Below are some of my members testimonials on their experiences with CrossFit. I hope them sharing their stories will inspire you in some way to try out the Sport of Fitness AND a new way of LIFE!!
Mike Knaebel writes:
My journey to CrossFit started January 2, 2012. I remember this date as I was the only man in the 101 class, and I thought to myself, “Is this for men? Should I be here?” Not knowing what was in store for me next, I found myself trying to breathe lying on the floor thinking my god what did I just do? Tomota? Kabata? Who really cared–I survived! The next day back, neck, legs, what didn’t hurt? Why would someone put themselves through this madness? And why would they come back? This is the only way that I can explain it.
Sweat, fear, nervous, more sweat, feeling of belonging, new friends, high five’s, knuckles, giving & receiving encouragement, making and breaking bench marks, trying new things, making the impossible possible. I am thankful that I sent the text to Jen Z asking for the Coach’s number for the “Workout Place” which came to be CrossFit Unstoppable. It is a place that I plan to continue to show up at every morning at 5 am Monday through Friday because this place has changed my life, and I thank God for it every day.
Andrea Niekamp writes:
When I walked in the doors at CrossFit Unstoppable I was simply looking for a new type of workout, something more structured then what I was able to find at the other local gyms. That was 6 months ago and I could have never been prepared for what I found. I can say, in 6 months, this place has changed my life. There is a community that is built here that I have never been a part of at any other gym. Each member supports you and pushes you to be the strongest person you can be each day you come in. This place is more than a “gym”, it is a place that will help you become a strong, healthy individual… if you do the work!
Louis Perez writes:
I have been in the Marine Corps for ten years and physical fitness has been a part of my daily life since then. CrossFit by far is the most practical way to achieve fitness at any level. It has allowed myself to reach the highest score that can be achieved in a Marine Corps fitness test. It didn’t stop there, I am in the best shape of my life mentally and physically. Continually raising the bar everyday I step on the “box” floor and the amount of motivation you receive from the other athletes just brings out your competitive nature.
Jennifer “JenN” Nicklas writes:
We all have a dream; a vision; a goal….something that motivates and drives us to be better; to be different. And, I am no exception. I am a runner. I have always loved the freedom that running has given me and it was not until recently that I began running competively and developed a love for racing. Running has become an extension of my being. Until my foot injury and thus, is where my journey with CrossFit began. It all started with my passion for running which turned into a dream of not only running in a marathon, but qualifying for the Boston Marathon. This was my goal, my drive that caused me to step through CrossFit’s doors.
“My” original plan was to run the St. Louis Marathon in 2011. I was on track; my times were on pace to qualify; my life’s routine had changed to cater to my 6 day/week training regimen. Everything was perfect until 8 weeks in when due to extremely hot and humid weather I was forced to run at 4a.m., and I stepped in a pothole I couldn’t see. Immediately I noticed my foot hurt, but it wasn’t bad enough to cause me to stop. So, I continued running; after all, I wasn’t going to allow a pothole to stop me from my dream. So I did just that, I continued to run and stuck to my rigid training plan, never deviating, never resting. Until that is I could no longer walk, much less run…I was 4 weeks shy of my race date. A pothole had gotten the best of me.
I rested my foot as prescribed by the doctor. I did as I was told, for the most part. I still wanted to pursue my dream, but knew that now I was going to have to go a different way about it. I had read in my running magazines that CrossFit was a great way to crosstrain, so I attended a free CF class and loved it so much I joined shortly after. My goal remained all about running. All about qualifying. Little did I know, that my life would be forever changed by this one decision to CrossFit.
I stated that I for the most part, did as the doctors said. When it came to my foot, I followed their instruction to a tee, but I was still experiencing pain; still having difficulty running; the rest had not helped. The part of their advice that I didn’t follow was the nutritional aspect. I didn’t drink water; I hadn’t for several years. In fact, I didn’t drink many liquids other than my morning coffee. Oh, and I didn’t really eat. I had always said, “food is not my thing”. I didn’t like it…especially meats. I ate what I ate (pizza, mac & cheese, and chocolate chips by the bag). As a doctor informed me “you don’t have an eating disorder, you have disordered eating” (yes there is such a thing, & yes, there is a difference) and he proceeded to tell me I could live off of twinkies if I so chose. I could live with that, or so I thought. I continued “my way” which now included CrossFit 5 days/week (I would have worked out 7, but Coach demanded 2 rest days) and I ran when my when my foot would allow. I loved CrossFit, in fact I have deemed myself a “CrossFit Junkie”, but my foot was now beginning to interfere with that as well. So back to the doctor I went, but not before Coach ‘had a talk’ with me. She knew of my eating/drinking habits (or lack thereof) and after hearing that my urine was the color of Coke, she essentially told me that I was no longer allowed to increase weight or workout hard in the WODs until I changed my ways. She proceeded to share with me that the color of my urine wasn’t only from dehydration, but that my body was eating my muscle which led to the protein breaking down into my bloodstream. She stated the proof was in the color of my urine, Rhabdo is what she referred to it as. She continued to educate me and for the first time in my life I was scared…..what had I done?!?!? This new enlightment led me to ask more questions when seeing the doctor, which of course resulted in numerous test being done, all of which the results could potentially be life threatening.
