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Below are some testimonials and success stories from our clients and co-workers from the past few months regarding their transformation and inroads to weight loss and better health. These people, along with many others I have worked with in and out of the workplace, took the time to buckle down and make the effort to change their lives. It was hard work, but it has been worth it for each person. This is proof that our system, training and constant badgering are done for a reason – we know you can succeed and we want to help you do it! It won’t come overnight, but the fact remains that it will come. You all have made the first step towards better health and fitness by getting involved with CrossFit and our dietary recommendations – that say’s a lot of great things about your character and attitude.

You’re in control. There’s nothing you cannot do. If you want a particular goal, you can reach it with dedication, desire, and determination!

Nothing is easy, but in the end it is all worth it!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I think you are AWESOME!! CrossFit Centurion is definitely one of the best things that have ever happened to me! A year ago I found myself in a sort of rough place in life, a lot of changes in my personal life and I didn’t really know what I was going to do. I felt like I had nowhere to turn. I knew that “free time” was not good for me so I started looking for things to do to fill up my time. I have always worked out and enjoyed playing a variety of sports, but found that I was kind of stuck and not reaching the goals that I wanted to reach. One of my coworkers had introduced me to the CrossFit main site where we would periodically follow their workouts and I realized what I had been doing (ie. many hours on the elliptical and treadmill) was nothing in comparison to the short timed high intensity workouts. He had talked me into doing Fight Gone Bad one day…I thought I was going to die and felt sick the rest of the day. I started to do more and more of those types of workouts and found them so much more beneficial than what I had been doing. I felt like I wanted to be pushed even more and learn more about CrossFit so I decided to give you guys a try.

CrossFit Centurion has given me so much more than I ever expected. Of course I expected to go and get my ass handed to me, but I never imagined all the other things that came with it! Not only have I become stronger in my workouts, but I really feel like it has allowed me to become stronger and more confident in my personal everyday life. I have met so many great people, formed great friendships that are truly priceless and found somewhere I absolute love to go to feel good about myself. Some may say that I have become addicted, but I think it is a great addiction to have!

Without your support and encouragement I don’t know where I would be today. I never thought I would be good enough to compete in competitions, or even performing half of the movements that we do. I love the feeling of completing brutally hard workouts and the atmosphere of the box is incredible. I love to catch up with the trainers and other members, laugh together, share our daily experiences and then get to business.

I think that you guys run a great business, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is serious about their health and fitness goals.

I am still on program and have lost 50+ lbs so far. Aside from the Schindler’s list jokes from co-workers, I have never felt better. I went from a size 40 duty pant to a size 34. Two duty belts and 3 uniform sets later, I am finally back to below my academy weight, which I haven’t seen in years!

I regularly work out at the gym and actually enjoy going instead of the dread I used to feel. My energy and stamina on the bike increased tenfold. It really does affect every aspect of your daily life including mood, energy, self confidence and general outlook. I haven’t been able to tuck my shirt in for years.

I have been following the Zone diet pretty strictly for the past four months and actually feel bad when I miss a meal or eat “off program.” Instead of getting fast food daily, I pack lunches every day and find myself taking my own food with me as I go shopping, to the movies and even into restaurants. The thought of a Big Mac actually makes me wince. I feel naked without my cooler and can’t remember the last time I ate fast food. Shopping trips that used to include frozen hot chicken wings, Twinkies, Snickers bars and frozen pizzas have given way to lean meats, dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables. While hard at first, the Zone diet is second nature now. I actually have people asking me for advice. Christ, I never thought that would happen.

I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to sit down with me and pointing me in the right direction. As I am sure you know, every slug in a uniform will give you diet and exercise tips whether you want them or not. To find someone that practices what they preach and is willing to take the time to impart their knowledge is rare indeed. The time you took to talk to us during the POST Instructors class was enough to get my lazy ass in gear. At the risk of sounding cliche’- It changed my entire way of thinking. For me, the desire or dedication is usually not a problem… but the tools to achieve it were always the missing piece of the puzzle. Although I have a long way to go to my ultimate goal, there is no turning back now.

Your help has yielded results I would not have thought possible. If nothing else, know that you helped at least one lazy and very grateful slug get back on track. I will try to get some pics. I’ll wrap up this up with:

Before 233.8 lbs
After 181.6 lbs
-52.2 lbs

It’s uncharacteristic of me to write a letter recommending a “business” to others but I hold you both in such high regard and have had such amazing results from your instruction that I feel compelled to put pen to paper and let others know that CrossFit Centurion is no ordinary “business”. It doesn’t take long for those that enter through the CFC doors to realize this is not your run-of-the-mill gym with generic programming.

