“Before starting at CrossFit Sky Soldiers on September 18, 2012, I was at my highest weight and the most out of shape I had ever been in my 36-1/2 years of life. I am the mom of two girls aged 11 and 8. Before my girls were born, I’d enjoyed working out at gyms doing things like BODYPUMPTM and spinning, and even did some rock climbing. But when I became “Mom,” I threw myself into that role and forgot about all the things I enjoyed prior to becoming a parent. I’ve also struggled with my weight since my mid-twenties and a severe lack of confidence for the majority of my life. I am a perfectionist and place expectations on myself that I wouldn’t dream of forcing on another person. All of this accumulated and created an overweight, depressed and anxious shell of a person who was afraid to try anything new because I might not succeed the first time.
I had heard of CrossFit a few years ago and wanted to try it, but was so afraid that I would fail, be laughed at or humiliated that I did not seriously allow myself to entertain the thought. I’d seen the CrossFit Games on TV! Those men and women were amazing! Surely if I were to walk into a gym with people like that in it, they would look at me like I was crazy and point me toward the donut shop. But, last September I learned of a box that had opened up literally minutes from my house AND the entire month of September was FREE! I was so unhappy with who I was as a person that every fear or concern I had was pushed aside. I stopped by CSS and talked with one of the owners. Michael assured me that everything would be scaled for my level and even shared his story with me. I was able to meet the coach briefly and was happy to see he was nice and enthusiastic about coaching.
At 8:15 the next morning, I was back at the gym and shaking in my running shoes. But I finished. And it was scaled to my level. Since that day six months ago, I’ve been back at least 4-5 times every week. I’ve gone from barely being able to run 100m to refusing to walk at all regardless of the running distance in the workout. I’ve lifted weights; I’ve discovered talents I didn’t know I had and weaknesses that push me to try harder. I’ve lost weight, but the most loss is in my measurements. And, thankfully, the place I see the most gain is emotionally and mentally. Endorphins really do make you happy! But of all the great things about my CrossFit journey the best, by far, is the community, the people. I’ve been cheered on, high-fived and encouraged more than I ever could have imagined … even when I’m dead last to finish. ESPECIALLY when I’m dead last to finish. Because at the end of the day we’re all just working to be a little bit better than yesterday, and lifting other people up certainly plays a part in that.”
— Angelle Copenhaver
“Just over six months ago the word CrossFit was not even in my vocabulary. I remember my first visit very well. It was probably one of the hardest and most rewarding 30 minutes of my life! From that day I have been hooked.
“One of the most amazing parts of CrossFit is that anyone can do it. Whether you have never lifted a single weight or you have been doing it for years, CrossFit allows everyone to do the same thing and be awesome at it. CrossFit Sky Soldiers has become a huge part of my life. Not only have I transformed my body, I have gained an amazing family! Your CrossFit family is right there with you all the way, pushing you and telling you how awesome you are. I have achieved things that I never thought possible and look forward to where I can go!”
— Brad Goggins
37-year-old former fat kid and CrossFit Addict