John Amason
John Amason
I started the weekend after Thanksgiving 2019. I had taken an extended break from any type of serious workout routine…10 years…And I knew I need this environment back in my life.
I’m proud of this gym. The culture of support that has been created is truly amazing.
My Next goal is to Rx Murph in the following year.
Fifth wheel. Nothing better than a soul crushing sprint on the assault bike.
“90lbs of pressure” you just have to be a part of it to get it..
This gym is special.  It is truly wonderful. Being crazy enough to go to a 5 am class is one thing.  Being willing to wake up before 5 am the day before, just to sign up, takes a want that no gym has ever given.  I understand that the people are what make the community that is 26.2 CrossFit. And I am grateful for the people that have become a cherished part of this chapter in my life.
Simply…thank you for being kind, inviting, energetic, enthusiastic, sarcastic, educational, motivational. 

Mark F

I started at 26.2 CrossFit in October 2018.
I’m most proud of attending everyday I can and competing in my first competition, 2020 Bacon Beatdown!
My goal is to keep progressing, whether it’s Olympic movements or weightlifting.
I’m not sure I have a favorite workout. I just go with the flow for the WOD’s.
Anytime I PR or RX is a great 26.2 CrossFit story


Lisa Ford.  December Athlete of the month

I started Crossfit Feb 2017 and my first coach was Marc Boucher.

I am most proud of the Coaches that put time into me. I was nervous of injury upon starting, but the teaching methods made a difference because when you’re a beginner, it can be overwhelming. I have asked a lot of questions of how, when, does this look right, what do I do with this leg etc. The coaches have spent a lot of time giving cues and dedication to me to show how to do this Crossfit sport properly. Thank you!

My next goal in Crossfit is to due five bar muscle ups in a row and slowly progress into ring muscle ups. I would also like to string about 50 DUBS together and take a handstand walk around the gym a couple times so I can catch up with Coach Casey. LOL

My next goal in weightlifting is getting a gold medal. I took some time away from everyday Crossfit back in July to improve overall strength and technique with a huge amount of help from my Coaches Allie and Ivan. I am trying to improve the snatch movement and clean/jerk technique. I was able to qualify for a couple of weightlifting competitions this year and currently preparing for a big one in April 2020.

My favorite workouts are the Heros. Murph, Micheal and DT stick out the most. I enjoy completing them with the fit family aka “The Community” of the gym. Completing the WOD with the members is uplifting and an experience itself.

My best story of 26.2 is the one I am in now. I am learning what talent, hard work, persistence, patience, focus, humility, and dedication really is. It all counts because the path to success isn’t about hacks and shortcuts. On mentally challenging tough days, with no Crossfit class happening in the background, or someone asking “hey, how’s going?” because I am training at 430 am before a work day, I lean on the word consistency. Consistency breeds patience. It hones in on my focus. It is a mirror that reflects my humility. It’s the engine that overcomes resistance, obstacles and doubt. It is the place where my hard work can thrive. I welcome the challenge and show up every damn day.  I get to do this at 26.2


Ericka Wojcik November Athlete of the month

I started at 26.2CrossFIt in August 2019, I am most proud of the commitment I’ve made to CrossFit. I was inspired by seeing a video on YouTube of an 80 year old lady…and said if she can do it so can I.   My next goal is to start to focus on more weight loss and toning. I know this will come in time…BUT it’s time…;)!!!
I don’t have a favorite workout yet, I commit everything to all of them! I am still learning a lot and look forward to growing in knowledge of the workouts, challenging myself at the “next” workout and eventually jump back into leading others toward there fitness/nutrition/life goals!
I love that the coaches take the time…EVERY time to help me understand the mechanics…and end goal of each workout. They challenge me to just do it and the progress/strength will come.

***Thank you, each and every one of the coaches…(Allie, Sandi, Richard, Sebastian…and a few coach names I can’t remember) and  WOD partners…Mark, Amy, Alicia, Carol, Cody…and also a few names escape me! You all inspire me to keep coming back…;)!

