Athlete Profile #12 - Finding the Right Fit

By Kristin Steinmetz

Sarah is quiet. She is one of our younger athletes and very unassuming at first glance.  You notice her stretching in her fashionable workout gear before class. 
But then you notice her again about 20 minutes into the workout when you realize this relatively new CF athlete is pushing non-stop and smoking your ass.

"Fitness and I have always had a love/hate relationship; more so hate than love, actually. One moment I'm into this new workout regiment full force, and the next I'm completely bored of it. I've tried running, going to local gyms, countless home workout videos, and even kickboxing. None of which lasted very long. Whenever I would tell my dad that I was starting a new workout plan, he'd always make a joke and say, "Yeah, I'll give it about 2 weeks." As much as I hated to admit it, he was always right. I couldn't find anything that clicked. That is until I discovered CrossFit.

One Saturday morning in May, I stepped into the CFTH box for the first time and tried out the "Free Trial" class. Needless to say I wanted to die after that workout, but I was hooked. I signed up that same day and the rest was history. 

It's been 3 months since I started my first Roots class, and I'm still loving every day of it. For me to stick with something like this for this long says alot to me. The coaches and the people are some of the most encouraging individuals that a person could meet. Everyone pushes you to keep going even when you want to give up. Because of this, I've gotten stronger and more confident in myself. I've learned to make my weakness into my strengths, and as cliché as it sounds, I see that hardwork and dedication really do pay off. Everyday I surprise myself with how much I'm actually capable of doing, and next month I'll be competing in my very first competition (which is something that I never even thought about when I first started). 

I've come a long way and I'm excited to continue this journey on becoming the best that I can be, one WOD at a time."

Shortly after Sarah conquered handstand holds

Shortly after Sarah conquered handstand holds

Athlete Profile #11 - The Cox Family - Different Goals, Same Result

By Kristin Steinmetz

We've come to be known as a family box. And it's a reputation that we hold dear. We have so many couples, parents and children that call CrossFit TreeHouse their home. And the Cox family is no exception. Some of our couples join together for the support. And some get addicted, and drag their other halves in kicking and screaming. I can happily say that the whole Cox family now enjoys coming to the box. And the next generation is looking pretty darn good if the boys follow in Mom and Dad's footsteps!

"So my journey with CrossFit began with a mindset of “Nope, I’m not interested in CrossFit.  I am happy with my current routine.”.  But over and over I heard from various people that I should try and that I would love it.  And fast forward to today, and, as much as I hate to admit this, I was wrong! Yes, it’s true, and those of you that know me know that being wrong isn’t easy for me to accept.  All joking aside, here is our story: 

Growing up, I was that kid—the one with a few extra pounds that was told “you’re not fat, you are just pleasantly plump”.  I was never sure if I should be insulted or flattered by the clever play on words.  I got very focused on working out soon after I graduated college and kept up with all different types of routines in order to keep fit.  Bobby, on the other hand, always looked to find regimens that put the weight on and built mass since he never had to struggle with weight issues.

Last summer Bobby and I had a long conversation with our friend, Brian Soos, at a backyard get together, Brian had joined this new place in town and absolutely loved it there.  It was clean (as we all are well aware!), it had great people and hands down the best owners/trainers around.  He sparked our interest but I still was not ready to give in.  Bobby, on the other hand, signs up for the free trial and goes through the Roots program.  He loved it!  And I swear, if he told me one more time that I should really consider giving it a try because he knows I would love it too, I was gonna lose my mind!  And I almost did lose my mind when he called me up one random late October afternoon and said “You start Roots on Monday”(insert angry red face here).   

We decide we will try this out for a couple months and see what happens.  WHAT HAPPENS?!?!?!?! We workout almost daily. We enter our first friendly throwdown competition at a neighboring box with some hesitation. We do the 2015 Open workouts and do pretty good. And then I enter the Steelfit competition and come to find out today that I placed in my division and am headed to Jenks!……DAMMIT!!!! People were right….Bobby was right…. I do love it!!!  

