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 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!
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.
It was something I always wanted to try. I started hearing about it through friends that had gotten involved and it sparked an interest. I played football in college and was familiar with the lifts so I figured why not? It became a nice challenge of pushing myself to see if I could get my body back to where it was as a 20 yr old football player. Without disclosing my age, I’m definitely not 20 anymore haha.
My first impression 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? 😉
To be honest, what brought me to StrengthRx CrossFit was their old intro month special. I was looking for a way to get back into my rightful place of fitness after a long holiday season of treating myself to lots of sugary treats and heavy meals followed by very little to zero physical activity. I had never tried crossfit before but I had been to a few boot camp style classes and just thought I needed a bit of something more. So there wasn’t much to lose (besides a few calories) and I was going to try something new at an affordable cost.
My first impression of Strength Rx was “this place is going to kick my butt!” Okay, perhaps that was my second impression. My first impression was the place was welcoming to people of all shapes, sizes and abilities, considering I walked through the door for my initial workout on a Saturday morning and was completely out of shape. However, I was welcomed and encouraged to do the best I could – and told that it didn’t matter how I did compared to the other members, but that I would be pushed to improve on my own performances. That is the only competition I need, as I am routinely my biggest critic.
My biggest accomplishment through Strength Rx has been my overall health progression. I can tell I have definitely shifted things around and have gained muscle in places that I didn’t have muscle.
I have a few fitness goals for the upcoming year but for now I am working on doing one pull-up. ONE. It all starts with the first one … I can do plenty with a band but the goal is to start getting them done without the band.
I can’t say that I have an exact favorite moment only because it’s like EVERY workout is a favorite moment 🙂 but my favorite ASPECT of StrengthRx is the people! The coaches are truly engaged in the development of the members, and everyone is rooting for you to become your best. I come back because I know after every workout, no matter how grueling, I am a little bit better than before.
As a former collegiate athlete I found myself looking for something more competitive than bar league sports to keep in shape and I think the competitive side of Crossfit is what really drew me in. I had a bunch of former teammates who had already been doing Crossfit for sometime and exposed me to it for the first time. Once I came to Strength, I was hooked.
My first impression of SRX was how welcoming everyone was when I first arrived. It can be intimidating to come into an environment with such a tight knit community, but everyone that I met was extremely gracious and made an effort to make a place for me there. Over time, that sense of community has been reinforced as I can count many of the gym members as my friends. I think it’s true that people come to SRX to reach their fitness goals, but they stay because of the community atmosphere of the gym.
I think that I am most proud of using Crossfit as a learning experience. Crossfit requires so many diverse skills that it can be frustrating at times to try and master all of them . At the same time, this is the beauty of sport, as the wide range of disciplines involved provides you with an endless array of goals to work towards. I think that having goals in mind is important for rewarding yourself for your hard work, but it is also important to enjoy the learning process itself. Success is better appreciated after repeated failure…..and some ripped hands.
My next goal is to learn more about movement and the ways in which what takes place in the gym can be applied to activities in the real world. My time at SRX has made me more conscious of how I use my body in my daily life, from picking up objects to how I sit and stand, and I think it is important understand that there is not a distinction between the gym and daily activities; the lessons of one should be daily practice for the other. Having been an athlete I have experienced injury and the recovery process, and I think there is a great deal of misinformation about the causes of, and treatments for, these injuries. I think that good body mechanics and a basic understanding of movement could prevent many of the aches and pains that people complain about in their daily lives. Moving forward I would like to obtain my L1 and begin coaching while continuing to educate myself about the aspects of fitness that translate into the real world.
My favorite SRX moment has been getting to compete for our gym at several local Crossfit competitions. I enjoy the competitive side of the sport and appreciate the crowd of gym members that is always there to support our teams.
