Cameron Thrash: Member Since March 2012

"Training with Brooke has been a life-changing experience. As a life-long athlete, I instinctively respond to her team-building atmosphere. She has excellent teaching skills and can break down complicated processes, like olympic lifts, with ease and clarity, and she keeps a strong focus on safety. Her technical knowledge of alignment and movement is outstanding, and embedded in everything she teaches. She endeavors to take care of us all, whether by asking how our bodies are doing, how our kids are doing, or how our lives are going. We always know she has our best interests at heart. A combination of coach, teammate, and box mom. I'm grateful I found her!" -Cameron Thrash


MJ Chapman: Member Since May 2012

         My name is Mary Jo (MJ) Chapman, I am 59 years old, and I have been a member of Crossfit Train since May 2012. During my adult years I participated in an exercise program at a traditional fitness club. In the beginning, the fitness club atmosphere satisfied my needs, but within the last 5 years I've noticed that I needed something more. Using the exercise and weight lifting machines just wasn't enough. I always looked up to the heavy duty weight lifters, thinking I just didn't have what it took to be successful at those activities. 

         But after hearing about the Crossfit philosophy from family and friends, I decided I was ready for something new. Maybe I was just feeling the hormonal shift women experience (post-menopausal?) later in life, but I felt ready for a challenge. Joining Crossfit Train has been by far one of the best decisions I have made in my life. For me, Crossfit goes far beyond just an exercise program. It has been a life style change full of physical challenges I never thought I would or could do and feeling the best physically and mentally I have ever felt. Facing the challenges in the gym (box) has prepared me to handle difficulties I have encountered at work, with friends, and in my personal life. 

         Another piece of the Crossfit scene I have embraced is the Paleo eating style. Words that describe Paleo to me are "fresh, healthy, pure, clean, rejuvenating". I am not 100% Paleo, but for me eating Paleo 80% of the time is very energizing.  

         I consider a key element to my success in and out of the box is Brooke Bergeson, owner of Crossfit Train. Her drive, determination, and dynamic personality make Crossfit Train and its members successful. I have decided when I grow up I want to be just like Brooke!


Paul Smith: Member Since October 2011

Crossfit is one of those things that anyone can do, but not everyone will do. It is challenging, never really gets easier and feeds you humble pie at a regular rate. 

I got interested in working with Brooke and Crossfit Train a little less than 2 years ago.  I was getting bored of my usual workouts and had been hearing good things about Crossfit and then great things about Brooke.  The method itself is really well grounded in exercise and sports science. Having an excellent coach to implement it with is a huge benefit relative to your technique, getting it scaled to your individual abilities and keeping your progress going. The community itself is fun and supportive which is a total necessity and bonus when you are getting it handed to you.

About 7 months in we did a Paleo food challenge (it's a Crossfit thing). I was a bit of skeptic not about the nutrient rich calories or losing the processed food and going for the fresh stuff, but no legumes (weird), no dairy (I tolerate dairy just fine, thank you, yum 1/2 and 1/2), tequila and red wine are ok but other stuff is not (whatever), etc. I "heard' it would improve my performance, get me lean and make me an overall better human being. That mostly ended up being pretty accurate and I've ended up eating that way pretty consistently since then.

 


 

Tish Bottaro: Member Since August 2011

"CrossFit Train has not only become my workout location, it has become a place where I get to workout with friends. The support I have received from not only owner Brooke Bergeson, but from all of the other athletes has been amazing. I had always wanted to try CrossFit, but just never found the right time. When CrossFit Train first opened, I was sure I wanted to try. I didn’t know what to expect really, but after my first class, I was hooked. My love for working out has never been stronger. I started off wanting to be able to do one pull-up. It took me seven months, but I was able to do one, and today, after 14 months, I did a workout with 25 pull-ups. Change comes over time. I wasn’t sure I was ever going to be able to meet that goal, but I was the only one who doubted myself. Brooke, all she did was set me up on a path to success. She has so much knowledge about progressions and programing that I never question her decisions. I feel lucky to have found CrossFit Train and Brooke. It came at the perfect time in my life. I feel so good and look forward to many more WOD’s. Join us!"

