Brian Behrens (Community Member
Since October 2014)I've been coming to Wildfire CrossFit for about a year now, prior to that, I had never worked out consistently for any significant period of time in my life. Although in my twenties I had been blessed with a fast metabolism, age was catching up with me in my thirties and I started to pack on a few unwanted pounds. I won't lie and say that I enjoyed the first few months, but the coaches at Wildfire always encouraged me and somehow found a way to make me want to come back. As I have improved and found a routine that works for me, I dropped 20 pounds, increased my strength dramatically and toned every muscle in my body......I even had to have all my dress pants taken in a few inches! I can now say that I really enjoy the workouts and actually look forward to seeing the regular late afternoon crowd I work out with for our friendly competition. The coaching staff is fantastic, there is no pressure to do more than what is realistic and safe for each individual's ability and we all have a lot of fun working out HARD for about an hour. If you haven't done CrossFit in the past, don't see measurable results with your current workout plan or have trouble finding motivation to go to the gym, I would highly recommend Wildfire CrossFit to kick your workout into high gear.
Bri Maynes (Community Member
Since August 2013)I always thought being active meant as long as you're out of your home doing something physical then it meant you were keeping in shape. But really, being active can take on any meaning depending on who you are. For me, I found my active lifestyle with CrossFit.
I had no idea what that word meant or what it entailed. And so I took it upon myself to try several different gyms, or boxes, as we call them. Most boxes out there offered a free first class. How great! Boy, what a roller coaster of disappointment. Yes, each time I was explained what the class would be doing. Yes, they challenged me mentally and physically. But that free first class always ended up with someone wanting my verbal and written confirmation that I would be choosing their box right here right now. No one wants to feel pressured into doing something they've never done before. That's exactly how I felt. And so, after a friend referred me to WildFire CrossFit, I thought, I'm really not sure. One more attempt to see if this is really what I wanted.
First thing that comes to mind is I love WildFire CrossFit! My home away from home. I have felt the passion and desire from these amazing coaches since day one. They coach with determination and motivation. They make lasting impressions on all athletes. I have been challenged in such a positive way that I just can't get enough. I'm tested every day I set foot in that gym. There are no limits for me. The relationships I have with the coaches and my fellow athletes are not anything I could create anywhere else. When I am going my hardest during a workout and I hear my name and cheers for me to keep going I don't want to disappoint. I love that everyone at WildFire CrossFit is a team supporter and player. We push ourselves to the limit and it's okay. It's okay to set goals, reach them, and set new ones.
There are so many proud moments I have achieved at WildFire CrossFit. Too many to list but the list is never-ending. There is always room for improvement. Never did I think I could do double unders, kipping pull-ups, flip tires or a handstand hold. I love adding to my achievements and doing it in a place where I love the great community.
WildFire Crossfit is not just another gym. Not just another box. At WildFire CrossFit you are part of a community that wants you to be who you deserve to be and teaches you so much about yourself. Thank you Skip and Tiffany for being amazing and creating this Rockstar community. Fuel The Fire!!
Cynde “Tater” Byrne (Community Member
Since May 2013)I found Wildfire CrossFit through one of the owners Tiffany. I had spoken to her about CrossFit for weeks and never felt pressure to come in and try it out. I finally gave in and I could not be any happier. Before WildFire I had been with a personal trainer for a year and barely saw any results in my healthy me journey. I walked into WildFire and was placed with a coach and Skip and they listened to my health problems (aka my funky knee) and modified my workouts for what I could do. Eventually I joined in on the group classes and all the coaches were there to help and support me in whatever I could or could not do and made sure I got a good workout in every time. Over time I have met some of the greatest people I know. I have come to have some of the most fun, loving, supportive friends in my life. The personal and friendly attention is the reason I stayed at Wildfire and just celebrated 2years there. Thank You to my WildFire Family for everything you have done and continue to do for everyone in the community every day.
Michael Neill (Community Member
Since January 2014)My first introduction to CrossFit was seeing the CrossFit Open on TV in 2013. At the time I was working out at a large franchise gym, and although I enjoyed working out there & stayed in good shape, there was never a strong connection to the gym. Over the past 10-15 years I’d also enjoyed participating in Mountain Bike & Road Bike races, so when I saw the CrossFit Open on TV I thought it looked interesting, but wasn’t aware there were local competitions at different skill levels. However, at the end of 2013 I was looking for a change in my workouts I thought I’d look around to find a local CrossFit gym and give it a try.
I live close to Wildfire so I called and spoke to Skip on the phone and he was very informative and very friendly. There was no pressure and he said just come on in and try it for a week or so and make sure it’s right for you. My first class was January 1st , 2013 and from that point it build up, one week became one month, and I liked it so much I decided I would commit to a year and set a goal to go 160 times over the year (turns out I went 200 times in 2014).
Being a member of Wildfire CrossFit is completely unlike being a member of a larger franchise gym. It reminded me of the local gym I worked out at when I was in college, everyone knew everyone, there was camaraderie and people helped you push yourself. I’m now in my second year of CrossFit and still enjoy it just as much as when I started. There is a great community of people engaged in the sport, not only at Wildfire, but I’ve also been able to compete in several local competitions and the attitude is the same at all the CrossFit events. People come from all walks of life there is a big community where everyone wants you to succeed. Joining Wildfire has been the one of the best decisions I have made related to working out and staying in shape and I would highly recommend to anyone to come down to Wildfire and give it a try.
Staci Budde (Community Member
Since May 2014)Prior to joining WildFire, my experience with CrossFit was minimal. I had tried out many different Boot Camps and area gyms, but I was just unmotivated to go each day and needed additional support to reach the goals that I had for myself.
I was very nervous my first day at Wildfire and didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. I had always been into cardio, but my experience of moving weight – heavy weight – was minimal and beyond that, I never enjoyed it because I was never taught how to properly do it. When I first walked in the door, everyone introduced themselves. They all helped me through the workout. In particular, each of the coaches took the time to answer the questions I had, cheer me on, and let me know that no matter if it’s my first day or 300th day, I am part of the community. After the first workout, I was hooked – I never sweat so much or physically worked so hard in my life!
Wildfire CrossFit has become part of my everyday routine. As a family, we are at WildFire throughout the day, with our oldest son attending the kid’s classes during the week as well. WildFire is more than just a CrossFit gym though. WildFire has become a second family, with many friends working out side by side with me each day. When I think I can’t do it anymore, this community will cheer me on and work through any road blocks I am facing to help me through my challenges. WildFire has introduced me to competitions and even the Ragnar Relay Race, which is something I never saw myself doing, let alone completing. WildFire has also taught me proper eating techniques and mental toughness. Each day I come to WIldFire I become more passionate my body, both mentally and physically and continue to strive to achieve my goals. Thanks WildFire!