Alicia Street

I started taking CrossFit classes in April of this year. I was hesitant to start but I am having a blast!

I have been able to accomplish many things that I am proud of. I have never lifted weights before so anything with the barbell has been an accomplishment. The thing I was most excited about was double unders. It took many bruises and whip marks on my shins but I can finally do some unbroken jumps. My next goals are to do unassisted pull-ups and Toes to bar.
My favorite workout is anything with burpees. They are challenging and a complete body workout.

I can’t pick out one favorite 26.2 story but I can say that I have enjoyed establishing friendships and setting goals with like-minded people.

Cheryl Sylvan

I started 26.2 in January 2019 and really enjoy the programming.

I am most proud that no matter how crazy life gets I have not given up on my fitness, especially after having some medical issues and setbacks. I appreciate how caring the coaches are and how they work with me to get over my fear of injury while somehow pushing me to do better than I think I can do.

My next goal is to step up my fitness regimen to tone up those problem areas, namely core! I also want to become more conscious of my eating habits.

Annie is my favorite named workout even though I haven’t been able to string my DU together, I guess that may be another goal. I also really enjoy chipper workouts that are cardio heavy.

I don’t have a 26.2 story but I really enjoyed the Murph which gave me the opportunity to meet and workout with people I had never met.

My fitness story is that I was pretty fit my entire life until one day when my girls were just starting school, I looked in the mirror and had somehow gained quite a bit of weight. Thanks to a neighbor and friend, Liz, I went to a Crossfit class and immediately decided to jump in with both feet, I went 6 days a week and finished most workouts with a 1 and progressed to a 2 or 3 mile run, I dropped around 30lbs in three months and never looked back.


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I started at 26.2 CrossFit 12/26/2012, a Wednesday.  I returned the next night.  Friday morning, I woke up and could barely move, but I returned on Monday and I’ve been going 4-5 nights a week ever since.

I’m most proud of the physical changes I’ve experienced over these years.  It didn’t happen overnight and its not been easy…daily hard work, gallons of sweat, a few tears (mostly during weighted front lunges), a few almost-pukie WODs. But the positive results have far outweighed those “inconveniences”.  Most recently though, I’ve lost weight and decreased my body fat which has changed not just my appearance but my performance.  I’ve finally been able to get pull-ups (thanks Kyle!), my burpees are so much easier, and my intensity is stronger.

With my renewed performance at the gym, I wish my next goal could be to do another Festivus competition, but unfortunately physical limitations now require me to modify a few things more than would be acceptable at a competition.  Other than trying to get my body fat percentage down a little more, I don’t have a specific goal at this point.

What’s my favorite workout:  My least favorite are those with weightlifting movements in the WOD.  The WODs I like the best are Hero’s because they’re so challenging and they leave us with a sense of accomplishment.  But my favorite WOD is any one that I get to do with my 26.2 CrossFit family, whether it’s with one other person or ten.  The encouragement, the pushing, the excitement from the other athletes and the coach is why I like this gym so much!

One day, out of the blue with no forethought, I called my friend Jennifer and asked her if she was planning on going to her gym that day.  She said yes and I went with her.  The next day I returned, I joined, and I’ve been here ever since.  Then one day last year I went to an orthopedic doctor to look at my knee, he also did an MRI on my lower back that had been hurting a little off and on for the last three years, thinking it might be related to the knee pain.  He sent me straight to a spine surgeon because he found that I have scoliosis with a 43 degree curve. To put that in perspective, people are often in pain at 20 degrees, surgery often happens at 40 degrees. Yet I only have a little area on my back that flares up here and there, but its not debilitating. My fear was that he was going to tell me to stop CrossFitting but instead he said don’t stop, it’s the very reason that I’m not in pain, I’ve created strong back muscles to protect my spine.  I’ve had to lighten some of my weights though, alter how I do a few things, and find that happy spot between keeping the muscles strong and making the spine worse.  I never knew why I made that phone call to Jennifer, although I think God had a hand in it, but I’m so glad that I did, and grateful for 26.2, Allie and the wonderful coaches along the way.

