I love CrossFit Frontier because it has helped me become the kind of person I want to be. I feel more fit and stronger. I have a healthy outlet that helps me recover from the day-to-day stressors of my work life. I get to set a good example for my son. The other members of CFF have embraced me and made me feel like a part of their extended family . I’m not the fastest or the strongest, there are still a lot of common movements I can’t do (like pull-ups, for example). But it’s okay, because there are small ways to see improvement all of the time, and because there are so many variations it’s easy to celebrate successes in the areas where I am getting better, and keep plugging away at the ones that need work.
> I’ve struggled with my weight for years, but CrossFit has helped me so much to see that the number on the scale isn’t my only measure of progress. It isn’t what defines what I am capable of, or what my body is able to do. I’m so grateful to CFF, the coaches, and the other members for helping to bring me back to the person I want to be. That’s what CrossFit is about for me – rediscovering what I am capable of, and helping me better understand the vision I have for myself.
Britney Wallesch, member since Dec 2013
I have never been very athletically inclined. I played sports just to get to hang out with friends and go on trips. I always thought I was just a better cheerer than athlete. My CrossFit journey began as a way to get my best friend off my back. She was quickly addicted and wanted me to participate but I was very reluctant. Finally, after getting fed up with her persistence, I tried it out. I didn’t fall in love right away, or become an instant all-star, but I did figure out I could actually do it (which was my biggest fear). I quickly realized that I could lift a bar and do wall balls without dying. I faced some big fears inside the box including going from a 12”step up on a box to a 30” box jump. I went from barely being able to hold onto the rig, to “run-and-jump” pull ups, to real ones.
I think the reason I love this place and this sport so much is because it combines what I thought I was good at with what I thought I couldn’t do. I get to come in and cheer on my friends – people I didn’t know 6 months ago, but look forward to seeing every day. My athleticism has increased and while I am not the fastest or strongest, that absolutely doesn’t matter. The coaches and athletes at CFF don’t care who can lift the most weight or jump the highest. They care about pushing yourself, trying your hardest and never stopping – it’s not really about the lift, it’s about the journey you are taking to get to that lift. CFF is unique in its sense of community. We sweat together, eat together, and celebrate together. The coaches make it a point to develop each athlete in as many ways possibly with kid’s class, skills clinics and woman’s class in addition to the “regular” workout. When you start your journey as an athlete at CrossFit Frontier you will quickly realized that you have support all around you. You will realize the coaches have abundant knowledge to share and you will realize that you can, indeed, do it.
Katie Emmons, member since 2012
I first heard of CrossFit while I was deployed in 2012. A friend of mine was telling me about this awesome box back home in Cheyenne called CrossFit Frontier and how amazing the workouts were and how I needed to try it out when I got home. A month later I returned home and decided to try it out. I never thought that taking that first step would change my life in so many ways or that I would meet so many amazing and inspirational people. Ever since that first day I stepped into that CF Frontier I was addicted! The atmosphere and the coaches are amazing! As soon as you walk in there is someone there to greet you and a coach to talk to you about previous experiences, goals, explain what CF is all about, and get you on the track to success. Another amazing thing about CF Frontier is that no matter what your experience level or abilities, no one ever judges you, they cheer you on, motivate you, and help you to be the best you can be! The coaches are amazing, extremely knowledgeable and you can tell that they are passionate about what they are doing and that they genuinely care about their athletes. I have been doing CF since June 2012 and every day I am still excited to step into the box and see what amazing things my body as well as my mind can accomplish and overcome. I can honestly say that I am a better and healthier person because of CF and I am so thankful to CF Frontier for helping me change my life in so many positive ways.
How I got addicted to CrossFit
I was out of shape and hadn’t worked out in over a year, but wanted to start again. Usually I would just lift and do my own thing. My wife went with a friend on the base and did a CrossFit workout and loved it. She told me how crazy it was and that it would be great for someone like myself. I was also seeing results from my pastor (Galen Huck) who had been doing CF for a few months. It was then that I decided to give it a try. If my wife and a man I look at like a father says its awesome….it must be right!
My first week was tough for me, technique? Chris and Ryan were who I saw the most, and they were big on technique and said the weight would come. It’s still coming but, I haven’t stopped PRing since I started and my times and most of all my body are improving week by week. There are many things I love about CF and CF Frontier. I have two big ones, one the family atmosphere at the box. I have made life long friends at CrossFit Frontier and I don’t think anyone can have enough friends. Especially buff ones. The next is my biggest. I needed CrossFit, my anger and short temper were at an all time high and with a diet and as many WODs a week my attitude has gotten a lot better.
Nick Williams, member since October 2012
CrossFit was unknown to me before November of 2011. After learning of it’s existence, I went to the website and was scared out of my mind! All those pictures of young (I’m old), people jumping over huge tractor tires and doing handstands on the floor and gymnastics rings, was enough to send me back to the couch. So the bravest thing I did was to make that first phone call to CrossFit.
