Felicia Din

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Here is my story on how my CrossFit journey began… So about 3 or 4 years ago I actually called your gym inquiring about your classes and CrossFit. At the time my lifestyle couldn’t fit CrossFit, financially and practically. So, I continued to just go to five star and do my regular workouts. I’ve always struggled with self-motivation and constantly would give up if I couldn’t accomplish what I wanted. About a year ago or so I needed a change in my gym routine and wanted to try something new.

That week I ended up calling you and coming in for my first intro. To be honest I never knew what CrossFit was, but I just knew I wanted to try it. After meeting you and Lacey for the first time and learning a bit about you guys, I got a really good vibe and just felt good about myself knowing someone was willing to help me accomplish something new and achieve the goals I set for myself. One of the first things you guys showed me was how to squat. I remember trying to squat and never making it “ass to grass”. Through your training, tips, and motivation I finally understood and was able to do a proper squat. When people talk about CrossFit and you hear words like “snatch” or “clean and jerk” it seems so foreign. In my intro class with Lacey she showed me what “snatch” and “clean and jerk” was and to be honest not as scary or hard as you think. The motivation and confidence Lacey gave me helped so much, telling me how strong I was really gave me that extra boost I needed. Working out at the gym on my own I always focused on singular muscles or target areas to obtain my goals. However, going to CrossFit it’s an insane total body workout and I LOVE IT! It is designed to make you not specialize in anything, but to be good at everything. I love that CrossFit is for everyone with no judgement passed. It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in or how old you are, every workout is tailored to everyone’s individual fitness level. I love how you’ll never get bored, there is always a killer workout, and there is always a challenge and new goals to achieve.

Since I started CrossFit I feel stronger and better about myself being able to do workouts I never thought I could. Beating old PRs is one of the best feelings, seeing the growth and results in numbers feels awesome. I still have room to grow and achieve goals I have pushed back before in my life. I know keeping with the Outlaw family I will achieve this and gain the confidence I never had before.

My bright spots are showing up to class and giving it my all, beating old PRs, and setting new goals. Accomplishing double unders for the first time in class yesterday made me feel really good. Also telling Sam to join and seeing how far she has come means a lot. At other gyms she wouldn’t have the confidence in herself to lift or do a workout and now she kills it at CrossFit. Proud of you Sam keep it up!

Thanks for the help from all the coaches and the daily motivation in the gym! :)

 

Heidi O’Neill

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Before I stepped foot into Outlaw North I had a hate on for Crossfit. I was one of those “Crossfit Haters” who had decided to knock it down before ever trying it. I thought that all it was setting you up for injuries, bad form and a money grab. Well was I ever wrong (And I never admit that I am wrong so this is huge)
On June 27th 2015 at 9AM I walked into Outlaw North. I was not sure what to expect when I walked in but had the mindset of I will try one class and never come back.  A friend had basically dragged me there. Again was I ever wrong. I came out of the hour class with an all time high. I felt on top of the world and was instantly hooked.  I immediately contacted Jay and Lacey and it was a done deal. I was officially a member of the Outlaw North Family… I say family because this gym is not just any old gym it is truly a family. It amazes me how friendly everyone is and how such a wide variety of personalities and fitness levels can do the same workouts at the same time cheering each other on.  Since starting Crossfit I have become a better person, inside and outside of the gym.

I will leave you with the old saying…
Don’t judge a book by its cover…
Don’t judge Crossfit till you try it…
You will be surprised! Come on in!!!

