CrossFit Bezel's Client Success Stories

Our success is measured in what we can help you achieve. Hear what some of CrossFit Bezel's client have to say about their success & the work we love to do.

Carrie H. Harmon

Being closed off is a scary thing.

I wouldn’t let myself enjoy things, letting excuses become my mainstay and it didn’t matter what it was. Kids’ activities, family activities, community activities. I had an excuse for it all. I even convinced myself that I’d always be like this and to get used to living my life this way. Until that day when I saw what some friends had accomplished at CrossFit Bezel (CFB). The things they were doing were insane. Jumping on, over, around things. Lifting weights. Running. Facebooking pictures of themselves along the way. It was amazing. They were transitioning into a newer version of themselves and I wanted in. I wanted in because I wanted “me” back again. The fun loving, outgoing, always happy, making jokes (and laughing way too hard at them,) me back again. Where did I leave her again? I don’t even remember losing her. Who cares, because I was going to step out and find her. Find her where she is now. Find her like it’s my job, almost like my life depended on it (because it does). And I haven’t stopped searching yet since I walked into CFB.

I push myself because I know I need it. I push myself because I’m changing, not only from the inside out, but also the outside in. and I LIKE WHAT I SEE and how I feel. Chris pushes me. He pushes me in a way I can’t explain and I don’t even know he’s doing it. How does he know not only exactly what I need when I need it, but how to engage me in the journey to fitness? I’ve never been addicted to anything that was good for me. Until now. Let me let you in on a secret, CrossFit isn’t just about fitness, it’s about community. It’s a community of people who are also on a journey to find a better self. And they love to engage, motivate, and inspire others. I had no idea it was like this. I had no idea I was joining a family and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Long story short: it turns out, she’s not where I left her. She’s resurfaced and she’s changed. She’s a force to be reckoned with and as scary as that may sound to others, those along their own journey to wellness know exactly what this means.

Carrie H. Harmon

Evette Welch

January 2013 I decided I needed to change my life. I did research and found a nutritionist. By February I had my first of three appointments on how to eat better, make better food choices and exercise at least twice a week. I started my journey and began to slowly loose weight even as I hit the gym three, sometime five times a week. I was not getting the results I was looking for. I tried everything.

Frustrated and with no results I looked for new activities. I heard the word CrossFit before & began to see it everywhere. I got online looked it up & immediately said I could never do that, but over the weeks my curiosity got the best of me. I went online found the closest one to me and called. Chris assured me it was for anyone who wanted change. I showed up for a trial class and I was sold. It was exactly what I was looking for and everyone there was just like me.

I learned the Paleo lifestyle which took me to the next level. I lost 28lbs. I can now do things I would have never tried or thought possible. Chris took the time to teach me & push me & the other members took the time to encourage me. One year later I'm stronger, healthier, & have kept the weight off.

Evette Welch

Ken Lu

I was always full of excuses - too busy, too lazy, too tired - and I was hooked on unhealthy foods. Food has always been my main vice and I had become addicted to the instant gratification that sugary and fried foods offered. I knew that I needed to make a change in my eating habits and exercising habits but the excuses piled up there as well - it was too inconvenient, too difficult.

Over the past few years, I would become motivated to exercise and eat well when it came to being a better volleyball player, but these spurts of motivation never lasted long. A few months ago, I stepped on the scale and it registered that I was the heaviest I've ever been, and I once again resolved to make a change. I tried the Insanity workouts on DVD, which was great but repetitive and somewhat isolating, and after a month of that I decided I would rather get involved in a community with an instructor who could offer personal guidance.

I have known Chris for a few years now and he has always offered practical and encouraging advice when it came to eating well and exercising regularly as a lifestyle. I trust his advice because he lives it, and I knew he had the ability to teach it in an entirely relatable way.

I enrolled in the introductory Elements class at CrossFit Bezel and it kicked my butt but I loved every minute of it. I love that I am now learning how to correctly do the exercises in a way that will offer the maximum benefit, and this desire to be better and stronger has shifted my mindset about my eating habits as well. I am much more aware of my body's strengths and abilities and I have noticed an increase in my energy and motivation for other things in my life. The best thing about my time here at CrossFit Bezel so far, however, is the encouragement and positive attitude that I get from this community. It has been essential in maintaining my motivation!

Ken Lu

 

 

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Kasey Carpenter Ogden

I have been an athlete my whole life, but unlike other people in my family it doesn't come easy for me.  Even though I played volleyball in college, I gained a lot of weight and afterwards had two children!  I was so nervous to start going to CrossFit Bezel because it had been so long since I had been in the gym and I felt like I was going to be really behind everyone else.  I have to say that I have not once felt like I didn't belong or judged by someone else. Everyone has such great attitudes and it is the best environment I have ever worked out in. With Chris' advice, I started eating better and working out twice a week. In a month and a half I lost 20 pounds and feel better than ever.  I have more energy to play with my kids, do my job, coach, and everything else that is on a busy mom's schedule. I can't thank Chris enough for what he does for all of us at CrossFit Bezel!!

Kasey Carpenter Ogden - (Read more on her blog KCunplugged.)

Frances Carpenter

I had tried a lot of different diets and went to the gym but only accomplished the roller coaster ride of losing weight just to gain it back. I had had two  children and was over 50 and had my doubts that anything was going to work.  It wasn't until I took the advice of Chris Shaffer that I was able to lose the weight and keep it off! I decided to totally commit to the paleo lifestyle and attempt crossfit.  After 12 weeks I had lost 28 pounds and felt great! I have more confidence, sleep better at night and even my hot flashes are gone!! I could have never accomplished this without the help and support of Chris and CrossFit Bezel. He cares deeply about your health and well being and gives you tremendous support. If you listen and follow the guidelines at CrossFit Bezel Strength and Conditioning the words "I can't" won't be in your vocabulary.

Frances Carpenter

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Teri Anderson

I had been going to the gym for about two years. I was frustrated because I wasn't seeing the results I wanted to see. Then my friend Frances told me about her trainer friend Chris and that he did 'CrossFit' sessions out of his garage.  I went online to see what ' CrossFit ' was. It looked so hard, and I didn't think I could do it.  We met with Chris, and somehow I was convinced to sign up. I have been doing CrossFit since the beginning of March. It IS hard. But I am finally seeing the results I have wanted to see. I have lost 12 pounds so far, but more importantly, I have lost inches and gained strength I didn't know I had!!! Chris is awesome!! He pushes me to do things I never thought I could do!! He corrects my form and is constantly teaching me during my sessions. I have a long way to go still to reach my goals, but now I know I WILL get there and how-- CrossFit Bezel and Chris Shaffer!!!

Teri Anderson

Hudson Bates

I've had the pleasure of experiencing tutelage under Chris Shaffer since i was 16 years old. He was my first great volleyball coach and he incorporated some great mobility and strength training exercises to my training sessions. From an athletic standpoint he understands what it takes to achieve the highest level of physical strength for many different sports. At the same time, he is the kind of instructor/coach that you want to work hard for and he makes working hard fun! I always look back fondly and look forward to my next fitness adventures with this premier trainer in my home town of Richmond, Va. Thanks for everything you have done for me Chris, keep up the great work, God bless.

Hudson Bates

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