IMG_1611.jpgI first started at 26.2 March of 2018.

I am most proud of all the DUBS! It took 2 years and lots of back of the leg whip marks to be able to string them together.  I have them now though!

My favorite work outs are Any that do not involve running.  Im working on it but hey honest is honest.

My favorite 26.2 story….I have so many good memories and stories of each coach, pushing me a little further than I thought possible, It would be hard to pick just one. I also really enjoyed all the time with the fitfam at bacon beat down this weekend, it was an amazing experience!


Junes Athlete of the Month is Dr Brad Newman

I first started at 26.2 January 2018.  I had been driving to Orlando for 4 years 3-4 nights a week for a boot camp style work out. I was tired of the drive and wanted something closer to home. I work part of the year in Australia and had been working out at Crossfit Barossa while I was there. I decided to switch to a Crossfit here.

I am most proud that I keep up or actually excel and  can  encourage others. I used to be intimidated at any work out. I was afraid I would hold up other people and keep them from getting a good work out particularly in partner WODS  After I overcame that it became important to me that I try to include and motivate someone new or struggling.

The joke is that my goal was to live until I was 60. I’ve done that. So I have been thinking about the next goal. I think I’d like to try some type competition in my wheel house

My favorite work outs are the intense cardio work outs….bike, row, burpee, box jumps, jump rope, wall balls etc. I set my pace and just don’t stop.

My favorite 26.2 story is my 60th birthday WOD and dinner. It was so humbling that so many people came out and participated. It was a very special moment in my life. I have gotten close to so many members and seeing them for a WOD is the best part of my day.

May’s athlete of the month is Shelley Sutherland

I began doing CrossFit in July 2018.  In that time I am most proud of the determination I feel when I am at CrossFit. I want to do it, I want the hurts so good, I want the endorphin rush at the end.  There are a few exercises that I am still afraid of…box jump to name only one…but I definitely feel like I have overcome some fears of what I thought it would be like to work out in a CrossFit gym.My goal is to one day… click here for the rest     I won’t be afraid of the box…

Believe it or not, I actually enjoy thrusters. They make me feel strong. My current lift weight is not terribly heavy but to heave that bar over my head time and time again with a squat in between is badass. But, truly, my favorite workout is done with my friends. They are all awesome, I had current friends join me at 26.2 and made new friends there. We all encourage each other, even though we are all at different levels. It’s awesome. The stigma or stereotype you hear about CrossFit is simply not true, at least not at 26.2. The coaches are patient and genuinely want to help everyone understand the benefits behind CrossFit training.

My best 26.2 story is when I ran a mile in under 10 minutes. I know there are some fast folks at the gym but for me, this really mattered. Cross training works.



Gabe Salas Jr


Rockledge, FL


Technical Consultant

When did you first start CrossFitting?

Summer 2012

Favorite WOD:

“Clovis” (For Time:  Run 10 miles, 150 Burpee pull-ups – partition the run and burpee pull ups as needed)

Least Favorite WOD:

Max Height Box Jump – wanna see the scar?

What is your sport and fitness background?

I grew up with exercised induced asthma and played baseball seasonally.  Right before joining CrossFit, I was training for my first triathlon.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel?

I first heard about CrossFit by watching a regional event on television while shoveling greasy New York style pizza down my throat.  A few months later I was at my first WOD at 26.2, sizing up my competition of the LBN (Look Better Naked) class of soccer moms and grandmas.  The workout was 3 Rounds of 50 squats – 40 sit-ups – 30 push-ups – 20 lunges – 10 box jumps – 400m Run.  Okay cool, I can finish this easily so I set a mental goal to finish in the top 5.

Somewhere in the middle of the second round I saw people sitting down and drinking water.  Was this workout so tough they had to take a break?  It wasn’t until more of these “break takers” started gathering around me yelling, “Keep going Dave,” and “You got this Dave!”  My name isn’t Dave and I certainly did not see any other guys around.  My poor, stupid muscles were too exhausted to bother correcting them and now I just wanted nothing more than to finish the workout so they can stop “encouraging” me.

