Congratulations to Tricia Bean, who had five #myfitcrewstory entries over the month of March and won the raffle prize of a three-month class pack! All of the entries we received were incredible, so we wanted to take a moment to share some of our favorite entries. The community at our gym is part of what makes it so special and we love learning more about all of our clients, new and old. Our March contest is officially over, but if you still want to share a moment at the gym or the story of how you found Fit Crew, you can always tag us in on Facebook or Instagram, e-mail us, tell us in person, or even comment on this blog.
Jim Racky (Via Facebook)
My fit crew story starts back in May 2014. Couple friends of mine Troy Masterson and Tony Cerniglia were going to fit crew and kept talking about it and kept trying to get me to go. I kept making up excuses whether I was too busy at work too busy at home. But I finally gave in and went to an afternoon training one day with Tony Cerniglia. That is when I met Niels Renzenbrink. We talked for a few minutes and started the workout of the day. The very first workout was a EMOM.
What the hell is an EMOM?
10 back squats EMOM. We were supposed to do 10 back squats every minute on the minute. Neils put 15 pound weights on each end of the barbell and I’m thinking to myself this is easy, I got this, this is nothing I can do this, I could do more right?
Niels didnt know me but he still started me off slow and watched me the entire workout. I went thru this workout and Neils was there correcting me on my form several times. That being said as we all know I could not walk the next couple days so it took me another week to get back into the gym. Over the next several months I met Andrew JP, Roc, Josh, Keith and Tori. Coming into the gym I was thinking more so of not embarrassing myself. Watching some of these guys lift more weight than me watching some of the ladies who are beasts in the gym, lifting just about the same weight as me and I’m thinking I’m doing something wrong. But I soon learned that everybody in the gym encourage you from the owners to the trainers to the people you’re working out with. Nobody cared if I liftef less weight than them or did less box jumps or less pull-ups than them they all encouraged you nonetheless. I have done every workout time available from 5 AM to 4 PM. I have also done the stretching class, beach workout and bootcamps. I’ve done just about everything that the gym has to offer.
Then came a major step back, one day doing snatches I feel a pop in my right shoulder. I knew something was wrong with my shoulder I knew it was going to be bad so over the next few weeks I tried rehab with Niels. The pain did not go away. Tuned out I tore my upper bicep tendon at 100% and I tore my rotator cuff at 100%. Niels and Andrew were always there to talk to me let me know what I should be doing up until the surgery. I kept coming to the gym working on my core working on my legs and they were always there watching. I had surgery in July 2016. I returned to the gym a few weeks after the surgery and again Niels worked with me on my rehab from very minor movements and stretching up to bands and then barbells putting more weight on my on my shoulder.
If I had not been going to fit crew during the surgery with my shoulder I am sure I would not have recovered this quick.
I would not have the confidence I do now and I would not be in the good of shape as I am now. Whenever I run into an exercise or a lift that I am not sure of the trainers will always make sure my form is right. Even if it is Tori yelling at me. Or Andre telling me to lift my butt up on the elevated pull ups. Every time I walk into the gym the trainers all say hello and ask me how I’m doing. My friends that I work out with always have a smile (before the work out).
During and after the work out it’s always good work out, good job, we all push each other to the work out we all try to encourage each other to push ourselves. Fitcrew is like family to me it’s like a second family.
I have learned that Fitcrew is Law Enforcement friendly also. Niels and Andrew supported our efforts to raise money for Law Enforcement United road to hope tour.
Fitcrew has given me the confidence and drive to complete my first half marathon and full marathon.
I would say this is my Fitcrew story….
but is more than that It is my of FITCREW LIFE!
Roxanne Britt (via Instagram)
So My Fit Crew Story is due today and Im just now getting to it! When I first began working out (prior to Fit Crew) my very first trainer asked me what my goals were. “Goals? I guess I just want to eat!” Fast forward to Fit Crew. I still love to eat (I will never give up my coffee with cream or my brownie mix but I have cut back;) but my goals have definitely evolved! Climb that rope all the way to the top? Check. Learn how to lift correctly? Check. Increase my cardio endurance? Check. Wear those super cute socks? Check check and check! 😉 Do a competition? Check +! My Buddy Melissa and I got second in our division! Speaking of Buddies! Ive made some of my best friends through Fit Crew! The people and trainers are wonderful and I have never felt left out or weak even when I was the last one finished. Everyone supports each other and encourages you and you leave Fit Crew with a profound feeling of accomplishment after every workout…. Now to get a little serious. My precious mama passed away from early onset Alzheimer’s several years ago. Let me just tell you that Alzheimer’s SUCKS! I miss her. I hate that my girls don’t have her in their lives. I hate that I can’t go to her for advice and support. I hate that every indication is that Alzheimer’s has a significant hereditary component. I hate that every time I forget where I left my keys, in the darkest parts of my mind and heart, I get scared that it’s started and I’m doomed to repeat what my mom had to endure, that God help me but my amazing daughter’s may get it. I hate that my mom did not have the benefit of current research. Thankfully, I’ve learned that there are things I can do to fight off this disease and one of the biggest is exercise. So my ultimate goal? I want to set an example for and be there for my girls. I want to grow old with my husband. I want to do everything in my power to kick Alzheimer’s metaphoric a$$!!! Will working out at Fit Crew guarantee that I won’t get this horrible disease? No. But after witnessing what happened to my sweet mom and experiencing the long goodbye that is Alzheimer’s Disease, not trying is not an option. So I say thank you to my Fit Crew family! #myfitcrewstory 💪
Stefanie Masterson (Via Instagram)
My Fit Crew Story: My brother @troy_masterson was a member at Fit Crew and I heard him and my Dad talk about it and thought how fun and scary it sounded at the same time. I decided I would give crossfit a try and visited a few local crossfit gyms who wanted me to go to some type of on ramp program at hours that wouldn’t work for me. I am super busy; at the time I was a single mom with a 1 year old, a full time manager, and working on my first graduate degree, so when I found out Fit Crew had early morning (5am) classes and afternoon classes I could go to after work without an on-ramp program I was excited. I remember my first morning there I was nervous and since I’m not the most graceful I busted my shin doing tire jumps. No one made fun of me, in fact it was the opposite, so many people helped and encouraged me. The first few weeks were painful but I loved everything about it. The trainers spent a lot of time working with me on my form and encouraging me to push through the workouts. This became so much more than a workout for me. It is also my therapy, my “me” time, and the people became like a second family to me. I also never thought I’d have defined abs after having children but two years after my first child and a lot of tough mornings at Fit Crew I did. I also gained so much more patience, confidence, and happiness in my life. Being a mental health professional I know how important self-care is and the mental health benefits of a good workout. They even helped me continue my journey and modify when needed when I became pregnant with my second child, and let me just say it made labor so much easier! When I came back 4 weeks after giving birth (I really love going), they helped me modify until I slowly started getting my strength back. I still have a ways to go before I get my body and skills fully back that I lost with the second pregnancy but I can confidently say that I WILL get there and that I CAN do it. The support and community of Fit Crew is amazing, so if you have always been worried about what other people think or scared that you won’t be able to do any of the moves then this is the place for you. #MyFitCrewStory