Like a lot of people, Crystal had the misconception that she wouldn’t be able to do most of the movements we utilize at CrossFit Saraland and that unless you were in good shape already, it probably wasn’t for you. She decided to try it anyway and quickly saw that the coaches and members made her “feel very welcome and also helped me push harder than I ever have”. It has been so exciting to see Crystal realize many “firsts” including jumping rope, box jumps, banded pull ups (thanks Coach Richard) and more! She says “They may not be huge accomplishments to other people but they are to me because I know how much hard work I have put in to get this far”. Crystal is looking forward to reaching her long term goals but we celebrate with her because to date, she has lost more than 40lbs and gained invaluable confidence and a new group of friends and family in the process.
Two years after being a successful high school two sport athlete, this self described “husky” kid found himself inactive and 40lbs overweight. Jeffrey knew he needed a new challenge and accepted an invite from a friend to come try one of our Saturday partner workouts. Jeffrey loved the energy he felt from the encouraging group atmosphere and wanted to know more. The next day he and fellow member Hudson Haupt drove “the long way” (but that’s another story) to Pensacola to watch a couple CFS teams compete in the Pensacola Beach Brawl and that was it! After seeing people challenge themselves to a new level, he knew he’d found something worth his time and effort. Jeffrey soon joined CFS and in January 2017, with a free month of unlimited membership up for grabs, Jeffrey threw his hat in the ring on a gym wide Paleo challenge. Our favorite poor college student showed us all what true discipline looks like and not only dramatically increased his performance, but lost that 40lbs in the process! To date Jeffrey has lost 52lbs and he credits joining CFS as being “one of the best decisions I have ever made”. Jeffrey is now passing on what he has learned about nutrition and exercise to his family and they are reaping the benefits of his lifestyle change also. Now the only thing “husky” is his confidence that he’s more capable than ever before to handle any challenge that comes his way.