Hey Greg, sorry it's taken me too long to get back to you. i'm not great at writing anything motivational; crossfit works and the coaching at crossfit tally is top notch. CF Tally has come a long way since the days in the garage, i'm looking forward to some day making it back to check out the new place.
CF Tallahassee was my baptism by fire into the Crossfit world. Greg has remained one of the hardest pushing CF coaches I have worked with in my nearly 2 years of Crossfitting. Thanks! (I think)
All the things I found challenging and rewarding about doing CrossFit as a service member were sustained working out with Greg and all the great athletes at CrossFit Tallahassee. There aren’t many things that get me enthusiastic about getting out of bed at 5:15am, but challenging myself physically while training with great people provided that incentive. I look forward to training there and feel better for it. I would recommend it to people, regardless of ability level, who are willing to challenge themselves and make a commitment to greater fitness!
Shape-wise, because that’s always a big deal, I’m slimming down. Honestly, I look the best that I ever have. CrossFit involves a good balance of the three kinds of exercise (weights, cardio, gymnastics) so that I am trim but also toned, and anyone else can be too.
I had two months and counting until I would endure some of the most rigorous officer training in the military and realized I was not up to par physically. I decided to begin "Crossfitting" and wow what an improvement I made in two months of training. I made huge gains in my pull-ups and 3 mile time as well, which I didn't think was possible. I loved crossfit because I got a much better workout in 30 minutes than I was spending an hour at the gym. I would encourage people of any fitness level to try it out. Any workout can be modified to any type of athlete. No one is too strong or too weak to workout at Crossfit.
When I started training at CrossFit Tallahassee, I found a whole new part of CrossFit that I had not been exposed to. I learned it was not only strength and speed but also flexibility and balance. Also, being able to train with instructors like Greg and Teresa who are constantly trying to learn to make everyone improve really made it a good time. CrossFit Tallahassee brought me to a whole new level of fitness after a year of training at another CrossFit. I added to my strength and explosiveness along with adding a balance that I had never previously had. I can't forget that the gym was also one of the best looking CrossFit's that I have been lucky enough to train at.
Crossfit Tally has been the single most beneficial workout I have ever experienced. Greg and Teresa really do a great job off the bat letting you know what crossfit is all about and what we can expect to get out of joining their gym. They are very confident that they system they have works, and after training with them for a while, I have no reason to believe otherwise. The whole reason I decided to give it a try is because I needed something to get me ready for The Basic School with the Marine Corps. A year of being apart from the Marines while finishing college was not good for me physically
Cftally was the best thing that ever happened to me! The trainers are awesome and the people are fantastic. It is like a family. I got in such great shape...my mile went from a 9 to a 7:30 in a matter of 6 months! And everything improved! CFTally is absolutely the way to go!
Crossfit... What can I say? Crossfit is a love hate relationship. The thought of going to CFTally scares me, however, the result when I leave is a reward that I can not explain. The long term goal outweighs the pain, pushing, and the inevitable WOD. Crossfit by far is the most amazing way to get strong, fit and become one of the ELITE. I highly recommend CFTally for anyone that is looking for a fun way to get in shape and to be pushed to do so...
I had heard about CrossFit but had always thought it was too intense for me and that I would never be able to do a CrossFit workout. After a month of debate, I decided to give CrossFit Tallahassee a try and have been hooked ever since. Greg and Teresa have always made you feel welcome. For everyone that has been to other CrossFit gyms, you will be very surprised at what CrossFit Tallahassee has to offer.
I could go on and on about the all the advantages that are offered at Crossfit Tallahassee but I will end by simply saying if you have the chance to workout there you are very lucky and if you are a crossfitter and are passing through Tallahassee and want you butt kicked in one of the best Crossfit gyms around, but be warned you might look at your box in a completely different light.
NEVER have I been a part of such a great overall fitness program. As a personal trainer and life long athlete, I thought I had experienced just about everything a fitness program had to offer. Man was I wrong. From the beginning, Greg and Teresa were more than helpful (and honest) in teaching me the in and outs of the program. From the right way to do each exercise, to the science behind the program. With their help, I was able to push myself to a fitness level I never thought I could achieve.
