Success Stories

If you join the family at CrossFit Triad, we take your membership seriously. And we firmly believe that we’re successful when you’re successful.

One of the things we love to do at CrossFit Triad is… celebrate!

Our members come to our gym for a number of reasons. They want to lose fat. They hope to gain muscle mass. They want to ready themselves for the summer season. They want to train for a specific sport. But, ultimately, they want to live longer, happier and healthier lives. In our experience we have found that no two members are alike.

Different goals, different strategies for reaching those goals, and different outcomes along the way. We meet you where you are, an celebrate as you get to where you’re going.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of our member success stories below.

Cherie Cardosi

3 years doing crossfit Respiratory Business Specialist

Thinking back on my first three years of CrossFit, I can see how much stronger I’ve become. I want to let all the Triad coaches know how thankful I am for each of them and the tremendous roles each has played in my development. You have always pushed me farther than I thought I could go.
After having my boys, I had postpartum hyperthyroidism, causing me to lose too much weight and muscle mass. I knew I needed to lift weights for my bones and muscles. I had been a runner, took kickboxing classes and sometimes played around with light weights or the machines. I was bored with my workouts and wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I needed something different.
CrossFit is challenging and offers variety, which was exactly what I wanted for my workouts. I remember my goal initially was to learn how to lift weight properly. So I signed up At CrossFit Triad for three months, figuring I’d learn and then lift on my own at a different gym later. I was definitely nervous my first couple of classes, not knowing what to expect. I had a lot of one-on-one time with Ana because I was the only person consistently attending the 8:30 a.m. class. I remember Ana wouldn’t take her eyes off me during the workout, which made me push harder, and I’m thankful for that now. As I pushed through the workouts I came to love CrossFit. I loved the intensity, and mental and physical challenge — I knew I was hooked.
CrossFit changed me mentally before I ever saw any physical results. CrossFit gave me resilience and confidence to face my personal challenges I dealt with outside of the box. Going to classes was a positive distraction from the pain of going through a divorce. It was my mental escape where people who encouraged me to become better could surround me. CrossFit Triad was a place I could come and for an hour of my day and I could just focus on me and what makes me happy.
I’ve also learned so much about healthy eating and fueling my body to get the results I want. I could not have done that without the guidance from the coaches. I was soon focusing and setting goals of lifting heavier and accomplishing skills like pull ups, TTB, rope climbs and a muscle up, all skills I thought I’d never even attempt. This last year has been even more fulfilling as I’ve branched out and entered in a few CrossFit competitions, ran a few races and even completed a Tough Mudder—all of which I was able to do with the friends I’ve made through CrossFit.
CrossFit Triad was everything I needed and more. It continues to give me milestones to accomplish, and that carries over into other aspects of my life. I can tell myself “you’ve got this” when things get tough in and out of the gym. I’m much healthier and stronger mentally and physically than I have ever been. I can’t stop now and I’ve never looked back. There’s always a chance to get one more rep. And I owe it all to CrossFit Triad.

Before

Cherie Cardosi

After

Cherie Cardosi

Courtney Moser

Last fall I came to the realization that I was 50 pounds heavier than my fittest weight. I really felt like my situation was hopeless – I didn’t have two to five hours a day to work out like I had done as a college swimmer, and the typical available gym classes just bored me to death. I was incredibly unhappy with myself – I didn’t like the way I looked or the way I felt. My back seemed perpetually sore. I started to think that if I didn’t do something really extreme (which was what CrossFit was in my mind), nothing could change.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I showed up for my first class at Triad. In my intro session, I learned some basic movements using a PVC pipe instead of a barbell. It’s amazing how those squats with a PVC pipe left me sore for days, but now I can squat with 150 pounds on my back and feel just fine afterwards.

It didn’t take more than a few classes for me to be absolutely hooked on CrossFit. I had never used a barbell before, which made me feel like a complete badass (as much as one who drives a minivan can, anyway). My focus soon shifted from the weight displayed on my bathroom scale to the weight I was capable of lifting. And I was fascinated with all the skills ahead of me to master – handstands, pull-ups, rope climbing, and more.

One of the most fulfilling things about the past 8 months has been knowing that my children are watching what I’m doing. I love coming home in the mornings to my two-year-old, who runs to give me a hug and a high-five asking, “Ou do Cwaw-Pit, Mama? Ou get stwongah?” as he pumps his arms up and down. And I recently had a hilarious conversation with my four-year-old because he couldn’t figure out why I said I wanted to get a pull-up; it took a while for him to understand that I wasn’t talking about Huggies.

My advice for anyone considering CrossFit is to just start where you are today. For several years I told myself that if I were ever going to do CrossFit, I should first get in shape by myself by doing six months of P90X or some other arbitrary self-imposed fitness challenge that I could never stick to alone. Also, no need to wait for January 1st to roll around. I started in October and felt a lot healthier during the holidays than I otherwise would have. By February I felt comfortable enough with the movements to participate in the Open, which was an awesome experience!

I’m so grateful to all of the wonderful coaches and members at CrossFit Triad for their friendship, encouragement, and respect for hard work at all levels. It feels great to be part of this group!

