Success Stories

If you join the family at CrossFit IGNITE, we take your membership seriously. And we firmly believe that we’re successful when you’re successful.

One of the things we love to do at CrossFit IGNITE is… celebrate!

Our members come to our gym for a number of reasons. They want to lose fat. They hope to gain muscle mass. They want to ready themselves for the summer season. They want to train for a specific sport. But, ultimately, they want to live longer, happier and healthier lives. In our experience we have found that no two members are alike.

Different goals, different strategies for reaching those goals, and different outcomes along the way. We meet you where you are, an celebrate as you get to where you’re going.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of our member success stories below.

Joseph LaBarbera

? 5years doing CrossFit

In November 2012 a few days before my 40th birthday I stepped outside my comfort zone and entered into 33 South Maple Avenue. It was unlike any Fitness Gym I have been to before, there weren’t rows of treadmills and ‘nautilus machines’, and mirrored walls just a rectangular warehouse room with graffiti on the walls, free weights, and the best coaches and members/athletes. I heard about CrossFit and I was concerned that it might not be for me because it seemed to be more for extreme athletes and I am far from that. The first class I attended I earned the nickname Jump Rope Joe because of my inability to jump rope and lack of coordination but the coach and the members that day were very supportive, patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging (and still are). I was never pressured to be at the level of the other athletes that day and yet I had the best workout I ever had. The 10 years before I joined CrossFit Ignite I did not do any physical activity. The heaviest thing I picked up each day was my laptop bag and it was a struggle. My weight fluctuated 35 pounds up and down in those years, my cholesterol and blood pressure were high, and I was under a lot of stress. Thanks to CrossFit Ignite and all the coaches and members that quickly changed. For five years I have been at the weight I should be at, my blood pressure and cholesterol are good and the doctors and nurses no longer ask me if I am a smoker and ask if I am a runner because of my low heart rate. I came to CrossFit just looking for a good workout and I have gained so much more. It is amazing to me the age range of the members and how different we are but yet we get along so well that you feel like you are working out with family and longtime friends. I look forward to growing fitter with everyone and I am glad that I stepped outside my comfort zone five years ago and joined the CFI Family. I want to thank Steve, Tina and all the coaches (Sandra, Adam, Jim, Danielle, Ryan K, Stevie T, Kiley…) and members past, present, and future for making CFI my happy place even though I usually look like I am in agony and in need of a defibrillator during and after the WOD.

Karla Corona

? 4years doing CrossFit

Having bad experiences with gyms and never being an athletic person made me extremely nervous about signing up for crossfit but I can say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Crossfit has pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many levels. Not only physically but mentally as well. I came to CFI as a shy, scared, little Mexican girl, who was struggling to make friends in a new country and now I walk through those doors with amazing confidence and feeling this gym like my home away from home.

Growing up I was always self conscious about my body and thanks to this amazing community I’ve learned to love myself more than ever. I’ve learned that my short legs can do AMAZING things. Who would have thought that they would be squatting more than 250lbs?? I did not, that’s for sure! And that’s exactly why I love crossfit. It shows you what you are made of!

It has taught me that being strong and look strong is OK! I no longer strive to be a skinny woman. Now what I want it’s to improve myself everyday and do things I thought were impossible for me.

I still struggle with many movements at the gym but that’s fine! That is exactly the reason why I come back day after day. I want to prove myself that I can do more.

This mentality has helped me to overcome many obstacles in my personal life. A lot of times I think that if it hadn’t been for crossfit and the true friends I met here at CFI, I would’ve thrown the towel long time ago!

Rick Marsh

? 2years doing CrossFit

I have to thank the most amazing group of people I have encountered at Crossfit Ignite. From the coaches that are super supportive and motivating to the membership which feels more like a family then fellow gym members.
The last year for me has been life altering! In November of 2015 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes with an A1C of 6.9. The doctors told me I couldn’t change the course of the disease because of genetics. I spent two months going from medicine to medicine which just didn’t work for me. All while spending numerous hours in the big commercial gyms trying to find a nitch, waiting on lines for equipment and listening to others talk on their cell phones while “working out”.

Finally a close friend recommended this crazy thing called “Crossfit”. I spent about a month watching videos and evaluating if this was for me. I got the nerve to give it a go. I started with Kettle Bell classes and shortly after finding myself in elements class.

So what was so life altering to me you may ask? Well the last year I accomplished things that I thought as a 46 year old where from my past. I have set, accomplished and CRUSH`ed many of my goals! My A1C is now a 5.5 (pre-diabetic), I lost 25lbs and am as strong as I was as a college athlete.

Crossfit Ignite with their “Believe in the process” teaching philosophy, family orientated environment and meticulous scheduling of workouts are the ones to thank.

Sarah Manning McTasney

So I’m competing in the CrossFit Open. Which is a little like saying I’ve taken up SCUBA diving without a breathing apparatus. There are few people less equipped for any type of athletic competition than I. Which is probably why it’s my first ever. I spent the 3 nights before the first workout having anxiety dreams about the gym. I almost hyperventilated before i started. I scaled it. It was hard anyway. It was 20 minutes long and I prayed I could keep moving. And I did. I wasn’t graceful and was barely proficient. But it was moving and inspiring to work out with people at every level who were all pushing themselves to their own limit. Today I did The Crossfit Open Workout 17.2. It was worse than 17.1. Lunges aren’t my strong suit. Walking lunges are worse. Walking lunges with 20 lb barbells balanced on my shoulders make me look like I’m trying to fall over. I could barely do one. I had to do two rounds of 50 feet of them spaced in between hanging knee raises and dumbell cleans. For proficient athletes that was only the first part of the workout. But for me? I fought for every lunge. Every. Single. One. I dropped the weights. I had to start over. The workout was 12 minutes. It could’ve been an hour. In those 12 minutes, people I didn’t know and one dog (I’m not kidding, named Sailor) cheered me on from the sidelines. When the workout was over I burst into tears. And the people I didn’t know hugged me and told me how well I did. And the dog licked me. For the record, there’s nothing quite like doing the ugly cry in front of strangers while being licked by a dog. One of the many unexpected experiences brought to me by CrossFit IGNITE.
CrossFit Ignite has undone many years of childhood gym misery for me. Of thinking I was less than, not good enough, not fast, not strong. I’m still not strong or fast but I’m now surrounded with people who think I can be more and who are determined to stand by me, to help me and coach me to help me get there. Thank you to the people of CrossFit Ignite for making every workout worth it, to Coach Steve for his never-ending patience, and to my first ever favorite coach Matthew Apol for teaching me to do more, get better.