New York City
That's the one thing that I appreciated most about my experience at Crossfit Tallahassee; the expertise that Greg and Theresa shared with me. It's one thing to run a gym, it's an another to tape athletes, coach form, and talk about anything fitness for hours on end. I remember one day I showed up for a WOD and I had misread the schedule and showed up about an hour early. Greg was at the box and we spoke about Trigger Points, Myofascial release, programming, and a slew of other Crossfit related topics for the full hour and then some. It's experiences like that which are non-existent at larger, conventional gyms.
U.S. Air Force
I found Crossfit Tallahassee through the affiliate website and contacted Greg about joining his garage gym. I expressed some concerns about changing gyms because of the personal attention and dedication the bootcamp instructors gave to their clients and Greg assured me that he would strive to have his clients say the same about him. I have to say that have not regretted changing gyms and Greg has held true to his promise. Greg and his wife Teresa are truly dedicated to their clients and their health and fitness success.
On the edge of desperate to feel better, be healthier and once again have quality of life I was being told too many times, "you are over 40, just accept the weight gain and fatigue". That was it! I was referred to Crossfit by a longtime friend, half my age. I had never heard of Crossfit so I went right to the website, checked it out and immediately told her she was nuts, all the people there are young and really fit! Here's the great part, as hard as that first step into the gym was, it was THE hardest thing yet in Crossfit! Through baby steps and a great bit of scaling the movements, I am a new person inside and out. Leaner, stronger and faster-mentally and physically- and so empowered by my accomplishments. Maybe it's completing a workout, scaled to my level or the goals I have set that took minutes, months or even the past year I have been committed to CFTally.
As a law enforcement officer being in shape to battle crime and criminals is the key to a successful career and maybe even life or death. After doing the local gym scene and boxing a couple years my fitness level went down. I ballooned up 218 lbs by not exercising and eating incorrectly. One night in early January 2009 I was on the internet researching crossfit. Little did I know that there was an affiliate in Tallahassee! So I hooked up with this guy named Greg Keeter who I affectionately call Coach and the rest is history.
I joined Crossfit Tallahassee last April. Greg and Teresa brought something out of me that I didn't know I had, endurance and strength. They pushed me really hard in all of the exercises and taught me how to keep going when I didn't feel like I had anything left to give, through many exercises of weight lifting, running, box jumping, jump rope, and pull ups, they were always by my side coaching me every step of the way. They also taught me a lot about technique, posture, and healthy eating. Teresa and Greg were great coaches and mentors as well as the other athletes in the class!
Gulf Breeze, FL
Crossfit is addicting and the family of Crossfit Tallahassee is amazing. At Crossfit Tallahassee, you will develop into an elite athlete, and while doing that you will also discover a mental strength that could not very likely--NOT be developed at any other gym.
Greg and Teresa are phenomenal and truly care about their clients’ individual needs. They are ALWAYS available and are very knowledgeable with everything CrossFit has to offer. The environment they have built at their gym compares to no other and not only will you get the best workout but you will also make great relationships with the CrossFit family. I truly enjoyed my experience with CFTally and greatly appreciate Greg and Teresa for going above and beyond any other gym would for me!
Crossfit has not only helped my looks but helped me mentally become stronger. One of their catch phrases "Your workout is our warm up" is no joke and has made me realize I can and will achieve things I once thought were out of my grasp. I highly recommend Crossfit Tallahassee to everyone and as soon as I get back into town, I'll be back in that beautiful, hot and sweaty warehouse. 🙂
I have always been an active person who works out about five times a week. I recently started getting bored of the gym and I was at a plateau, I wasn't getting any leaner or stronger. I heard about CF Tallahassee and decided to try it out. I started in Feb and fell in love with it. All the coaches are very motivating and they know their stuff!! Since I started crossfit three months ago I have already seen a lot of improvements in my workouts and I am getting stronger! I only left CF tally because I moved back home but I will be continuing crossfitting at home. It was a pleasure training with all the coaches in CF Tally, I learned a lot!
