I’ve never been an athlete. In fact, I skipped gym all together in high school. I have very bad asthma and allergies. I work full time, am a wife and a mother of two. I am a crossfitter.
I’ve always gone through spurts of joining gyms to only get bored running on the treadmill or doing the elliptical. I had a hard time motivating to go because I hated working out.
In the fall of 2010 my husband started doing Crossfit workouts. He went to the main site to see what the workout was and then I’d watch him do these crazy things for 3-20 minutes while I did the elliptical watching Oprah for an hour. I eventually joined him in doing the main site work outs at our YMCA but still wasn’t feeling confident in what I was doing. We didn’t have the proper space or equipment. I wasn’t getting coaching on the movements so I wasn’t confident in what I was doing. I was basically doing it by myself so I didn’t feel much motivation when timing myself or counting reps.
I was starting to have fun though. It was at that point my husband suggested we join a Crossfit gym. It still took a little convincing because it was more expensive than our YMCA membership. I told myself if I could go at least 2-3 times per week and saw results we’d stick with it.
I’ve been crossfitting for almost a year and go 4-5 times per week because I love it so much. Everyday is different and I continue to see huge results. I’ve never felt so confident and healthy. My kids are very proud to tell their friends that their mommy can do over 20 pull ups in a row! I want my children to see that I work hard not only at my job and in taking care of them, but I work hard to take care of myself. I want to be my children’s role model.
Crossfit Rise has a top facility, excellent coaching staff and a diverse and fun community of members. I would highly recommend the program and Crossfit Rise.
“Hey!! You need to get in shape fast?! Wanna look your best?! Tired the other guys getting all the chicks?! Are you tired of being a 90 pound weakling?!” – Thank you Cartman (From South Park Episode 0102 – Weight Gain 4000)He he – I’m only 90 lbs…well I was almost 300 lbs, and decided I needed to do something to change this. Not a simple, short term change mind you, but a long term, life-long change of my lifestyle. I had changed my diet in the past, and failed to include any physical activity. I had lost a lot of weight, but gained it back six years later. Then two things happened. First, a friend signed me of for something called Warrior Dash & I needed to get into shape. I happened to come across a special offer for this thing called Crossfit. I did a little research, and decided to give it a go. It seemed easy enough. Workouts lasting one hour, and an easy schedule to follow. At the suggestion of Coach Jessica, I decided to come in for a free class a couple of weeks before foundations were to begin. I had no idea what to expect, and was eager to learn. I followed the directions, and found myself in an industrial park, and see an open door to what looked like a warehouse. I peered inside, and saw the morning class completing their WOD. Tired, but smiling, they ran, lifted, and squatted away. Would this be for me? One arduous hour later, I was hooked. I had never experienced such an intense, full range workout! In my first session, I got to complete kettlebell swings, push a sled, row, throw wall balls, & sit ups. Thanks to delayed onset muscle soreness, I would have no idea how much of a workout I had endured until the next day. It took me another 4 days to walk again! Just in time for another Saturday workout! This one was a little easier, as I was beginning to get used to moving around, and I had another intense workout! I could not wait for foundations to start!
I joined the foundations class in early July, and decided I wanted to push myself, so I signed up for M/W/F classes, after work. Each day we learned the proper movements and techniques for what Crossfit is. Each day the workouts got more intense, and I learned new techniques. I was eagerly watching the “regulars” completing the WOD’s while we practiced in foundations. I was wondering if I could keep up with the regular classes. Well, before I knew it, foundations were done, and I decided this would be my future. I signed up, and came to my first class ASAP. That first WOD was way more than I had expected, yet, with the help and guidance of the coaches, they got me through it! Before I knew it, I was getting stronger, faster, more flexible, and losing body fat. The coaching staff here is great. They will not let me quit, and help me prove to myself just how far I can go, and then a little more. When I started, I could not run 400m without being totally winded, now I can get all the way around, and then some. I still cannot do a pull up, but I’m getting closer. With each workout I am getting better and better. I’ve also gained an interest in Olympic Lifting, and hope to shortly begin learning that additional skill as well.
I never thought of myself as an active person, and was really surprised how Crossfit Rise began to change that. I was very out of shape, and now I’m getting more and more into shape with each WOD. I look forward to the challenge each day, and somehow find the determination to get through some of the toughest workouts (can you say 100 wall balls and 80 burpees?) I want to personally thank Brian, Jessica, Justin, Kathy, & Val for not giving up on me, or letting me give up on myself. You have a world class facility, and I cannot wait to come back and do another WOD!
