‘My name is Bumper Clayton. I am 41 years old, married and the proud papa of my 4 legged son Charley, (K-9). I joined the CrossFit Palestine family a week after the box opened in September. I had previously been a member of other local gyms but could never motivate myself to accomplish a steady routine. My fault, I claim it. I work in Emergency Services, a job that can be extremely physically demanding at times. I had really let my self go down in that department and knew I needed to get in better shape for everyones’ safety and my own personal health. Also my fault, claim that too. Once I heard about a CrossFit Box opening in town I decided I would stop in and get some info. Britni, the owners and coaches could not have done a better job at making me comfortable and puting me at ease about the things to come in learning the movements of crossfit. I went from a sedentary lifestyle with every excuse of why I wasn’t going to do any physical activity, to finding my escape from the stresses of everyday life being my time at the box. I really enjoy my morning dose of time working out with my 5:15 peeps. I don’t think they know how much I depend on them. Coach Reggie is a great trainer and leads us everyday to achieving goals and personal bests at the box. Even when we have the “don’t want to’s”, or something is hurting, he finds a way to get us on track and can modify workouts to accommodate an injury or two. I am coming around to the nutrition side of things through education here at the box and I am down 32 lbs with some goals set for the 1 year mark in September. It has been a blessing to find the people and the program that works for me. The most satisfying, (although sometimes painful), feeling of my day is that walk from the door of the box to my vehicle, having just finished our workout and knowing because of the proper motivation, I got up and did it! And now I claim that too!’
“When thinking of someone who deserves to be named athlete of the month I immediately think of Brittany.
As many of you may know Brittany suffered a broken ankle at the beginning of August. An injury that would put most out for months, think time for surgery, recovery and general time to mope, didn’t hold her back.
Brittany was back in the gym as soon as she was allowed and was doing anything and everything she was capable of.
While most people would assume a bad mood when faced with limitations Brittany never let a smile fade from her face. She was truly happy to be in the gym every single day and instead of thinking of what she could no longer do she rather embraced the opportunity to improve open the things that she could.
Brittany has been a true inspiration not only to myself but to everyone else who has seen her through this injury. I cannot wait to see her continue to crush milestones as she continues to heal and I look forward to the smile that will no doubt be on her face the next time our paths cross in the gym.”
‘I have always struggled with my weight and have never really had muscles to speak of. I would diet here and there to lose a few extra pounds, but was never really serious about my eating habits. The day I went into the hospital to have my son I weighed 260 pounds. The biggest I have ever been. They say the first 25 pounds in pregnancy is free. Well… Let just say I went over those 25 free pounds by a lot. I didn’t really know where to begin to get the weight off, so I didn’t do anything. When my son turned 1, it hit me that I couldn’t claim “baby weight” forever. I had wanted to join CrossFit for many years, but always found an excuse. The excuses ranged from I am afraid and intimidated or I just don’t have time until March 2017 when I finally made the jump. The first time I went to the box to meet Britni and get all of the details regarding joining I had my husband go with me. I am not one that likes to get out of my comfort zone at all. I have to thank Jaclyn Taylor and my husband for finally talking me into trying crossfit. The first day of on ramp I literally got sick to my stomach before going, but every day my nerves got a little better. I started going to the 8AM class two or three times a week. The soreness I felt was like nothing I had ever experienced, but at the same time I was extremely proud of myself. I transitioned to the 5:15class and have never looked back. Every morning I walk in the box somewhat scared of what the WOD is for that day, but always walk out feeling accomplished. The support from each and every individual at the box is amazing. A year ago today I would have never thought that I would be able to do a handstand, climb a rope, or even run 400 meters for that fact. I feel that I achieve a PR every day that I get up and go work out. As of today I have lost 90 pounds from the day my son was born, 45 of those pounds since starting crossfit. I plan to continue doing crossfit 5 days a week as well as continue to hit new PRs. I want to thank all of the coaches at Crossfit Palestine for your support and encouraging words. A huge thanks to Coach Reggie for all of his support and guidance, as well as putting up with me and my smart mouth. A huge thank you to Jaclyn Taylor for encouraging me to just give it shot. Also a huge thank you to my husband who has supported me through out this entire process.’
Great coaching staff and great place to work out! I have never been comfortable working out in any gym, but the folks at this box make everyone feel welcome, no matter what level of fitness you are in.
It’s my place, they are my people! Not only have I gained friends but I’m stronger then I’ve ever been (even when I was “young”) and healthier thanks to the guidance and coaching of everyone at CFP! I feel lost when I have to miss a day and my day is complete when I get to workout with my 0800 WOD Squad! I highly recommend giving it a try… you may actually like it!
This is my home away from home! CFP has changed me mentally and physically. They aren’t just friends but family. The coaches are top notch and go above and beyond to help you reach your fitness goals! They have something for everyone!!
CrossFit Palestine is my happy place, my stress free place, it’s ME time!! I’ve never really had any type of strength, but I’ve always been able to run! CrossFit showed me I can have both and it has shown me that you are capable of way more than you think!! The 5:15 am class is my crew, but the friendships built throughout the whole box are amazing! The coaching staff is very knowledgeable and always encouraging everyone! Come out and try it, you will love it!
Age and fitness level does not matter!! The coaches are very well trained and know exactly how to modify any movement that you may not be able to perform, due to any limitation you may think you have! The support system from everyone throughout the box is phenomenal. If your curious about CrossFit, schedule a no sweat intro or come to any FREE community workout held every Saturday!! New friends are always welcome at CrossFit Palestine! You’ll soon see why we call each other family!!
Pushed me and made me like it. Really enjoyed the couple’s class on Saturday.