WHAT CLIENT'S SAY
I wasn’t getting any serious results with just going to your typical gym, so I decided to try out CrossFit and found SRX had a really great vibe.
I still remember my first time stepping inside SRX. The current class had all the athletes doing clean and jerks and I was like, “I don’t think I’ll be able to do that because I’ve never done any Olympic lifts at the gym (just your standard meathead movements: bench press, lat pulldowns, bicep/tricep curls and so forth).”
All the coaches here at SRX are awesome, very highly skilled at their craft, and they go above and beyond to help you out in any way. They worked on correcting all my lifting forms and showed me how to do them properly.
At StrengthRx, it’s a brand new workout every day, and the programming is constantly changing to keep your body challenged, and I love it.
Fast forward to the present day and SRX has me drinking the CrossFit Kool-Aid. I’ll never subject myself to a traditional gym again. Now, every time I look inside of those gyms, I just say to myself “Everyone in there looks so bored doing the same old workout every day.”
I’m most proud of actually venturing off and trying CrossFit at SRX. I’m in the best shape of my LIFE and I’ll credit all that to SRX. They taught me the importance of nutrition and exercise.
I had been a Pilates teacher but had gained a little extra weight because I took half a year off due to an injury. In short, I was chubby.
Crossfit is tough. But fast. A great workout that works your entire body incredibly well and delivers results. It’s not for the faint of heart, though. I struggle most with Olympic lifting because form is everything. I have two hernias. An Umbilical hernia and a small hernia in my lower abdomen that I was worried about making worse. Due to the method Crossfit uses, not only did I not notice my hernias but it strengthened my core so much that they don’t bother me at all. When I started SRX I was near 200 pounds at around 18-20 percent body fat. I’m now at 8-9 percent. And on the months I work hard. I actually look like one of those Spartans now. Minus the makeup for fake abs. LOL.
I’m proud of my body. A lot of people see Crossfit as a sport and ask us to compete but as a young man, I spent much of my life competing so that isn’t where I’d find my happiness I just love coming to class and training hard. My next goal I guess would be to finally get a good front rack position. It’s my Achilles heel. My favorite moment would be a tie between when I did my first ring muscle up and when I push pressed 220 pounds. I surprised myself both times and another would be, (I’ve always worked out with my shirt off, even with a belly) but one day while working out, I walked past a mirror and saw myself. I didn’t recognize who looked back at me. There was a beast in the mirror. That was a funny moment but gratifying in a personal achievement way!
mpression was soreness and pain. It hurt, it was new, and I was very sore. At the same time, it was a spark of inspiration. The coaches at StrengthRX really push you to have perfect technique and watching all the experienced CrossFitters in class inspired me to keep learning and pushing myself. But boy was I sore for months. Did i mention how sore I was?
It’s great being accepted into the wonderful community we have at the gym, knowing everyone has each other’s backs. Also, getting my PRs back to and surpassing what I was doing as a 20 year old football player. This old man still has it.
Personally there are still some things I’m working on. The holidays are coming up so, short term, I’m watching what I eat on a consistent basis and less drinking. Coming from a Hispanic family, the turkey and tamales on thanksgiving are just soo good. Long term….watching what i eat on a consistent basis and less drinking. Even when its not the holidays….the tamales and tequila are still sooo good. 🙂
My favorite memory was the first in house competition at SRX. It was such a blast and felt great to finally have a competition at our gym. So many people showed up and supported and I loved watching us come together to compete and have fun. We might not be as huge as other gyms in town but we are damn fierce. Did I mention we won?
I tried everything from regular gym, pilates, spin, yoga, bar, etc. but the workouts always became monotonous, and I would get bored after 3-6 months. I became interested in CrossFit because I wanted to incorporate more weights into my workout. So, I showed up hoping that CrossFit would be “the one.” As of November 2015, it has been 1 year 9 months.