Chris Roberts

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Hope you guys are having a great weekend, i just thought i would drop you a line to show my appreciation and thanks as some pretty big goals and PR’s have been reached this week and I believe you and Outlaw North had a huge part in. Late January of this year i came to Outlaw North looking for a new way and stay in shape and improve over all health. What i have experienced and come to learn i believe has been life changing and far more then expected. What i didn’t tell you as i have been combating depression for over a year and in early January of this year the next steps for me was medication. I refused to come to a chemical for this problem and searched for something in desperation that there has to be an outlet or way around this. The values, methods, mentalities, compassion, and over all way of life around crossfit and the Outlaw family has blown me away. The physical changes over the last 6 month have been amazing i have not felt the energy level like this in years and had no idea how much fun big weights can be. But the mental and emotional changes truly have been remarkable the whole crossfit way of life has opened doors and provided tools that has allowed me to move forward with life in general with a completely different outlook.
On Friday i was told by my doctors i am no longer required to attend my meetings (weekly) unless i feel they are needed and to be honest i don’t think they were needed months ago. Today also marks my one year of life without tobacco after smoking for almost half my life.
From me and my family thank you, and know what you guys are doing is not just a gym or rec sport it changes lives.

*This email was sent only 7 months in to his CrossFit journey. As of 1 year in things are going even better for Chris and he is working to help others in a similar situation.

Erica Cuda

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Leaving this gym is the hardest thing I’ve had to do – besides leaving my mom and my friends (all like, 3 of them). I’ve said this before but you all have no idea of how much you’ve changed me. As a matter of fact, I would have never been able to accomplish all the things I did this last year if it wasn’t for you. It has completely transcended all physical aspects and given me the courage and strength to do things (eg. Finally gathering the strength to move away – which was in no way or form easy for me but something I’ve wanted to do for years). I can’t thank you all enough. There have been many times in the past few months where I’ve been down and going through some serious things, but I always knew that coming in would make me feel better. Not just because I could take it out on the barbell but specifically because the moment I walked in I was greeted with a smile and a bunch of amazing, supportive people. I looked forward to coming in everyday. I have a hard time opening up to people but you all feel like family.
Anytime the coaches believed me in me and pushed me to go heavier (when I didn’t think I could) and then I did it…you have no idea how happy that made me. You’re all amazing at what you do.
Everyone else – whether I saw you twice or I saw you everyday. Thank you for even the smallest of encouragements or laugh. The new members are so lucky and they don’t even know.

Paul Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first time I stepped through the door of Outlaw North I knew it was the place for me. The energy. The positive and very motivational vibe was palpable. Everyone working hard and yet each and every person urging everyone else on. To do better each and every day. Not to compete with each other, but to compete with themselves. To push harder and farther than was ever thought possible. That’s where I am right now. Whenever I get together with the early birds I find myself being motivated by all of my classmates and instructor alike. In just a few short weeks I am stronger and fitter then I have been in a very long time. I have a long way to go yet but I know I will get there with the support I receive every time I go to the gym. No one judges. Everyone encourages! Jay, Lacey, and Lep are incredible trainers and instructors. I know I will reach my goals with them by my side. Thanks for what you’ve done and all you will do to help me get to where I want to be. 

Chelsea MacIsaac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey guys,

I hope you are enjoying your time in Cuba! Happy New Year!

So I was just writing to tell you that I was offered and accepted a job in Fort McMurray. I start on January 20th so I have to get my ass in gear to get out there, you can imagine all the things I have to get organized. Though, it is a great position and I hope I will gain a lot from it.

That being said, I will obviously not be able to continue at Outlaw North.

What can I say about Outlaw? It sure has brought me far in my personal goals and taught me that fitness is a constant commitment and not something you achieve and then coast. It has taught me that fitness and strength is more beautiful and is worth more than what society usually defines as beauty. It has taught me to respect my body and all that it can do as well as appreciate it for it’s form, strength, and weaknesses.

I will always remember you both as my coaches. You have both given me the attention that has allowed me to succeed even past what I thought was possible. You make me feel comfortable every time I step into the gym. One thing that I always wanted to tell you that you probably don’t realize, is the impact that a “Hello Chels!” can make. On more than one occasion I didn’t want to go to the gym but I made myself. Whether it was work or personal situation, something made me feel unmotivated or down in the dumps. On those occasions I stepped into the gym and heard a friendly and genuine ‘Hello’ addressed to me. It often made my day. To be accepted and welcomed somewhere when other parts of my life were not the best, really made me feel part of something; part of a community. Hello’s are invaluable.