Crossfit is not your typical gym setting. When I heard about Crossfit Tally from a few people it immediately sparked an interest. After my first visit they had me hooked. Dedicated and motivational coaches that push you through an already planned workout every day, is exactly what I was looking for. The great part is that any person at any physical level can join. Workouts are scaled to your capabilities and you can watch yourself grow.
After arriving back in Tallahassee, I began to research the CrossFit gyms in Tallahassee. After viewing pictures of the colorful and clean gym of CrossFit Tally, I knew it was the place for me. I was right. Since joining CrossFit Tallahassee, I had a tremendous increase in my physical fitness test. I went from a 257 to a 297 (highest score is 300) this past school year (my best score since I became a cadet in 2007) and I am in the best shape of my life. The trainers were very helpful and motivational.
Crossfit at CFTally is the by far one of the best things that has ever happen to me. Besides the obvious physical components crossfit is beneficial in strengthening your mind as well. Personally, crossfit has helped me to break down some of the mental barriers that I have consciously and subconsciously built up in my life. And the beauty of crossfit is anyone can do it. If I could do it, you can do it!
I have always been envious of people that had the motivation to go to the gym consistently. I am not a “gym person” and never will be. Then in the spring of 2010 I heard about CFTally from my friend Ashleigh who wanted me to try it with her. I was 2 months away from going on a cruise & started CF for fun, thinking I would just tone up for the cruise & later forget about it. Well it turned out that we both became addicts in less than a week. CFTally is not just any gym, it becomes a part of your life, like brushing your teeth every day. So if you’re not a “gym person” but would like to become more physically active, I always tell people, “give it a week & you will be hooked”! 🙂
I am not an elite athlete, and it's unlikely that I will ever be one. However, I'm a better athlete than I was 6 months ago when I started at CFTally, and I plan to be a better athlete 6 months from now.....and thereafter. So why does a person with seemingly modest fitness aspirations join Crossfit? The answer is because I want to manage aging as proactively as possible, and at 52, I only need to prove it to myself that I can. And if I can do Crossfit, lots of other people can too
CrossFit and CFTally will make you the athlete that you wish to be, and make you the athlete that you never knew you could be no matter where you view yourself right now.
If you have any reservations about joining, still, because of money or time or whatever, don't let that stop you. I had a million reasons not to start Crossfit and now I can honestly say that I can't put a price on what I have gained from it: a new body, friendships, healthier eating habits, more energy, confidence, and so much more. If you want it, come and get it.
Since I joined CFTally, I am stronger, faster, healthier and happier! CrossFit is about pushing yourself to be the healthiest, strongest and best person you can be. It has taught me that you CAN do anything if you really want to. Anyone can do it and everyone should do it!!!! CFTally is a great, friendly atmosphere with all the tools you need to be a successful CrossFitter! Just be aware, it’s ADDICTIVE!
I moved to Tallahassee and immediately joined CFTally. The foundations class showed me that while I was in decent physical shape, but I had a lot of room for improvement, especially in the flexibility and cardio-respiratory department. But I persisted. I knew this was what I wanted. One day in November of 2011, the WOD was one I had last completed in August of 2010. I hacked nearly 10 minutes off my previous time. Today, I feel improvement in all 10 areas of fitness, and can truthfully say that I finally feel like an athlete.
Every time you walk into the gym someone is there to greet you with a hello and a smile. Crossfit Tally became a place of acceptance even if you aren’t the most elite athlete. I learned that I could overcome my limits by setting goals, competing with myself, and showing great improvement just after 6 weeks.
The few months I had at CFTally were some of the best times I have had in a gym. You learn that you can do things that you never imagined yourself doing. If you are having trouble with your form or don’t understand a movement there is always a trainer that is more than happy to help. When you think you don’t have anything left in the tank somebody will be around to push you to dig deeper and keep trying. It’s like a family.
The just under two years I spent at CrossFit Tally were, hands down, the most fun I've had working out. The Keeters' gym has it all: an outstanding facility, comprehensive trainers, and challenging workouts. It's been tough readjusting to a "normal" gym routine and I truly miss the friends I bonded with over intense WODs. If I'm ever back in Tally, you can bet I'll stop by to gauge my Fran time.