In the midst of the storm, was CrossFit and the Paleo Challenge that Coach was encouraging members to partake in. I attended the Challenge meeting and literally thought that I might die due to lack of eating because NOTHING I ate was Paleo; not to mention the amount of water you are to consume. But, something had to change. All of my foot issues continued to circle back to my nutritional habits or lack thereof. I had tried everything to heal my foot; everything but nutrition. Not that I thought it could be so straightforward, but I was willing to try. After-all, I had a dream and a goal to achieve.
Well, as of this testimony, I am 5 weeks in the challenge and still alive. CrossFit has made one of the most significant impacts on my life….actually, I truly believe that CrossFit saved my life. When I started the Paleo Challenge, I weighed in under 100 pounds and 8.5% body fat….dangerously low for my height and weight. Coach again had another talk with me and we discussed what changes needed to be made and where I needed to go from this point. She was and continues to be an encourager. Never once did she ‘coddle’ me, but laid what could be my future right before my very eyes and it terrified me. The thought of running was no longer an issue….I had bigger issues…..to stay alive and be healthy for my children. To be able to play and watch them grow and be an active participant in their lives rather than someone who watches from the sidelines (or a hospital bed). Continuing ‘my way’ was going to lead nowhere but downhill quickly.
My life has totally changed
I am proud and blessed to say that I now have adapted to the Paleo lifestyle and since doing such, I eat 4-6 clean meals/day as well as drink the proper amount of water. My life has totally changed. I have energy…I’m no longer tired; my migraines have gone away; my muscles are becoming defined and what is an added bonus, my foot is healing. I am running. And, I am running with gusto. After taking an additional 6 weeks off per doctor request after my testing, I went for my first run; I was a nervous wreck. I was determined to run the 6 mile loop with hills and much to my surprise, I finished exactly 1 min of my personal best for that course. I was in shock. CrossFit works! Paleo works! Encouragement through it all works. I am proud and honored to say that now in addition to being a runner; I am also a CrossFitter (a CrossFit junkie, if you will).
As trite as it may sound, my life is forever changed because of Coach and her passion for CrossFit. I often tell her, “I truly think you saved my life”……she “paid it forward” just by following her own passion and dream. Her own vision. After all, isn’t it our own dreams, goals and visions that drives us all to “be better than yesterday”? Thank you, Coach for the wonderful, simple gift of you and CrossFit! My life has been forever changed for the better!
Brandyn Steinman writes:
“To hear from people who say I would love to work out, but I don’t have time, money or I am good with how I look. Yeah that was me, just satisfied; also known as NO DRIVE. I started CrossFit pretty much on a dare. One of the trainers that I knew outside of The Box said “Hey you should try it” with a smirk, I took that smirk as a “I have got to see this”.. I thought yeah ok I got this. Mind you I hadn’t done much since my early 20′s and a kid later I was “working out” with a treadmill and my favorite TiVo shows on, laundry in between sets. I showed that Saturday thinking OK let’s do this. Oh dear lord… if I were a dog that day, my owner would have shot me in the backyard, ha-ha.. But in all honesty I loved that feeling, made me wake up and think it was time to feel good again, (remember: there is Good Pain)! So as a true single mother, with mediocre pay, two jobs and no help from the other parent how can I do this? I JUST DID IT, still hard at times to figure out.. But the excuse I have kids; doesn’t work, bring them… Ask for help I have had so many offers of help time to time from people from the gym to help watch my daughter. Everyone wants to see and hear someone conquer a goal. Sounds korny but it is true, I have never met a more respectful group of people. Can’t afford it, cut out some of those gas station trips inside, if you need gas.. Pay at the pump, don’t walk in and see the drinks and snacks screaming “you need me” trust me it easily pays for me and really I am saving money still. I didn’t start it to necessarily lose weight, I wanted to not pant, I wanted to prove to myself I could run a quarter mile without walking any of it!! My goals started at a 400 meter run and to jump onto the 12 inch box without being scared. Ok that happened in a month, the amount of small goals to some but huge goals that I set for myself so far have ended with hopping around like I just found out I got a pay raise. When I come home to my daughter I am laughing and joking with her when before I would seriously just beg her to close her eyes, or say “just wait for me to finish this”; the amount of true quality time spent with her now is amazing and I won’t look back and think “oh I should of, could of”. I may take hours away from her during the week, however I am giving her all I have now, and taking the necessary time for ME.
I just did it!
CrossFit for me started as a dare, and now it is my mental therapy. It is where I want to go when so stressed I could and have burst out in tears. I have never felt judged, only accepted; never weak, only pushed to be stronger; there are always people there to make you smile when you are just having one of those days. I have become a much more fun Mommy, a better more attentive employee, and just simply happier with myself. It does take dedication, but I found that just becomes an automatic, I want to go all the time, if not looking forward to a certain WOD I want to see what has become an extended family. I love that people now think I am crazy when I say what I did in class, I do because I know when they walk off they are thinking… That sounds fun and she is a bit crazy haha…”