Testimonials and Feedback – Why We Love CrossFit Franklin!

A message from your first sponsored Marine Recruit Brett Weaver … “Tell Lee and everyone at Crossfit Franklin that I’m beyond grateful for the chance they gave me to work out as it helped me excel! I have one of the best PFT (personal fitness test) scores in the platoon and the highest CFT (combat fitness test) score in the entire platoon.

Three years ago I had been stuck in a fitness runt and decided I needed to jump start my workout routine; I tried a free class at CrossFit Franklin and never looked back. I have gotten stronger, faster and improved in every aspect of my fitness. The workouts always challenge me and the coaches always push me, forcing me to test my limits and encouraging me to reach my full potential. Since starting CrossFit I have completed multiple sprint triathlons; some with little to no training (other than CrossFit), a couple of Spartan races, some regular road races and even a Tough Mudder! Events I would have never considered previously. CrossFit has helped prepare me mentally and physically for any challenge and I am grateful for it. The atmosphere and camaraderie I found at the box here in Franklin have made me look forward to the grueling workouts and I really do enjoy going to the gym.

On November of 2011, I first started this journey skeptical of the unexpected at CrossFit Franklin. CFF is nothing like the big chain gyms. It’s small in comparison but unlike those facilities, this gym offers a sense of family. You get to know the people you work out with and build a network of good friends. Luckily for me the CrossFit Franklin coaches are right there every step of the journey to teach, motivate, encourage and correct any mistakes. It is my happy place not only because of what I accomplish there, but also because I get to share others’ success and triumphs.

CrossFit helped to guide me and educate me on my fitness journey, equipping me with mental toughness to push myself to reach my goals and even exceed them. The coaches at CrossFit Franklin have the ability to motivate and push me beyond my self- imposed limits. Each day it seems as though I am achieving another breakthrough and gaining confidence in my abilities. The CrossFit coaches truly care about your personal well-being and are very supportive and motivating.

There is a special magic at CrossFit Franklin. Everyone who spends time here understands what it’s all about. If you get a taste of it….you’ll be hooked too!

My CrossFit Journey

I started CrossFit about 5 yrs ago to help manage my depression. The constantly varied WODs keep the serotonin in my system level allowing me to be medication free. It’s become a requirement in my everyday life. Regular gym classes and workouts aren’t challenging enough to keep my interest. I thrive on what I am able to accomplish and do. Constantly amazed by the people I work out with and the goals they achieve. CrossFit is not only for my mental health but it’s the sense of belonging and looking out for each other that makes it special. I have been a member with CrossFit Franklin for just over a year now and I was welcomed with open arms. These are the people I start each day with, share goats with and PR with. .. my 5:30am family.

January 27th 2012 marks a very important date that I will never forget. It is the day I began my journey with CrossFit never once looking back. Before this journey began my workouts consisted of cardio machines, and daunting workouts that left me making excuses as to why I couldn’t make it to the gym. As I looked in the mirror staring at myself unhappily, I knew I needed to make a change. Little did I know, joining CrossFit would forever change my life.

The physical and mental challenge CrossFit provides is immeasurable. When I first began at Crossfit Franklin, I was scared. I had many emotions running through my mind. “Are people going to judge me?” “I can’t do a pull-up” “I’m not cutout for this”. Within five minutes many of these fears subsided. I loved the warm welcome and support I got from the athletes and coaches from the moment I walked into the box. The love/hate relationship with working out quickly became a new normal and skipping a day no longer was an option. The challenge and variety in the workouts intrigued me. I soon found myself waking up sore, but somehow always finding the strength to make it to a class just one more day. I truly started feeling accomplished when I started setting personal records, and doing things I never thought imaginable. I loved the feeling of excitement and a little nervousness before each workout and love the feeling of triumph and exhaustion afterward.

After 10 months of CrossFit I am proud to say I have overcome many fears. I have achieved my first pull-up, first rope climb, lifted more weight that I could have imagined possible, increased my running ability, completed my first 5k and 10k obstacle course, gained control of my health, and improved my confidence. Most importantly, I have gained a tremendous support system (coaches and athletes) that has never ever let me fail. They have taught me that each and every workout is about integrity. It doesn’t matter if you finish first or last, you finish and you finish strong. And when you finish, you cheer on your teammates even if that means getting down and finishing their workout beside them.