Tish Bottaro
37 years old
Mom of two
Teacher

 


Kelly Mueller: Member Since August 2011

I started Crossfit in late August 2011 because of a flyer hanging on the local coffee shop bulletin board.  I thought to myself "what the heck is Crossfit?"  So I took down the number, went to the office and googled Crossfit.  Let me tell you, watching some of those first videos were a little (okay, a lot) intimidating.  But I figured I’ve tried just about everything else. So, why not try this Crossfit stuff?  So I called and set up a time with Brooke and well... I would like to say the rest is history, but really it was the beginning of learning that I can push myself beyond (way beyond) what I ever thought I could do.

 

When I started Crossfit, I could not do 1 push up or 1 pull up. But step by step with some awesome coaching and very supportive classmates, I can now say that, yes, I can do pull ups (my Personal Record is 11 in a row). Yes, I can do pushups now (PR is 10 in a row). I can (as of today 6/14/13) deadlift 195# (for 1), overhead squat 98# (for 1) and do 36 double-unders in a row. I have so many PR's I could share, but that would just bore you.  The most important PR I have is that even when it sucks, even when I want to quit, even when I know I might break down and cry during a workout, I still show up!!   Why you ask?  Why do something that seems so hard?  Because each day I get just a little better than the day before. But, honestly, it is because my day is not complete now until I have worked out.  Crossfit maybe the hardest thing I have ever done, but I am rewarded on a daily basis by showing up, by completing the workout, by supporting my classmates and see what my new PR is.  Showing up is 95% of the battle.  The rest is gravy.  

I can honestly say that in my almost 39 years of life I have never been this dedicated to being fit, while I still have a long way to go I am pretty darn happy with my results to date. I love the vibe at Crossfit Train. I love the challenge of Crossfit.  I love not having to wonder “what am I going to do at the gym today?”  The WOD’s (workout of day) are programmed for you. I love our community of people. I would highly recommend Crossfit to anyone, no matter age, fitness level or any other excuse. It will change your life.

 


 

Ben Temperton: Member Since October, 2012

 

It’s fair to say that I come from a long line of ancestors with all the natural athletic ability of a panda in plate armor after a heavy cannabis binge. Therefore, it was no surprise that reports from my Phys. Ed. teachers in school were along the lines of ‘Ben tries really hard…’, with every pen stroke laced with pity and exasperation. I liked sport, I was just crap at it and thus never under any encouragement to stay active. 

Sure enough, as I got older, an IT job and a penchant for pizza and wine pretty much guaranteed I’d be overweight, topping out at 235 lb when I was in my mid-20s. At that point I decided I’d had enough, hit the gym with a buddy and lost a reasonable amount of weight. Over the next 10 years I’d go through month-long bouts of exercise and lose some weight, then stop and put it back on. I tried martial arts, mountain biking, even had a personal trainer for a while and always saw modest improvements with prolonged slumps when the activity ceased due to finances or time or boredom. In my mind I was sure I had the potential to be a rippling Adonis figure, stripped to the waist in a wetsuit, basking in the fire of a setting sun. I would be like Patrick Swayze in ‘Point Break’, if only I could convince my body to move a little faster and stop demanding pizza. I exercised because I wanted to look good.

When I moved to the US in 2011 I was determined that I would exploit the beautiful countryside and get fit by running. I ran 4-6 miles 2-3 times a week in my lunchtimes. Now, a 6 mile run at lunch when you’re not built for speed takes a long ass time. After a few months, I reached a point where I wasn’t really getting any better. I couldn’t run for longer without my boss sending out a search party to look for my corpse, nor could I run faster without risking actually becoming a  corpse. I didn’t really enjoy running, it was a means to a Swayze-like end. It just seemed like a mundane, inefficient use of time.

