When I started Crossfit, I did not see myself as “fit” in any form of the word. Due to having 4 babies in 6 years I had no ab strength to speak of, and a moderate separation of the abdominal muscles.  I could not do more the 2 sit-ups. I also could not complete a 200 m run without walking.   After a little more the 1 year crossfitting, I am frequently one of the strongest girls when it comes to lifting, I can do many WOD’s at RX, I can climb the rope, do 3 kipping pull-ups with no band in a row, run 800 m unbroken, do 40 sit-ups in a row, do 24 “ box jumps, and recently did push-ups on my feet in a WOD!! I am so proud of the accomplishments I have made. I FEEL better in my own skin.  Instead of baggy yoga pants and tee-shirts at the gym, I feel good in “real” workout clothes.  My self-confidence is miles above where it was a year ago.  When people say “but I can’t…” I just tell them seriously, if I can do it, anyone can!


“After we finished the Tough Mudder, Coach Josh asked me if I thought I would have been able to complete it before having started CrossFit. I told him that I think I would have, and I still think that. In a purely physical sense, I believe it would have been within the realm of the possible for me to run 12 miles through mud and over/under/etc. 25+ obstacles.
But here’s the deal… Here’s the huge difference CrossFit has made for me…
It would not have mattered whether or not it was physically possible for me to complete the Tough Mudder…because, before CrossFit, I NEVER would have even signed up!!!
Don’t get me wrong. CrossFit has been the sole cause of tremendous physical improvements for me. I am stronger, faster, leaner, etc. I look better and feel better. I have a higher level of general physical preparedness.
As vast and extreme as these physical improvements have been, however, I believe the greatest benefits I have derived from CrossFit have been MENTAL. I am more confident. I am more willing, even eager, to take on challenges (like the Tough Mudder). I am more disciplined. I wake up at 4:30 a.m. 4 days a week, for crying out loud! Sometimes I even work out on Saturday mornings! I even work out on days that I don’t have to go to work! I never would have done this before CrossFit, not because it wasn’t physically possible, but because I lacked the mental strength, discipline, and fortitude to do so. CrossFit has enabled me to push my body to new limits by providing the mental framework within which the limits seem imaginably attainable. In other words, I have a higher level of general mental preparedness.

I still have A LOT of physical improving to do. But I don’t lament the pain and hard work that attaining the improvement will take. Because of all the benefits I have already seen, I look forward with eagerness to what my future with CrossFit holds.”











“Dear CrossFit Coaches,

I would just like to take the time to thank you all for your hard work and dedication to health and fitness. I can only imagine how hard it is to manage family, careers, 2nd and maybe even 3rd jobs.  i know that CrossFit is a passion for you all…it has to be.  Being a coach, I know how important it is to have passion behind what you do.  But now that I am back on the other side of it…I appreciate being coached by passionate people like you.  The athlete in me has come back!  I can’t begin to explain how incredible that feels.

I started in November with the ” I AM CROSSFIT CHALLENGE”.  I had knee surgery in June and literally sat on my butt ALL summer long! Rehab was difficult.  Just extending my left leg took incredible concentration and a lot of pain.  CrossFit began and I was doing very few squats with a 24 inch box under me.  I never thoguht I would be able to do a full squat.  The other day, I knocked out 150 of them in just under 25 minutes.  It’s hard to believe that just 6 months ago, I had a hard time walking.  I started doing pull-ups with the heaviest band and struggled with that.  No, I am on the green band and knocking them out. Soon, I won’t need a band.  I am STRONGER because of you!!! (SIDE NOTE: since giving us this letter, Leigh has done her first pull ups UNASSISTED! WAY TO GO LEIGH)

I LOVE food.  Bur the CrossFit Challenge “challenged” me to eat better.  I thought twice about eating those cookies for fear that Misty would write a sad face on my food log.  It made me realize how much better I felt without all of that “comfort” food.  Not to mention the fact that I work too hard at CrossFit to ruin it with non-sense food for no reason at all.  It’s just not worth it.  I am HEALTHIER because of you!!!

This weekend, I tried on a pair of jeans I haven’t been able to fit into in 2 years.  They FIT!!  I think I almost cried! My arms and back look defined and toned.  My legs look athletic again (even my wimpy little left one).  I’m still working on my mid-section, but I have no doubt that I will get there!  I am SKINNIER because of you!!!

5 days a week, I work with junior high athletes after school.  I am able to demonstrate and work out with them when I need to.  They have told me they appreciate it and that it makes them work harder because I’m going through it too.  I stress the importance of proper form when strength training.  You reminded me of this.  I am a BETTER COACH because of you!!!

Thank you all, for everything YOU have done for me! I know showing up is half the battle…but if it wasn’t for great coaches like you all, I wouldn’t bother showing up.  I’d still be in the gym doing Zumba and wandering around the machines, wondering what I should do.  Thanks for pushing me to be better!  You are truly appreciated!



“I started CrossFit at the end of April.  I didn’t know anything about CrossFit except the few conversations I had with coach Misty during our karate class next door at Tumbling stars.  I made the commitment in April to try CrossFit for 2 months to try and get back into basketball shape.  After the first week of CrossFit I wanted to quit!  I never hurt so bad ! I could barely walk up and down my stairs at home.  After the soreness went away ( a couple of weeks later) I continued on my mission of being in better shape!  Here it is 6 months later and I can do all kinds of things I never imagined I could do.  I can do pull ups, power clean 215#, push ups, deadlift over 300#, and run a 8 minute mile.  Once I started seeing results I was hooked.  I am able to play basketball again without getting winded and I don’t get as tired while volunteering on my emergency response team at work.  CrossFit has made a world of difference in the way I feel!  I give thanks to all the coaches who have helped me get to where I am now-Coach Marcus, Josh, Misty, and Andrew!

Before and After







I started not only CrossFIt, but watching my diet in November of this year. I had played sports for my entire life, but after college and a pretty bad injury I let myself get to a point I’d never been before. When my scale was creeping up to 200 pounds I realized I absolutely had to do something. Being in sports I never had to actually create my own workout; I always had a coach to tell me what to do and motivate me, so I had no idea where to even start. I tried CrossFit ISI when they first opened, and my very first workout I joined the “Pukey Club” within the first 7 minutes and didn’t go back (thanks Josh!)… but I knew this was where I needed to be. CrossFit was like being on a team again, with coaches motivating (in whatever way necessary!) and having people there to encourage you as they are doing the same workout/dying with you!!  I didn’t do any fancy diet, no diet pills or supplements. I just cut out the sodas and fast food and replaced them with water and veggies. I started doing CrossFit 2 or 3 times a week and running in between.  Yes, the first 2 weeks were BRUTAL, muscles were more sore than they had ever been, but I started seeing results and I got addicted! It is now the end of March and I’ve lost 45 pounds and feel amazing, even considering this whole bathing suit thing this summer!!!


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