/var/www/html/wp-content/themes/Divi/single.php Carden Lanpher | CrossFit Tallahassee

First I want to apologize for my untimeliness of this review… I’ve been putting it off for a while. My justification is that I don’t want to relive the days of leaving CFT!!! No excuses, I know Greg…

Ok but seriously, let’s take a little trip back in time…I have a background in competitive tumbling that ended in 2005, when I was 15, after I blew out my knee. I got certified to teach yoga in 2011 and have been teaching/practicing ever since. I would have considered myself very active and in good shape. Other than yoga, recreational volleyball and the occasional golds gym trip, I wasn’t doing anything too exciting in terms of exercise. Nothing was pushing me to get better or stronger or get outside my comfort zone and I was always worried about re injuring my knee. Then I heard of Crossfit. It started when I saw a video of a friend doing some strange lift called a “snatch” – something I’d never heard of and it looked terrifying, so naturally I was intrigued.

I joined CFT a few months later in May of 2013. I’ll spare you from the detail of all the PRs and improvements – because everyone knows you turn into a superhero once you start Crossfit (Right?). The best part, my knees stopped hurting as I gained strength and body awareness! 

The real reason for this review is to highlight the experience I had during my ~3.5 years at Crossfit Tallahassee. It was life changing to say the least. Not only physically but mentally. I learned to take myself to a different level and push through things I never thought i could. I am stronger in every way because of it. You have no idea what you’re capable of, trust me.

The other side of the coin is the community. CFT is not lacking in the amazing people you will meet. I’ve made lifelong friends that are from every walk of life, and we’ve all come together because we are passionate about health and fitness. From the second you walk in the door you are family. There is not one person – new member, old member or coach – who is not approachable and willing to help. The support you get from the people are CFT is undeniably immaculate.

People may call it a cult or they make fun of the movements or say you’re going to injure yourself, but in reality you will feel better and look better than you ever have before, and as long as you listen to your body (that’s the yogi in me talking) and listen to your trainers (I think the saying is “check your ego”) you will be happier and healthier than ever!! And not to mention you learn some pretty bad ass tricks and the sweet facility doesn’t hurt!

I’m truly honored to have been a part of the CFT family and to have the privilege of teaching yoga for the gym and it’s amazing athletes!

As I transition to a new career in Charlotte, NC and new a Crossfit gym, I will never forget the journey that got me where I am today. I have Crossfit Tallahassee to thank for a big part of that!

Love you all and miss you all!!!