I have always been physically active, an athlete for many years and a fireman for even more. Over time and with improper training methods I had developed muscle imbalances. Those imbalances led to weaknesses, weaknesses to instability and instability to loss of power, speed, confidence and in some cases even resulted in chronic pain. The highly functional, never stagnant nature of your programming has corrected the above issues and renewed a zest for exercise I haven’t felt in a long while. This has also translated positively to other aspects of my life.

Time has become an even more precious commodity as more and more responsibilities enter my day (family, career) and CFC is absolutely the best overall fitness return for my time and money. You both have the natural talent to bring out the best in those around you. It is evident in the happy faces and strong bodies of your growing membership. There is a reason many of us drive past several other CrossFit gyms and globo-gyms to participate in your training. I’ve belonged to a variety of gyms in a variety of towns but not until I found CFC did I find everything I was looking for in one location. CFC has successfully combined an easy access facility with genuinely nice people, overseen with expert tutelage and constant positive reinforcement.

Ian and Allison- You both have the rare ability to provide individualized training in a group setting. No one is ever without a watchful eye and a helpful suggestion. Workouts can be scaled to accommodate different fitness levels but with the benefit of friendly competition that urges each of us to put forth an effort that would otherwise be hard to replicate on our own. I believe your contingent would unanimously agree that we are collectively more fit, healthier and happier after joining CrossFit Centurion than we were before.

Thank you both for all that you have done and continue to do. The passion and forethought you put into your programming is obvious and greatly appreciated.

Prior to joining Crossfit, I had done every single boot camp, turbo kickboxing, body pump, spin and yoga class out there. I have had numerous personal trainers throughout the years and along with that came all the diets I was on to try and reach my goal.

I love working out and I knew that I put in much effort but I still wasn’t seeing the results I had envisioned for myself. My friend had recommended Crossfit and the first time I went to observe a WOD, I remember Ian taking me aside and explaining to me the difference between ‘traditional gym workouts’ and Crossfit workouts and how you’re still burning fat long after you’re done with a Crossfit workout. That’s where he had me. I started doing some Crossfit workouts at home but knew I wouldn’t get that push, knowledge, or challenge of Crossfit without joining an actual box.

I finally joined CFC at the end of September and I can honestly say that throughout all my years of training and working out, I have never worked out like I do at CFC and I have never loved working out as much as I do now. Before Crossfit, I thought a clean was to be tidy and a jerk was some of the guys I’ve dated ;o) I am doing things I’ve never done before and I look forward to the challenge and uniqueness of every WOD.

However, it’s not just the workouts. The environment and camaraderie at CFC is unlike any other. For example, prior to officially joining CFC I participated in Fight Gone Bad this year. Thankfully Ian ran me through a modified version of it before the real deal and although I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing and I barely knew anyone at CFC, the support, coaching, cheers and encouragement that day was unlike anything I had ever experienced and I was just so proud to know that I would be a part of the CFC family. Ian and Allison are the best trainers anyone could ask for. Their love for what they do is apparent and genuine and their knowledge of fitness and diet is amazing to me and like no other.

By doing the Paleo challenge I have learned what proper dieting is all about. It’s not even about a number on a scale for me anymore … it’s about changing my body composition and getting fitter, faster, leaner, and stronger. And I can honestly say that in the short time I have been a member, I, as well as others have seen changes. I brag about and recommend CFC all the time! J

Ian and Allison, thank you for everything you do! I respect and admire you both and am lucky and thankful to have you both as my trainers and to be a member of CFC.

I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to you and your staff for transforming my life over the last year. In February 2012 I walked into your gym a 285lb couch potato who was addicted to junk food. I was confused about what it took to get into shape—I hadn’t lifted weights in over 10 years because I was constantly trying to slim down with cardio exercises. I’d tried lots of different gyms searching for a way to keep myself in shape but I would eventually get bored with them—even kickboxing would get monotonous to me after a period of time.

I’d heard great things about CrossFit and started looking around for a box to join. After doing some research I recognized yours as the most highly regarded in the area. As I was looking through your website I found your “Very Comprehensive Diet Page” and after reading through it something clicked. I was a highly performing athlete at one point in my life, but no one had ever made the connection between diet and performance in such an scientific, in-depth, succinct way that you did with that page. At that point I realized a few things—I probably could have been a much better athlete if I knew this back then, I needed to immedeatly change my diet, and this page was probably indicative of the passion and knowledge you bring to your box. I walked in, tried a class and was hooked.

