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Name: Melinda Alm

Age: 40


How long have you been a member at CFJ? A year and nine months.

How did you get started at CFJ? I met Becca through our children and noticed that she was super fit and asked her what she did. It took me months before I tried it but I sure am glad that I did.❤️

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Hands down Deadlifts!

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Thrusters! Yuck!

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  Grilled salmon, oven roasted potatoes and veggies

Favorite Part of CFJ: The people. I look forward to chatting (no big surprise here) with everyone. I feel that I have learned so much from so many of the people in our Crossfit family. Everyone really does want to help you become a better version of yourself.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: Honestly, I just make better choices because of CrossFit. I used to drink wine several days a week,  I didn’t eat breakfast and I didn’t make the best food choices. The way that I fed my body made a huge impact on how I was able to move in the gym and at home with my children.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: I surprise myself weekly at the box. When I move up in a progression,  I finish sooner then I did last time or I lift a little more weight, it still surprises me. I am  proud of myself with every small step.

Something we don’t know about you: I made radio commercials when I was little. I still have copies of them.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: If I can do it, anyone can. Crossfit can fit into whatever fitness goal you have for yourself. “Dead last, is greater than did not finish, which trumps, did not start.

Name:   Delores Campbell

Age:  52

How long have you been a member at CFJ?   2 years 5 months

How did you get started at CFJ?  My husband and I just became empty nesters and moved to Charlotte summer of ‘15.  My three main priorities were to find a home, find a veterinarian for our dog Sparky and find a place to work out.  I saw a segment on 60 Minutes about Crossfit and thought that looked like something I might be interested in.  I called my personal trainer back in St. Louis and he said it would be a perfect fit for me.  A Google search found CFJ which just happened to be right by Sparky’s new doctor.  After meeting our new veterinarian, I drove past CFJ and figured I would call and get more info.  Two days later I was signed up began fundamentals.  It happened so quickly, there wasn’t any time to think about not doing it!  

Favorite CrossFit Movement:   Deadlifts

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Running.  Is that a CrossFit movement?  If not, thrusters are right up there with running.

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  Salad with homemade ranch and Filet Mignon.

Favorite Part of CFJ: The community.  Everyone is super supportive and cheer each other on.  

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box:   For the first time in a long time, I have confidence in myself!    

A time you surprised yourself in the box:    I ran around the building 4 times without stopping!  

Something we don’t know about you:   I was athletic at one point in my life.  I played shortstop for my high school softball team.  

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it:  No matter what your age or what your fitness level is anyone can do this.  Take it one WOD at a time and don’t compare yourself to others.     It’s ok to scale movements.  Just get up and move!

Ed Riesmeyer
Age: 46


How long have you been a member at CFJ? 26 months

How did you get started at CFJ? My beautiful wife Trisha thought it would be a good idea for my son Nicholas and I to have a good bonding activity.  So we (were) signed up for fundamentals.  I honestly had not worked out since birth and was not really sure this was my kind of bonding activity either.  But low and behold it became a great activity for us as a family.

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Pull ups and sit ups are the ones I enjoy the most.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Lunges for sure, especially with 35lb dumbbells involved.   

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Steaks on the grill, with sweet potatoes.  A benefit of the whole family coming is better meals and meal planning at home.

Favorite Part of CFJ:  It has been a great group of supportive friends who really want you to do well.  When we travel we always drop in to new locations, and the coaches there are so welcoming and genuinely glad you came - even though they know you are on vacation.  

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: We eat a lot better at home, it has increased our level of family bonding and I have also picked up about 20 yards in my golf game.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: Completing the Jane WOD this year.  Really did not arrive planning on completing it myself.  I had split it in the past, but got started on it and ended up making my way thru it.  Probably the hottest I had ever been in the box, but was very pleased after completing it.

Something we don’t know about you:  I volunteer each summer for Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for children with cancer in Atlanta.  I have been doing it since I was 18.   I had cancer when I was 15 and continue to go back each year to support the current kids undergoing treatment to ensure they have a great week

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it:  Stop in and give it a try.  The workouts can be as easy or hard as you want to make them.  Crossfit is able to be adapted to any skill level (thank goodness for that) so you can complete a workout and be as tired as the strongest/fastest person in the group or the skinniest/slowest (for example).