I am going to miss the people at CF Tally more than I can even put into words; I have definitely made lifelong friends. Everyone is there for the same reason, and the support is unbelievable. There’s tough love when you need it, and nothing but encouragement every step of the way. Greg and Teresa are awesome owners who truly care about their athletes, and only want the best for us. With so many time slots available throughout the day, they make it impossible for you to make an excuse (and they get on your case if you start slacking!)
Before working out at CF Tally, I used to dread working out. After joining CF Tally, working out was easily the favorite part of my day. Not only did CrossFit make working out fun and interesting, but it was a time where I could be amongst friends. Because becoming healthier is a common goal for everyone, it brought everyone together and helped us push and encourage each other. I made several friends at CF Tally. The individuals who work out there are honestly some of the most fun, positive people I have met.
It's been a year and a half since I started at CFTally, and I can nearly guarantee that I'm going to keep doing this for the rest of my life. I'm always seeing consistent improvements in my physical fitness, and I'm always being challenged. As a law student, every day was a grind. But no matter how busy you are, EVERYONE can always set aside an hour per day for a great workout. CFTally definitely made law school easier for me, and I know it will make my career easier as well. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, which eventually leads to a healthy life, no matter what line of work or school you're in. I trusted Greg and so should you!
Thanks for providing a great service and experience at CFTally. I truly enjoyed the environment and atmosphere. As I mentioned on a few occasions I have had the opportunity to travel around to more than a few CF locations and with rare exception each box made me appreciate CFTally more. I know I am in much better shape/fitness thanks to my time at CFTally and look forward to continuing my Crossfit journey with the foundation you and your gym has so ably laid.
A decision I will never forget… I had been looking for a something new here in Tallahassee because I was sick of the standard gyms. I had no motivation to go anymore and I needed something different, something that was challenging. I came into CrossFit Tallahassee to get a feel for the place and have not left since. If you are even considering CrossFit, come in check the place out and I put money on it that you will not go anywhere else. Greg runs a great gym!
After being a member at CFTally for eight and a half months, it became one of the hardest places to say goodbye to when I was about to move. Having completed my first competition, a nutrition challenge, and truly feeling like I was a part of this incredible family, I was heartbroken to leave. Going to the daily WODs was pretty much the highlight of my day and even if I was in a horrible mood going to the gym after an 8 hour work day, I almost inevitably left the gym in a fantastic mood- and normally pretty exhausted, though in a great way.
CrossFit has truly made me a better person! I am stronger both mentally and physically. Although working out is hard, I enjoyed every moment of it at CFTally.
9 months ago today I joined CrossFit Tallahassee. Becoming a member of this community has been more than I could have imagined and I am thankful for all the friends I have made.
Danny and I have reached our 3 year anniversary with CrossFit Tallahassee today! We love you all and couldn't be happier with our awesome community of friends.
Danny & Nicole B.
Overall after my approximate ~2 years at CFTally, I can definitely say it was a defining move, lifestyle-wise, and made a huge impact, indirectly, on my college career.
Before I started crossfit I had been going to the gym for 2 years. At the gym I just worked out the same muscles all the time and the routine got boring. I decided to start doing crossfit and chose CF Tally. I have to say it was a whole different world of working out. I had never done Olympic weightlifting before and never done some of the exercises we were doing but my coach was very good at watching and helping me do the movements correctly.
Every day at CrossFit I would walk into the box, and after the WOD I would crawl out weary and worn, but I had always achieved something personal, proved myself physically, and grown stronger emotionally.
I had preconceived notions about what CrossFit was like before I joined; I envisioned really fit and muscular people who were really good at everything, stuck up and exclusive; I imagined I would never fit in, but with prodding from a few friends, I decided to try it out. This idea I had in my head of what it would be like was totally blown out of the water at Tallahassee CrossFit. In fact, it was pretty much the opposite. From the members to the trainers, everyone I encountered was very inclusive, very friendly and genuine, extremely encouraging and supportive. From the experience I’ve had at CrossFit Tallahassee, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, no matter where life takes me, I will ALWAYS crossfit.