I also want to thank you for recognizing personal achievements even when they are not the most impressive in the gym. It is nice to be praised even in the shadows of someone else’s grand achievements. It helped me stay motivated and maintain perspective. I hope I can take that lesson and apply it to other parts of my life.

[Chelsea is now back with us, which we couldn’t be happier about!]

 

Akeem Lynch

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Okay sooo I’ve never been good a grammar or writing stuff.. soo good thing you and Lacey are teachers! Lmao well free to fix and grammar or re word things if they dont make sense..

Since starting my crossfit journey at outlaw north.. My idea of fitness has been turned upsided down. Before starting crossfit i was that late night gym rat that worked 3-4 times a week, only seeing mild results. I was about 285 lbs and 6f tall. I was still very active playing football and soccer during the week.

I still remember saying to Jay Rhodes (coach/owner) “I wanted lean out and get stronger” and Jay just grinned and said “oh you will”. Once i did the introduction classes, I knew this was the most direct route to achieving my fitness goals. My first month was in October being at Outlaw North, i was about 268 pounds. After only a 3 month and numerous WODs my weight dropped to 235lbs. My cardiovascular fitness and muscle endurance climbed to new heights. This just fueled my new biggest passion.

It was around May i reached 203 pounds. All the Olympic weightlifting and WODs did more then i could have even imagined. Crossfit at Outlaw North has changed many things on the my outside, but its done much more on the inside. which I could never obtained at another gym. My only regret about Crossfit at Outlaw North, was that I didnt start it sooner.

Trista Vermette

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Crossfit Outlaw North is a place that I will forever call home, filled with people I consider as family.

My name is Trista Vermette, I joined Outlaw North in July of 2013 after having recently relocated to Stoney Creek. Before joining Outlaw North, I spent my days walking the dog, cleaning and re-cleaning the house, and maybe too often enjoying a nice glass of wine. Previous to Stoney Creek, I was living in Kapuskasing, Ontario ( it does exist, it’s small, very far up north, but it’s on the map!) Spending much of my time with family, working, and my many outdoor hobbies. What could Stoney Creek possibly have for me? I had already had it all! But as weeks passed, Jesse and I found ourselves bored, and friendless.

This is where Outlaw North comes in! I decided to join as I spent my days at home alone while Jesse was busy at work. I started with my intros. I begged Jesse to come to the free intro session. I’m sooo glad he finally agreed. As we walked up to the doors, Jesse turned and said ” Do you see what they’re doing? Can we go home now?”. gasp. No we have to at least try it!

Well as it turns out, Jay just about killed all of the intros in the baseline workout. The next day I woke up rejuvenated, sore, VERY sore, but I wanted more! I decided to continue with the intros and joining as a member immediately after.

Something weird happened, I couldn’t stop talking about it. Anything and EVERYTHING crossfit. From the snatch to wrist wraps,to those weird shoes they all wear. And really, do they need 2 pairs of shoes??!!

I was in love! and still am of course. Jesse got sick of hearing about it and decided to joing as well. Now we had something to look forward to every day and even on the weekends. And it wasn’t long before we were building great friendships with our fellow outlaws.

Out law has taught me so much not only with exercise but with nutrition and community as well. I am very lucky to have had such amazing coaches to teach me from a beginner. I would not have gained the skills I have today if it were not for their persistence and strict methodology in progression with certain movements. I would not have ever pushed myself to the limits that I have, without the encouragement of my fellow athletes. I am forever grateful for my time at Outlaw North.

After 10 short months, Jesse and I were relocated. With this came great sense of loss for me as I was moving away from my new friends and family. It has been 7 months since I left. I have been to other boxes but nothing seems to compare in the coaching department nor in community.

