I wanted to give a shout out to Dark Sky Crossfit and our fantastic bootcamp instructors Kelly Rose and Anjeanette Krip! That first class with Kelly, I walked in thinking: ‘will this be another unexciting, awkward group class, where I’ll most likely get bored in a month and move on to the next thing?’ Well, I’m stoked to say it’s been 40 classes and I’m still LOVING IT! The coaching is positive, informative and fun! I’ve actually learned something every time I go! The classes consist of people from every age and background, but each of us can complete the workout according to our ability. Whether you RX or scale, you’re guaranteed a sweaty high-five when you’re done! And the real bonus: BOOTCAMP WORKS! I feel healthier, happier, with more energy and stamina then I’ve ever had! I give the box 3 hours a week and it gives me the energy I need to live life the rest of the time! Thanks Kelly and Anj for everything! You guys rock!
I started CrossFit at Dark Sky CrossFit in Hinton in 2014, in my middle 40’s. I was a runner for 3 years previously, but found my leg strength and cardio were actually getting weaker as each year passed and my running times were getting slower and slower. A number of friends informed me about CrossFit and the great results that they were getting. I saw some negative articles online and what people who only “heard” about CrossFit were saying; was completely different from what I experienced. A friend and I decided to try CrossFit together. I was quite nervous stepping into the “box” (gym) for the first time. The box was unlike any type of gym that I had seen before. Not the regular type of gym equipment like ellipticasl and treadmills. There were members of all shapes and sizes; female and male.
First of all, members encourage and support each other through out the WOD (workout of the day). Actually, the last person finishing the WOD gets the most encouragement! You are never competing against others, only yourself. The “box” has a great group mentality. Every day there is a different high intensity WOD. First a warm up and then a workout. These workouts consist of cardio (ie wall balls, jump rope, rowing, etc) Olympic weightlifting (ie. cleans, back squats, etc) and other strength and conditioning movements. Each exercise can be scaled or modified to your ability. I have never heard of most of the workout terms before. Your CrossFit coach works with you one on one or in a small group to make sure that you are taught the correct form and techniques before you are allowed to join in a regular WOD, to ensure that you are working out safely. That was great news for me as I am much uncoordinated!
I thought I was in okay shape when I started CrossFit as I was a runner but wow! I will never forget my first workout. I felt so nauseous afterward and my heart was pumping! I found the workout very difficult. I stuck with it and am so glad that I did. I look at that first workout now and cannot believe I have come so far. I laugh when I see how “easy” that first workout actually was.
I have lost about 5 pounds but have gained muscle. I have lost inches everywhere, especially around the waist and hip area. Colleagues at work and friends have stated how great I look. I feel better inside and out. My high blood pressure is now in the normal range and my heart rate has also decreased (my heart is not working so hard now!) I am a better and faster runner and I also have more energy and stamina throughout the day.
CrossFit is the hardest one hour workout that I have ever experienced. I have felt nauseous, out of breath and have shed tears more than a few times. With the support of my fellow work out members and the coaches, it is also the best workout hour I have experienced. After almost a year, the CrossFit coaches are still attentive to my skill level, and even now, they correct my form and technique so that I am able to work out safely. I feel great after the workout and I take pride in each work out accomplishment. Kevin and Diane have changed my life for the better. I encourage everyone I know to try it. It does not matter your age or how out of shape you are. CrossFit will change your life!
You have to experience it to believe it.
Dark Sky CrossFit has changed my life, plain and simple.
To be honest, it was never my intention to join CrossFit. A friend signed me up and said “let’s try it for one month”. That was 1 1/2 years ago and I have never looked back. I am 45 and in the best shape of my life. I love feeling strong.
Dark Sky CrossFit provides a community, unlike any other. Everyone is welcome, everyone is supported. The loudest cheers are usually for the last one struggling to finish. I can’t count the number of times I have seen athletes who have finished their own workout jump in and do the last bit again just to support those struggling to finish.
CrossFit has challenged me both mentally and physically, but honestly it has been the most rewarding adventure. The Dark Sky coaches have supported me both in the gym and nutritionally to help me meet all my goals.
You owe it to yourself to give it a try, drink the kool-aid, you won’t regret it!!
Almost 2 years ago, I had a friend tell me about this “new” workout called CrossFit. When I asked about it she told me that it was so very hard, that she couldn’t walk for 5 days after! Immediately I dismissed the idea of even looking into it, something like that was nothing I could have ever done. She continued to go, despite the aforementioned pain! The next thing I knew, a few of my clients began talking about it too… Clearly these people are crazy, or there must be more to it. The more I heard about it, the more curious I became.
