Our coaching staff could spend all day telling you why CrossFit is great and how it can change your life. But we'd rather you learn from some of our current members.
Keith Blount (50, Member Since August 2017)
"My name is Keith Blount and I am currently 50 years old. Back in August 2017 ( I was 47 and in the worst shape of my life) I decided I wanted to lose some weight and get in better shape. I had joined other gyms in the past, but quickly found them boring working out by myself and not knowing what to do or how to do it correctly, so I always quit going. For some reason on that August day I decided to pull into CrossFit Saraland to get some information and find out more about it. I had no upfront expectations or goals other than losing weight and getting in shape. I had no idea what I was about to sign up for! The first class is always free, so my daughter told me if I would go she would go with me. This made it a little easier because I did not know anyone at this gym. So during the hottest part of the year at age 47 I went to my first CrossFit workout. I found out quickly this is not your average workout, it was hard. But I also found out a few other things about this gym that I did not expect.
Even though the class had a lot of people in it, the coach worked one on one with me at different times making sure I was doing the movements correctly.
Even though I could not do all the movements that were written in the workout, every movement is scalable to each individual. All ages and sizes can do CrossFit.
All the other members that were working out gave me so much support which made it a little easier to get through the workout.
Let’s now fast forward to 2020. These are a few things that I have accomplished and learned over the Past 32 months:
I am now able to do movements I had never even dreamed I was able to do. Handstand Push-ups, Toes-to-Bar, and Double Under Jump Ropes just to name a few. I am able to do almost every movement in the gym.
I have lost all the weight I wanted to lose and gained a lot of muscle.
I am lifting weights I could only dream about in the past. I lift personal records all the time now. 325lb Back Squat, 415lb Deadlift, 220lb Back Rack Split Jerk, 225lb Bench Press just to name few.
I am able to finish almost every workout before the time cap.
It seems that you never do the same workout twice. It is never boring.
The coaches and other members are so supportive. You are not in this alone.
You are your competition. You will strive to get better.
My tennis elbow has even gone away.
I HATE burpees!!
But the number one thing about CrossFit Saraland and what makes it different from all the other gyms that I joined is the people. The coaches are all great and do care about your fitness and goals more than they do their own. They have stopped their workouts to help others more times than I can count. I have made some of the best friends I have ever had over these past 32 months. These people truly care about you. They have become a second family to me. I do not think they realize just how much they have meant to me over the past 32 months. They have made such a huge difference in my life. Even though the workouts are difficult and challenging every day, I cannot wait to get to the gym because of them. CrossFit Saraland is truly a gym like no other. You may pay a little more each month than in other gyms, but you get so much more than just a place to go workout. It has been worth every penny I have paid."
Leah Williams (Member Since 2017)
"In 2017, one of my best friends who is also a fellow nurse with me encouraged me to join her gym. I was skeptical, as I’ve been in many gyms through the years, tried countless home exercise videos etc.... I was intimidated to say the least. My first day with Richard as a coach I swore I would never be back. (Lol sorry Richard) - I was in the worst shape of my life and battling postpartum along with other health issues. I ended up joining boot camp, I would force myself to go 1-2 days a week, but I always felt welcome and encouraged no matter how poor my fitness level was and I slowly made progress. That same friend encouraged me to do a mud run obstacle that year and I struggled to do it but I managed to finish. I laughed at the thought of a rope climb and thought burpees were a form of harsh punishment. Haha. (Still kinda do)
Skip ahead to 2020 - This gym has become my second home as every single coach (Richard, Taylor, Tyler and several others) literally push me every single day. They have treated me like they were my own personal trainer with small, goal oriented classes designed to every fitness goal and level. I got on track with my nutrition consistently, managing to lose 40 lbs in a year, and I completed a beach obstacle course AND finally got my rope climb and managed to complete every obstacle while placing 1st in my age group. I’ve hit my goal weight And hate to even miss one day at the gym now. It’s been a source of not only physical but mental health as I feel better now at 33 than I ever have in my life. Thanks to Jessie for dragging me to the gym and for pushing me every single day since! I have made many friends at CrossFit. Never in a million years would I have imagined this boot camp girl that could barely lift any sort of weight would be standing next to some of the strongest women I know and actually managing to keep up with them. (Somewhat)
Key things I’ve taken away is
Lift no weight or lift as heavy as you can! Sky is the limit
Come in as a beginner or a pro, you will be treated the same
Your form may suck A LOT but they will help you master it - over and over (thanks Taylor)
“Lifting heavy weights will make you bulky” is FALSE
Come as you are be accepted
If I can do it, anyone can. I’m a work in progress and I still have a long way to go. I can’t give enough credit to my CrossFit/Boot camp family!"