It’s been almost 10 months since I left CFTally, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately. We often hear about exercise as “an investment in your health” and think it’s a BS marketing slogan to get money, but I don’t think it is. Fitness is, in many ways like a savings account that you work for, sacrifice for and earn with sweat, blood and sometimes tears. But once you have it, it’s there for you to use in an emergency.
I joined Crossfit Tally in the Fall of 2011 and continued to do it for two continuous years while finishing my Bachelors at Florida State. When I looked into crossfit it looked like something fun and challenging. My first workout was an emom of handstand push ups at 6 in the morning. I excelled and was immediately hooked, however, never returning for a 6 am class because that was crazy early.
Crossfit Tallahassee was my first box. I had heard great things about it from my wife and finally decided to make the jump. When I started I was obviously weak and in need of significant guidance when it comes to the technical moves of Olympic lifting. My weakness didn't matter, the trainers immediately treated me like I was part of the family. Weights and movements were modified to fit my skill level. I was impressed with how much the trainers knew and how good they were at teaching me and others.
Crossfit has absolutely changed my life. It's the barbell, the iron and the micro PRs everyday that have made me stronger physically, but most importantly mentally and helps me get through everyday. I'm playing the long game.
With people of all fitness levels and trainers really looking to help the members improve, CrossFit at CFTally was not the scary experience I first imagined. CrossFit at CFTally was the beginning of a new lifestyle for me and encouraged me to continue wherever I go.
Over the past year that I have been at CFTally, I felt like I have found a second home. For me, CFTally is somewhere to go to forget about stress from school. Over the past year, I have met some pretty awesome people at CFTally. Even though I am in my junior year here at FSU, when I do graduate and move away from Tallahassee I know it is going to be difficult to find a box that measures up to CFTally.
I joined Tallahassee Crossfit January of 2013. I had been trying to do so for months, but was too scared to make the leap. I'm so glad I did! Before joining crossfit, I was a regular runner. I thought I was in good shape. Crossfit allowed me to learn so many new things, such as Olympic lifts. All the trainers are great, and are more than willing to work with a beginner like me.
To say that CrossFit Tallahassee changed my life is a gross understatement. I joined CFT in June 2012 and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had been an athlete my whole life but recent changes in my lifestyle – moved to a town I knew no one, new job accountabilities and ending a relationship – lead me to a very dark place. It was the first time I felt completely alone and depressed. he day I walked through the doors of CrossFit Tallahassee was the last time I felt completely alone and depressed. I was welcomed with open arms, encouraged to be better by complete strangers and pushed to what I thought was my absolute limit.
I began my CrossFit experience at CFTally at the end of September of this year, and it has been one of the most strenuous, but exciting challenges I have embarked on. I'm a second year medical student at FSU and beginning CrossFit with a friend was an intimidating and daunting decision. I had never weight lifted before or even done any sort of organized, class based workout--other than a few sessions of yoga!
Crossfit has changed my life and I have to thank my first and former Crossfit gym for it – CrossFit Tallahassee. I remember when I first joined Crossfit I was way too concerned with getting abs – I didn’t want them! I loved every WOD but did my best to avoid any work out involving sit ups. At the time I didn’t believe that they were sexy in women, however, I have had a change of heart and now I am obsessed with them. I trained at CFTally for almost a year. Unfortunately, I had to leave this amazing group of athletes because I moved back to my hometown. Joining CFTally kept me sane, healthy and feeling very alive
Crossfit was something I heard a lot about from most my friends back home in Miami. With my wedding coming up in 2013 I knew I needed to get my butt in shape, this is where Crossfit came in. I was excited to try it out and see what my body could still do or not do. I was over the gym and working out on my own. I was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years and knew I needed the same training and push that I had back then. I missed working out with a team of people and feeling the support. When I started at Crossfit Tallahassee I of course was nervous about where my level of strength was going to be, it didn't matter.
Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the best Crossfit gym in Tallahassee, guaranteed you won't be disappointed!
