"I started Crossfit in 2013 after a lifetime of struggling with my weight. I had successfully lost over 60 pounds, and had been on a roller-coaster for a decade trying to keep it off. I would go to the gym and exercise solely for the purpose of burning calories and “earning” more food. I bounced from one group ex class to the next, never really enjoying what I was doing.
I still remember my first CrossFit workout, a 15 minute AMRAP of three movements. It seemed to go on forever! But, at the end, everyone was high-fiving each other and so proud of making it through, no matter what each had individually done. For the first time, I felt it was about more than burning calories. It was about seeing just how far you could push yourself, what you were capable of, and being a part of a community that was bigger than you.
Many years, and many workouts later, I can say that my relationship with exercise and my body has been transformed. I’m no longer a slave to the scale, and I’m proud of what I can do. As a result, I’ve finally been able to maintain weight without deprivation, guilt, or panic when the scale fluctuates. And more times than one, my wonderful Crossfit family has had my back, helping me to push through injury, reach some major fitness goals, and make it out the other side of a bad accident.
The confidence I’ve gained along the way has spread to the rest of my life and led me to a new career that I absolutely love! "
"CrossFit has become part of my life in a way I would have never imagined. I used to make fun of it and the people who do it. But now I understand why so many people [literally] live for it.
The gym has become my place of peace. I know that when I walk in, I can leave all my s**t at the door. I can also bring it in with me, but only to vent to fellow members or coaches. After that, the focus is on the workout. Nothing else. And in that hour, I can push myself harder than I've ever pushed myself. Or not. Depending on where my head is that day! Haha
I've seen myself overcome so much anxiety about CrossFit in the years, and as a result, I've seen myself achieve things I never thought I'd do. Or want to do, honestly. I've also welcomed so many new people into my life as a result and I could not be more grateful.
Another aspect of CrossFit is feeling accepted. This has been a significant struggle for me since I was a kid and I can't express how much I appreciate the coaches and members for accepting me for me. This has allowed me to strive for goals outside of CrossFit that I would never have ever considered."
"I initially joined CrossFit at the behest of my best friend Skyler to shake up my workout routine, and it's the best decision I ever made.
CrossFit has not only given me confidence in my body and what it can do, but has also added structure and discipline in my life. Before I joined the gym I ate and drank whatever I wanted and didn't really track any health measures. Through coaching and nutrition challenges I have learned a lot about what my body needs, what I need to do to maintain my fitness level, and when/where I can cheat a bit without getting out of hand.
I also love the community and support of friends I've gained from the gym, it truly feels like a second home.
I don't know where I'd be if it weren't for DeNovo and the Coaches there!! They've given me confidence in my body and it's abilities, and continue to support me in everything I do. Can't thank them enough for their support and this amazing community they've created (: "
"My favorite thing about CrossFit is the people. The coaches and community bring me back. I love the people and enjoy being around them, they make me smile on my hardest days, want to be around them on my sad days and want to work hard with them each and every day. When someone I love leaves (CrossFit), I think oh man, it will never be the same, but each new person brings a new smile, a new identity, a new set of strengths and weaknesses. And they fill that spot of a friend that has moved on and become a new friend that I you are happy to know, grateful to cheer on and that makes you smile when they succeed.
And I NEED that hour of CrossFit for my sanity!! It is the only hour of my day that I am not stressed out, the only time I'm not thinking about the struggles in life."
"I love events where we get to mix workouts with hanging out and food/drink. I love Hero WOD's...circle time at the beginning of class-it allows us to get to know each other better.
What keeps me coming back is the community...it is such an important thing, so the more i'm able to cultivate it in different areas of my life, the happier I am. Jenny and Jorine and their positive and fun attitudes. The social gatherings, the workouts that I enjoy doing, the ability to do something that makes me feel stronger...I enjoy and prefer weight training over different forms of working out like yoga. And doing something with my husband that we can share and cheer each other on at."
"I like the mental break CrossFit gives me from a hard day or work. My friends keep me coming back, along with all the sweets I like to eat."
"I love being challenged to do things that I never would have thought of doing a couple years ago...and of course doing it with an incredible group of people.
I keep coming back for more because of the results and accomplishments since I started and to continue to hold back 'Father Time'! Jenny and Jorine have changed my life!!"