 

A good friend of mine had joined CrossFit Train a few months prior and we would regularly discuss the workouts he was being put through over a drink. They sounded awful, but there was no denying the rapid improvements to his fitness. He kept encouraging me to try it, but there was always the trinity of reasons that prevented me from taking the plunge: 

Time - I couldn’t see myself getting up at 5am to get to a 6am class and other times would eat in to family time.

Travel - It was ALL the way over the other side of town, and as everyone knows, Corvallis is a sprawling metropolis

Cost – Running was essentially free, even if it wasn’t working very well.

Then, during some idle conversation, someone said ‘if you want something badly enough, you’ll prioritize to make it happen’. Realizing that they were absolutely right, I signed up to my first Crossfit Train class in early October 2012 and nervously went to the garage where it was based. The first thing that struck me was the pull-up bars. There was about as much chance of me doing a pull-up as there was of teaching a bear statistics. The second thing that struck me was the community. Everyone came and said hello and welcomed me into the group.

Brooke, a fiery woman with a warm smile and a voice that can shout encouragements across a city block, took me under her wing and explained how the workout was going to work, scaling it to my level with an expertise that still amazes me to this day. A warm-up was followed by a mobility component. Then it was 3-2-1 go and 10 minutes and 2 seconds of heart-pounding, sweat-laden action later, I was done. Again, the community was there to congratulate and encourage. Fundamentals followed over the next few weeks where I learned the basics of the squat, the push-press, Olympic lifts, box jumps, burpees and band-assisted pull-ups. Friends were made and personal records were broken. 5 am starts became routine. As the weights on the barbells went up and waist measurements went down I found that I enjoyed CrossFit in a way I’d never enjoyed other exercises. Why? The people. I’m not a huge people-person, but bonds are forged when you spend time suffering together and watching each other get stronger. These same bonds make you want to show up and be a part of the community. 

I’m now 9 months in, 20 lbs lighter and 5 inches thinner around the waist. I can run a mile in 6½ minutes, do strict pull ups, push-ups, double-unders, linked box-jumps. I can touch my toes (never been able to do that!). Instead of watching what I eat to avoid gaining weight, I now watch what I eat to make sure I’m getting enough calories to fuel continual improvements, which is a nice problem to have if you love food. At 37 years old, after 10 years of failed attempts, I am fitter, stronger and more body-confident than I have ever been. Perhaps most importantly, I no longer exercise to look good, but to feel good and to find out what I am capable of. To paraphrase an excellent cartoon:

            CrossFit is not about building strength and wearing it like a fashion statement. It’s about finding strength and measuring yourself every single day.” 

None of these changes would have been possible without Brooke’s masterful coaching and the embracing support of the community she continually strives so hard to build at CrossFit Train. There’s still plenty to be done – pull-ups and toes-to-bar still need to be linked, muscle-ups still seem like something only gods are capable of. This is only the start of an exciting journey and choosing Brooke to be my guide was a fantastic choice. If you’re reading this and thinking of taking the plunge, prioritize it and join a community that will change you forever.

 


 

Trish Chorak: Member Since September 2012

I joined Crossfit Train in September of 2012 in order to take my workouts to a new level. My previous career and studies in the fitness/athletic training/personal training world had given me a great understanding of health and fitness, but I needed to really step it up in order to obtain my goals. The community atmosphere, support and high energy levels are absolutely amazing at Crossfit Train. I was blown away at how friendly and accepting the staff and members were. After day one I knew this was it…….this was the push that I needed.

Over the past year and a half I have been able to achieve more than I ever thought I could! I look forward to each and every WOD and the challenges that accompany them. I have also adapted the Paleo lifestyle thanks to Brooke. The changes from the Paleo lifestyle combined with Crossfit have really made a difference. I feel amazing, strong and my autoimmune disease symptoms have drastically reduced! Brooke (owner) and the staff are exceptional, and I would highly recommend Crossfit Train!