I came to my first Fundamentals class 15 minutes early, and stood there watching the Mixed Levels class in action. Needless to say, I was very intimidated. How was I going to keep up with this super intense, fit group? I quickly learned that there was nothing to fear – every workout is designed to be scaled to each individual’s fitness level.
I literally couldn’t do a single “real” pushup to save my life when I first started. One year of CrossFit later, I am able to do 10 pushups (and counting) in a row! Pullups are next on my list – I just want to be able to do ONE.
I specifically remember about 1 year into CrossFit, I was working up to my 1 Rep Max Snatch. After many failed attempts, I was tired and had already mentally given up, but the coach and some other members kept encouraging me. More driven by trying not to embarrass myself, I attempted again and surprised myself by actually snatching a whopping 55 lbs. Baby weights compared to what others were lifting but for me, it was a pivotal moment – slowly but surely, I was making progress.
I was looking for a new box to call home in the area since moving from Florida 7 months prior. I had done some research about the crossfit boxes in the LA area beforehand and StrengthRX was listed in 2014 as one of the “Best CrossFit Gyms In Los Angeles.” I figured I would check it out.
I had a great impression when I first walked in the door. I came for the fundamentals class so that they could determine where I stood in regards to form and skill level. Coach Michael Anderson was really helpful. He made me feel really comfortable the whole time I was there. The other athletes were also very welcoming. I instantly felt at home. StrengthRX has changed in a positive way.
I’m proud of being as strong as I am. I’m proud of the accomplishments I have made in the last 3 years of crossfit. I never in a million years would have thought that I could lift 225lbs or even push 135lbs over my head. It’s nice to know that when I want to move or lift most heavy things around the house or anywhere for that matter, I can do them on my own and not always have to call out for help. My next goal is go to the Games; as a spectator of course. No, but seriously, it would have to be handstand push-ups. I am finally able to string along a few strict push-up. Since this is a prerequisite to the handstand push-up, I might as well keep moving forward to the next level.
I never intended to do CrossFit because it had such bad wrap. But from the moment I walked into SRX, I was impressed with the level of training and the attention to detail. I also felt met exactly where I was; a fifty-two year old man in fairly decent shape, but far from athletic. After completing my fundamentals, I was nervous as I walked in to do my very first WOD. Overhead squats were part of the workout and not only had I never done them, I couldn’t imagine my body holding weight over my head like that and THEN dropping into a squat. I freaked, but the coach instantly told me to simply do back squats instead. Another time early on, another member commented on the fact that I was working with no weight on the bar. From across the gym, I hear the coach saying, “No, he’s smart, he’s working the form before adding the weight.” I was so relieved to know that this was the commitment of the gym I found myself in. Three weeks into my month, I handed over my credit card when the hour was over.
I am most proud of the changes in my body, both from the inside out and the outside in. I look great aesthetically, but I also feel strong and fit. Occasionally, I am the one in class to be asked to demonstrate proper form; those moments are so great! I am about 20 years older, on average, than almost everybody at the gym. And every once in a while when I notice that I’m kicking some thirty year old’s ass, that feels pretty good. Oh, and maybe the 2015 Spirit Award that I won! I guess I have spirit.
I had just moved to Hollywood, had been a member of 2 other Crossfit gyms prior and was looking for a new gym to join in the area. I tried out a few other boxes before finally deciding to join StrengthRX. During this time I was also coming back from an injury and wanted a place with available times for Open Gym to recondition myself and work on my strength and endurance before jumping right back in again. I also wanted to find a box that had more than just Crossfit, so I liked that they also had classes like Strength Training, Oly Lifting, Yoga and now Burn. They’re schedule also worked well with mine and had competitive rates.
My first impression was that StrengthRx reminded me of my first Crossfit box – small and unintimidating, a good place to “start over”. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Today, that same welcoming environment has seem to have resulted in growth in clientele. Hoping that one day soon they can get a bigger space!