Name: Sosha Lewis



How long have you been a member at CFJ? I started Fundamentals in September (‘17)...and, have never looked back.

How did you get started at CFJ? I was in a rut. I had mostly convinced myself that despite living a fairly active life (it really wasn’t that active) and eating fairly healthy (not even close) that my body was conspiring against me and that there was nothing that could be done about it. However, I saw a picture of me in my wedding dress and thought, Damn, woman! I thought I’d give it one more try but I knew that I needed to take a different approach. I did a lot of research on different gyms in Charlotte and then I remembered a small place over by where we would get wings and beer. I looked it up and once I read the origin story, I knew that it was the place I was going to try. I was super impressed by Jaime and Brent’s vulnerability. I knew it was the place for me from the first time I talked to Brent on the phone.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Ball slams and/or deadlifts

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Burpees

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: My husband makes the best grilled spatchcocked chicken (and he was doing before it became the cool thing). I love to pair it with spicy sauteed brussel sprouts (I’ve started sauteing them in coconut oil - triple filtered because life is too short to have to taste coconut).

Favorite Part of CFJ: Easy - the people. From the coaches to my fundamentals partner to all the fellow athletes, it is such a supportive and encouraging community! It is like no other gym experience that I have ever had.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: Even when I am sore from a workout, I feel better than I have in years (maybe ever)! I have battled sleeplessness since I was a teenager and a good night’s sleep has always been a rarity for me. However, since starting Crossfit I have been sleeping so well. I understand why people seem to love it so much! Also, I have cut way back on my alcohol intake. Granted, sometimes “it’s the freakin’ weekend and I like to have me some fun”, but it’s enough of a change that Total Wine’s sales have dipped. ;)

A time you surprised yourself in the box: I have the upper body strength of a newborn T-rex. Therefore, I was blown away the day I did a few “for real” push-ups! (There will be a party when I get my first pull-up!)

Something we don’t know about you: I met my husband, Tony, in Kindergarten. We were good friends and even rode to and from school together most days. I moved away after first grade and we didn’t see each other again until our Freshman year at college. We’ve been together since then and we’ve been married for 15 years.
My maiden name is Yokosuk.  

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Well, I typed up a really long answer, but it’s pretty simple: Just give it a try. It has the possibility to change your life.  (Also, don’t be nervous. I am still not completely sure of the difference between Power Hang Clean or the Push Press, but I am absolutely not afraid to ask...which I would have never done in another fitness class.)



Name:  Afowiri Fondzenyuy  (Kitz)

Age: 44


How long have you been a member at CFJ?  4 months but 1 full active month

How did you get started at CFJ?  I was interested to find out other workouts that will help me to complete a marathon in 3:59:59 and when I always saw a group of physically fit people running around a building at “interesting” hours of the day and was curious to find out what they were doing.  It took me 2 years to muster enough courage and find time to join, after my initial communication with Jaime and Brent.  After a month of active participation, I think I found the solution to my goal.   

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Wall balls

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Burpees

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  roasted Veggies

Favorite Part of CFJ:  The people and awesome coaches. I feel like I am part of this new big family. 

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box:  I am more energetic, I am now a  healthy eater and have drastically dropped my alcohol consumption.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: First time I completed the workouts ahead of time.

Something we don’t know about you: I like to push myself beyond my limits  for example, I am planning to run an ultra marathon to raise funds to help the rural kids educate in Cameroon sometime in 2018. 

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it:  Crossfit is continuous education, you learn something new everyday that will make your life move forward. It’s not only about the exercises but also a great part is about the poeple. They are positive, welcoming, encouraging and have all great stories and ideas.

Name: Gail Hoffmann

Age: 63


How long have you been a member at CFJ? May 2015

How did you get started at CFJ? I followed my kids after they moved their workout out of my garage to your gym.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Double-Unders. They are one of the few things I can do well without scaling.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Assault bike, but burpees are a close second.

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: I like most of the Pinterest paleo dinners I make, but salmon and sweet potatoes are high on the list. Jeff makes a mean rib roast too. There was a day that pizza would have been up there.