 


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Troy Cook: Member Since December 2012

December of 2012 I recognized that the one thing I truly loved to do with my sons was in jeopardy. You see at that point in time through a combination of my lack of fitness and the enhancement of my son’s fitness and skills I could no longer keep up with my two sons skiing. Skiing had for the previous 6 years been the activity that kept us together more than any other. Now with all of this teetering on my ability to keep up I knew I needed to do something different. Frantically searching for ideas on enhancing my fitness I began looking for ski conditioning classes but ended up on a website for Crossfit Train. As I read about this box I was leery that this was a good idea for a 46 year old that spends most of his days at a desk or leading a meeting from a chair. I began looking at the videos that were posted and actually was a bit scared, no way was this meant to be an activity for a 46 year old. However, I was desperate I was not going to lose my quality time with my two sons at the age of 46. I called Brooke and she said that I should try a class. So December 19th I met Tom who was going to be my guide to the pain that ensued. He was, as all the coaches have always been, extremely supportive and helpful. I made it home that night only to complain to my wife that the painful ritual known as the WOD was truly a humbling event. However, even with all that said I contacted Brooke the next day to set up times for my fundamentals, and have not looked back. Without any reservation I decided that I needed to humbly learn what Brooke had to teach me in order to improve my fitness and keep up with my sons on the mountain. In the beginning it was hard, I had quite a belly going at the time and many of the exercises (rowing, burpees, getting in a good lifting stance) were what felt to be even harder than they should be. Each time I heard Brooke telling me to get my chest up I would smile to myself knowing that I needed to focus that much harder to succeed. Over time my form improved and Brooke would even allow me to do most of the exercises as the rest of the group, and it was then that I felt a part of this community. I could really do what others were doing, all the while hearing “it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun” as that was my mantra. During hard WOD’s that I felt I couldn’t complete I would focus on that statement and smile and somehow get through them. Through Brooke’s steady watch and sometimes less than soft reassurances I was getting it and in the process meeting some amazing people and improving my fitness. 
I am now keeping up with my boys; I have so improved my fitness level that I actually sometimes surprise them. They are extremely proud of their Dad and love to ask what new PR’s have I set at the box that day. Brooke and Caitlin have really helped me achieve my goals I had set for myself and for that I owe them a heartfelt thank you. Now at 47 I can actually Rx many of the exercises and still smile during class. 
You will find me this year tearing up the snow with my two proud sons.

 


 

Rebecka Weinsteiger: Member Since September 2013

Walking through the door of Crossfit Train is the single best thing I have done for my health and fitness.  Brooke Bergeson and her incredible crew of coaches and growing member base create a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment to develop yourself in ways you never thought possible.  The biggest challenges for me were finding the money, time and dedication to the sport, but only two weeks in, I could see it was all worth it and my life changed. 

Before Crossfit Train, I ran semi-regularly – maybe twice a week, maybe not at all for months.  If I got on my bike and traveled across town, that was a good day for me.  I found myself wanting a change - and not a small one - I just didn’t know what I wanted exactly or how to get there.  Some research and books led me to Crossfit Train in September of 2103.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I will never forget when Robin, a member, told me “It’s great here, you will see results.”  After the first class, I attended three one-hour fundamental sessions with the owner, Brooke Bergeson.   Brooke is an experienced athlete and incredibly knowledgeable coach, she is charismatic, sarcastic and funny all while teaching you the basic form and function of the movements and lifts you will need to perform at Crossfit Train.

I always thought I had the potential to be better and stronger, I just lacked the spirit to get me there.  Crossfit Train will get you there.  Brooke programs workouts that are constantly varied and highly functional.  You will get your ass whooped, but you will never get bored.  Every day you will find that you are stronger than the day before. 

Thanks to Brooke and Crossfit Train, I am an athlete.  I know more about my body and my ability.  I take training seriously; I record my workouts and lifts.  I take care of my body, eat better and I have never felt so good in all of my life.  I feel like it is just the beginning too, I see myself continuing to develop not only the skills but also the capacity to maintain this lifestyle not just for today but for a lifetime.