Just as of recent, I am most proud of my dedication and discipline to the 40-day challenge. I was able to push myself in new ways both inside and outside of the gym. I finally have past a plateau weight that I have been stuck in for years! I plan to continue with these new habits and hopefully hit my next weight on the scale and the barbell. My next goal is to hit a certain weight and body fat percentage. I also want to improve on more gymnastic skill work rather than strength and to be able to Rx all movements…so a muscle up would be nice.
My first impression of SRx … “Oh my gosh how am I ever going to be able to do this? What’s an AMRAP? an EMOM? S2OH?? Will I be like these people? and wow, everyone here is so nice, so down to earth and interesting!” In the beginning, I would get there feeling so nervous, I’d have butterflies in my stomach thinking about the seemingly impossible WODs I was about to face. Not knowing anyone also made me nervous, but I knew that would change over time.
Now a little of a year later, I feel at home at SRx. It’s such a good box, which I appreciate every time I drop in on another one when traveling for work. The workouts aren’t so scary anymore. I get excited instead of anxious when facing a tough WOD because I know that I can survive and come out stronger and hopefully only a little hurt on the other side. I also understand all the acronyms and lingo now, that was the first hurdle but I caught on quick.
And the people? that impression remains the same! I didn’t go in looking for friends but found so many, it’s hard not to when surrounded by such a diverse and fun group of people. That impression certainly has not changed at all, every week or two I connect with a new person over sets of push presses and hang cleans.
I was becoming increasingly bored doing the same exercises at my conventional gym, so I started looking for an alternative way to stay fit. I wanted something with more structure and variety that I could also squeeze into my busy work schedule. A friend recommended crossfit and I was hooked.
You hear jokes about crossfit being some weird fitness cult. To the contrary I’ve discovered a community of really interesting, passionate, supportive people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of them have become good friends outside the gym. I was also warned that injuries can be more prevalent. In my experience, crossfit has actually reduced my rate of injury by teaching me the proper techniques for lifts, many of which I had been doing incorrectly for years. The knowledgeable and experienced instructors go out of their way to stress proper form and safety. A part from when I played hockey back in high school, I’m in the best shape of my life. And I’m no spring chicken. I owe that to StrengthRx.
My biggest goal is to improve my flexibility by devoting more time to stretching and rolling out. It makes a world of difference, increasing strength and reducing injury and soreness.
Favorite moment would probably be the coed partner competition that was hosted at the gym. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a sweaty work out followed by a beer and pizza party.
One Saturday morning last summer, I happened to catch the CrossFit Games on TV. I told myself then that I should give it a try. Considering most of my friends had been CrossFit training for several years, my intention was to try it for one month — just for the experience. After my first week at StrengthRx, I was hooked. I really haven’t looked back since.
I’m most proud of the physical and mental toughness that I’ve acquired in just the first nine months of training at SRX.
My first impression of SRX — what a great sense of camaraderie there is in this box! Being a newbie and having complete strangers congratulating me on completing a WOD felt pretty awesome. In the beginning, I felt a sense of intimidation going into every WOD, but now, with every new skill I learn, I become more and more confident and less intimidated.
And I have already set my next goal. In addition to performing proper techniques with certain lifts and movements, I want to build up my endurance to complete certain workouts in a competitive time.
I wanted to join CrossFit for quite a while. I have a very good friend who was doing it for years. Now she works for CrossFit, and she inspired me.
My first impression was that I would be the most out of shape and oldest person there. Although this might still be true, it doesn’t really matter. I complete the WODs (Workouts of the Day) with accommodations to match my level of fitness, and the coaches are nothing but encouraging and supportive while pushing me to my limit, and I have seen growth!
I enjoy the diverse personalities of the coaches and the people in the classes. It’s most often the best part of my day.
I am most proud of my small accomplishments. I went from having to do ring rows instead of pull-ups, to using the blue band, and now the green band. I can do 100 double-unders (not in a row). I started box jumping first on the red stool, then on the 16-inch box. Now I’m at 20 inches like everyone else, and I am consistently adding weight on the bar. I am super proud of my calloused hands that are a reminder of the hard work!