• Trip T.

    Trip T.

    This week marks one year of being a CrossFit Lacertus member for me. Lacertus is the place to be, it’s a lot of fun and everyone is very supportive.  I had always talked about getting in shape and had tried about 50 different work out plans on my own but I could never stick with it. In the last year I have lost about 30 pounds and my fitness level is tremendously better. I have a good way to go to hit my goals but I will get there because I actually enjoy going to work outs.  I am 44 years old so some of the work outs were a little intimidating but I quickly realized that all of them can be scaled to anyone’s ability.  Come check it out, you will love this place.

    Trip Tribble

  • Sandy B.

    Sandy B.

    I am Sandy Bralley, a 45 year old mom of three active boys.  I have always liked being active and working out.  I taught group cycle classes, ran, participated in Body Pump, Bootcamp, TRX, Plyo, Yoga and many other classes.  I was a runner and have run many races from 5K’s to half marathons.  In 2009, I wanted to challenge myself and add to my running routine so I started training on a road bike and swimming.  I loved both of these new activities and decided to train for a triathlon in 2009.  I enjoy working out with others because I enjoy people but also I feel like it holds me accountable while allowing me to meet new friends with common interests.  In April of 2015, I was talking to one of my “fitness” friends who had started doing CrossFit.  She kept encouraging me to come to this new CrossFit box and try it with her.  Honestly, I was very intimidated by CrossFit and trying to keep up with my friend, Kim.  Kim wouldn’t give up on me though.  I think she was tired of listening to me complain about not getting results from my group classes at a local gym and about how my clothes weren’t fitting anymore.  In May of 2015, I gathered a few other “nervous” friends and we headed to CrossFit Lacertus to try our first class.  None of us had ever lifted a barbell or experience a workout like CrossFit.  

       The coaches at Lacertus took so much time with us to teach us the correct form and introduce us to CrossFit.  We kept coming back sore, tired but excited about each workout and challenging ourselves.  I joined CrossFit Lacertus after my first week and I am coming up on my one year anniversary!  I have lost 10 pounds and numerous inches.  My clothes fit again and I love being stronger.  I look forward to going to CrossFit each day.  I have met so many great people at Lacertus and have learned so much about fitness and eating healthy.  I used to have to talk myself into going to the gym and since starting CrossFit, I can’t wait to get to Lacertus each day and challenge myself with the WOD.  The workouts change daily and you don’t get bored.  We have members who range from 16 year old high school athletes to 60 year old grandmothers.  Everyone is on their own fitness journey and encourages each other to be a better you.  I would highly recommend CrossFit Lacertus.  Come meet some of the best coaches and friends.  It’s fun, challenging, exciting and addicting!  I’m so thankful to my friend who encouraged me to try CrossFit and I love encouraging others to do the same. 

    Sandy Bralley

  • Sandy C.

    Sandy C.

    I’ve been working out at Crossfit Lacertus for almost a year, and I love it! For the first time in my life, I truly want to work out.  I’m not just doing it because I’ll feel good afterwards, or so I’ll get in shape, or training so that I can finish a marathon.  I’m 47 years old, and have been fairly active my whole life, but I’ve never been a gym rat.  I’ve always been intimidated by the weight room — I just never felt comfortable. But now my favorite part of the day is going to Crossfit Lacertus for a new challenge, and always a great workout.  Crossfit can be for almost anyone.  Everything we do is scalable.  This means that I can do the same WOD (workout of the day) as high school stand out athletes Dylan Rice and Raine Wilson…their weights are significantly heavier than mine, but we are doing the same thing.  Crossfitters are known for being inclusive and supportive of each other, and Lacertus is no exception.  I’ve made a lot of friends in the past year, and I love welcoming newbies.  We encourage each other and cheer each other on.  It’s a little crazy how much fun we have while working out hard.  My son came over his Christmas break, and he said it was the friendliest and most comfortable gym environment he has ever been in.  Even though our coaches push us to work hard, there is such a high level of respect and concern that we always want to work our hardest and our best.

    Sandy C.

  • Morgan


    Before beginning my CrossFit journey with Lacertus in December 2015 I was skeptical. I had heard previously (more times than one) that power lifts were not meant to be done “for time” or in high repetition.  I was scared of hurting myself. I had tried lots of different workouts in the past, but it all became very repetitive and boring. I could never stick to it. I was an athlete in high school, but had lost all of my stamina by the time I decided to get back into a gym.

    After just a couple of weeks I began to see improvement in my strength and endurance. The coaching staff wants nothing more than to see you improve and succeed. I now know that my initial perception of what CrossFit entailed was nothing but a stereotype, because proper form and safety is of the utmost importance at Lacertus. I look forward to seeing what the coaches have in store for us every day because they incorporate a lot of versatility in each WOD (workout of the day). They force me to work on my weaknesses in order to make me a better, multifaceted athlete.

    I highly recommend Lacertus to anyone who wants to step outside of their comfort zone and join a gym full of people that encourage you to be your best and push your limits every day.

    Morgan Lavender

  • Kathy


    My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t fit in, mostly because I thought I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone else and in trying to keep up, I would injure myself.

    Fortunately, that never happened. In fact, the complete opposite has happened. I’ve realized that this 42 year old pup can still learn new tricks. Though being pushed and challenged by Coach T and members is important, and I don’t think I’d continue to develop at Lacertus without it, I have also learned to trust my instincts and listen to my body as ultimately, I make the final decision and know when to  say enough is enough for the day. 