CrossFit Franklin is more than just a gym, it’s a family.

God gives each creature unique talents and abilities.

Among the many gifts He has given me, athletic ability is not found.

I am not an athlete. I have no talent whatsoever in the physical sphere, and my body, for whatever reason, is not well-designed for impressive achievement or notable success in any sport known to humankind.

Nevertheless, I can “fit in” – somehow – at CrossFit Franklin. This is due, in large part, to the CrossFit philosophy of scalability and universal application of the program to all human beings willing to exert their effort in the box. But it is more specifically due to the camaraderie and spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood extended to all who enter here.

I came to CrossFit as the result of the intervention of a college friend of mine, who lives across the country and started CrossFit about six months before he mentioned it to me. He told me it changed his life for the better, and he was in better shape than he was in when we were in college (and back then, he was pretty fit). That got my attention, given we are 45 years old. We used to go to the gym together, and he recalled I worked out then with a goal-oriented intensity that evoked a sense for him that I could apply that energy to fitness in a CrossFit setting successfully. Back then, I was a single woman who wanted to look good physically, and I had plenty of time on my hands, and that motivated me to the gym. These days, it is more a matter of me being a wife and mother who needs to combat obesity and the adverse effects of a sedentary lifestyle. I owe it to myself, as well as to those I love and who love and depend upon me.

Living the life of a wife and mother of four young children working full time in a high-stress job that has nothing remotely to do with physical exertion, my initial reaction was that I had no time for CrossFit and that it was incompatible with my lifestyle. Not only that, I got sticker shock when I saw the price tag attached to a membership!

Coincidentally, contemporaneous with my friend trying to sell me on this CrossFit idea, I got one of those Double Take email deals to try CrossFit Franklin for a month for a ridiculously low price. I figured, why not try it put? So, I signed up myself as well as my husband (over his objection and without his consent), and we are now hooked. Him even more than me, ironically. And we find it is worth every penny. Taking control and responsibility for your fitness and developing the readiness to confront what the world throws your way is worth the investment of your earnings.

I am a very competitive person by nature. I hate to lose and I love to win. Like anyone, I gravitate toward that which I am good at. And I avoid that which I am not good at. I am not “good” at CrossFit. I pretty much always have the lowest AMRAP or the highest time. That is humbling. Yet it is good for me. It puts my other successes in other areas of my life in proper perspective. It teaches me to not avoid things that are difficult that are better confronted. For my own good. I create my own little goals and milestones, and I improve in my own way on my own timetable. I feel welcome at CrossFit Franklin and I feel like I belong. I am accepted despite my shortcomings. And my participation offers my children a good example. CrossFit is my time for myself. To concentrate only on me, my abilities (or, more appropriately, my lack thereof), my health, and my progress. It connects me with like-minded people who are accepting of all and generous with their encouragement. My struggles toward improved fitness make me no different from any other CrossFitter. It is just a matter of where each individual falls on the spectrum. I look forward to each adventure in the box. And I am grateful to be included.

I’m thrilled and honored to write a testimonial on my CrossFit Franklin experiences. I walked into CFF 2 years ago at the most trying time in my life. I felt broken inside being newly divorced, a single mom now with 3 small kids and the heaviest I had ever been. CrossFit Franklin helped me in so many ways and I’m forever grateful. Its better then any gym or group atmosphere I’ve been a part of. It’s not just a workout it leaves you a great community feeling. The coaches are incredible and care so much about your personal success. The atmosphere is so dynamic you have people that are cheering you on every step of the way. Today I feel stronger, fitter, enpowered and more confident then ever before. I’m so grateful for CFF and can’t say enough about it. It has truly changed my life and I would recommend it to anyone.

Lindsey Hoban
October 6 at 8:33am

I got an awesome text from Michelle this morning showing me the results she has seen this far with the (nutrition) program.

Michelle Berry bought this dress a few weeks ago and was going to return because it didn’t fit her right. Look what she is wearing to work today!! 󾓶󾓶󾆶󾆶 She has put in so much hard work in and out of the gym, so proud of you Michelle! #hotmama

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