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