Testimonials

LeeAnn Bates


First Rope Climb It’s that time of year when everyone makes resolutions to get in shape and lose weight. How much are you willing to do to achieve that goal? Well, I’m willing to travel approximately 100 miles a day to work out. In October 2012 I even purchased a new car that gets better gas mileage to make that commute more affordable (anybody need a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder??). The reason that I’m willing to make those type of sacrifices is that CrossFit works. I’m addicted and I love it!

CrossFit was something that I have wanted to do for several years – but life and circumstances kept getting in the way – there wasn’t an affiliate where I live…

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Bubba Dufrene


First Rope Climb I STARTED CROSSFITTING BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO RELEASE STRESS.  I WAS 43 YEARS OLD, HAD A LOT HAPPENING IN MY PERSONAL LIFE AND BECAUSE OF THAT STRESS I WAS THE HEAVIEST I HAD EVER BEEN, 264 LBS.  I WAS ALSO DESPERATELY TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO MOTIVATE MY WIFE WHO HAD RECENTLY SUFFERED A STROKE.
I DON’T REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW I FOUND CROSSFIT.  I THINK I WAS SEARCHING YOUTUBE FOR EXERCISE PROGRAMS.  I USED TO BE IN VERY GOOD SHAPE SO I …

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Kim Walker


First Rope Climb I’ve had many opportunities to share my ‘story’ with people who needed some help/motivation/inspiration. I find it incredibly odd that people come to ME for this when I clearly still have a long way to go but if this helps someone well then that’s simply amazing and fantastic! I believe God uses all of us in many different ways and I’m happy to share. So I’m writing this here in case I need to share more often – I can just share this note!

I tend to be a bit long-winded and my husband complains all the time so I’m going to really…

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Georgia Roppolo


First Rope Climb Seven months ago I was the heaviest I’d ever been. I was literally hated looking at myself in the mirror. I was on the verge of high blood pressure and diabetes (it was bound to happen beings it run in my family). I dreaded going shopping because I could never find “cute” clothes to fit me, I really just hated everything to do about myself. I knew that I had to do something. Losing weight and getting healthy was not a “want” anymore, it was a need!

I had been talking to a friend about joining a gym together but we were not quite sure where to go. Then I remembered…

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Donna Taylor


I started at the original box. Although I was already a member of another gym, boredom,
monotony and no changes physically had taken place. Not blaming my old gym- it became my mindset. All the buzz surrounded Crossfit and I wanted to know more  – was it all hype, was it for real, could I even do it??

Like most, I was Intimidated, even being someone already in a workout regimen. Walking in the first day in my fancy workout clothes, I was scared, challenged, sore, wounded but each day brought on a keen sense of accomplishment and reward. Can you honestly imagine working out with no machines(except a rower), no mirrors, no air conditioning, no heat??? Well, welcome to Crossfit, goodbye to fancy workout clothes…

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Jared Jeansonne


I started crossfit back in early May and weighed 274.5 pounds.  At first I was only able to go 3 days a week due to the need for more recovery time for my muscles.  After a couple months I was doing 4 nights a week and for the last couple months I’m at the gym 5 days a week!  At first I was reluctant/slow to change my diet, but for the last 3 months I’ve been sticking to a pretty good plan.  Today I’m weighing right at 249 pounds and feel better and am stronger than I was in high school.  I’ve still got 40 pounds to lose and a lot more strength to build.  I can see though that ill definitely get there!

Frank Abene


Frank Abene How did I get here?

Well, when I retired nearly 12 years ago, I decided to take up a hobby that would be fun and healthy: Running. I have thoroughly enjoyed the daily running as well as weekend races. I also started bike riding and participated in numerous running and biking races; also great fun. Then I branched out farther and did some obstacle course races; more fun.

So, in 2011, after meeting Brad McKee, I heard of…

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Jean Abene


Jean AbeneFirst of all I am a 71 year old woman, in reasonably good health. About one year ago I was going to a gym (which shall be called Gym A). As I hadn’t exercised, really exercised for at least 30 years before, I began to enjoy this gym. Nothing hard, nothing dangerous, nothing tiring, just a gym. I wasn’t working out with a trainer, just pretty much on my own. My husband Frank, on the other hand, had been a runner and ran quite regularly. He too had been going to Gym A once and awhile.

One day Frank says to me, “Honey, I think I want to try CrossFit”, and I say to him, “well, I…

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