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NBC News recently ran a piece on retired NFL player David Vobora, who found meaning and renewed purpose in working with amputees at his gym.  Take a minute to watch the video and soak up the stories of the members, who themselves have found renewed strength after realizing what they can do.  The physical and mental benefits of exercise are indisputable.  But I don’t have to tell CFers that.

We’re fortunate to have the IM ABLE Foundation share our space, so we see firsthand what people with disabilities are capable of.  But you don’t have to be physically disabled to realize the benefits.  Here are a couple stories (keeping names and personal details anonymous) that we’ve heard from CFers over the years, where CF literally saved their lives:

  1. A successful financial trader during the economic collapse in 2008, lost a LOT of money for his clients.  Trading partner committed suicide.  But this guy found CF and dedicated himself 100% to the emotional and physical outlet it provided.  His family and personal life benefited immensely and a few years later, he narrowly escaped a major “widow maker” heart attack.  Credited CF for saving his life yet again; not only was he in tune with his body because of his physical fitness, but he had recently taken a CPR course with us and learned the warning signs / what to watch for.  Despite his physical fitness, he couldn’t escape genetics.  He had a emergency stent placed and has been doing great ever since.  I still get chills when I think about his story.
  2. A successful business owner, grew up in the area and was in and out of trouble, dealing with substance abuse issues.  By his mid 30’s, he was overweight and bogged down in the business but knew he had to make a change.  Came into CF wary of the group classes and with help from Chris, got his weight and nutrition under control.  Went on to lose a significant amount of weight and become a major beast in and out of the gym.  Credited CF with renewing his sense of self and allowing him to keep up with his children in a way he never thought possible.  He continues to be an even more successful business owner and all-around stud.

Your story is likely not on here, but I bet you have one.  Think about how finding Corps Fitness gave you an emotional, physical, and mental outlet.  How it exposed you to an amazing group of people who I bet you now hang out with outside of the gym too!  Isn’t it awesome??  And as a trainer / friend / CF family member, it’s so incredible to hear story after story just like these.  I’m sure there are more stories out there that I haven’t heard and may never hear, and that’s ok.  It’s enough to know that you found Corps Fitness, it means something to you, and it made a difference in your life.  Because THAT is why we do what we do.

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Harley Davidson Team Building, December 2016
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CrossFit Skills work, January 2017
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Teleflex Corps Fitness class, January 2017
chris

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.

chris

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!

chris

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!

chris

Definitely life changing, some of the best workouts I’ve ever had!!

chris

I can’t even begin to say enough wonderful things about this place. The workouts, the philosophy, just try and not get addicted… keep doing what you are doing and we will be there!

chris

Corps fitness has changed my life! I have been going for over three years, and during that time I have had a baby, trained for my first triathlon, lost weight, gained confidence and made so many friends. Thank you to the staff of CF for keeping me motivated! Yeah yeah yeah!

chris

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.

chris

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!!!

chris

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.