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Personal Recommendation from Jon Peterson, Absolution Crossfit member since September 2014

May 18, 2015

Jon Peterson (1)I joined Absolution Crossfit in Fall of 2014, upon the recommendation of my son, who had belonged to another Crossfit box in another state.  I was approaching a milestone birthday and looking to restore my health and fitness, which I had let drastically slide during years of stressful work and travel.

Over the years, I attempted many self-directed fitness programs, which usually consisted of joining a new gym and occasionally working with a trainer.  Each time, my enthusiasm typically peaked and then waned, as I tried to keep myself focused and motivated.  Most of these gyms had impressive collections of state-of-the-art fitness equipment and pricey trainers, but I honestly felt no connection or comradery there, which I knew was so important for me to stick with a program.

When I arrived at Absolution Crossfit, my overall fitness was nowhere near where I wanted it to be.  But when I walked in and saw the open, no-nonsense gym, I sensed this was what I was looking for.  No shiny chrome weight machines, just the basic but highly effective fitness tools that I needed: weights, kettle bells, pull-up bars, jump boxes, ropes and rubber bands.  No fluff here – this was a serious place.

I immediately felt comfortable and encouraged when I first met with Brad, the head trainer and co-owner.  He was very welcoming and I could tell that he was genuinely passionate about sharing his knowledge and extensive experience about fitness and health.  We talked about my goals and how I could work towards reaching them, safely and without injury.  I joined on the spot and later, while working through the Foundations course, realized that I had found exactly what I was looking for – a friendly supportive environment with just the right mix of focus, training variety, oversight, friendly competition and encouragement.  My fellow Crossfitters here are a great bunch.

As I progressed through the Foundations course and moved into the daily WODs (workouts of the day) and skills-building sessions, I became more and more impressed at how incredibly knowledgeable Brad and the other trainers (Hector, Quinton, Kara, Cynthia, Linda and Laura) were with regard to diet, fitness and training.  After a few months working with these trainers, I rediscovered my enjoyment of weightlifting, which has become one of the skill areas where I have chosen to focus.

I also remember an early discussion I had with Hector regarding “virtuosity,” a basic tenet of Crossfit training which is essentially the practice doing things correctly, with great attention to proper form and execution.  As a very precise person, the mindfulness and discipline of virtuosity really resonated with me.  I try to keep it in mind as I train.

One significant aspect of Absolution Crossfit that distinguishes it from the typical gym is the amount of personal attention and oversight that each of the trainers offers to its members.  Each skill-building or WOD session is typically preceded by a quick review of the proper form of each activity, followed by demonstrations and form checks.  Thereafter, the trainers patrol the floor, offering suggestions on correcting and improving form.  I often ask them to watch and critique my form as I execute a movement or lift, which they gladly do.  I believe this personal oversight has greatly improved my performance and progress and has saved me from the injuries and sprains that I would have likely suffered working on my own.

Personally, I cannot imagine having found a better environment for seriously rebuilding my fitness.  Absolution Crossfit has provided me with highly effective and well-designed workouts and skills which have strengthened my core, increased my strength and stamina, improved my concentration and focus, and re-shaped my body.  All this in about an hour per session – the most efficient fitness regimen I have ever worked with.

I joined Absolution Crossfit in Fall of 2014, upon the recommendation of my son, who had belonged to another Crossfit box in another state.  I was approaching a milestone birthday and looking to restore my health and fitness, which I had let drastically slide during years of stressful work and travel.

Over the years, I attempted many self-directed fitness programs, which usually consisted of joining a new gym and occasionally working with a trainer.  Each time, my enthusiasm typically peaked and then waned, as I tried to keep myself focused and motivated.  Most of these gyms had impressive collections of state-of-the-art fitness equipment and pricey trainers, but I honestly felt no connection or comradery there, which I knew was so important for me to stick with a program.

When I arrived at Absolution Crossfit, my overall fitness was nowhere near where I wanted it to be.  But when I walked in and saw the open, no-nonsense gym, I sensed this was what I was looking for.  No shiny chrome weight machines, just the basic but highly effective fitness tools that I needed: weights, kettle bells, pull-up bars, jump boxes, ropes and rubber bands.  No fluff here – this was a serious place.

I immediately felt comfortable and encouraged when I first met with Brad, the head trainer and co-owner.  He was very welcoming and I could tell that he was genuinely passionate about sharing his knowledge and extensive experience about fitness and health.  We talked about my goals and how I could work towards reaching them, safely and without injury.  I joined on the spot and later, while working through the Foundations course, realized that I had found exactly what I was looking for – a friendly supportive environment with just the right mix of focus, training variety, oversight, friendly competition and encouragement.  My fellow Crossfitters here are a great bunch.

As I progressed through the Foundations course and moved into the daily WODs (workouts of the day) and skills-building sessions, I became more and more impressed at how incredibly knowledgeable Brad and the other trainers (Hector, Quinton, Kara, Cynthia, Linda and Laura) were with regard to diet, fitness and training.  After a few months working with these trainers, I rediscovered my enjoyment of weightlifting, which has become one of the skill areas where I have chosen to focus.

I also remember an early discussion I had with Hector regarding “virtuosity,” a basic tenet of Crossfit training which is essentially the practice doing things correctly, with great attention to proper form and execution.  As a very precise person, the mindfulness and discipline of virtuosity really resonated with me.  I try to keep it in mind as I train.

One significant aspect of Absolution Crossfit that distinguishes it from the typical gym is the amount of personal attention and oversight that each of the trainers offers to its members.  Each skill-building or WOD session is typically preceded by a quick review of the proper form of each activity, followed by demonstrations and form checks.  Thereafter, the trainers patrol the floor, offering suggestions on correcting and improving form.  I often ask them to watch and critique my form as I execute a movement or lift, which they gladly do.  I believe this personal oversight has greatly improved my performance and progress and has saved me from the injuries and sprains that I would have likely suffered working on my own.

Personally, I cannot imagine having found a better environment for seriously rebuilding my fitness.  Absolution Crossfit has provided me with highly effective and well-designed workouts and skills which have strengthened my core, increased my strength and stamina, improved my concentration and focus, and re-shaped my body.  All this in about an hour per session – the most efficient fitness regimen I have ever worked with.

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