 


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Sierra Smith: Member Since April 2013

I’m not a religious person, but I believe wholeheartedly in things like fate, destiny, and karma. And It was fate that led me to Crossfit Train in April of 2013.  I had been doing a 5:30am bootcamp for about two years and was starting to get a little bored.  I would say I was in pretty good shape, but a different kind of shape.  I also felt so disconnected, it was a group of sometimes 35 people that I worked out next to everyday, and I didn’t know their names, who they were, what their goals were.  I had been seeing facebook posts of other friends that were doing crossfit and man, they were obsessed!  They went everyday at 5am, talking about eating paleo, they were talking in language I didn’t understand like RFT, EMOM, WOD, snatch.  But what I really noticed is that their posts about the weekends, or vacations, included these friends from their box.  I thought that was pretty cool. 

I was at a place in my life where there was a lot of change happening, and I was feeling pretty alone and down and out.  And then fate came into play and brought me to CF Train, where my life changed in so many great ways.

When I joined Train, I had very few fitness goals.  I wasn’t interested in setting giant PR’s or competing, I just wanted to have fun, stay fit and maybe lose more weight.  What I found was so much more; my self confidence and a community.The community at Train has saved me in a sense, I feel like I’m at a place in my life where I am finally content and genuinely happy.  And I attribute a lot of that to showing up for class almost every day at 6am.  It keeps me accountable, it forces me to be social when maybe I don’t want to, and it brings some really amazing people into my life that have made it so much better.  And the bonus?  I'm probably fitter and healthier than I’ve ever been. I finally nailed my double unders in September, I can do 4 unassisted pullups in a row, and complete several toes to bar.  Stuff like that, seemed unrealistic even a year ago.  

Yes, hitting PR’s and meeting goals are great, but the people here are pure gold. The coaching has got to be some of the best in the industry.  Brooke creates an environment that pushes you to the max yet she is so caring and kind.  She notices the little things, like if you don’t show up for a few days, she texts or emails just to make sure you are ok.  She remembers everyone’s name and even those of your partner,  kids, and dogs :) She listens, whether you just need to vent, or you need some solid advice.

I love the diversity in this box, all ages, shapes, sizes and lifestyles coming together each and every day.  All of the coaches want to make a WOD work for you, whether that means modifying things or just cheering you on a little louder. The fact that Brooke, Caitlin, Sean and Derek believe in me, makes me believe in myself.  I know it sounds cheesey, but it’s what seals the deal for me.  

I can’t imagine ever going back to the old way of working out, grinding away for 30 minutes on the eliptical and then doing circuits of weights.  I love that I just have to get to the box, and I will be given an effective, awesome workout every time.  

As a teen and into my young adult years I was overweight and though I tried, never good at anything athletic.  At 26, I joined a friend trying Weight Watchers and lost 60lbs in a year and have kept it off.  I became obsessed and even worked for Weight Watchers for awhile, I counted every little calorie that went in my mouth and even wore a heart rate monitor so I could calculate how much I burned during an aerobics session. My obsession with WW faded but my new hobby was nutrition, I was fascinated by it. I tried every new diet fad that seemed reasonable .But I have fallen hard for paleo and love learning about it.  I feel better when I eat that way, and the concepts just make so much sense.  I, like many, follow it more 80/20 because I do enjoy a good cocktail and piece of cake from time to time.  Life is short, eat the cake.  Then go to Crossfit!

I’m excited about my new adventure with this move to Arizona.  To finally be with the one I love, and live in the land of sun, in a bigger city with all that it has to offer.  But my heart breaks a little leaving CF Train behind because I know it will be hard to find anything that compares. I’ll miss baking paleo and not-so-paleo treats for you, sharing a well deserved pint of cider,  and sweating with you before the most of the world is awake. I’ve loved every minute with you all, and am so lucky to call you my friends.  I hope to see your beautiful faces now and then when I come for a visit. And when you need a dose of sunshine, come see me.  I have a pool. 

Peace love and Snatches, 

Sierra