So, what made me finally decide to try this crazy, hard intense workout? Despite not really having done anything fitness wise since high school, and having two children. I was terribly out of shape. I had just turned 30 and my kids were running circles around me, I was at my heaviest post pregnancy weight at nearly 200lbs. I lacked confidence, and motivation. It was just time.
Something seemed different about CrossFit. I would hear all the “horror stories” of these ridiculous workouts, but they were always told with excitement and anticipation to go back for more. I agreed to go with a couple of girlfriends.
Kevin the instructor asked me what I was hoping to achieve by going to CrossFit, what were my goals. All I could think of was: I didn’t want to be squishy anymore. He knew CrossFit could certainly help with that! At that time, I had no idea the impact it would have on my whole life.
My first little workout consisted of, I believe, 15-12-9 reps of wall balls, kettle bell swings and box jumps. I did that workout, with a 6lb wallball, a 15lb dumbbell in place of a kettle bell, and 2 45lb plates to jump on. This workout took me nearly 10 minutes to complete, and it was the longest, hardest 10 minutes of my life. I was exhausted, nauseous, red in the face and completely winded.
But despite my struggling throughout the workout, all of the other people attending that class, cheered me on, encouraged me… Slow, out of shape me!! That was the ticket!! That’s why everyone kept going back despite the “hell” they were going through!
It wasn’t easy to go back after my initial workout. I walked like a newborn giraffe for about 5 days after. The friends that I had gone with the first time continued to ask if I was going back… I honestly didn’t want to. I hated the pain, and the exhaustion, but with their persistent asking, I decided I should at least give it an honest try. I committed to the first month, at 8:00am the following week. I didn’t know anyone that went at this time, but it was the only time I could make work. I felt nauseous everyday on the way up to the box, sometimes requiring a ride so that I would actually go. I had so much anxiety over going, over looking like a fool, over not being able to complete something. But I went, three times a week, and everyday it got the tiniest bit easier to walk through those doors. Never once did any of the members or staff make me feel like my fears were justified. It was nothing but positive encouragement. I’ve had many struggles in the box but in those struggles, I have never felt alone. Someone has always been there to lend a hand, or words of encouragement, or a hug.
Darksky CrossFit is like nothing I have ever experienced before. It is a community, full of people from every walk of life, every fitness level, all looking for the same thing: to better themselves. I have gained so much knowledge, strength, and most of all, confidence since joining that I can’t imagine not having Darksky CrossFit as part of my life. My physical, mental and emotional health have all improved ten fold. My physical appearance has changed as well. I get excited about my muscle definition, and new personal records for weights, faster times during workout. It’s less about being ‘skinny’ now, and more about being strong, in every aspect of my life! I watch my daughter at home trying the things we do at Darksky CrossFit, emulating me! I see my son flexing his muscles and getting excited about the “bump” on his arms! I see their pride in me, and I love the effect it’s having on them!
So basically, Darksky CrossFit has changed my life in ways I had never imagined!
About 4 years ago I was talking with a friend about what kind of stuff I did at the Gym. I told him that I would do short circuits of 2 weight lifting movements and a short burst of cardio. He mentioned that I should do this thing called CrossFit. I had never heard of it before so when I got home I Googled it to see what it was. The stuff looked crazy and I didn’t’ think I would be able to do it or even know where to begin.
Right from the first class, I knew I was hooked.
Since I joined in June 2014 I have been amazed with how everyday at The Box brings a new challenge for myself. The WOD is always different, and brings hard work everyday. After exhausting myself I am so glad that I made it. It’s so awesome to have a great group of people in any of the classes and how everyone motivates each other and helps you to finish the WOD. The atmosphere is so positive!
I have really appreciated the help of all the trainers, they are all great! Thanks especially to Kevin, as he patiently trains and helps me understand the movements. The encouragement I’ve received has helped me push myself beyond my comfort zone and do things I never thought possible. It’s really motivating when I feel like I cant do something and Kevin says “you got this”, those words help me in finishing the WOD and to try new things.
Before starting CrossFit, I used the F word so much. Now instead of saying Fat, I try to focus on being strong. I’ve tried many different diets, thinking I just wanted to be skinny. After having some bad side affects, I knew I couldn’t keep doing that. Going to CrossFit is slowly helping me to not just think about being skinny, but to be proud of my strengths and being healthy and fit for life. CrossFit is just pure awesome, bruises and blisters included!