“” I determined that CrossFit was dangerous “”

Ever notice how quick we are to criticize things we don’t really understand?

That was me. I’ve been a physical therapist for 17 years. Translation – I spend a lot of time with injured people. My exposure to CrossFit during that time was a handful of patients and a co-worker with chronic Achilles tendinitis due to overuse. From that, I determined that CrossFit was dangerous and readily shared my opinion with other people.

Last winter I decided that if I’m going to be so vocally against something, I should make sure I had my facts straight. On a whim, I emailed CrossFit Bezel and made an appointment for an info meeting.

I went to my appointment and was greeted by an enthusiastic, way-too-happy-for-that-time-of-day coach named Taylor. He gave me a tour and we sat down to chat. I told him exactly why I was there. I told him I had serious concerns about what I’d heard about CrossFit. He responded “Ok, great! Let’s talk about it!” (I’m thinking, “is he seriously happy about this?” Most people would be defensive by now.) So, we did. I told him my co-worker constantly had Achilles tendinitis from box jumps. Taylor suggested that he was probably jumping off the box – something they don’t do at CrossFit Bezel. My brain said “Hmm…repeatedly jumping off a box is a lot of eccentric loading….that could totally cause tendinitis.” Our conversation continued with me voicing each concern and this young man (ok, maybe I’m just old) patiently giving me logical, biomechanically sound answers.

The meeting ended with me signing up for Elements – individual training sessions to learn fundamental movements with good form. I practiced barbell exercises with a PVC pipe (yet another testimony to sound training practices). I then “graduated” to regular classes. I literally cried when Taylor gave me the news. I was scared to death. But the experience has been amazing! Early on, the coaches scaled my reps until I was fit enough to complete the day’s workout. Other members encouraged me and cheered for me with every new accomplishment.

CrossFit Bezel is unlike any other workout environment I’ve been in. People from all different walks of life are doing the same workout at the same time, modified to their current ability level. There’s competition in the air, but everyone’s competing with themselves – not their neighbor. In the past 6 months I’ve been upside down, carried 106# in kettlebells for half a mile and started doing pullups with the help of some big fat rubber bands. All things I couldn’t do when I started. I can’t wait to see what I accomplish in the next 6 months!



Written by CrossFit Bezel member Aubrey Bailey


This was originally written on 6/2/2017.

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“” My mind started to feel different. “”

“It is well with me”

Last year when I turned 40, I had this phrase tattooed on my wrist. I’ve struggled with depression my entire adult life. Not the “I’m feeling a little sad today” type but the “my kids and husband would be better off without me” type. Added to that were obsessive thoughts and anxiety.

On my 30th birthday, I almost attempted to end my life by driving into a cement barrier on a major highway in New York. Through divine intervention, I made it home and finally sought medical treatment. Through a combination of medicine, counseling and exercise, I learned to live effectively despite my depression.

Running was always my exercise of choice. However, in order to continually make progress, I found that my runs had to get longer and longer. In 2014 I ran the Richmond marathon. During the training process, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and a lung disease. During the actual race, I developed a stress fracture in my foot.

My cardiologist and pulmonologist both advised me to find a different form of exercise. I joined the gym next to my job and an awesome personal trainer introduced me to heavy weightlifting. Although I enjoyed the workouts, I found it all too easy to find excuses not to go. Eventually I stopped going altogether.

I came across CrossFit Bezel 6 months ago. The short but intense workouts help me build strength and condition my heart and lungs, without overtaxing them. In the past 6 months I have made significant progress – not only during the workouts, but also in my daily activities.

Although I joined CrossFit Bezel to improve my physical body, I started to notice something else. My mind started to feel different. When I finish a workout, I get a strong feeling of accomplishment, peace and renewed mental energy. I discussed this with my doctor who suggested a trial period without one of my medications. (Three prior attempts to wean from this particular drug lead to the return of suicidal thoughts). This time it worked.

I expected to have physical benefits from CrossFit. In fact, I’m no longer pre-diabetic and my body is changing as I build muscle. What I didn’t expect was CrossFit to have such a huge impact on my mental health. Exercise is one component. But the love and support I get from the coaches and other members at CrossFit Bezel is what made the biggest impact.