To make a long story short, I started CrossFit with Privates first where I learned that each workout can be adapted to your capabilities. Being an active person all of my life, I never really focused on being fit. I play competitive racquetball and tennis, and a lifeguard at the YMCA (the rescue training keeps me somewhat fit). But this stuff I’ve learned at CrossFit is amazing! I started training with Ryan who was patient but still pushed me. After explaining each workout he would ask, “are you ok with this?” And I would think to myself, “surely you jest?” But you know what, I did the workouts and felt good about it, so I kept going back for more. Since then I have participated in the Basics class where I started to feel all intimidated again but I stuck with it and found out that the other participants in the class are friendly and encouraging. So my message is that CrossFit is for old people too, really!
Pat Miller, member since November 2011
A friend of mine first told me about CrossFit when the Cheyenne “box” was in one of the coaches’ garage. He explained the concept to me and how intense the workouts are and I thought “yeah right, there’s no way I’m athletic enough for that”. Another friend of mine joined and told me how awesome the workouts were and how addicted she was to it. After talking to her, I was still skeptical of my ability to be doing things like handstands and double-unders…and what the heck is a burpee? She explained that there were modifications for everything and regardless of your fitness level, it was still possible to participate in the WODs. I figured I was in over my head, but decided to check it out. The intro workout was tough—I had gone to the gym pretty consistently before finding CrossFit, but never had I endured such an intense workout in such a short amount of time. After the workout was finished, I was pouring sweat and wiped out. I was still a little hesitant, but thought I would give this CrossFit thing a try…the first few weeks I wondered what I got myself into, but then I became hooked. CrossFit is awesome. I’ve never considered myself much of an athlete, but I am constantly surprising myself with what I can accomplish and the gains I have made. After a few months my stamina was through the roof and my strength continues to increase. Sure, I haven’t quite got the hang of double-unders, and my handstands are a work in progress, but I know eventually I’ll get there. The coaches are great and working in a group with other athletes gives me the motivation I need to keep going—you don’t the kind of support from people in a “normal” gym like you do from other CrossFit athletes. It’s not just a catchy slogan—CrossFit really does help you become “better than yesterday”.
Casey Turcato, Member since August 2011
CrossFit Frontier is amazing! It is so easy to get complacent with a workout routine & just put in the time. I really needed a change & decided to give CrossFit a try. Every workout is something new & every workout is a challenge. The environment is very friendly & completely laid back. The workouts are scaled to your ability level so, you never feel like you are underachieving. Ryan, Chris, & Ray are wonderful trainers who encourage & push you every step of the way to do your very best!
Raina Good, member since June 2011
I am a runner.
I have always loved to exercise, and running was definitely my exercise of choice over the last seven years. I have competed in 11 triathlons, a few half marathons and countless 5k races. My training fir these events has consistently been a running regimen. I hated lifting weights. The suggestion of any sort of strength training to me was immediately turned down. I thought, “I’m a runner; I don’t need to get stronger. I’m strong enough.”
Then, earlier this summer a friend of mine said she had tried this new gym called CrossFit Frontier and she thought I might like it. So I gave it a try.
And here I am now, only five months into my CrossFit training and I’m a changed woman! I LOVE CrossFit! I love that I took 17 minutes off my half marathon time. I love that I have a new personal best by 27 seconds for a 5k; I love that I am consistently placing when I compete in triathlons. And to top it off, I feel great mentally, emotionally and I am finally to a place where I feel like I look good physically too. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, and I owe that to CrossFit.
I can say without a doubt that CrossFit Frontier is a great place to start changing your life! It has changed mine and I believe it will positively change yours too!
Sara Janes, member since July 2011
My name is Monica and I’m addicted to CrossFit.
CrossFit has changed my life. I have always been an active person, constantly searching for a consistent workout routine to get my endorphins flowing and keep me interested. I’ve run half-marathons, hired a personal trainer, done P90X and taken lots of classes from aerobics and spinning to pilates and yoga. And none of them have been more challenging and rewarding as I have found CrossFit to be. I can’t contain the anticipation I feel when I start looking at CrossFit Frontier’s website around 9pm every night to see what our workout is going to consist of the following morning. I can’t go to sleep without knowing and then I find myself dreaming about the workout. I’m addicted!
I love the CrossFit family. I love the way CrossFit makes me feel. I love the changes I am seeing in my body. I love the energy CrossFit gives me. I love this stuff!
Thank you to Ryan and Chris at CrossFit Frontier for bringing CrossFit to Cheyenne and introducing me to new fitness possibilities!