Jessie Odom (Member Since 2017)
"In 2017, I joined boot camp. My dear sister-in-law and mother-in-law started coming to boot camp and kept telling me how much they loved this class. They were telling me about this Richard guy that was such a great coach. They encouraged me to come and try a class. I was hesitant about joining because I had not been working out consistently in a few years. I am a nurse, wife, and mom of two girls. I was at a point in my life that I had really fell off the the fitness track. Some weeks, I work 40+ hours and my children both were under 5 years old. I had a lot of mom guilt about leaving my children for another hour each day. I really struggled with the mom guilt, but I was not happy with myself. I was in the worst shape of my life. I knew at that point I had to make a change for myself and for my family. I pushed myself and I joined boot camp.
I fell in love with boot camp. The workouts were fun and challenging. The classes were small in size and the coaches was able to spend a lot of time making sure the moves were performed properly. The gym helps me mentally and physically. The gym is my happy hour and is such a big part of my life now. I look forward to coming to the gym and on days I have to miss it makes me mad. The gym has become part of our daily routine and when I don't go my girls are disappointed. The gym is very family oriented and my children look forward to being there in the afternoons. After doing boot camp for 2 1/2 years, I kinda started getting bored with boot camp. I was ready for a new challenge. I always wondered about Crossfit, but I was a little intimidated about the "front gym." One of the other boot camp members/friend, Heather decided to move up to CrossFit. She encouraged me to join CrossFit. I probably would not have joined if she wouldn't have encouraged me too. After a lot of consideration, I decided to try out a class.
Oh wow!! CrossFit was a lot different than boot camp. I was totally out of my comfort zone. I really struggled with olympic style lifts. I was very intimidated by the movements. At first I became very discouraged, but everyone at the gym was so helpful and encouraging. I can't thank all the coaches for helping me each class to improve my form. All the coaches are very helpful and make sure you are performing the moves properly. When I first started at the gym I was doing my squats and pushups wrong. My knee was always hurting after squats. The pain was from doing my squats improperly. With the help from several coaches my squat form has improved. I rarely have knee pain now. After 6 months of Crossfit I am more comfortable with the Olympic style lifts and I am feeling more confident. I look forward to the strength part of the workouts now.
In 6 months, I am stronger and have made some gains. I still have a long way to go and I have a ton of goals. I have learned with Crossfit it is a process and it takes time to improve. I am so thankful that I stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried something new. I have met new people and I'm thankful for all the support. I am proud to be a part of CrossFit Saraland. "
"My journey through CrossFit actually started with my 13 year old son. We wanted him to get started in learning how to lift weights the proper way for the sports he plays and they didn’t have a weight program (at the time) for middle schoolers. I was trying to loose weight and my husband said you should go with him. I was scared so I kept pushing it off. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to keep up and I would look like a fool, I’m super competitive and I was not going to do well with me looking like a fool. Part of my reason for wanting to try CrossFit was because I would go to a regular gym and I would do what I wanted to do and never really pushed myself and I was really looking for someone to be there to push me and guide me. So I finally decided to try it out after a year of my son starting CrossFit.
One of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only have I found another family (cause it is a small family) but I have lost weight, gotten stronger and feel better! So I challenge you to join. Don’t be scared. The coaches are great at talking you through the movements and there is always a scaled version for you to work on that will get you to the movement you want to accomplish. Don’t be intimidated cause the people there want you to be better and want to help you be a better you. Since I’ve joined my daughter joined and my youngest is waiting till she is old enough and can come.
Love my CrossFit family!"