Favorite Part of CFJ: Knowing there are other insane people like myself willing to get up at 4:30 am (or earlier) to get our day started. It wouldn’t be the same without them. I love the camaraderie, encouragement and accountability we all have for each other. But most of all, that I get to witness first-hand the way my family is thriving being a part of this community and each other lives.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: CrossFit has been critical in helping me to build discipline and structure. Although a workout can feel torturous, it jump starts my day and I am able to maintain focus and energy throughout. Not only is my work performance better, but the results play out across all areas of my life: physical, emotional and spiritual.

My ultimate goal is to stay out of the healthcare system (chiropractors excluded)!

A time you surprised yourself in the box: The first time I did a pull-up (Even though Sara tells me that it’s not a ‘real’ pullup....yet!)

Something we don’t know about you: Before I switched careers, I worked for a bit in Calif at Stanford Research Institute in a Biology lab.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Stretch yourself. Don’t be intimidated by what you see others doing in the gym. We are all working at our own levels of performance and hard work pays off....every time. You will come to know many great people all striving for their best. 

Name: Mo Hoffmann



How long have you been a member at CFJ? 2.5 years

How did you get started at CFJ? Jeff and his friend decided they wanted to give it a try since Sara was coaching there and they had a history of doing crossfit together. I was 15 weeks pregnant and afraid of being left behind… so I tagged along and gave it a shot. I knew I would be in a wonderful place to learn scaled options and to continue to work hard and safely while always under the watchful eye of someone who wasn’t afraid to tell me I was doing it wrong/unsafely or that I needed to take it down a notch. Looking back… I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I’m so glad I did it.

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Pull-ups? Cleans? Things I can’t do yet but really want to...

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Snatches. Period. So awkward.

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  All the food. My favorite thing is when Jeff hasn’t gotten to go to the grocery store but there are plenty of odds and ends in the fridge and he just throws something together that is incredibly delicious and surprising and different.

Favorite Part of CFJ: The people. I truly love how different everyone is… I love that we’ve gotten to know each other’s idiosyncrasies through something fun and engaging. The conversations I’ve had with people in the parking lot or on the floor doing pigeon have encouraged me in so many ways when I desperately needed it. The sheer variety of perspectives you get from the folks at the box really helps when you’re trying to figure something out - whether it’s how to stop tearing your hands or how to take care of yourself when you’re losing your mind as a new mom. There is nothing like a tribe of people who have been there and done that in so many ways and are willing to share their experiences without giving you a lecture on what you should/should not be doing. I like my new butt. But I really like the people.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: I am so much more confident in my ability to perform super mundane tasks by myself these days… I love that I see opportunities and challenges everywhere. Like replacing the water cooler at work… or moving huge bags of mulch in the yard… or pushing a heavy wheelbarrow from the garden… it just makes me appreciate the function over the form.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: The first time I got a double under during DU practice… I just about lost my mind. I thought for sure that would never happen since I’ve always been SO uncoordinated and had essentially written it off. Yay!

Something we don’t know about you: Ask me. I’ll probably tell you.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Just have fun. Every day will be different - don’t expect it to feel the same. I used to think that if I didn’t feel 100.0 percent worn out every time I worked out that I wasn’t doing enough. That if I didn’t peel myself off the floor - then I should have gone for a run instead. But that’s not how you get stronger or how you get better. You have to balance the lifting days, the heavy days, the volume days, the skill work… and thankfully CFJ coaches do all that thinking for me and I just show up and do what they say. Or try at least.



Name: Jay-Claude Crawford

Age: 43

How long have you been a member at CFJ? 3 months


How did you get started at CFJ? I passed it by one day. I always wanted to try it. So I tried it.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: power cleans

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: jumping rope

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: chicken

Favorite Part of CFJ: the up-beat milieu

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: it keeps me focused

A time you surprised yourself in the box: when out of the blue my endurance made a big jump

Something we don’t know about you: I have been working out on and off for over thirty years.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: don't worry about doing something perfectly or not being able to do something at all. Everybody starts at the same point. Just be patient and you'll be surprised how fast your body catches up


Name: Claire Marie DelFavero

Age: 33


How long have you been a member at CFJ? Since October 2014

How did you get started at CFJ? Brent, Jude, and Lila brought Fenway to Carolina’s Veterinary Medical Hospital.  Kathie somehow struck up a conversation with Brent about recently opening up CFJ across the street.  Next thing I know, we’re all doing fundamentals.  Work families that workout together, stay together?!?  

