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Posted: January 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

Canyon CrossFit is life changing. I came for the first time a little over a year and a half ago and saw immediate results. This was huge since I’d just had a trainer for the previous year without seeing hardly any change. I learned to not hate running and was able to do my first 5k within about a month.

XFit gave me confidence to try new things whether in the gym or on the playground with my kids. At 43, I’m better on the monkeybars than my 9 year old and that made me pretty cool.

I’ve met so many amazing people that really do care that you show up and work hard.  It’s addicting and it truly is fun. Results come quickly, and make you want more. If you’ve hit a plateau, haven’t worked out in a while or have tried everything under the sun and haven’t seen results, Canyon CrossFit will change your world.  I know I can do anything! I think you will be blown away when you discover how much you are capable of.

- Wendy L.

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

I had heard previously heard that some of the Crossfit gyms were super intense and basically wanted you to kill yourself trying to compete with everyone else. At Canyon you compete with yourself, while being motivated and pushed by the people around you. Canyon stresses technique/form over time. Once you get the technique and form right, the faster times will come. I love that the workouts might have the same movements in them but they never feel the same.

As I get better at the movements, my confidence exponentially grows. If you would’ve told me it would only take me 6 months to do a pull up I would’ve laughed at you. Believe me I actually did laugh at Rick, Ray, and Andrew (our wonderful coaches) when they would tell me I was close to doing them without a band! One day after being inspired by others doing the work out with “big girl” pull ups I decided to try it! Imagine my surprise when I could not only do them, but do a good amount in a row! Everyone, including myself was so proud of me- it just makes you want to keep coming back and seeing what you can do next!

- Kristin C.

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 8:16 am

Being 34 a full time working mom of 3 and of course my husband too, I was losing my life. I began going to Canyon Crossfit mid January, just on a whim, more of a social outing. I was technically classified obese with many ailments catching up as my weight had reached it’s peak. I have Chronic Fatigue, I have Reumatoid Arthritis, borderline high cholesterol, borderline diabetes, borderline…death I only share this in great detail as I am probably the most relatable to people who have given up and feel there is no hope, or is overwhelmed at the thought on where to begin.

For those who look at the videos or think that it is intimidating, please know, you can do it. I have NEVER been athletic, ( I would always finish dead last in the mile run when growing up, last every time) I am not very coordinated and do not have have a natural athletic ability. Exercise was not a regular part of my life, and I have been capable of doing things beyond my comprehension, causing great emotions of self satisfaction and actually believing in myself, something that had been missing my whole life. For the record, to understand my fitness level, my first workout was 4 minutes long. I was sore for 3 days. They work with you to meet your needs at your level and you will progressively do more.

Canyon Crossfit provides a very supportive, atomsphere. Rick, Ray, Andrew and Melisa work to ensure you are using the right technique, they educate you, they encourage you, while pushing you to accomplish the most amazing challenges. The support doesn’t end there as other members also encourage you. You cannot help but to feel inspired when you go. I know I drag miy feet some nights to go as I am tired from, but once I get there, I do not want to leave – it is truly addicting.

My husband and my three kids (ages 17,13 &10) all go as a family. It is something we truly enjoy and I have learned I need to teach my kids to live a more active life. To instill it in them as make it a regular part of their daily routine, so it transitions over to adulthood, so they do not end up like me, or at least who I used to be. Anyone,who may have a child that doesn’t play sports, this is a great way for them to be a part of something, to feel good about. It has given my 13 year old son the confidence he had
been missing.

I am grateful for the experience that we have had at Canyon Crossfit.

- Kathy H.

Posted: January 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

Ray, Rick, and Andrew,

I am celebrating my one year of crossfit training on August 28th.  Having worked out on my own since college, I was all over the place with my fitness.  The first 5 years of post graduation, my workouts were geared towards strength maintenance (bench press and squats, but mainly upper body work, squats suck!).  After the persistent wear and tear on my shoulders from doing bench and military presses, I had to gear it down until my right shoulder required surgery.  I was naive on my workout regiment, too much isolation work and not enough balance.  After my shoulder surgery I stopped lifting heavy.  I did a lot more pulling exercise and less pushing.  I worked out that way for about 10 years to maintain moderate fitness.  The past five years I started playing basketball and did minimal lifting prior to playing in basketball pickup games.  After about a month of playing basketball, I had to get my knees drained twice because of the breakdown of arthritis in them.  I made it thru the knee drains and was able to continue to play basketball.

Crossfit: It was a little over two years ago when I first heard about crossfit. I was at a party for my brother in law, when I was introduced to a friend of his who had also played college football.  He and I talked about our fitness endeavors post college, and how I craved to get back in physical shape again.  I had mentioned to him that I wanted to join a boot camp to help me stay focused on my fitness (do what they say and don’t question it).  That was when he had told me about crossfit, and the fitness wonders he had experienced.  He told me crossfit is like a mini boot camp, but only one hour a day.  You walk into the gym and do the prescribed workout of the day. You don’t question it, you do it.  I told him that is what I am looking for, but was concerned about the different movements he had described (pull-ups, over-head squats, box jumps, etc).  I am not the type that likes to fail, who is? I told myself that I need to be in better shape to take on this endeavor.  

 Having come up with one excuse after another, the crossfit endeavor went to the way side for another year.  Then, a closer friend of mine joined your gym.  After three months of him going, I saw the transformation first hand.  He shared with me in a little more detail on how the workouts are modified to your physical ability.  So, I went to your web site and listened and read the testimonies of others and decided to bite the bullet, and take it on.  

Upon joining, the three private session classes you have with us are awesome!  It was a great ice breaker and intro into crossfit.  It made the transition into the WODs a lot less intimidating.  Don’t get me wrong, I was still intimidated.  The biggest thing that I had to over come was being comfortable being uncomfortable again.  Accept the fact that it is not going to change over night, it is a progression.  So, I would take each WOD on individually and strived to achieve prescribed.  I was happy with my progression for the first six months.  

Then, along came the Whole9 and the performance challenge.  Andrew did a amazing job rolling out the program, almost too good of a job.  Again, if I commit myself to something, I do not like to fail and the Whole9 was a commitment.  I was apprehensive to sign up initially because of the commitment it entailed.  After much deliberation, I decided to bite the bullet and drink the “koolaide” and I am glad I did.  It was then that my body went thru its biggest transformation.  I started the Whole9 at a body weight of 261lbs and was able to do around 30% of the WODs prescribed.  Now, 7 months later I have a body weight of 230lbs (a low of 226lbs but want to maintain 230lbs) and do around 90% of the WODs prescribed.  I can’t tell you how proud I am of my physical accomplishments, and there is no way I could of achieved any of this with out your gifted guidance.  

Lastly, I cannot thank the three of you enough.  Your level of knowledge on the proper lifting techniques.  Your innate ability to motivate people thru their workouts.  The dynamic stretching you have us go thru and how you attack certain muscle groups to increase our mobility that will help us get thru that days WOD.  The programs that you run us thru week in, week out.  The amazing group of athletes you have their that not knowingly further motivate me to keep pushing myself.  So, it is because of you three and the crossfit community that I am proud to say that I am a crossfitter.

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you,

- James Rae


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