"I have amazed myself! My muscles feeling better and stronger everyday, beginning to see results everywhere! I am very Thankful! Thank you for all you do and share with us!"
"The camaraderie, it amazes me, how supportive this whole group is to its fellow members. I've firmed up, lost inches, got much stronger, but the thing that has struck me the most is the support and encouragement we get daily from each other."
"I started with zero upper body strength 8 months ago. I can now do a pull-up, which I thought I would never be able to do. Coaches just don't coach, they inspire. People think I am nuts for waking up early however if they simply knew the atmosphere in the garage and how much "fun" we have there is never a dull moment. I look forward to waking up at 5:00am! Thank you for bringing CF to Chesaning!"
"I'm glad that I found a wonderful coach and group of people to work out with. The type of work we do keeps me coming back for more. It amazes me how addictive it can be. Don't get me wrong, I'm scared every time I walk through that door, but sure glad I did. I'm happy to be getting little stronger every day!"
"For me, it's the unknown, the constant change and challenge. It's setting a goal and surpassing it. You can't ever be the strongest you're going to be, because that's when you add weight or go faster. It's trying to master a skill you want so bad. The thing that has amazed me most is the friendships that were formed with people you knew of but who would have thought they would become some of our best support."
"When I first started I sat in my car with tears thinking no way I can do this I have never done anything like it. But I wanted to support my best friend and that is what I have learned the most support! Supporting new and old friends made as we push for more reps higher weights and doing something we never thought possible and to celebrate as a group when we do it! Excited to continually push myself and share this experience with all the new garage gang!"
I have never done weights. I was on bed rest for 6 months during my pregnancy. Gained a ton of weight and lost whatever muscle I did have. I started this class six weeks after my baby was born. Four months later and I'm feeling great and noticing muscles!
What stuck me the most - how it has changed my life. I always thought my running was good the way it was. Why would I need to do anything else? I was so wrong about that. I can't wait to see the results this summer when I combine the two. Because of CrossFit, I also am changing the way that I coach. I want to bring many parts of CrossFit into my coaching. Not only the workouts but also the community part. I love the support. I love that I have been able to get to know other people better. I didn't think I would have new and great friends. Thought I would just go to workout. One of the best things to see is each athlete making steps in their journey. We all get to be a part of that. It could be their first DU, pull up, or a new PR on weight. So really it all has struck me. So many great laughs too. Many more to come.
I was skeptical of the group workout, I have worked out with a personal trainer and doing a group workout I didn't think I would get any individual attention...boy was I wrong and what keeps me coming back is the support from the group. I never thought I would learn to eat properly and I must admit the first week of this 21 day challenge hasn't been bad for me. I am also just outright addicted now...I can't get enough I find myself at home on off days practicing movements just to improve that much faster. I never thought I could get a great workout and nutritional plans in my small town that has been one of the greatest finds for me! I also feel like my old athletic self from high school and I didn't think that would ever be possible when I am staring 40 in the eyes.
"I think what keeps me coming is the community. The workouts are hard for each person in a different way. Regardless, we are all cheering each other on no matter what. I feel like it's not even about me anymore, it's about us as a community. I show up because I want to see how far I can push myself, but to see other people succeed as well!"
I walked through the doors with absolutely no expectations. I was there at no fault of my own, but my wife's encouragement (nagging) that this was something I absolutely had to try because it was so FUN. Well, I got through the foundations class with no problem and thought OK this is fine. But I still didn't feel the crazy excitement of my loving wife.
I remember doing 21 as one of my first wods. I had never done so many sit ups and squats in my life. I knew there was no way I would ever be able to finish this one. It was just to many reps. Are these people crazy? Well I did finish, it wasn't fast or pretty, but with the encouragement of my new garage gang family I somehow got through it.
After about a month, I started to feel my body and attitude change. I found myself craving the workouts and couldn't wait the workout again. There's something about the group of people that I'm surrounded by at the garage. It's like a new family that I was introduced to and couldn't get enough of. The atmosphere is absolutely inspiring. No one is ever left to feel to week or not quite enough. Everyone pulls through together and for me that makes all the difference. What can't you accomplish with a great group of people pushing you the entire way. I learned that the way I felt in the beginning, feelings of inadequacy and weakness were soon pushed aside and a huge feeling of self accomplishment replaced all those feelings. Now I can't get enough. It has been such a positive influence on my entire life. I'm able accomplish things I never thought possible. It has taught me that nothing is too big if I just break it down and treat it like a bunch of small tasks rather than on impossible feat.
I went into this with absolutely no expectations, now I push harder and try to lift heavier that I ever though I could. This has opened up a new side of me that I didn't know existed. I feel healthier and stronger than I have since high school. I now see the garage as a integral part of my life that I couldn't imagine my life without it. It has made the bond between me and Kelly even stronger. We now push each other at the gym and both enjoy it immensely. So, I guess my wife's nagging was just a loving nudge to get me off my butt and experience what she had come to love. Now I get it. This really is FUN! I love the garage and will continue this journey with my new family as long as my body allows.