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Thrusters

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Snatch

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Turkey tacos...substitute the tortilla with lettuce.

Favorite Part of CFJ: Besides the amazing CFJ family and support, it's close proximity to work.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: Diet.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: I never thought I would be able to do pull-ups in a million years.  Now I can do 6 strict consecutive pull-ups… or is it 5?? I don't remember, so we’ll go with 6.

Something we don’t know about you: Cows are my favorite animal.  Most people think they're just big and dumb, but I think they hold the simplistic key to life.  Stay outside, eat all day, and don't worry about a thing. Be a cow.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Just do it.



Name:  Julie Christian    

Age: 35 years young

How long have you been a member at CFJ?  Almost 4 months

How did you get started at CFJ?  We needed a new box after moving to Charlotte in April.  Brent and Jaime were very welcoming when we first came by to check it out.  We originally planned to only be there for a month and give some other boxes a try, but as you can see, we’re still here!

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  SQUATS!

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement:  I have several, but top of the list is push-ups...great way to crush my soul.

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  Halo Top ice has protein! :)

Favorite Part of CFJ: The 6:30pm, of course!  Because Trenton and I had just moved 9 hours from everything we’ve ever known, it was very important to find a community that is supportive and fun.  CFJ is full of great people and I’m happy to be a part of it!  

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box:  The biggest thing CF has done for me is provided a opportunity to meet new people and make some amazing friends, with common goals, along the way.   

A time you surprised yourself in the box:  The day I split jerked more than my body weight was pretty fun.

Something we don’t know about you:  I used to smoke, started when I was 15.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it:  It’s not for everyone, and that’s OK!  It’s as much about the community as it is the workout.  And most importantly, don’t worry about anyone else and give it everything YOU’VE got, every day.


Name: Jeff Hoffmann    

Age: 31

How long have you been a member at CFJ? About two and a half years

How did you get started at CFJ? I did crossfit for a few years with one of my roommates during college, then started running more when I met Mo. After a few years of running off and on, I decided to get back into CF. CFJ was an easy choice because it was close to home, my sister is a coach, the atmosphere is laid back, and the coaches seemed to care more about the athletes and proper movement than their business model, which was not the feeling I got from other boxes.   

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Squat Snatch or C&J

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Sit ups

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  Shepherd's Pie

Favorite Part of CFJ: The people. For the most part, everyone is there to better themselves and/or because they enjoy it. The “building better versions of ourselves” mission statement isn’t just a marketing tagline, it is an almost tangible energy that exists at the box.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life: The transition to fatherhood was not an easy one for me. The 6-3-0 provided some much needed comedic relief, as well as a place for me to escape to, during a rough period in my life.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: During 17.2. Brent is constantly telling me that sometimes to achieve a better score or time you need to slow down or break up sets early in a wod. For 17.2, I came up with what I felt was a very conservative game plan and stuck to it. It ended up being my best open wod by far.

Something we don’t know about you: I was planning to attend culinary school in NYC after graduating from UNCC in 2009 but I changed my plans after I met Mo just a few weeks before I was supposed to leave.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Despite what the coaches might tell you, there is no specific attire required. $80 shorts will not improve your performance. Paint stained shorts and old t-shirts are perfectly acceptable.


Name: Michelle Tripp


How long have you been a member at CFJ? 9 months

How did you get started at CFJ? I’ve been a long distance runner for years but I was getting tired of it. I was interested in CrossFit but I was intimidated. Susie Johnson told me about how awesome everyone at CFJ was so I decided to give it a try.

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Squat cleans

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Over head squats are terrible!

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  I am a huge fan of taco bowls. I make mine with roasted sweet potatoes, grass fed ground beef, and guacamole.

Favorite Part of CFJ: There are so many strong women at CFJ it’s inspiring! I tell myself that if I keep coming and working hard I will be like all the other strong ladies one day.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: It has made me more conscious of my nutrition and recovery. I finally realized that the better I take care of myself, the better I feel at work, home, and at the gym.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: We had a super tough weight lifting wednesday where we did a series of 9 squat cleans, and 3 push presses in one set for six rounds. During the last 2 sets I wasn’t sure if I could even pick up the barbell again but I made myself do it and focus on my form more. They got easier the more I focused on doing the movements better.

