Signing up with CrossFit Advanced is a serious contender for one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s been life-changing. Physically, I lost weight, gained muscle and am healthier. But it’s more than just a physical improvement. Mentally, I’m more prepared to tackle the challenges life throws my way because I am more confident in my abilities. I handle stress better.

The workouts are always different and always challenging. CrossFit can be intimidating, but have no fear: every workout is scaled to whatever your ability is today. CrossFit isn’t easy, but using it to get in shape at CFA is: all you have to do is show up. You don’t need to be an athlete to walk in the door, but if you make CFA a habit, you’ll walk out one.

As an added bonus – which I never expected — it’s much more than joining a gym, it’s joining a community. From the most advanced fire-breather to the newest newbie, everyone is on your side cheering you on. Man, woman or child, we’re all in it together, whatever the workout. No matter where you start, it’s a journey, and we’re on the same sweaty road together. We’re all working to build ourselves a better tomorrow.

While CrossFit is a fantastic program, not all CrossFit affiliates are created equal. CFA goes light-years beyond the minimal requirements of passing a baseline certification; they have the advanced degrees and years of experience that are invaluable in protecting you from injuries, and when necessary, modifying workouts to accommodate minor injuries or differences in ability.

Whether you’re a newbie just rolling in off the couch, or a seasoned athlete, the coaches work hard to make sure you keep your form honest and your workouts appropriately challenging, whether you want to win an athletic scholarship, run a marathon, or fit back into the clothes you wore a decade years ago.Most people lack the skill, knowledge and training to able to make this kind of progress on their own. I’m delighted to have found a place like CrossFit Advanced — welcoming, supportive and yet always challenging — right in my own backyard.