Thank you Jay and Lacey for all that you have taught me about crossfit and about my physical self/ limits .

Carla Mantel

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I joined Outlaw North in December of 2013. I had been to a couple CrossFit gyms before that, both of which suited my needs at the time, however, I needed a bigger push.
I came across Outlaw from a friend I knew that trained there. I was reluctant at first as I live on the other end of the city. Over 30km one way! Jay and Lacey took me in as a recreational athlete, and developed me into the athlete I am today. I hAve grown tremendously in the last 14 months, both physically and emotionally.

Jay, Lacey, have such a passion for the sport; pair that with a couple of teaching degrees, and you have a power couple that knows how to cater to any level of athlete.

The excitement to come outlaw everyday doesn’t get old, whether it’s to lift heavy [shit] and let the stresses of the work day out, or to catch up on the lives of the countless friends I made there. I can honestly say outlaw has turned a bad day into a great one just from all the positivity that bursts from its walls.

Crossfit Outlaw North is truly one of a kind. Here I am a year later, a year stronger and so excited to see what the next year at Outlaw brings me.

Dave Esposto

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I walked into Outlaw North two years ago not knowing what to expect. I tried other gyms in the past, but found them boring and monotonous. From the outset, coaches/owners Jay and Lacey were welcoming, courteous and encouraging. The careful, caring and personal nature they showed made it easy for someone like myself who is naturally shy to open up and not feel shy about getting fit and

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The community at Outlaw North is great too. Being able to push yourself to the limit without fear of criticism makes getting into shape fun! Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or looking to change your existing fitness routine, this is a great place to be! Passionate coaches and a community of like-minded people who are always there to lend a helpful hand or advice, Outlaw North changed my life and it will change yours too.

 

Melanie Datema

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I came to a turning point in my personal fitness when I joined Outlaw North. The encouraging and knowledgeable coaching I’m receiving there has given me confidence to try new things. There is a fantastic camaraderie among the members giving the gym a comfortable environment to grow stronger and healthier.

Chris Mlnaric

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Before starting CrossFit, I considered myself to be in relatively good shape. I was a regular at a “chain” gym and was very active with playing sports. My first intro class at CrossFit Outlaw North changed that. I quickly realized that I had only begun to scratch the surface of my abilities. CrossFit took what I thought was a great workout and made that my warm up. At each class, I was pushed to my limits, both mentally and physically, and then encouraged to break through them. Looking back, I would have never thought I would be able to climb a rope or have the strength to squat double my body weight. It was only with the coaching, dedication and encouragement from Jay and Lacey, owners and coaches at CrossFit Outlaw North, that I was able to achieve what I did. With their experience in fitness and natural ability to teach, they helped me excel on my strengths, while working on and building upon my weaknesses. From ensuring proper form to weight selection and scale of work, Jay and Lacey were there with me every step of the way. On top of all of that, they have created a dynamic atmosphere at the gym that makes everyone feel welcome, regardless of age or ability. You know you’re at a great gym when you get excited about someone else achieving a personal milestone, just as if you had done it.

For me, CrossFit Outlaw North has given me greater confidence in myself, that if I work hard, I can accomplish anything that I put my mind and body to. No more hesitation. The word “can’t” doesn’t exist anymore… instead it’s “one more”.

Melissa Wood

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I actually can’t believe it myself. But since I have been spending more time with you guys, my speed and endurance has picked up. My pace has improved by 30-45 seconds for my race. I don’t tire easily and my recovery time has improved as well. I have started to push myself to the next level, crossfit has given me that edge that a lot of runners don’t get because they just run and don’t improve their overall fitness level. At 39 years old I am running stronger and faster than I ever have. Thanks!! When people ask what I have been doing different I say, CrossFit Outlaw North here in Stoney Creek, it’s amazing.