Written by CrossFit Bezel member Aubrey Bailey


This was originally written on 6/2/2017.

Be on the lookout for Aubrey's update on her most recent 6 months here at CrossFit Bezel.


Interested in how you can get started with us and become a member of the family?

Just click on THIS LINK and read what steps to take.  OR just CONTACT US and we'll walk you through on the phone, in person or via email.

Don't wait to start your new fitness journey. Let us help you today.

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A Safe Place

Whenever tragedy strikes, people have different ways to cope with it.  Whether it’s the bottle or drowning yourself in ice cream and sad movies…people deal with sad things differently.  It is a scientific fact that exercise is a type of medicine to help with depression, anxiety, stress and other things people may take actual medication for.  I think this should be people’s number one go-to …but that’s just me.

This weekend, tragedy struck my family when my grandmother passed away unexpectedly.  I have a very small family compared to most, so when the core of the group is no longer around, it hits everyone like a 2x4…and even more so if you actually knew her.

On any normal day, if I had hardly eaten anything or barely got 3 hours of sleep, I would cross the gym off of my list of things to do that day.  Instantly.  I know what it takes to perform well in the gym, and nutrition and sleep are the top two.  However, today was different.

When you go to a gym like CrossFit Bezel, you aren’t just going to a gym.  You are going to your second home…your safe place…your sanctuary.  When you walk in the door, your family is there to ask you how your day is going, joke with you, celebrate your successes and support you when life gets the best of you.  I have experienced every emotion at that place…I have cried, laughed, screamed, cursed, and jumped for joy.  And no matter how ugly the cry gets, they are always right there picking me back up again.

Today I cried twice.  The first time was right when I walked in the door and the coach hugged me.  The second time was after I had PRed on my deadlift… after the coach had believed in me and pushed me to add a little bit more weight.  After the lift, I dropped to the floor and let out my breath and emotions.  I also thanked God that I have such an amazing place to go when life sucks.

When you go to  CrossFit Bezel…you don’t just get a gym, you get a family.

-- Kasey



Love your body

I was recently reminded of this article on my Time Hop.  I posted it on Facebook a year ago with the caption “Decades wasted”.  Here’s an update:

After decades wasted, I’ve spent the last few years coming to terms with the ‘new’ me.  The me who has somehow maneuvered from wanting a size 6 body to wanting a body that can do things.  Things like box jumps, dead lifts, cleans, pull-ups, T2B, V ups, running, and anything and everything in between.  I could care less what it looks like as long as I can do those things coupled with things outside of this box.  Isn’t this what we train for, being able to do things outside of this box?

Upon great reflection, I’ve decided to no longer let anything get in my way (basically get out of my own damn way).  So when you see me in shorts, know this – it’s taken me years to get here.  YEARS.  The new me is a bad ass and is learning to love myself one step at a time, and learning that it doesn’t matter what you look like or what you wear along this journey.  I’m training to GO DO SHIT.

Up next:  tank tops.  Baby steps people. Baby.Steps.

Carrie on.



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WOD 5/2/16

Warm Up

3 Rounds
1 min jump
30 sec roll
30 sec crawl
Hip Circle
Walk - F/B/S
10 squats
10 deadlifts - barbell
10 deadlifts - barbell +10 or 20


Sumo Deadlift

15 min to find a heavy 3 rep


5 Hang Power Cleans
5 Thrusters
5 Burpees

85% pace, stay moving

1 round = 15

(115, 75)
(95, 65)
(75, 55)
(65, 35)

WOD 4/30/16


Pick a Partner


1,600m run


3 Rounds

60 Wall balls

30 Burpees

20 T2B


1,600m run


** Runs done together - 50/30

** 1 work / 1 rest

** Split Evenly

** 35 min cap



WOD 4/29/16

Make sure your mental game is on point. You will see something you like but won't actually like it that much. And you will see something that will make you want to run. 

WOD 4/27/16



Min 1 - 5 ring dips 

Min 2 - 5 weighted pull-ups 

Min 3 - 100ft OH carry


100 DUs

50 KBS

25 S2 OH





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