I have been working out for the past 15 years. I have done just about everything from sports teams, gyms, P90x, and other home workouts. Growing up, I was used to the gym atmosphere of going, getting chewed out if you forgot your towel, not talking with a soul, working out for 45 minutes and then leaving. That has been my experience at most gyms whether it be LA Fitness, 24 hour fitness, Anytime Fitness or smaller more local gyms. Then at home, workouts typically only last a couple months before the distractions of this world get in the way.
A few years ago, I was introduced to Crossfit. I never tried it, but saw videos and was interested in trying it out. I talked with one BOX owner who shared with me his price. I could not believe how high it was. That made me hold off those plans for a couple years. But then I found out about a Crossfit opening in Beaumont. That very day my wife and I heard about it, we came in for a free session. It’s not like a typical gym tour where they have you pull on a machine or two. They throw you in with the lions that first day, to really show you what you can expect.
Knowing I was in shape at the time, I thought it would be a decent but not impossible challenge. Half way through I could not believe what my body was experiencing. I knew I had to finish and try to keep up with the members of the class, but I barely made it. That night we signed up for a year. I knew that although I try to push my body as hard as I can, Crossfit would take me beyond that next level.
Over the past year it has been great to see how Crossfit Awaken really wants the best for it’s clients. The owners Chris and Danielle put so much money back into the gym on a monthly basis. Purchasing more weights, new equipment, and expanding the building. Since I have joined, the amount of equipment and the size of the warehouse has more than doubled.
The real important thing however is the coaching. You can go to ten different Crossfits and find 10 different coaching styles. Chris being the main owner and main trainer keeps high standards for the clients that are very committed. If you are new, he will always take that into consideration and modify workouts as need be. However, if he sees that you are athletic and determined, he will push you. Not only in an intense way, but making sure you are practicing your lifts legitimately. He understands from a clients perspective that these lifts are very technical and will give grace when he knows you are giving it 100%. But if you are lax and slack, he will call that out too.
Then you have Danielle, who is Chris’s wife who at first glance seems very sweet and quiet, until you see her workout and realize that she is a beast you are always trying to keep up with. For the first 3 or 4 months, it was actually my goal to beat her at the daily WODs. While coaching, a second side of Danielle comes out that can be scary. She pays close attention to what your doing and how you are doing it. If she sees something wrong she has no problem yelling it from across the room. Sometimes it’s hilarious, but most of the time, it really helps you step it up.
Overall, Crossfit Awaken has been such a great place to gain support, knowledge and increasing your athletic ability. The community atmosphere during every WOD makes you want to come back the next day and the day after that. Seeing fat shed and muscle growth week by week on yourself and the other clients, makes it easy to see why this is the right place to be. I couldn’t imagine working out any other way now.
Crossfit testimonials are full of people sharing how Crossfit has changed them physically and brought them physical health. Crossfit has done that for me too, but more importantly to me, Crossfit is MENTAL HEALTH.
I started Crossfit when Crossfit Awaken opened in April of 2011. I had recently moved to California to be closer to family, but didn’t really have any friends outside the family. That was hard for me because I have depression. After suffering a tragic personal loss I began my battle for mental health. Some days I feel like hiding in my room, crawling in a dark hole and never coming out. God has used Crossfit to help me and it has become an essential part to me winning the battle for mental health.
Research shows that physical activity is a must for people battling depression. For me Crossfit combines the benefits of physical activity with the social interaction I so desperately need. Before I started Crossfit I would exercise regularly, but it was always missing something. I found it hard to motivate myself to workout even though I knew it would be good for me mentally. The unique social dynamic of CFA helps keep me motivated to continue going back. When I feel like the depression is starting to take hold and control my actions all I have to do is get myself to CFA and I immediately start to feel like fighting instead of giving in and crawling into a dark hole. The encouragement I get from my friends at CFA feeds my spirit. I thank God for this amazing group of people and for Crossfit Awaken!
When I don’t make it into CFA I can feel myself being pulled into that dark hole and I find it so hard to fight. I have come to realize that I NEED Crossfit. If depression is something that you struggle with, I encourage you to try Crossfit. I truly believe it has changed my life and I enjoy life more because God brought me to Crossfit Awaken.
What can I say, CFA has changed my life. My fitness, nutrition and all around health are the best in years, and I haven’t even completed my first year yet. My coworkers, friends, and family all want to know what I am doing! It feels great to be turning my life around while people are noticing and asking me about it. Thank you to CFA Beaumont, Chris and Dani and my new CFA work out partners! I’ll see you in the box soon
Honestly I do not know how to begin to say how much CFA (CrossFit Awaken) has changed my life. My CrossFit journey began only six months ago and honestly I do not know what I would do without it in my life today.
I was introduced to CFA by a very special friend Leah whom I have known since Kindergarten. She had been telling me about this amazing program she had been doing to initially lose weight. Since I was still trying to lose my pregnancy weight I was eager to give it a chance. I often asked Leah many questions about what CFA was all about and I just remember her telling me that it is more than a workout its emotional, it’s a lifestyle. So finally after a couple months of talking about CFA I made a phone call to Coach B and had an amazing talk.
I remember my very first day sitting in my car looking at Coach B and Coach D’s garage and being terrified to walk through the gate. Once I got the nerve to get out of the car I walked through a gate that changed my life. Immediately I met Coach B and his friend Nica. They were both so welcoming I knew I had found a place that I was suppose to be. I did my first WOD that day and made the decision to move forward and never look back.
Over the last six months I have seen what Leah had told me about in the beginning. CrossFit is not just workouts, it is a lifestyle that is like no other. Since I found CrossFit I have found a power within myself that I never knew existed. I have cried many tears along the way, but every tear has meant that I am growing emotionally and physically. Also I have found the most amazing people that I consider to be family. I love my CrossFit Family and am so thankful that I have CFA in my life. Coach B and Coach D will forever hold a special place in my life.