We have two beautiful boys….Bobby, 12 and Joey, 9.  Most of you probably know them already since they are frequent visitors to watch the craziness unfold before their eyes!  And now our son Bobby is involved in a weekly program at CrossFit TreeHouse designed for youth sports agility and technique.  After his first class, he came home talking a mile a minute about how great the class was and how much better he was at box jumps than his mother!  He asked if he could do our classes with us every day.   Joey anxiously waits until he is old enough to start taking classes as well.  I never realized what a competitive family we were until we start talking WODS and strength and who can jump higher than whom.  It’s become a bond between us and it couldn’t make me happier! 

This place, this CrossFit TreeHouse place, has earned so much of our respect and our dedication.  We enjoy every class and are surrounded by great people.  The exceptional coaches care about you and want to make you the best that you can be by helping you become stronger and pushing you to limits that you didn’t know were possible.  We have met some outstanding people that we now can truly call friends.   We are beyond honored and even more grateful to be a part of this awesome family tree!!"


Athlete Profile #10 - Becoming a Stronger Couple

By Kristin Steinmetz

DJ and Susan came to us to "lose a few pounds" for their upcoming wedding. I'm not sure any of us expected to see the results they saw. They instantly took to the training and fell in love with the sport. Coaching DJ or Susan is a pleasure - they want so badly to improve and push themselves to their limits, even in the beginning when they hadn't built up the strength and endurance they currently have. They love to socialize and support their fellow athletes and have become very special members of our CFTH community.

DJ's Story

"Ever since the first time I saw the Crossfit Games televised on ESPN a few years back I’ve been fascinated by it.  The feats of strength with the combination of endurance and gymnastics were truly awe-inspiring, but I had never had the courage to try it out.  And I certainly never thought in a million years I’d have the ability to do the things I saw them doing on TV.
When Susan and I decided to get control of our lives, CFTH was there to help us along every step of the way.  I knew from our first date I was going to marry Susan and I knew from our first Roots class, that CFTH was a place that together we were going to achieve anything we ever wanted.

Everything about our experience has been tremendous.  From the coaches, to the workouts, to our tree-mates, we knew we made the right decision by becoming a part of this amazing community.  A community whose roots are deep and leaves are plentiful.
We take comfort in knowing that this is just the beginning.  These five months, although they’ve been amazing, are just the start of our Crossfit experience.  For the rest of our lives, we’ll have each other and we’ll have Crossfit.  It’s not one of those "remember when" things, it’s going to be one of those 85-year-old Partner WOD things.  CFTH has brought us so much joy and we can’t wait to continue our journey."

Susan's Story

"Something I’ve always admired about DJ is that he gets obsessed with the things he cares about and is interested in. I’m lucky enough to be one of those things. 

Our CrossFit journey began after a pretty serious engagement photo shoot wake-up call (we’ll call them the “before” pics). It didn’t feel good to look at the pictures and see what we had done to ourselves – or not done for ourselves. We knew it was time to get in shape. We promised each other a thousand times that we would start running again, we would start going to the gym... but it just wasn’t happening. 
I had been thinking for a while about CrossFit, but was afraid to commit to it. I had been told that CrossFit involved two things that were definitely not in my wheelhouse: weightlifting and socializing. DJ was all about it – and with some research, he found CFTH and felt that it was a good fit. After stalking the Instagram account, Facebook page and website, we decided in November that it was time to make the move. 

I resolved that to ease my anxiety, I would do what I always do – follow DJ’s lead. After all, he’s the socializer – everybody loves DJ! Our Roots family was a fantastic starting point – and even though I had no idea what Kristin was talking about (“What does she want me to clean?”), her energy and the friendly atmosphere of the TreeHouse family made me want to come back for more. And after a few weeks, I started to feel like I was really becoming a part of the family tree.

Although I am now at a point where I feel at ease at the TreeHouse without my bodyguard, I still enjoy every second of being in class with DJ. He has been an amazing teammate – pushing, encouraging and cheering me on both in and out of the box. No matter how hard I am on myself, he is always right there reminding me how strong I’ve become and how much I have accomplished in just 5 short months. 

Our transformations are the result of hard work and commitment, motivated by excellent coaching and solid support from our community. A community that we thought we would be passersby of. Instead, the TreeHouse has become a part of who we are, something we are committed to, something we have come to truly enjoy. We are so excited for our wedding in August – and look forward to sharing our “after” pics with you!"