I found Crossfit back in October of 2010. I followed the main site WODs and the BrandX forum for scaling. I was hooked on Crossfit since then. I did what I could in a fitness center at my work but wished I could do more with the rx’d equipment (kettle bells, rings, ropes). I was able to learn many things on my own watching videos online and with some help of the trainers in the fitness center. But I lacked in certain areas like proper technique with barbell lifts specifically with Olympic lifting and overall strength. In March 2011 for the Crossfit Games Open WOD 3, I failed to clean 165lb just one time to get any score in the WOD.
It wasn’t until I joined Crossfit Rise in April 2011 that I started making huge improvements. Within the first few months, I made many PR’s with the barbell lifts. The coaches helped me with proper technique and gave me helpful cues to many of the exercises. In addition to the daily Crossfit WODs, they provide additional sessions for Olympic lifting, yoga, and monthly nutrition seminars. All of which are bonuses to the membership at Rise and help round out my Crossfit experience. Also with this, I’ve been able to shift focus to Olympic lifting and strength training for a few months in which I was able to achieve PRs with the lifts surpassing the 165lb clean I wasn’t able to do a few months back.
The Crossfit Rise facility is outstanding with plenty of room that a couple Crossfit sessions and Olympic lifting can happen all at the same time. They have top notch coaches and equipment. I attribute most of my success in the past few months to the coaching at Rise and knowledge they provide. The growing Rise community is a great source of motivation and pushing through the final reps of the WODs.
I can say at the age of 39, I’m the healthiest, fittest, and strongest that I’ve ever been in my life thanks to Crossfit. And joining Crossfit Rise to get the full Crossfit experience was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I joined Crossfit Rise as soon as it opened and I have not been disappointed. I have been Crossfitting for a couple of years and the staff at Rise have really helped me improve my fitness and flexibility. I came for Crossfit, and what I got what in return in addition to Crossfit has been a huge value. The Rise has left me nothing less than impressed. Some of these items include, nutrition seminars, Olympic Weightlifting classes, Endurance classes, & much much more. I recommend this place to anyone looking to change their fitness life. The staff and owners really make you feel welcome and this is really the place to be for solid training and camaraderie.”
CrossFit Rise is the best place to workout! The coaches are very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to help you succeed with your workout goals. You will feel welcome, and each day you will leave with a smile and a sense of accomplishment. The coaches are willing to take the extra time to ensure you are correctly and safely performing each movement.
Everyday there is a different workout to look forward to, and a different goal to accomplish for yourself. You will never be bored and each day you learn something new. Regardless of how well you can do the workout there will be a member or coach cheering you on.
What also makes this place great are the members. You will meet new people everyday that have the same drive to succeed at the workout of the day. CrossFit Rise will get you results. You will notice with each new workout that you can perform better than before and you can track your progress online to see how you have changed from day 1.
They also offer several opportunities aside from the weekly workouts such as Olympic Weightlifting competitions, nutritional seminars, and workout collaborations with other CrossFit affiliations. CrossFit Rise will make you healthier, stronger, and most of all motivate you to workout with such a great CrossFit community.
I have been doing CrossFit for a couple of months now and I can say I have not been disappointed. Prior to starting CrossFit, I had done gymnastics for 19 years, including Division I collegiate, and thought that CrossFit would be a breeze. Turns out it was exactly the opposite and quite a humbling experience. The workouts are extremely challenging, mentally and physically, but something that people from all different backgrounds can get through. The staff are knowledgeable and motivating and will never let you quit on yourself. I believe that people from all different weights, ages and strengths groups can benefit from Crossfit.
The workouts are surprisingly intense considering their brevity, and I have noticed quantitatively measured results after my foundations graduation. The workouts are never boring and I have noticed huge improvements with my swimming while doing Crossfit!
I had heard about CrossFit and I walked in not knowing what to expect. I did know I was bored with big box gyms and running out of motivation to get healthy and fit. I was bored. At Crossfit Rise, I encountered a fantastic coaching staff, with the time and patience to get me up to speed on the workouts, a huge facility, and a very supportive community. I have never been more challenged, more motivated and more driven to be as fit and lean as I can possibly be. The varied, ever changing workouts (never the same), scalability and coaching have enabled me to do things I couldn’t do just 3 months ago. I am an athlete again.