It had always been a goal of mine to give CrossFit a try. I had a group of friends who referred me after they discovered StrengthRx through a special they ran 2 years ago. Best deal I ever bought. I was a little intimidated at first. That’s to be expected with a new fitness regiment I wasn’t used to. All of the trainers at StrengthRx are extremely friendly. They helped me get affiliated with all the equipment and movements quickly. I am now a regular and look forward to coming to class every day. I am most proud of not only my improved physique, but my boost in confidence I’ve gained at StrengthRx. My goal is to not only maintain but to continue to push myself to the next level. And maybe even partake in a competition soon. I have so many great memories at SRX it’s hard to choose just one. Overall I have fun. We have so much fun together, as crazy as that sounds with all the high intensity training going on It’s great to feel part of a community while at the same time getting a great workout.
I wasn’t getting any serious results with just going to your typical gym (24 hour fitness) so I decided to try out Crossfit and found SRX had a really competitive rate.
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 meat head 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 anyway. They worked on correcting all my lifting forms and showed me how to do them properly.
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 board doing the same old workout every day.”
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.
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. My next goal is to do a muscle-up.
My favorite SRX moment would have to be finishing first in a WOD against all the top athletes. I also beat Justin (SRX coach and owner) in a couple of WOD’s!
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.
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 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!
I happened to catch the CrossFit Games one Saturday morning last summer and thought I’d give it a try. Considering most of my good friends have 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.
My first impression of SRX was this great sense of camaraderie. Being a newbie and having complete strangers congratulating me on completing a WOD felt pretty awesome.
I’m most proud of the physical and mental toughness I’ve acquired in just the first nine months of training at SRX. In the beginning, I felt a since of intimidation going into every WOD, but now, with every new skill I learn, I become more and more confident and less intimidated.
My next goal is to build up my endurance to complete certain workouts in a competitive time, as well as to continue to perform proper techniques with certain lifts and movements.
My favorite memory so far has to be randomly but successfully performing my first straight bar muscle up during a kipping clinic, especially considering I had never attempted this movement ever in my life.
1) What brought you to StrengthRx?
Before SRx and life in Los Angeles, I used to work out mostly on my own at the gym, hit up the occasional spin class and then started going to a boot camp style fitness program near my house in Texas. It was all fun but I was ready for more, more intensity and more challenges, more heavy lifting. CrossFit seemed like the perfect next step.
So when we moved to LA, figured out what neighborhood we would live in and started figuring out how to get around, I looked for a gym to start my CrossFit experience … and SRx hit the mark. It was close to my new home, easy to find and from what I could see online, really well liked. All the comments talked about how supportive the coaches were, how much fun everyone has together, and that you didn’t have to be a pro already to start there. Bottomline I could see myself in the people there and fitting in. All of which proved true.
2) What was your first impression and how has it changed?
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.
3) What are you most proud of?
I’m so proud that I found success in CrossFit because of SRx. I could not believe it back in June 2015 when I came in third place in my first challenge! Those 30 days of clean Paleo eating and dedicated gym time (20 times in 30 days) really jumpstarted my fitness journey. i’ve continued to come to SRx as often as my schedule allows and eating paleo is now my default. The results I’ve seen as a result have kept me coming back day after day. Embracing the CrossFit lifestyle and culture developed by SRx and the coaches really changed me. I’m proud of myself for challenging who I thought I was and becoming the “beast” I could be.
4) What is your next goal?
My next goal is to get handstands! I really want to just kick up into handstand but I have some fear to conquer and some arm/core strength to build up but I’m working on it and hopefully it will pay off soon. Thankfully Coach Ethan and all the other coaches are great teachers, I know if I put in the time with them I will get my handstand.
Other than that, my goal is always to lift a little heavier and move a little faster 🙂 something I try to do every time I walk into the gym.
5) What is your favorite SRX memory
My favorite SRx memory is from last year when I took part in our first “in-house” competition. So many people came to participate and just cheer, it was like a big family event! It was also my first time feeling that rush you get from everyone cheering you on as you go for a lift or complete a set of push-ups. I had not felt that since playing high school sports. What I really loved about it how everyone came together to just push each other and have fun!
