There is no other gym, fitness regimen, etc. around here that could have put me into the condition to complete the challenge we did on Sunday, not only from the physical and endurance standpoint but from the mental stamina standpoint as well. I have been in decent shape in the past (mostly prior to having kids :), and yes, I could have probably completed Sunday’s challenge, but it would have taken me tons longer, and I would have had a LOT less determination, desire, motivation and certainly would have had extremely weak moments where I didn’t think I’d make it. But because of CF, those things were not a factor. I never once thought we couldn’t finish, and we never once stopped. We passed so many teams along the way that completely stopped to take a breather, or whatever, and we never stopped.
I was hoping to see you yesterday so I could tell you about my weekend visiting my brother. He goes to a Cross Fit gym up there and he took me with him on Saturday morning. It was pretty good- but it really made me appreciate you and Corps Fitness. The environment that you built is unparalleled. I really appreciate the discipline and most importantly the camaraderie. I’m so happy that I joined and I just had to tell you what was on my mind! I can’t wait for my brother to visit me so I can bring him to one of your classes!
I am a firm believer everything happens for a reason…the “reason” may not be apparent at first, but eventually all the wrinkles are ironed out…Stepping into building 7 has been a powerful experience for me. Only a few short months ago, because of a knee injury that had me sidelined from running, did I haphazardly show up to “cross train”. And I’m hooked. As much as I love the workout, it’s the PEOPLE that make it a great place to be! My knee injury is the best thing that could’ve ever happened!! I am so grateful to be part of such an intoxicating group of crazies! As our leader, Kaag, you set an amazing example of true leadership for all of us. You call us out when we screw up and praise us when deserved. Your can of “whoop ass” is always full, aimed, and ready!! Love it!
My overall goal of staying fit has been met by this program more so than any other program I have participated in. Several specific goals including finishing in the top 3 in my age group in both triathlons and running events have been achieved mainly because of Corps Fitness. I train harder and safer.
I started recently, sprained my ankle, but came back and I cannot tell you how addicted and loving it I am!!! My husband, also started Cross Fit. We are both former athletes (we both took a really long break from athletics – he ended his career in 1997 and mine in 1998) and we realize how out of shape we are. For this, again, I cannot thank you enough! I feel like I have been all over town with different trainers, groups, etc. – and wasting my time. I still swim from time to time, but nothing like Corps Fitness. Melissa on Monday and Wednesday and Steph on Friday’s are both simply outstanding! I almost died this morning, but I know it’s all worth it. Again, thank you!!!!!!! Cheers to getting healthy and back in shape!!!
One of the first things I remember you telling our newbie group was that if we were going tell people we were members of CF we had better look and act the part. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in the 9 months since I’ve been a member, but it’s really been you and your staff that have made me a better person. My physical health is better than it has been in years. My mental health has been more manageable. I’m a better wife, daughter, sister, friend and coach. Your ideals have also made their way into my classroom – my students were very touched by Taylor Morris’s (disabled vet honored during Summer Hero Week 2014) story and have used it to connect to other things they are reading.
Joining CF has been life-changing for me. At first, I was quite intimidated. Not only had I never participated in group fitness before, but everyone seemed to already know one another. I thought I was going to feel left out. But this mentality quickly dissipated during and after summer Hero Week. I bonded with some awesome CFers who cheered me on when I thought I couldn’t go any further. Those 8 days provided me with the motivation and determination to keep improving, not only with my fitness but in my personal life as well.