If you are hesitant because of your fitness level, look at me! I didn’t work out a day in my life and now I cannot stop! If you are hesitant because of your budget, as a student, I understand the struggle. I can’t speak for other boxes, but CrossFit Tallahassee has great student rates, discounts, and multiple other options that will work for you. Lastly, if you are hesitant because you don’t think you can, the word “can’t” is not allowed in CrossFit Tallahassee (literally, you will get a burpee penalty), so you’ll quickly learn that you can do anything you set your mind to, just like I did.
Sooo…to be perfectly honest, I was “anti-crossfit” before I started at Crossfit Tallahassee. However, recently moving up to Tallahassee from South Florida, I decided to embark on a new adventure and try different things. On January 5th, 2015, I signed up with Crossfit Tallahassee and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I have been constantly pushed out of my comfort zone; it’s kind of a love/hate relationship ☺. Even though I was unfamiliar with most of the movements and lifting techniques, the coaches and members were so supportive and encouraging.
I started Crossfit with Tallahassee Crossfit this January because I was bored with my normal workout routine. I was running races every couple of months including half marathons around Florida. Although I was in pretty good cardiovascular shape, I needed a change in my workout. My muscle mass was low, I could barely do a pushup and had trouble picking up my own groceries. I knew I needed a change. When I initially thought of Crossfit as an option, I immediately dismissed the thought. I heard that it was bad for your body and that you become a “bulky” looking woman instead of looking fit and healthy. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I joined CrossFit Tallahassee in August 2013. Prior to that time, I did not have much experience lifting weights and had simply tried to stick to running. However, because of the demands of law school, I had abandoned running as well. I knew I needed to make a change, so I decided to join CFTally before starting my third year of law school...As I leave Tallahassee behind and move to Tampa, I am worried about what my CrossFit future holds. I have been so blessed and spoiled at CFTally that nothing will ever surpass or probably even come close to it.
My goal was to increase my strength in lifting, which I knew would make me look better for spring break, but I never fully realized my potential until last September joining CrossFit Tallahassee. Instantly, I felt welcomed and at home, and I quickly became comfortable with everyone. The environment we created at Tally made the pain of working out enjoyable, because you know that everyone was in the same boat suffering along with you. Nothing motivates me more than seeing the level of competition our community of athletes participates at, not only with each other, but also more importantly with themselves.
When thinking about joining Crossfit, I had a lot of the stereotypical normal concerns that a lot of people may have. I kept thinking, " I am not in shape enough to lift all of that weight" "there's no way I can do those crazy movements" or, " I don't want to get bulky muscles." I am here today to break that stereotype because of my time spent at Crossfit tallahassee. Every time I step foot into the gym, I am constantly supported, pushed to do my best, and believe it or not, to have fun. CFTally is something that has changed not just my fitness life, but my overall life in general. Because of CFTally, I feel better day to day, I have a support group of friends, a family that pushes me to succeed beyond the gym, and a home that I get to come to after a long day.
When I joined Crossfit Tallahassee a couple of years ago, I was just starting medical school. It was my first introduction to Crossfit, and I didn’t necessarily have the time, energy, or money to get involved with it. Yet, I knew if I didn’t do something different in my daily routine by the end of med school I’d feel old, overweight, and sick. So I decided to see this program as a major investment in my health. I made the appropriate adjustments to both my schedule and my budget, and I have been paid back a million times over.
I originally started CF to increase my endurance and upper body strength for a Tough Mudder after friends talked me into joining their team. I felt very well-prepared for that race, and it never occurred to me to stop training afterwards. I am completely surprised and pleased by the physical and mental changes that I have experienced in the short time that I have been a member. CFTally is part of my life now, and I have already started the process to join another box in my new neighborhood. I am officially hooked thanks to you! My one suggestion would be more gatherings at Tally. The older crowd likes to party, too!!
I know CrossFit gets a lot of crap from other people saying that we brag about it too much, but that’s because they have no idea how addictive it is, seeing yourself improve and become stronger with every passing week. So, instead of going twice a week I started going four times a week, until finally I started going six times a week and found myself waking up early Saturday mornings just to get one good workout in early in the morning before I started my day.
