were in the Coast Guard during the government shutdown, Trekkers, and the Camden Fire Department.

The PAWS fundraiser involved a team workout where teammates switched every three minutes to complete as many reps of the movements as possible.

Laura Amey, Development Assistant at PAWS, was present with a donation jar and information about the nonprofit organization. She stated that PAWS is a no-kill shelter based in Camden that provides services to 11 towns: Camden, Rockport, Belfast, Lincolnville, Searsmont, Hope, Northport, Liberty, Islboro, Swanville, Appleton, and Belmont.

Shelley Johnson, a member of CJ Strength, works at PAWS and brought her 14-year-old rescue dog, Dagan, to help cheer on the athletes. Dagan came from a rescue group in another state and was tagged for euthanasia in 48 hours before he was rescued.

Also present was Nyssa Compoginis to represent Redzone Wireless. Redzone donated $300 plus pet supplies through their Community Development Program called Broadband for Pet People. Compoginis said this program assists seven nonprofit animal shelters in the state, and calls itself, “Broadband with a cause.”

Ryan Seeber, an eighth grade student at Camden Rockport Middle School, attended as Petey Paws Dog, the mascot for PAWS adoption center. Petey participated in the workout as well.

For more information on PAWS, call 236-8702.

Redzone Wireless donates $300 and pet supplies during the fundraiser at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Colden Golann is interupted by Dagan the rescue dog while he prepares for the workout at the PAWS fundraiser at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Ryan Seeber as Petey Paws Dog at the PAWS fundraiser at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
From left:Shelley Johnson participates in the workout while her partner Jan Pitcairn pets Dagan the rescue dog at the PAWS fundraiser at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Ryan Seeber, as Petey Paws Dog, does kettle bell swings during the PAWS fundraiser at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Ryan Seeber, as Petey Paws Dog, does push-ups during the PAWS fundraiser at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Members of CJ Strength gym work out during the fundraiser for PAWS at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Chris Chacon pets rescue dog Dagan during the PAWS fundraiser workout at CJ Strength on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
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