Something we don’t know about you: I have a degree in Studio Art and Graphic Design. I love to paint and draw. 

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Go to a class and try it! Start off slow and don’t give up! CrossFit is about being the best version of yourself. It took me months to learn how to box jump. When I first started it seemed so scary and out of my reach but I worked at it slowly and finally got the hang of it. That’s was CrossFIt is about. Working hard and getting better every day.

 Name: Carson Smith

Age: Michael Jordan

How long have you been a member at CFJ? 7 months.

How did you get started at CFJ? My mom has been talking me into Crossfit ever since she started back in the garage. I guess I could only say no so many times.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Thrusters. I like pain.

 Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Clean movements from the ground. If only arms could solve all problems.

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: Grilled tuna doused in Viva Chicken green sauce that I may or may not have a chronic addiction to with a side of lemon-zested asparagus and a little bit of brown rice. If I’ve been a good boy, finish it off with a couple nibbles of dark chocolate.

Favorite Part of CFJ: Everyone is so open and nice to talk to. I feel like I’m with my second family (and first family with how many Smith’s we have now!) whenever I step into the box. I love listening to everyone’s awesome stories while also motivating everyone to give our 110% that day.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: I am full of energy. Just a year ago, I would be exhausted from school/work and just lounge on the couch for the rest of the day to play some videos games. Now, I’m always looking for something to do - be it improvising workouts in my garage gym, heading to the Whitewater Center, or having game nights with friends. I’m also eating a lot healthier.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: During Murph, I was struggling hard on the pull-up rounds because I was doing strict pull-ups. Brent and Jaime pushed for me to try kipping pull-ups, and after a few fun struggle kicks from me, I was able to sequence 3 pull-ups in a row. Ever since, I have stringed 10!

Something we don’t know about you: Y’all already know my usual surprise facts!! I once scored a soccer goal by getting kicked in the nuts. One of my proudest achievements to this day.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: CrossFit is a life changer. I was going through a pretty stressful time after graduating from many things change in an instant and the world just goes “Welcome to the big show, young fella!” Once I started CrossFit, I had responsibility, structure, and constant support from my fellow athletes. I have regained my confidence and trademark smile, along with the prime ability to rock the bro tank top when needed. I am honored to share the box with all of you guys.

Name: Laura Eubanks

Age: 28


How long have you been a member at CFJ? It'll be a year in July!

How did you get started at CFJ? I wanted to work on my fitness and this crazy bird lady wouldn't stop talking it up so I thought I'd give it a try! 

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Deadlifts  

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: That's an easy one - burpees!

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  Meatloaf recipe from (thanks Jaime!)

Favorite Part of CFJ: The people! It's been so rewarding to be surrounded by such a friendly group that encourages each other to work hard to improve ourselves both mentally and physically.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: The knowledge and support I've received have led me to make significant changes in my nutrition. I feel much better than I did a year ago and am excited to continue working to improve my health.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: The first time I did a double under. I wouldn't have believed it happened if someone hadn't been watching!

Something we don’t know about you: I work as a sustainability coordinator at an architecture firm.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: It's been the best decision I've made in a long time. If I can do it, anyone can! :)


Name: Tracy Edmondson


How long have you been a member at CFJ? Exactly 2 years!

How did you get started at CFJ?  I was sitting at Starbucks talking to Leslie Duffy about how Charlie wanted to get back in shape, and she suggested CrossFit Jane. Then in walked Ace was meant to be!

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Hmm, probably toes-2-bar or pull ups, but I love double unders and wall balls too (sorry, Lynn!).

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Snatch!

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:   I love to eat, so this is tough, but paleo Asian flank steak with roasted string bean fries and salad is on heavy rotation these days.

Favorite Part of CFJ:  The people! Everyone is so supportive of each other.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box:  I love what CrossFit has given to my relationship with Charlie. Not only do we have A LOT to talk about, but we have a new respect for how hard we each work to be healthy. I also love how CrossFit has helped me approach difficult tasks by breaking them down into more manageable pieces.