I started "participating" in crossfit last October. It wasn't until April that I really bought into it. The first few months I was in survival mode and just trying to keep up the courage to attend classes. I can honestly say that I have never felt better and I know crossfit is a huge part of that. I absolutely enjoy the atmosphere at Crossfit Tallahassee. The workouts are accessible to anyone no matter the level of fitness.
Starting out I thought I was in decent shape, but I soon realized that was not the case. I fell in love with everything Crossfit entailed. I cleaned up my diet, fixed my sleeping habits, put an emphasis on mobility and learning proper technique, and constantly asked for advice and tips. These changes helped by transform my body into one I always hoped for.
The only regret I have about my time at CrossFit Tallahassee is that I didn’t start sooner. Around March 2015 I finally decided that I’d had enough with just running in circles (literally) trying to maintain mediocrity when it came to fitness. I’ve grown up in all types of athletics, from swimming, to team sports, and some weight lifting as well. But more than actually playing any of these sports, I love being coached.
It might come as a surprise when I say that I joined crossfit three months ago with the main intent of maintaining my sanity. I came back to Tallahassee this summer to study for a graduate school entrance exam, and thus joined CrossFit Tallahassee in hopes of finding a community of people with whom I could de-stress as well as share a common passion for fitness. Yet, to say that these past months have given me exactly that is almost a crude understatement. What I have gained these past three months has been so much more than just a supportive community in fitness; I have gained confidence, character, drive and inspiration. I have learned to push myself harder than I ever considered myself physically capable, to trust myself, and to feel fear but do it anyway. Most importantly however, I have learned to love competition, because it drives me to accomplish more than I ever would if I pushed myself alone.
I moved to Tallahassee for a one-year job, and I can say in all honesty that Crossfit Tallahassee has challenged me every day since I joined in November.
I began my journey at CrossFit Tallahassee over three years ago. In the beginning I would attend a few times a week and honestly, I didn't try very hard. Even then, I still noticed slight improvements and realized that I was slowly making progress (goodbye banded pull-ups and hello double unders). I eventually made a commitment to myself to attend as often as I could (even with my crazy, and sometimes unpredictable work schedule). CrossFit has now become my favorite part of the day.
I joined CFTally in May 2013 and was a member for 2 years and only left because I moved away to a new city. At the time I was 46 years old, so yes, Crossfit truly is for everyone! I first heard about CF the usual way, from someone who had tried it. Their assessment of CF: "Damn, that's hard but fun!" That was in 2010 and I basically forgot about it. Fast forward to 2013 when I finally decided to join. Of the various CrossFit options available in Tallahassee, CrossFit Tallahassee was the obvious choice for me because of all the consistently positive feedback I received when I was asking around about which box I should join.
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.
CrossFit Tallahassee became home. Progression and PRs began to correlate directly from consistency and healthy competition. Friends turn into family, trainers begin to know you better than you know yourself, and you are amazed on a daily basis of what your body can handle.
CrossFit Tallahassee quickly became a second home to me. I loved the atmosphere, the friendships and how strong I felt. In two years, I went from being unable to do a pull-up to easily doing chest to bars and with a lot of practice I achieved my ultimate goal of muscle-ups! Through every work-out there are always others cheering you on and I truly felt I could talk to anybody which isn’t something I’ve ever really experienced. The community is incredible and the WOD is never over until the last person finishes. It was never about being the first one done, lifting the heaviest or running the fastest…rather it was about each person doing the best they can and improving themselves.
For my last semester of college I was looking for one last new thing to try. An ad for CrossFit came up on my Instagram one day in January and I thought to myself "why not?" So I gave Crossfit Tallahassee a call and Coach Greg set me up immediately with their app which allows athletes to track and analyze their stats. A few days later I sat through the intro to CrossFit class and that is where I realized that Crossfit was perfect for me. CrossFit is about fitness, not aesthetics (even though aesthetics do come). After working with the trainer Coach Greg for roughly four months, I lost 20lbs and gained a tremendous amount of self confidence.