A year later and I’ve dropped 30 pounds, made some great weight gains and most importantly I feel like I am in control of my body. Your staff has been incredibly encouraging and knowledgeable along the way. At first I assumed that the high standards that your box holds itself to were normal for CrossFit boxes, then I visited a few others and realized that I just got very lucky with you guys.

So thank you for providing a place where people like me can change our lives for the better.

After four years at the gym mostly attending group exercises classes, I was growing bored and losing motivation. With my 20 year high school reunion approaching, I wanted to shake things up and really get in shape. On a friend’s recommendation I joined CrossFit. Not having lifted weights in my life, I was a little apprehensive about some of the movements. Now, I can’t wait to see the how much weight I can lift on those movements.

I have seen the results from CrossFit. I am stronger, I have greater definition in my muscles and my waistline is smaller. Four to five times a week, I drive out of my way for CrossFit because Ian and Allison are such outstanding instructors. Everyday is different and I look forward to checking the website for the WOD. They know how to challenge you without overwhelming you and they know exactly how much you can handle. No matter the class size, I always receive individual attention and coaching and I have every confidence in their instruction and coaching. The atmosphere is supportive with a little bit of friendly competition.

I am amazed at the progress I’ve made and it’s because of CrossFit Centurion!

Words can not describe my gratitude to Crossfit Centurion. The both of you are great instructors and friends. Yes, there have been moments, where I have thought to myself …I hate you, I hate you (and I mean it in a good way), but then the pain subsides and I realize I’ve just endured and finished something very few people would even think about doing.

Prior to coming to Crossfit Centurion, I was like most of the confused “Globo Gym members”; I would wander around the gym aimlessly looking for something to challenge myself. My routine was like most; I would start off with a little cardio then build into my weightlifting regime. I would spend a couple of hours running through my routine, yet I never felt I accomplished anything. I wasted hours of my time with little to show for it.

A friend had mentioned Crossfit to me several years ago, at that time Crossfit facilities in Sacramento were none existent. I would look at the main site and think to myself, I can’t do that…you’re crazy! Finally, eight months ago a friend of mine mentioned Crossfit Centurion, a great affiliate in Rancho. I told him I had always wanted to do it, but I wasn’t in great shape. He asked me if I was serious…I said yes. He told me I must be crazy; he told me you go to Crossfit to get into shape. And let me tell you….he was absolutely right!

I knew of Ian from work, but was unaware he had started a Crossfit affiliate. After a brief phone call and a fundamental course, I was doing Crossfit WOD’s. Now, I thought to myself, I can lift heavy weight so this should be easy. I soon learned I needed to leave my ego at the door and start from ground zero. It has taken some time, but I am now doing all my WOD’s as prescribed. And in some WOD’s, I am even exceeding the prescribed weight of the WOD.

Ian and Allison have been amazing in their training and motivation. From day one, they have watched my movements and corrected any deficiencies so I could build the proper muscle memory for the movement. They’re always encouraging me to push myself, so I could get the most out of the WOD. At no time would I have gotten this same one-on-one attention at my old gym. I would be lucky if someone even said hi to me.

Through their training, diet planning and motivation, I have dropped 17lbs. I have gone from 245lbs to 228lbs and I’m still going strong. I am losing fat and gaining lean muscle, and I feel great. I am finally starting to getting into shape. I have a ways to go, but I know with their help it’s that much easier.

If you are thinking of starting Crossfit….I would recommend no other…You guys have provided a level of service and knowledge no one in the region can measure up too.

Thanks again for taking the time and helping me achieve my goals.

First off I just want to say my experience so far has been amazing. More than I have expected. From the staff to the people and the atmosphere I could not ask for more. It is somewhere I want to be and makes me want to come back for more every day. I would and will recommended this gym to as many people as I can!
All the staff has a great amount of knowledge of movements and nutrition. Makes me feel comfortable putting my trust in them knowing they aren’t just preaching but know the logic behind it. They treat everybody with importance not just those who are elite and are ready for the games.