A time you surprised yourself in the box:  I never thought I'd be able to do double unders. It was a sticking point between Charlie and me. The more he tried to encourage me, the more frustrated I became. Luckily Brent came in and saved my marriage by giving me a few pointers that led me to my first du’s.

Something we don’t know about you:  I was a tv news producer for The Wall Street Journal and NBC.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it:  Strong is the new skinny! (I read that on a cosmetic bag, but it's true.) CrossFit is so much fun. It never gets boring and constantly challenges you.

Name: Stephen Robert Phillips The First

Age: 29 and 83 months

How long have you been a member at CFJ? Since 5/1/2016 (338 days as of 4/4/2017.  For the latest updates regarding my membership duration, please call 980-207-2560).

How did you get started at CFJ? I was peer pressured by Kelly Winfree and her fellow animal-loving, poop-scooping, anal-gland-expressing comrades.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Bowel (or snatches? It’s a toss-up.  Both are intense)

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Max-effort-assault-bike-thrusters

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal: An apple with a side of rice cakes (dipped in pizza and French fries).

Favorite Part of CFJ: The people/community/camaraderie/coziness and the complete lack of HVAC…au naturel

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: Fit of Cross definitely puts a spotlight on any bad and/or worse habits one may have ‘outside’ the box.  I still eat like a rabid, obese 7-year-old most of the time.  But, I take fish oil now – so that’s good.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: Everyday – I keep showing up.  I may be late once or twice, but I’ve never skipped because I didn’t ‘feel’ like it.  I think that says a lot for someone as flighty and lazy as me.

Something we don’t know about you: I eat Kit Kats just like the Kardashians…it's embarrassing.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Cancel your health insurance and sell your car.  Use the car money as a down payment for a partial membership.  Your fitness-level should cancel out any need for “doctors.” You’ll be glad you did!

This little experiment away from the ‘conventional’ gym membership has been one of the best decisions I’ve made within the last 339 days (and beyond).  It’s an honor and a blessing to be a part of this fitness family. I would aggressively encourage anyone else to do the same - as I know he or she would be welcomed and celebrated with an unmatched enthusiasm (as long as he or she was always on time and remembered to ‘sign up’ every Sunday).  

Name: Shane Hunter

Age: 48

How long have you been a member at CFJ? 2 years

How did you get started at CFJ? Gene Jarka talked me into it. I was working out with F3 and not enjoying the 5:00 wakeup call.

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  The new and improved 24” SOFTBOX jump, Sponsored by Vulcan and the #24 Dupont Chevrolet of Chase Elliot.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Overhead Squats

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  Grilled blackened salmon, baked potato and broccoli... (dry but healthy)

Favorite Part of CFJ: The satisfaction of pushing my body beyond its comfort level, and surviving.  The awesome camaraderie and friendships I have gained.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: My wife continues to marvel at how her shy, insecure husband has blossomed! Since joining CFJ, I have really come out of my shell, gained a little personality, and my self esteem has skyrocketed. Kudos everyone!

A time you surprised yourself in the box: Knocking out a BLISTERING 10 double unders unbroken. Matching Jeff rep for rep through ½ round of wall balls.

Something we don’t know about you: While attending ASU, I ‘borrowed’ a large amount of golf course paraphernalia from the Green Park Inn, a swanky golf course in Blowing Rock, NC; to decorate my apartment. Unfortunately the police who came to serve a noise ordinance for my keg party, did not share my taste in home decor.  Spent 1 night in jail and given 1 felony and 4 misdemeanors.  Luckily, being in a college town, I got to serve 100 hours of community service to wipe the slate clean.

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: You will never know until you try.  You will enjoy the support system and feel much better about yourself, physically and mentally.

Name: Steve Grubner

Age:58 1/2


How long have you been a member at CFJ? 2 years and 1 month

How did you get started at CFJ? I saw a bearded guy driving into Whole Foods with a CFJ placard on his car. I was looking for a new affiliate after moving to Charlotte from Chicago  and looked CFJ up that day.

Favorite CrossFit Movement:  Bar taps…..  Or maybe deadlifts.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Overhead squats.

Favorite Healthy Food/Meal:  Chicken limone’ and sauteed spinach.

Favorite Part of CFJ: Like most CF people, I really enjoy the other athletes. Everyone has their own story and journey. I really like that the community of CrossFit is so supportive of each other.

