“You have to try CrossFit and you should try it with these guys! I started with Chris and his team nine months ago and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results—I’ve lost a ton (well, not literally, but close!) of weight, built strength and gained loads of stamina and energy.
The workouts are tough, but the trainers scale them to what I can handle . . . somehow they just know where I’m at and how much I’ve progressed. And the workouts are always different, which accelerates the results because your body cannot fall into a rut, like most other programs. I’ve never been able to stay with a program for more than a couple of months, but I’ve stuck with this and believe I will for a long, long time. If you’re looking for real results in a fun, supportive environment, you’ve found the right place!”
CrossFit Westchester has completely changed my life in more ways than I can count. I’ve built the most genuine of relationships, gained immeasurable confidence, completely changed my lifestyle, and lost 30 pounds. But its impact on my life goes far deeper than numbers on a scale.
I can’t remember when the pain started, but I know there was a time when it was the only thing I could think about. Before CrossFit, pain controlled my every move. I don’t exactly know how to put it into words. On my best days, it was a nagging pain, like an old injury, constantly playing in the background. On my worst days, I couldn’t get myself out of bed. I let the pain win, a lot.
I was still spending whole days in bed and finding reasons not to push myself when I started CrossFit. I had never pushed, pulled, or lifted a day in my life. It kicked my ass and left me sore for days. Working out quickly became my escape. CrossFit flipped a switch; it changed my approach to pain. I learned if I pushed myself through the pain, to the edge, even for the briefest moment, the pain was no longer in my mind. I fell in love with the feeling of complete exhaustion. I found the best way to disconnect myself from the pain was to immerse myself in it.
It’s not that I’m in any less pain, it’s more so that the pain is no longer in control. I still fight like hell to get myself out of bed on my worst days, but I refuse to quit, or cry, or make excuses. I try my best to hardly even speak of it. Some days I put up a better fight than others, but I always show up. CrossFit has taught me to embrace the uncomfortable; to gain strength from the struggle; to persevere. The pain only wins if I stop pushing through.
I have been lifting weights since my senior year of high school. I was bitten by the powerlifting bug in about 2006 and began training with my brother and a group of guys. In 2012 I had surgery on my left shoulder for a torn labrum and biceps impingement. I stopped training altogether.
I mentioned to my wife that I wanted to try CrossFit and after researching a ton of gyms in the area, my wife got my a gift certificate to CFW. I was so out of shape I couldn’t even finish the ONRAMP workout. I stuck with it and after about a year and a half, lost 35 pounds and have much better blood work. My doctors are very happy.
I am also stronger now than I ever was while powerlifting, even being 35lbs lighter. I PR’d nearly every lift. I now squat 355, front squat 255, clean and jerk 175 and snatch 145.
I also have the conditioning to do yard work and home improvements without losing my breath and feeling like I’m going to pass out.
The programming is second to none. There are strength components and conditioning. Coaches are amazing. They care about their clients, go above and beyond and make the gym feel like a family. The extra classes are very beneficial. I love the mobility and the Olympic lifting classes.
I no longer live in Westchester. I now live and work in Rockland County. I make the drive to CFW three to four times a week, over the Tappan Zee Bridge, while passing 3-4 other facilities. I come back to CFW because you are the best at what you do.
After a series of shoulder and elbow injuries when I was in my 40’s, I was struggling to find a way to stay fit and feel good. I did yoga and spinning classes, but wanted something that was more of a total body workout. I had done weights classes (with light weights) at a gym for many years, until the injuries, but every time I tried to go back, I would aggravate my shoulder and elbow tendinitis.
Then I ran into childhood friend who looked fabulous – strong and fit. She told me she had been doing CrossFit in New Hampshire, where she lived. I learned my sister-in-law was also doing CrossFit in the city, and it had really toned and changed her body as well. I wanted to learn more, so I googled CrossFit and found CrossFit Westchester.
I came for my first class in November 2014. Antoinette was the coach, and I was immediately impressed by her coaching. I told her about the tendinitis that I didn’t want to aggravate, and she was on top of my form, offering corrections and modifications at every point that I needed them.
I signed up then, did the on-ramp, and started coming regularly. At first, I was so sore after a workout that I would have to take two or three days off just to recuperate 🙂
But I kept at it, and felt that I was growing stronger and more flexible. I enjoyed the workouts so much, and felt they were so good, that I convinced my husband to give up his gym membership (and tired old workout routines) and try CrossFit as well.
Then, this past November, CFW offered a fitness contest. I wanted to up my game both in terms of fitness and diet, so I joined. I had no thought of “winning,” I just wanted a goal to work towards and some external motivation. But after a couple of weeks, I was consistently in one of the top 3 or 4 spots, and the competitive gene kicked in. I began coming almost every day, some days doing a WOD plus a run or cycling class, as well as strictly following Coach Wendy’s diet guidelines. I dropped about fifteen pounds over the course of the 3-month contest, and saw my body really change. I have muscles I didn’t know I had!
I can’t imagine what I would do without CrossFit. I enjoy the variety in the workouts, and I love the community. For a long time, I would hit a point in every work out where I thought “I can’t do this” or “I’m never going to finish.” But I’ve pushed through and finished every single one, even Murph 🙂 Now I know when I hit that wall (which I still do) that I’m going to keep going because I’m capable of it. I CAN do it! I’m 55 years old, and I’m in the best physical shape of my life.
“CrossFit Westchester has become my home away from home. My church, my meditation and my sanity. They’re my friends, my confidants and my coaches. To say CFW has changed my life for the better is a disservice to what Chris Guerrero and his coaches have accomplished. They’ve skewed my legacy for the better. Etching deep healthy patterns into the tomb of my life story. I get to show my daughters what healthy living can be. I’m living proof to my girls (8 and 5) that living healthy and CrossFit can improve mood, mind and body. CFW isn’t about quick fix solutions. CFW are life pattern enhancers for people who are ready for the challenge and positive change. They bring unsurpassed expertise and energy. You won’t be disappointed.”