I finished last.  Those “break takers” were actually done with the workout well ahead of me.  Humble pie was devoured that day and thus started my respect for the workouts and the athletes.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after)

I notice I do not tire as easily.  I found out that my attitude was more positive.  The changes I focused more on was comparing who I am now versus yesterday.  Moments when I learn a new skill helped foster more confidence in my ability to tackle any situation I may encounter in life.  This made me feel good; which was something I am glad I have control over rather than obsessing over a specific aesthetic look to which my sense of self is qualified by the opinions of others.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I am really surprised at how effective exercise with a good community helped me with my mental well-being.  Having a bad day?  Go to the gym and embrace the suck with others.  You are guaranteed to stop thinking about crap during the workout.  There is something cathartic about doing something tough with people and developing that camaraderie.

Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments?

After several weeks of training for my first marathon, Coach Shane wanted to do some benchmark runs to gauge progress.  So he had the endurance class run 1 mile sprints.  I got back from the mile out of breath and in between gasps asked for time.

“7 minutes 11 seconds”

“No way!  You must have started the stop watch late.”

“Dude, you really got 7 minutes 11 seconds.  Look.”

Coach Shane showed me the stopwatch and I had hard time believing it.  In middle school, my asthma was pretty bad.  I was the kid that had to carry two inhalers.  One was to help maintain my lung airways open, the other was for a rescue during an attack.  Because of this, I couldn’t run anything faster than a 9 minute mile.  I have not really run 1 minute sprints since middle school, so growing up, that was the threshold I held myself to.  So this was a pretty big deal for me.

Any advice for people just getting started?

Figure out a long term goal that will keep you motivated to consistently come to the gym.  Competition is healthy and it is okay to finish last.  Finishing the WOD is a feat in itself.  So celebrate each one you complete and focus on becoming better than who you were yesterday.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

I like chasing rocket launches and follow human space exploration closely.  I also mentor high school students in designing and building robots.  I do my best to travel and enthrall myself with good eats, so if you need suggestions of local eats, hit me up.



Name: Frederic Toland Jr.
Hometown: Verona, NY
Occupation: NASA Protective Services Training Academy Instructor
When did you first start CrossFitting? Dec 2015
Favorite WOD: That’s a hard one. Probably Cindy. Or anything with burpees (which I hate but I’m good at). I like most body-weight workouts.
Least Favorite WOD: Name a workout that has Wall-Balls in it. That should work fine.
What is your sport and fitness background? Played football, baseball, volleyball, and wrestled (one season) in High School. Track and Field was my major sport and the only one I did from Middle School through to Graduation. I ran the 200m, 400m, and the 4x100m relay as the third leg. I’ve worked out with weights since I was 14, but never did an Olympic lift in my life until Crossfit. 
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel? I can’t remember exactly what it was, but it was a Saturday partner WoD. I think that environment made it less intimidating, which was the reason I came back. I know it was hard…it kicked my butt…and I loved the feeling.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after) I’m definitely more fit. I’ve always been into running and weightlifting, but never mixed them for “maximum effort”. My physique has gotten better. My flexibility has improved greatly (though you wouldn’t believe that unless you were there when I started)! My diet has gotten MUCH better. I can’t take the credit for that, though. Brandi (Lewis) is the reason for that!
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I’ve made so many new friends! I love the familial feeling that Crossfit promotes. It’s really awesome. Also, Brandi and I have absolutely been blessed by having something we’re both really connected to. It has made us both better. Another bonus…I get to travel a lot for work. A LOT. Now when I travel, I always have a Crossfit box I can find locally and drop into. It’s pretty amazing, because now…no matter where I go…I get to find passionate, like-minded people who love to work-out!!! Talk about accountability, right?
Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments? I loved the feeling of the “Friday Night Lights” workouts from the Crossfit Open. What a great energy!! The P.R. workout after our last program was really awesome, too. 
Any advice for people just getting started? No one likes things they aren’t good at. If you get good at it though, you’ll like it! So don’t skip the workouts you “don’t like”. Make sure those are the ones you absolutely participate in. It’s the only way you’ll get better!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I’m a total “foodie”. I like to travel. Cruises are awesome. (We need a 26.2 cruise…just sayin). I’m a Firearms Instructor, so I like to shoot guns. I’m a huge fan of movies and comic books (and comic book movies). I’m also a singer. I’ve fronted rock bands as a younger man, but now I just do musical theater when I can. Dream Role: Stacie Jaxx from “Rock of Ages”. Invite me to karaoke at your own peril!