One way CrossFit has impacted your life outside the box: It has certainly made getting older a lot less daunting of a task! Having better overall health from working out regularly has made my quality of life so much better than before.

A time you surprised yourself in the box: When after 6 years of trying I finally did a legit double-under!

Something we don’t know about you: I owned and raced thoroughbred horses for many years in the 1990’s and had some great winners!

Words of wisdom for people who are new to CrossFit or interested in trying it: Don’t be afraid of the “stigma” surrounding CrossFit. It truly is something for any age group and as long as you’re willing to live within your own boundaries you’ll get a lot out of it.


More important than what the scale read, the man in that picture had all but given up on leading a healthy/active life. The expression on my face says it all. I was always a very active athlete but never gave much thought to nutrition. By my mid 30’s that lack of dietary awareness had resulted in an increasingly sedentary, unhealthy, unhappy existence. Faced with the real prospect of being a ”spectator” as opposed to a “participant” in my sons’ lives, changes were in order.

I completed my 1st Whole30 in Oct ’12 and never looked back. With my diet in order, a renewed outlook on life and a desire for complete fitness, my wife introduced me to Crossfit via NNB in Feb. ‘13. My baseline took ~ 10min. (foggy after the row, anchored SU's, purple band w/ Brent lifting me - finished and threw up then took a 3 hour nap). Today I’m 40 lbs. lighter, eat a strict paleo diet and enjoy the encouragement & coaching of the Smiths’ and the entire CFJ community. My last baseline was RX’d @ 4:49 and I felt fully recovered within 15 min. But more meaningful than any number, I am now proud to be an “active participant” in my boys’ lives. “Our children follow our example more than our advice”. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a positive influence by example.



My Crossfit Jane experience began in February of 2013 when I was very skeptical to try this new kind of lifestyle change. I am an osteoporosis patient and was afraid to do such an intensive training program for fear of breaking something! So the journey began with 30 extra pounds, inflammation due to arthritis, fairly good eating habits...(so I thought...I was a vegetarian for almost 15 years), quality of sleep was poor, and to top it all off I was diagnosed with digestive problems! Fast forward to July of this year...I am 30 pounds lighter, I ran my first 5K in April of 2013, dropped four dress sizes, I am now sleeping through the night, and stress melts away after a WOD! The best news is this...I am no longer taking meds that ran our insurance upwards of $1500.00 per month for osteoporosis treatment AND my recent bone density scan revealed I am reversing my osteoporosis diagnosis with weight bearing movements through crossfit! I am also improving my digestive health with fresh and healthy foods through the Paleo way of eating! My privilege of being a part of this great community of friends who are encouraging and supportive motivate me every time I step through the doors of Crossfit Jane! I continue to be amazed by this journey I am is a strong impact on my life!



David and I began our Crossfit/Paleo journey 2 yrs ago the month before I turned 64 yrs old. He would be 57 that fall. We are the 'senior contingent' of this box, so far. We had been whittling away at our nutrition and were not eating gluten, dairy or red meat by that time. We had been doing yoga a couple times a week for 6 years and were fairly flexible but no other real excercise.

Since starting Crossfit we have both enjoyed better sleep, more energy and I went down THREE (3) sizes and David down 1 size. I no longer have to sew the buttons back on his waist bands.
The Paleo side of this lifestyle was the final missing piece to complement the dietary changes we already had made. It is difficult to explain how much younger and more energetic we both feel and look according to others. The suggestion is to do the 80/20 rule but we basically do 95/5 percent paleo.

All this has been fantastic and worth every moment spent but it isn't the best part! The best part is that we get to do this with our family and watch and help each other grow as people and athletes. Both our daughter and son and their spouses and 4 grandchildren all enjoy the life gifts this has offered us. We all eat paleo and do Crossfit together. I cannot imagine who we would be now if we had started this lifestyle at our grandchildrens' ages! Our daughter got us started and has encouraged so many to join. The Crossfit Jane box we belong to is real family and extended family. Everyone helps and looks after one another. Our niece/cousin is now starting next week, too. She has seen how we have all benefited and wants that for herself.

There is no way to evaluate all that this Crossfit/Paleo journey has brought us and will to continue to bring us all. We feel so blessed to have this opportunity and try to give back as much as we have received.