    My favorite part of Lacertus is the people. I’ve felt supported and encouraged by all members, youngest to oldest. And it’s exciting and motivating to watch myself and others set a new PR or achieve their goals. We also get in some good laughs!

    I recommend to anyone wanting to try Crossfit to give it time. Commit to 3x a week for at least 6 weeks before deciding whether or not to stick with it. There’s a wide range of exercises and techniques to learn. Some will be easy and some will seem impossible (ie, Double Unders…ugh!) Also, remember to avoid (or at least try to avoid) comparing yourself to others. One exercise may be difficult for you and easy for someone else, but the next exercise can be the opposite. 

    I still feel like a newbie at Lacertus, so I haven’t really set any official milestones yet, but I am enjoying it so much that I find it much easier to fit into my schedule than exercise in the past. In fact, I look forward to going and feel disappointed if something comes up and I can’t make it when I had planned to go. 

    Kathy Rhodes

  • Christie J.

    Christie J.

    What was your biggest fear before joining CrossFit Lacertus?  Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?

    I didn’t want to get “beefy” as a female lifting weights. After almost a year of CrossFit no beefiness resulted, but instead I’m strong in a feminine way. I get compliments all the time about muscle definition but never have I felt masculine. I was afraid of the barbell. I called the weight area of the gym the “man zone.” I’ve been too intimidated by the bro-fest in the gym that I never tried barbell workouts. Lacertus has given me the confidence to work with barbells without the judgement while I learn something new. 

    What, specifically, is your favorite part of your (CrossFit) Lacertus experience, and why?

     I always stressed before my workout trying to figure out what I was going to do that day. If I couldn’t figure out something different I would just do the same rotation that didn’t really feel like I was challenging myself. Every time I go to CFL there is a new challenging workout to always keep my muscles challenged and strengthened.

    If you were to recommend CrossFit Lacertus to your best friend, what would you say?

    CrossFit Lacertus will always be a great workout. You will be pushed to challenge yourself to be better. You will always have a support group of folks ready to cheer you on when you need it or to celebrate your victories. 

    What milestones and/or goals have you achieved since starting your CrossFit journey at Lacertus?

    NEVER in my life have I been able to do a pull up, I rocked the flex arm hang in school! I can now not just do 1 pull up but multiple and adding more each time! 


  • Matt G.

    Matt G.

    What was your biggest fear before joining CrossFit Lacertus?  Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?  

    Prior to starting at CrossFit Lacertus, I was very sedentary.  I worked out ~1 time per week, max, while working a typical “desk” job.  I was worried about starting from a “zero” level of fitness and jumping right into the intensity of a CrossFit workout schedule.  I huffed and puffed my way through the first few months, scaling almost every workout.  But I was never discouraged.  The coaches and other members at Lacertus are always encouraging, cheering for each other, and supporting you in getting better every day.  

    What, specifically, is your favorite part of your (CrossFit) Lacertus experience, and why?  

    I like that there is a coach for the class and the workout is different every day.  I am not a self-motivator at a typical gym, just going through the motions on the weights or treadmill, never making progress.  Working out in a class at CrossFit Lacertus is like having (semi) private personal trainer every day, pushing you to improve.

    If you were to recommend CrossFit Lacertus to your best friend, what would you say?  

    CrossFit helps you become a better you.  It is the ideal workout for me, and I think it can be for you, too!  It can work for any age, level of fitness, or fitness goal.  Weights, cardio levels, gymnastic/body weight movements, CrossFit touches them all.

    What milestones and/or goals have you achieved since starting your CrossFit journey at Lacertus?  

    I started from a very low fitness level.  In the past 9 months, I have gotten stronger and fitter.  I competed in the 2016 CrossFit Open.  I can now do multiple kipping pull ups in a row, squat over 300 lbs. and deadlift almost 400 lbs.  Up next, strict pull ups!!

    Matt G.

  • Stephen


    What was your biggest fear before joining CrossFit Lacertus?  Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?

    After the first class, I had the fear of never learning all those movements, but I found that, as with most things, the more you do it the better you get.  While I would say I am FAR from proficient, I definitely feel I have a working knowledge of most movements to truly enjoy and look forward to any workout.

    What, specifically, is your favorite part of your (CrossFit) Lacertus experience, and why?

    After years of just going to Gold’s and doing the same worn out routine, I now look forward to everyday’s workout.  The first thing I do every morning is check the WOD to see what that days has in store.  The monotony of the gym has disappeared.  Gone are the days I go to the gym just to cycle through the same exercises again and again.  Also, crossfit brings competition to your workout.  Not competition with others but with yourself.  Since you are fighting the clock or rushing to complete a workout, I find myself being pushed.  That is only good.  Your heart rate gets pushed, your psyche gets pushed, and ultimately your health gets pushed.  As far as competing with others, crossfit is the perfect competition where you are pushed by the efforts of others without feeling like you’re having to win or get judged by your performance.

    If you were to recommend CrossFit Lacertus to your best friend, what would you say?

    If you want to get healthy and not feel like your performing a chore, then Crossfit is for you.  Every day and every week is new and exciting.  The gym is a community that wants to see you succeed.

    What milestones and/or goals have you achieved since starting your CrossFit journey at Lacerates?

    I’ve gotten down to my college weight, feel energized athletically, and look forward to every workout.

    Stephen Mand