Courtney Moser

DJ McCabe

When considering our next featured athlete, an obvious frontrunner is DJ McCabe. He is one of the most dedicated members we have at CrossFit Triad. He attended more classes in 2015 than anyone else and doesn’t just show up, he gives it 110% at every class. He hit more personal records (PR’s) in 2015 than anyone else as well. It has become the norm to see his name somewhere on the whiteboard for the day, usually towards the top of the list.
He has come such a long way since the first day he stepped in the doors at Triad. During our second Paleo challenge, DJ decided to give it a go. He finished third on a very strict and long challenge. He dramatically increased his strength, learned many new skills, changed his lifestyle and is always eager to better himself. That is what is so admirable about DJ, he is constantly trying to improve regardless of what lies in front of him. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten texts asking if he can work on something extra in a given week or if the gym will be open to come practice a certain movement he is struggling with. It’s awesome to see that desire day in and day out. Having him in the Triad community is a real treat, even if he is a “hot mess” as you will read below. So lets read what he has to say about his road to health and fitness.
I barely managed to get my car pulled into a parking lot. “This is it” I kept thinking to myself, “This is how I die”. I couldn’t believe this was happening, I’m 31 years old, in the so-called prime of my life, and I’m going to die of a heart attack or stroke or whatever was happening to me in a random parking lot. How could this be happening to me? And then through the pain I look up, and in front of me is a giant statue of Elvis Presley. “Isn’t this fitting”, I thought to myself before I passed out.
I didn’t die lying under the king’s shadow that day. I was rushed to the hospital, where after being wheeled into a room they found my blood pressure to be somewhere around 170/120, which could result in heart failure, brain damage and kidney failure just to name a few. After a few hours they were able to get my pressure under control and start trying to figure out what caused this event. The best they could figure was that a strange brew of hydrochlorothiazide (Part of my blood pressure medication at the time), dehydration, and a panic attack all rolled into one. I survived that day, but left the hospital a very scared and changed person.
After 3 months I was fully cleared and told that I could resume all normal activities. In hindsight, while I thought I had it fairly together for a 32 year old former college athlete, I was a complete mess. My stress levels were through the roof, I considered Chick-fil-a a healthy meal, and I couldn’t make it up 3 flights of stairs to my office without feeling a burn. To quote a fellow Triad member, “I was a hot mess”, and something had to change.
One of my friends had mentioned CrossFit to me in the past and after watching a few videos online it seemed like something I could do and be into. In and out in an hour, weightlifting, everyone raved about the results it got you, and they offered a 5:00 am class. I was in.
After the first week, I was sore in places that I didn’t know existed. I was scared to sit down because that would mean I would have to stand up, and even standing up hurt the first week. I had been humbled by people 15-20 years older than me flying through WODs as I lay on the ground trying not to puke. I got a real clear picture of where I was with my fitness, and I knew it had to change.
While it may sound cliché to say that you got hooked on CrossFit after your first “Girl” WOD, it happened to me. It was Grace. And after I was done I had a burn in my chest so bad it didn’t stop till the next day, but I wanted to do it again. I got hooked on the feeling of pushing myself to my limits, to redefine what those limits are for me, and then to push past those limits time and time again.
Soon I found myself questioning everything I thought I knew about Health and Fitness. I changed my diet during the gyms first Paleo Challenge and my life completely changed again. The way I felt and the changes I experienced during that two month challenge were so amazing I could never go back to my previous way of eating. The most important change was my first checkup 5 months after I started at Triad. My vitals and blood pressure were perfect. I had never felt better in my life and I credit all that to CrossFit Triad.
I know the word “Community” is used a lot when people talk about CrossFit. I don’t think it can be truly adequately explained, it has to be experienced. The community at CrossFit Triad is like nothing else I have ever experienced. It’s not just about personal betterment, it’s about everyone being better together. It’s about knowing that everyone in that gym wants you to succeed and that they got your back, its people cheering you through pain and not leaving till the last person is finished and done. It’s Kim Smith walking in the door and 3 people asking her “Where’s Mike?” because he hasn’t been in two days. Or someone at the gym texting you because they haven’t seen you in a week and just want to make sure everything is ok. The community at Triad is something that most people don’t get to experience anymore, and it’s something that I cherish being a part of.
My life could have gone in so many different directions from that day in the parking lot on Elvis Presley Blvd. Thankfully, the direction I took was to CrossFit and the Triad Community. When I walked into Triad my first day I was looking for a quick fix for my life, but instead what I found instead was a whole new way of living my life. And for that I am eternally grateful.

DJ McCabe

Philip Moser

I wanted to tell each of my fellow Triadthletes and Coaches how grateful I am to you for your coaching and encouragement over the past year. As I near my 1 year anniversary at Triad, I’ve still got a long way to go, but as I reflect how far I’ve come over the past year, I wanted to pause and say “Thank you.”
Last night I played an hour of full court basketball in my men’s summer league. I quickly realized that I was one of the most fit players on the court. This has never been the case before. I’ve always been the slowest and most out of shape. Granted, this was a 30+ league, but I was still impressed by how I was able to run up and down the court and not wheeze like Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Along Came Polly.”
I can’t tell you how excited I am that I’ll be able to enjoy sports again thanks to the hard work and training I’ve been putting in on a weekly basis. I’ve been able to stick to this training and healthier eating because of the wonderful coaches and community at Triad. The benefits of joining CrossFit Triad have been incredible. Here are just a few:

Lost 30lbs of fat
Increased energy
Wearing clothes I haven’t been able to fit in 10 years
Able to play and enjoy sports like basketball again
No longer ashamed to have pictures taken
Again, this process hasn’t been instantaneous and I’ve still got a long way to go, but none of it would have been possible without the support and encouragement I consistently get at Triad. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!
-Philip Moser, Triadthlete since July, 2016
Now it’s time to work on not missing wide open layups 🙂

Philip Moser

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