"ACE" (Ellen)

August 9 will be my 2 year CrossFit anniversary. That is 1 year, 11 months and 2 weeks longer than I ever anticipated doing this crazy thing, but sticking with it is/was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It all started when we were on vacation. My sister-in-law, Ellen, took my daughter, Abigail, to the gym to do something called a "WOD". Abigail came back hooked! When we got back home she was relentless and wouldn't leave me alone until I called that guy who had been texting WODs to Ellen and told him Abigail was interested. Since she was only 15, he required me to come also. I said I would do it for 2 weeks, until Abby got comfortable, then she would come with Ellen. Somehow that guy (Brent) convinced me to give it just six weeks. He "guaranteed" I would see vast improvements in every aspect of my life. He was right!

Before I started Crossfit, I had daily headaches. I'd go to bed with one, and get up with one. Eventually, nothing was helping so I went for an MRI, which didn't show anything to be wrong. The doctors recommended stronger allergy meds. I also had daily stomach issues, which were getting progressively worse. Once again, the doctors didn't really have any good recommendations; only more tests and more meds. I started listening to Brent and Jaime talk about how important nutrition is and how "you can't outwork your diet". About a month after starting CrossFit, I was ready to do my first Whole 30. The rest is history!

Crossfit has completely changed my life! Not only have my health issues been resolved, I am in the best shape of my life, both physically and mentally! I feel better and move better at age 49 than I did at 39, possibly even 29! I have more confidence in myself and have even come to like my strong, "CrossFit thighs" that allow me to dead lift 245 pounds and back squat 190 pounds! However, one of the best outcomes of this adventure has been having the privilege of working out with my family on a regular basis. Not only do I workout with my teenage daughter (sometimes two teenage daughters), but also with my husband, sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Of course I can't end without recognizing the awesome people in the box! Our coaches, Brent, Jaime, and Rebecca, are always there with encouraging feedback and I can't imagine a better group of people to work out with each day!




I’m in my mid-forties and I’m in the best shape I have ever been in my life! I eat better, feel better, and can do things I never imagined doing.


After participating in school athletics through high school and college, CrossFit has rekindled my competitive spirit, and improved my fitness level beyond what I thought was my peak. New challenges provide a fresh workout experience everyday, and leave a strong sense of accomplishment. 

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Through Brent and Jaime's praise and patience, countless pounds lifted and reps beyond imagination our bodies have morphed beyond expectation. Within a year, Brady has lost nearly 40 pounds and 6 inches off his waist.  Shannon has gotten longer, leaner and stronger. The mental, emotional benefits, while tangible, far outweigh the physical advancement.  The community within CrossFit Jane provides a healthy balance of encouragement and competitiveness.

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Athletics and competition have been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. Similar to anything in life, there have been various stages of my own fitness and the time commitment put forth. For the past 17 years, like many parents, I have morphed from athlete into chauffeur and cheerleader for my college age boys. Last summer (2013), I decided to be the "athlete" again and focus on MY OWN health, strength and fitness. With the patient coaching of Brent and Jaime, coupled with the encouragement and support of my fellow "box mates,” Crossfit Jane definitely has become one of the best decisions I've made. There is such a satisfying and confident feeling after pushing through a Crossfit Jane WOD.  Now, not only am I still the mom who drives and cheers, but I am also the mom who my 10 year old daughter wants to do a WOD with at home after school.  She also wants to come along and cheer for me at Crossfit Jane as I do thrusters and burpees! The true beauty of this experience is that my daughter thinks having a "crossfit mom" (dare I say) is cool!


I was one of those people that had to be pushed and cajoled into doing CrossFit.  I felt I was already in good shape and didn’t think I needed to take it to another level.  How wrong I was!  After one month of CrossFit I was hooked.  I didn’t realize how boring my old workout routine was until I started CrossFit.  The workouts are diverse and challenging every day.  I think a great part of my positive experience with CrossFit has to do with the coaches and the athletes at CrossFit Jane.  Brent and Jaime spend a great deal of time helping each athlete perform the various movements correctly and at their highest level.  All  the athletes at CrossFit Jane are all incredibly supportive, and like Brent and Jaime, they are a lot of fun to be around.  I can’t wait to see what the next WOD will be!