"It's been a blessing in my life"
I joined Crossfit Vantage 5-ish years ago, and it has been nothing but a blessing in my life. I am thankful for the following reasons:
- Physical/ Mental Challenge – I love Crossfit, and Vantage programming because it pushes me to growth both physically and mentally. At 33 years old, I’m now in the best shape of my life. When I started crossfit I couldn’t squat over 200 lbs, I could barely string together pull ups, and certainly not do things like muscle ups. Today I can squat almost 300 lbs, dead lift almost 400, and complete multiple muscle ups! But even more importantly, I’m thankful for the mental strength gains. I see the mental stamina translate positively to my life as a father, my marriage, and my work.
- Stress Release – Crossfit is such a healthy and positive stress release for me. I love coming to the gym after work/ before home, because it gets my mind right, and allows me to have a healthy release before going home at night.
- Coaching – I have now attended almost 10 Crossfit boxes (only been a member at Vantage, other gyms through drop-ins), and I can confidently say that Vantage has THE best coaching of any gym I’ve attended. Vantage has a culture of high quality coaching, and I believe this starts from the top – Chris and Amanda! All Vantage coaches are positive and take time to actually teach/ coach. I also love the emphasis on mobility as a group. This keeps people away from injury, and creates community. Almost all other gyms I attended did not emphasize communal mobility or communal warm ups, and the coaching was minimal at best.
- Community – Vantage has a fantastic community. It’s a welcoming environment where people feel genuinely loved and cared for.