Thank you so much for allowing me to become a part of this gym! The only thing I would change is I want more access to apparel so I can rock it and show it off! 🙂

I should be thanking you for the great month. I have been having a blast during the workouts (although it may not look like it at times). The WOD’s are awsome and the staff has been great to work with, the staff is eager to teach, knowledgeable and seem to enjoy CrossFit. My biggest impression was the students, everyone seems to be motivated and friendly. I have been to a lot of different gyms (globo and martial arts) and I always seem to run into attitude; not at CFC everyone is friendly and willing to offer friendly advice. I look forward to a great year and I will gladly help spread the word about CrossFit Centurion.

Just a note to let you know how effective your training is, some numbers of mine in just over a year:

DL: 70 lb. to 205 lb.? (maybe more)
DB overhead work 15 lb. to 25 lb.
Thrusters: 35 lb. to 65 lbs.
Backsquat Max. 1 rep., 125 lb. to a 5 x 5 of 123 lbs.
Bench Press 5 x 5 90 lb. to 113 lb.
O/H squat 35 lb. to 65 lb. (still ugly!)
Working Front Squats 55 lb. to 72.5 lb.

I look forward to another year! Thanks for all of the coaching and support!

Time has become an even more precious commodity as more and more responsibilities enter my day (family, career) and CFC is absolutely the best overall fitness return for my time and money. You both have the natural talent to bring out the best in those around you. It is evident in the happy faces and strong bodies of your growing membership. There is a reason many of us drive past several other CrossFit gyms and globo-gyms to participate in your training. I’ve belonged to a variety of gyms in a variety of towns but not until I found CFC did I find everything I was looking for in one location. CFC has successfully combined an easy access facility with genuinely nice people, overseen with expert tutelage and constant positive reinforcement.

Ian and Allison- You both have the rare ability to provide individualized training in a group setting. No one is ever without a watchful eye and a helpful suggestion. Workouts can be scaled to accommodate different fitness levels but with the benefit of friendly competition that urges each of us to put forth an effort that would otherwise be hard to replicate on our own. I believe your contingent would unanimously agree that we are collectively more fit, healthier and happier after joining CrossFit Centurion than we were before.

Thank you both for all that you have done and continue to do. The passion and forethought you put into your programming is obvious and greatly appreciated.

Once again I cannot express how grateful I am to you Allison and your staff for what I learned at CFC. Over the past two years I learned a great deal about what “true” fitness looks like, and I will be touch here in the future when I visit. I know you and Allison sacrifice a lot of time to CFC, so thank you again for all of your efforts!

When I started, I came in 235/240lb unable to do a single pull up, not truly “strong” and with no metabolic capacity. I now leave CFC at 210lb (still some work to do here), able to do pull ups in the WODs, stronger and with more work capacity. I have two journals full of improvements that I have charted, with PR’s almost every other week. Today I PR’d the 3RM press at 170!

What your teaching works my friend, continue blessing other peoples lives like you have mine!

I just wanted to Thank You two for being you, and positively encouraging me every day that I am in the box.

I had a doctor appointment this morning at 9am. My weight was 12 pounds lighter than my last visit (1yr). The really amazing change was my BP (blood pressure) at 116/75 (I was so amazed, I couldn’t decide whether to jump up & down or cry tears of joy *lump in throat*). I have a family history of high blood pressure on my father’s side (he died at 55 of congestive heart failure) and low blood pressure on my mother’s side so my BP can be regulated through diet & exercise BUT I have not seen my blood pressure under 140/89 for years. I really believe that the WODs we do at CrossFit, the Paleo diet, and the positive reinforcement from you two and all of the members has helped to lower my BP and improve my overall health! This has definitely been an education in health for me.

Thank you really doesn’t say all that I am feeling right now.

Thank you! I have completed 4 months and I am in love with the Crossfit program. Your programming is brilliant! Testing process just reinforced that fact. I easily met my goals and way more. Did my first handstand ever! I have a stupid fear of being upside down. I am slowly understanding the method you use. Like I understand why you do not program 1 RM on regular basis, as doing 1 RM during testing just drained me.

Your programming just not improved my physical abilities but it has improved my mental strength and stamina. Also I can fit into every piece of clothing in my closet, things I have not worn for couple of years. Even though I am still 10 lb heavier then at my lightest.

You have a great staff and they all compliment your style. I am a fan!

I wanted to send a quick note commending Rob for his help with getting me ready for my firefighter physical test. He generously offered to arrive an hour early to the gym before opening at 9 am to help me me out personally.

I really appreciate his advice and guidance on this and wanted to let you know. You and your entire staff have been great with both me and my wife and we look forward to continue being part of the CrossFit family.

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