I came to StrengthRx because a special they were running, an old injury, and my mid 30s body! I was a runner-yogi for my entire adult life, but after a running injury, I was unable to engage in fitness outside of yoga. That was fine for a few years, but once I hit 30+, my muscle tone was gone! I felt weak and quite honestly, a little too flabby for my own comfort. My boyfriend introduced me to crossfit and I loved how accessible it seemed to me, even though I had never lifted anything heavier than a 10lb dumbbell!Well, except my cute chubby nieces! I didn’t really like my boy friend’s box, so I tried a few before finding StrengthRx–THANK GOODNESS!
At first, I was very intimidated! I mean VERY intimidated! I arrived 15 minutes early to my first fundamentals class (with Ethan) and saw the grunting, sweaty bodies struggling to finish the workout. I almost made an about-face out the door, but remembered the flab I was trying to address, so I stayed!
I’m proud of so many things!
1. I recently celebrated my 1 year anniversary with SRX!
2. I completed a 40 day fitness challenge with a modified paleo diet to accommodate my pescatarian needs and lost close to 5 lbs, but gained so much muscle!
3. I can deadlift more than my own body weight…WHAT??
My goal is to keep coming back! I recently moved, and this is the one thing I did not give-up! I have had to modify my workout schedule, but the schedule works perfectly for me! I am working on FLOTUS arms!
My favorite memory was when we were starting the crossfit open workouts, and I was SO SCARED that I arrived 30 minutes early to stretch and get my mind into it. I shared this fear with Coaches Mel and Mike (Anderson) and they both were amazing at talking me through the concept of the open, (Remember, I had NEVER done anything like this!), they told me there was a scaled option, and that in the end, I would survive. I not only survived the open, but many other challenging workouts after that. I am so much more mentally tough than ever and I owe it ALL to SRX!
Really, I cannot thank you enough!!!
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 favorite SRX memory would probably have to be all the great people I have met and friends I have made at the box from the coaches to the clients. It’s something I look forward to everyday!
I had just moved to the east side and I had become the ultimate Groupon whore, moving from place to place getting my fitness on by checking different classes out around town. I was sitting on an unused unlimited month at StrengthRx. After getting an email notifying that my thirty-day long special was about to expire, I figured it was time to trigger the Groupon and check things out.
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.
There are several things I’m still working on: Mastering double-unders, doing Toes-to-bar without swinging like a pendulum, getting my form down on snatches so I can actually drop into a squat in one movement instead of two. Oh yeah, winning the next competition. There have been a whole lotta donuts lately.
My favorite memory was recently, I was about to do a WOD that included a fairly difficult move combining pull-ups and toes-to-bar; ten of them in a row in three rounds. I was planning to modify this movement until another member who has been working out at SRX about the same amount of time as me gave me a bit of a hard time about this, insisting (loudly) that I could indeed do this. When I was successful, he made such a big deal about it in a pretty public way. I got to feel the accomplishment and share it with the community – one of the best things about SRX.
I had been wanting to join Crossfit for quite awhile. I have a very good friend who has been doing it for years, and 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 be true still, it doesn’t really matter. I complete the WODs with accommodations to match my level of fitness and the coaches have been nothing but encouraging and supportive, while pushing me to my limit, and I have seen growth!
I am most proud of my small accomplishments. I went from having to do ring rows instead of pull ups, to the blue band, and now the green band. I can do 100 double unders (not in a row), box jumping on the red stool then the 16″ now I’m at the 20″ 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.
My goal is to rx at least one workout. I will do it eventually!
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 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. After the class, I was even invited to a surprise birthday party they were having for one of the coaches. I instantly felt at home. StrengthRX has changed in a positive way. Not only do they do crossfit training, but there are so many more class options offered, such as a strength training class, an Olympic lifting class, Grip N Rip it, yoga and others. It makes the box more rounded and inviting for anyone that may seem intimidated by the word “crossfit.”
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.
My favorite memory would have to be rx’ing Fran for the first time in a 6am class. I was the only female in the class with 3 guys. They didn’t leave after they were done with the workout. They stayed there and cheered me on, pushing me until I finished my last pull-up. I had thought of giving up several times, but there was no way they were going to stand for it and neither was coach Michael Anderson.