Crossfit isn’t the easiest but if it was would it really be worth it? You’ll learn how to be the best you. You’ll learn how to be better than the best you that you were yesterday. You’ll look back as I did and realize this new hobby has become something bigger than you expected. It’s become a lifestyle, a family, a home, and positive support.
Port St Lucie
Crossfit seemed like something I could never do because of my health challenges. I did not realize that each workout is scaled to your individual fitness level. When Coach Greg told me that, I decided to give it a try because that is exactly what I needed! Receiving personalized training in a group setting has been so inspiring as I watch all the various fitness levels around me. And I Love the fact that there is a different workout (WOD) each day! It never gets boring and it is Always Challenging! In less than a year of attending Crossfit Tallahassee, I have greatly increased my muscle strength and tone.
Why do I love it? CrossFit Tallahassee puts all the things I’ve done before together and then some!!! CFTally met me at my level; there’s scaling if needed for every movement. The workouts are always varied and scores are recorded. On top of that, it’s like having a personal trainer at every workout. Coach Greg helps to keep my form in check, motivates me to be better (although during the workout I really don’t want to hear it J), and provides nutritional guidance from time to time. The most amazing part about CFTally is the challenge for growth and the reward of each new accomplishment or personal record that I hit. CrossFit Tallahassee is a game changer!
From the outside crossfit seems like it is just nonstop lifting ridiculously heavy weight, constant yelling by super young and super fit athletes. As a new insider, I can attest that CFTally is a game changer. At CrossFit Tallahassee I’ve found a community that very much became like family, all at different levels of fitness and ages. It is a family that sweats together, pushes each other to get better, and get stronger. Please tell me which gym you find that.
Coaching here is excellent! Personal care & attention is given to each athlete & workouts are customized so that everyone, no matter their skills and abilities, gets a fantastic workout each & every time. Just keep showing up and CF Tally will take care of the rest—Love it!
I wandered into CFTally 13 months ago, having barely hit a gym in 5 years. At first, I had just hoped to put some weight on the bar. Then I was hitting the women’s weights, now I’m getting close to hitting the prescribed weight on most workouts. It’s been hard work, but worth every second!
I'm incredibly stronger now and more pleased with how my body looks and functions. The workouts and camaraderie help me think more clearly, energize me throughout the day, and help me balance my mood.
My greatest achievement has been on the inside. Learning to conquer feelings of indequacy and fear has fuelled great perseverance! Trusting my Coaches and their vision, and hanging on cheers from my peers, have kept me fighting for that last rep! And now it shows on the outside!
Every day I feel challenged and every day I feel accomplished. I love how you can scale the workouts to fit your level and how supportive everybody is. I haven’t miss a day since I started and I’m excited to see how much better I get 💪
Coach Greg and Teresa give clear and easy to follow instructions and I see significant improvement in my form and overall athletic ability. My coaches push me to succeed and have helped me realize I am much stronger than I thought!
As a husband and father of 2 little girls, I need A LOT of energy. The 6am class with Coach Greg and the rest of the early morning crew is where I find it. It's always an upbeat atmosphere and every time I leave the gym (or box), I'm glad I showed up.
CrossFit makes you a better human being. Spend your money and time where you are going to get the most value, and be valued as a member. I am so grateful I have had CFTally and its members in my life for so long. 8 years!
Crossfit Tally feels more family than a regular gym to be. And Coach Greg always takes the time to scale to what I need and what I can handle in every workout while still encouraging me to do more
After almost four years of membership at CrossFit Tallahassee, I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without it. When I started I weighed 275 lbs. and couldn’t run more than a quarter mile, now I'm down 40 pounds and just ran the Tallahassee marathon!
“I can’t do Crossfit. There’s, like, NO way.” At least that’s what I had always told myself...but it’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Greg told me about the foundation classes and how I could ease my way into working out by scaling workouts and getting help from the coaches. From the first day I went to foundations I was hooked. It was the perfect fit for me, because of my hectic schedule.
What I love about CFTally is the variety of programming (no two days are the same), seeing my progress in numbers (did I challenge myself enough to improve?), and the camaraderie of similarly-minded athletes (it still impresses me that I am considered an “athlete”).