I joined in January 2015 with one goal in mind – climb that rope. I met Janice and her coaches at an OCR training event they put on right before the Spartan Race in Nov. 2014. After seeing all of these bad @$$ ladies dominating the obstacles, I knew this was where I needed to be. I love obstacle course races, but it never failed that I had to take a penalty or awkwardly walk around the rope climb because I simply couldn’t do it. When I told the team what my goal was, they knew just what to do. They started me by laying on the floor and pulling myself up using the rope, which progressed to baby steps up the rope, and then finally climbing all the way to the top like it was nothing. The day I made it all the way to the top was one of the greatest feelings ever. I love going to Bandit before the sun rises and before my body knows what’s going on, the people there make smile and are always encouraging me to push harder than I thought I could and I leave with a fantastic feeling of accomplishment every time.
Almost three years ago I was 100 pounds heavier and out of shape. I decided to make a change in my life and lose weight. After losing some weight I joined Bandit Crossfit and became part of a new family. I lost an additional 20 lbs. and gained a ton of muscle. I am lifting, running, and competing in competitions and runs (Battle by the Bridge x 2, Twelve 5k runs, and a Team Crossfit Competition). This is something I never thought I would be doing. Being a part of this gym has made me more confident and has helped me get in the best shape of my life. Thank you team!
I joined Crossfit April 2014, a week after I quit smoking. It was just as simple as that, I put down cigarettes one day and signed up for my onramp one week later.
I knew it was going to be hard, I just didn’t know how hard. I could hardly run 200m without feeling like I was going to die; but I didn’t die and I didn’t quit. When you hear people say “Crossfit is for anyone”, there is no truer statement. Because even though I was the last one to finish workouts by minutes, or couldn’t finish them at all, I was cheered on, and given a slap on the back and told good job.
Crossfit is for anyone… even when you’re pregnant. I continued to come to Bandit when I found out I was pregnant September 2014 and continued until January 2015 (Until 12 hours of sleep became a necessity and there just weren’t enough hours in the day to sleep, work, and build a house). I came back August 2015 and have been kicking ass every day since. I feel great, my running has greatly improved (I am up to 1/2 mile without stopping!), and I buttoned a pair of jeans the other day I haven’t buttoned in 2 years!
Bandit is more than a place to come and work out, it is a community, a family, a pat on the back, and a get up and keep pushing when you think you can’t go any more.