Member Success Stories
While Results may vary, results are typical.
I participated in CrossFit Elevation's first 60-Day Challenge built around body recomposition, improving energy level, and improving physical performance. Here are some before and after photos, showing my results in 60 days:
I measured and weighed myself at the beginning of training and again after the 60 days.
- Before: August, 25th, 2011 - Weight: 214 lbs, Body Fat %: 29% Measurements: Chest: 42 ¾”, Arms: 13 ¾”, Waist: 42”, Legs: 23 ¾”
- After: October 27th, 2011 - Weight: 200 lbs, Body Fat %: 18%, Measurements: Chest: 42”, Arms: 13 ½”, Waist: 38”, Legs: 22 ¼”
Benchmark “Cindy” WOD Results:
- August 25th, 2011 = 6 rounds + 5 pull ups
- October 27th, 2011 = 14 rounds + 5 pull ups + 1 push up
I love CrossFit and the CrossFit Elevation community who have become like family. In the past I've done 24 Hour Fitness and tried P90X at home only to see minimal results that I ultimately never stuck with. It wasn't until I began CrossFit that I finally found something that clicked for me and I've been at it for over 5 incredible years. I'm the most fit I've ever been, more mentally aware, positive, and happy. I'm proud of myself and thankful for the amazing coaches at CrossFit Elevation for their commitment to excellence.
Can't imagine my life without you guys, and I don't want to.
August 2011 - October 2011
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After my weight loss success from my initial 60-Day CrossFit Challenge I continued doing CrossFit 3-5 times a week at Elevation. I received more weight loss success and decent body composition changes after my year into it. Fast forward to my 4th year when I wasn’t watching my diet as closely. I wasn’t strictly paleo anymore, it balanced somewhere between a 50 to 80% paleo regimen. Cheat days weren’t far and few between.
October 2011 - August 2012
I started using CrossFit as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. I would say “Heck, I do CrossFit 5x a week. I can eat whatever I want.” Man, was I wrong.
Before I knew it I wasn’t happy with how I was looking. I was strong, and continued to get stronger, but my body composition didn’t reflect that of someone who did CrossFit 5x a week. I was disappointed, I looked back on my photos from my first year or so of CrossFit and wondered where I had gone wrong.
Needless to say I wasn’t happy and I knew I needed to make bigger changes. On December 1st, 2014 I started working with a nutrition and strength and conditioning coach who not only provided me custom Olympic Weightlifting programming, but he calculated my proper macronutrients for me to go on a body weight cut. I was to eat a certain number of grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat every training day, and modified carb intake on rest days. This was popularly known as “Flexible Dieting”. Something many athletes, body builders, physique competitors and power lifters have done for many years.
Over a year has passed since I started my flexible dieting lifestyle and I have lost over 49 lbs., gained over 15 lbs. of lean muscle mass and I have cut my body fat percentage from 31% to under 13%. I have PR’d all of my lifts and continue to get stronger while maintaining a smaller physique. I lost a total of 18” all around. I fit in a size 34 waist pant the first time since my teen years and even went down to a medium t-shirt from a large.
I feel the best I have ever felt. My physical and mental wellness have been completely transformed. I am more confident, positive, optimistic and genuinely the happiest I have ever been. I am excited to see what other limits I can push with my body and strength can achieve. I’ll continue to update my progress and success through 2016.
I will have abs and be strong as hell in 2016!!!
December 2014 - January 2016
To all my coaches at CrossFit Elevation, I want to thank you for your support and motivation. Before I began CrossFit my life was lacking some serious luster. I was at my heaviest weight and accepting my body image was a daily struggle. My core group of friends from college felt more like acquaintances. I was stuck in a job that I truly hated, and I had just ended a two-year relationship. I felt as if I was just "going through the motions," and I had never felt so bored and unhappy.
For the majority of my life, health and fitness had always been a priority for me. However during my college years health & fitness took a back seat, while booze, bars, and parties took the steering wheel.
After most breakups people usually stop to reflect and dwell in the past. As I reflected on my past, I realized I couldn't recall the last time I had done something positive and truly beneficial for myself. I needed a challenge in my life, something to focus my energy towards and place purpose and motivation back into my daily routine. As a means to revamp & revitalize my lifestyle, I began to research CrossFit gyms in the area. When I met with Matt for my baseline evaluation, he immediately made me feel at ease and comfortable. He was thorough and patient with his explanations and skill modifications. After visiting other gyms I knew I had found the right one for me! Shortly after I joined Elevation I began to research the “Paleo Diet.” I figured if I was going to dedicate my time and money towards fitness, I should follow through completely and fuel my body with healthy nutrients as well. I told myself I would start with a “30 day challenge.” My 30-day challenge turned into 60 days, then 90 days, and finally into a lifelong challenge. I was eating healthy, losing weight, and growing stronger every day! Now 3 months later I love the way I look and feel, I actually shower with the lights on! I have a new job that that prompts me with challenges everyday, but more importantly I have a job that I absolutely love. My friends and I make more of an effort to stay in touch, but I’ve also been able to meet and make new friends through Elevation. I’ve learned to love myself again and I’ve found the luster that my life had been lacking. The most rewarding part of it all is that the results are not immediate, but instead dispersed out gradually and continuously. It keeps me motivated & driven when I can look back and see how far I've come.
So, thank you CrossFit Elevation! You have introduced me to a whole new happier, healthier, and rewarding lifestyle. I believe it goes without saying, but what the hell: YOU GUYS ROCK!!!
The only testimonial I could have written 7 months ago was about the exercise I got walking to the snack table from my desk at work. That was only if I was feeling adventurous because I would usually just scoot over in my wheelie chair. Yep, I was that girl.
I got started at CrossFit Elevation because my friend Laura Glen expressed her love for it. She knew I was at a low point in my life and being a great best friend, she wanted to help me get out of it. It took some convincing, but I promised to give it a fair shake. I came in for my baseline, finished it in a respectable time, and then almost vomited as I walked to my car. Despite that, I came back. It hurt, it was hard, and I hated it. But I came back. Again, and again, and again.
At some point in that process, I realized it hurt, it was hard, and I liked it. I was coming as often as my hectic work schedule allowed and it was a part of my week I really looked forward to. I liked all the people in my classes and had a lot of fun with them.
Then we started the Whole Life Challenge. I made the commitment to myself and to the CFE community that, in retrospect, I wish I had made when I started. I started coming three or more times a week. I started eating right. I showed up to the non-workout events (yes, we do those too!). I put in the work outside the gym working on mobility and active recovery so that I could do my best in the gym. I actively worked to engage in the Elevation community. I committed to every workout and I committed to being better every day. My athletic performance increased and my body completely changed. I lost over 15 pounds and almost 12". I made friends with some of the most inspirational and fun people. Most significantly, I gained a level of confidence, inner strength, and self-respect that could rival Oprah’s.
Now every time I show up at CrossFit Elevation I know it's going to hurt, it's going to be hard, and I will LOVE it. Thanks to everyone, especially Laura Glen, the coaches, and my new friends for putting up with my antics and helping me through this transformation. I’m so happy I could cry.