Monica Taylor, member since June 2011
When I first heard of Crossfit I was a little intimidated, but after my first class I fell in love! The fact that I could learn how to properly do Olympic lifts, work on my strength for pull ups, and improve my over all body strength and tone moved me to come in every day. Crossfit for me is a part of my every day routine, I tell everyone it is my Zen place. I have slimmed, toned, and went down a pant size. The trainers at Crossfit Frontier are like family, they know how to train and teach everyone know matter how long it takes them to feel comfortable with a movement. Everyone is so warm and welcomes you and makes you feel apart of then gym right away. I would and have recommend Crossfit Frontier to anyone and everyone no matter your age, physical fitness or physical disability.
Mikki Munson, member since June 2011
I’ve been a member of CrossFit Frontier since June 2011. Keep in mind that I’ve never considered myself an athlete before. Sure I danced as a little girl, and then joined the soccer team as a teenager, but I never had the heart of an athlete. What I have always had is a respect for fitness- being aware of what the human body needs in order to function at it’s best. So when I wasn’t getting the results I wanted by going to a regular gym I sought alternatives. A friend of mine in the Army recommended CrossFit, and that first week I couldn’t understand why. It was the toughest I had ever pushed myself before. I was under the impression that CF was for die-hard military athletes with aspirations of breaking world records. While I know there are many CF members that fit this persona, I now know that CF is much more.
With the help of CrossFit Frontier’s trainers I have experienced workouts that I would never had imagined me doing before. I’ve slimmed and toned my body to look better than it has in years, but more importantly each day I’m learning something new about workouts and what my body is truly capable of. Fitness trainers Chris, Ryan, and Ray have done a stellar job in creating a supporting community, something I was missing in the gym. That alone makes me want to come back each week and be a life-time believer of the CrossFit name.
Elis Anadiotis, member since June 2011
We’ve been runners for more than 36 years which is probably older than the age of most of our fellow Cross Fitters! This fact alone could have intimidated us into not walking into our first Basics class back in September but just the opposite happened. Instead of being addicted to mile after mile on the road, we are now full fledged Cross Fit enthusiasts! It started several years ago in Texas when our daughter Katie, introduced us to Cross Fit. We enjoyed occasional classes with her but the closest Cross Fit gym for us was Ft. Collins. We just kept slogging through our miles, occasionally lifting weights and constantly complaining that our bodies had reached a plateau, we were getting older, nothing was ever going to change – basically excuses ad naseum. That is, until September when a co-worker read about Cross Fit Frontier and we attended our first Basics class….. We love the variety of exercises, the chance to try things we have never been able to do (can you say pull-up ?), the goals of getting stronger and healthier…but mostly it’s the contagious energy that fills the gym. The owners/trainers are positive, encouraging and motivating to push hard through every workout and their ability to adapt even a burpee to fit your current skill level is what sets them apart from a typical gym coach. The Basics class works well with our schedules and provides the strength and cardio variety that challenge us. We have participated in a couple Group WOD’s and our goal in 2012 is to do a mix of both Group and Basics classes. Needless to say, we talk about Cross Fit Frontier to anyone who will listen and who are interested in changing things up in their fitness routines!
Nancy Binks-Lyman and Frank Lyman, members since September 2011
Joining CrossFit Frontier has changed my life in so many positive ways. I admit I was intimidated to start. I have always been active but never considered myself an athlete. I was always bored at gyms and felt like I didn’t know what to do. In the Fall of 2011 I decided I really needed to make a change in my life to become more healthy and strong. Once I started CrossFit I realized that I had nothing to be scared of, CrossFit is tough, but totally fun! This was definitely what I have been looking for. Now I have found more confidence in myself and my abilities, physical and mental, then I ever knew. Under the guidance of our amazing trainers I now feel like an athlete. I am in the best condition of my life and continue to make progress every week. I love CrossFit Frontier because it is exciting, supportive and challenging everyday.
Megan Hood, member since December 2011
I first heard of CrossFit while I was deployed in 2012. A friend of mine was telling me about this awesome box back home in Cheyenne called CrossFit Frontier and how amazing the workouts were and how I needed to try it out when I got home. A month later I returned home and decided to try it out. I never thought that taking that first step would change my life in so many ways or that I would meet so many amazing and inspirational people.
Ever since that first day I stepped into that CF Frontier I was addicted! The atmosphere and the coaches are amazing! As soon as you walk in there is someone there to greet you and a coach to talk to you about previous experiences, goals, explain what CF is all about, and get you on the track to success. Another amazing thing about CF Frontier is that no matter what your experience level or abilities, no one ever judges you, they cheer you on, motivate you, and help you to be the best you can be! The coaches are amazing, extremely knowledgeable and you can tell that they are passionate about what they are doing and that they genuinely care about their athletes. I have been doing CF since June 2012 and every day I am still excited to step into the box and see what amazing things my body as well as my mind can accomplish and overcome. I can honestly say that I am a better and healthier person because of CF and I am so thankful to CF Frontier for helping me change my life in so many positive ways.
Lauren Jordan, member since June 2012