“I wish I would’ve started CrossFit sooner”… Don’t let this become your motto, like it’s become mine; just get in here today!

I had every misconception about CrossFit that you probably have: I’m not in good enough shape to do CrossFit, those people are in some kind of cult, it’s too expensive, etc., etc., etc. All of those preconceived notions are patently FALSE!

CrossFitters come in all shapes, sizes and fitness levels; EVERY workout is scalable to ANY individuals fitness level. This DOES NOT mean that CrossFit is easy, it’s not(and it doesn’t matter if it’s your first day or 1,000th day), but it will become a challenge you begin to look forward to every day, finding out where your limits are and pushing through them.

CrossFit IS a group of super-supportive, fitness-minded “family”. I’ve never felt more welcome in a place than I do in a CrossFit box, whether it’s my “home” box, or a box I’m visiting on the road. Every CrossFit athlete remembers the challenge of their first week of CrossFit, and every “family member” will support you and push you to give it everything you have. I’ve done things in CrossFit workouts I never thought I’d be able to do, it is a rush!

Because of the infinite scaling options available, CrossFit is basically personal training in a group environment. If you take advantage of all of the classes available, the cost per class is very economical. When’s the last time you went to one of the big-box gyms, just so you could workout with your friends? That’s the beauty of the “family” atmosphere of the CrossFit box; you want to workout with these people!

I’m 45 years old, a former high-school wrestler and football player, but I’m now in the best shape of my life and weigh less than I did my senior year of high school. I only wish I would’ve jumped on the CrossFit bandwagon earlier!

Don’t be like Jeremy, drop-in today!

-Jeremy H.

I have always been “fit-ish”. I did the usual three months at the beginning of the year to jump start my annual New Year’s Resolution. Then come bathing suit season I would haul ass to the gym or some bootcamp I found online. There I was, always swearing this year I was really going to get in shape. Whether I was running aimlessly on the treadmill, dancing my way through a Zumba class, or peering down the rows of weight machines to, the most intimidating part of a gym for women, the free weights. Always wondering if I would ever have the nerve to go to “that end of the gym.” Would the guys, staring at them selves in the mirror and grunting, be looking at me as if I was lost? Two short months later, I found myself with every excuse in the world not to work out.

Then in January of 2015, my brother-in-law died two wks after his 40th birthday. Nine short months later I would also be 40. It sparked something in me to get in shape…and FOR REAL this time. No more yo-yo. No more fit-ish.

I was driving home one day, still in a depression over our family’s loss, and I saw the sign that would change my life forever. In bold black letters it said CROSSFIT. I got out of my car and wrote down the number on the door. Two weeks went by before I got the nerve to call. I begged my friends to join me…no one would. All of them scared they would get hurt, throw-up, or have to run. I realized I would have to go it alone. I thought I would go in there and it would be like…”that end of the gym.” I knew I had to do it no matter what anyone thought. I called the number and Hunter Strickland answered the phone, and I never looked back. From the moment I walked through the door for my first workout, my life and view of CrossFit was changed forever. No one looks at you and wonders what you’re doing there. No one looks down on you when you can’t lift much weight or you’re wiped out after the warm up. In the CrossFit world, everyone knows the courage it takes to walk through that door. There is a level of respect amongst us for making the choice each and everyday to show up and work out.

I woke up one day, and my brother-in-law had been gone for a year and I was still going strong with CrossFit. In the months after he passed, my kids were always scared when I would say I had to go to the doctor because Uncle Biggie went to the doctor and they couldn’t fix him. To be quite honest, I worried the same.

Today I am officially stonger, faster, healthier and happier than I have ever been in my whole life. I used to work out to lose weight and now I work out to survive anything life throws my way. I had to decide to be the best version of myself, not just for me but for my kids. For them to see that their mom doesn’t quit when the going gets tough. She picks herself up and goes back for more. My kids now say “Strong like Mommy”…best words you can hear as a Mother. StonYard CrossFit is a home away from home for me, full of friends that encourage me to be the best me I can be.

~Misti Phipps~