Name: Elaine Fennell

Hometown: Georgetown, KY

Occupation: Server/Student

When did you first start Crossfitting?: January 2016

Favorite WOD: Anything with squats or running

Least favorite WOD: Anything with snatches or pull ups

What is your sport and fitness background?: I played softball and did gymnastics growing up and generally enjoy playing all sports.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel?: My husband thought I would like it. . . and I do. The first WOD was intimidating, but I did it. It was hard and exhausting but I felt accomplished after.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after): I have better endurance and feel naturally more energized when I work out. I feel stronger and more committed to my health and fitness. I can also tell a difference in my physique and posture.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?: How important nutrition is. I have never been great at eating well and I can feel a huge difference in the WOD if I do not eat well as compared to if I do. I have been better about taking into consideration what I eat and drink before a WOD.

Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments?: The coaches always make it fun and are always helpful. They seem to always notice when you show improvement and genuinely care and that it why I love 26.2. I also love that the other members are so welcoming and encouraging.

Any advice for people just getting started?: Don’t be intimidated. Go at your own pace. Stay motivated. It is worth it.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?: I enjoy running, listening to music, and spending time with people.

Name: Melissa Keefe
Hometown: Port St. John
Occupation: Full-time Respiratory Therapy student and photographer 
When did you first start CrossFitting? Memorial Day of 2016
Favorite WOD: All of them, of course!
Least Favorite WOD: I will do my best at whatever is programmed, however WODS with DU or MU are not my favorite only because I have not mastered them yet. But I do plan on getting better and working on my weaknesses. 
What is your sport and fitness background? I played softball as a kid and was also a cheerleader for my high school. 
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel? My very first WOD was the “Murph” on Memorial Day. I could not walk for at least a week afterwards, but somehow I came back for more. 
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after) I feel stronger and more energized than ever before. Because of CrossFit, I am able to do things I did not know I was capable of doing. 
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? CrossFit is definitely a great stress reliever and because of that I feel happier and more confident within myself. 
Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments? Every time I go to a class I have a great time! I love being around all of the positive vibes from everyone. 
Any advice for people just getting started? Stick with it and don’t give up on yourself. Life is short, so live it healthy and happy. 
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? With my free time I love offshore fishing and catching fish bigger than me.  I also enjoy spending time with my family and my four chocolate Labradors. 




Name: Danielle Kraus

Hometown: Miami, FL

Occupation: Teacher

When did you first start CrossFitting? Summer 2014

Favorite WOD: Anything with barbell cycling.

Least Favorite WOD: I like it all…I’m a glutten for punishment.

What is your sport and fitness background? Pretty much zero. I was on the debate team in high school. After Andy and I had our first daughter I decided to try running, then after awhile tried running a 5k, then a half and then a full. I started the Crossfit Endurance classes with Shane to support me in achieving my first full marathon. Now I hate anything more than 3 miles. Ha.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel? I google searched ways to prepare for a Marathon. Crossfit came up and then I found a box that had an actual program to support runners.

I can’t recall my first WOD, but I do remember attempting the Open for the first time last year. It was rough, and humbling and made me want to work harder. I couldn’t do a pull up, I didn’t have double unders; This year I just wanted to RX the WODs and if it wasn’t for my back injury, I was on track to do that. Looking forward to my 3rd and hopefully most successful Open next year.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after) Previous to starting the standard Crossfit classes I was very lean, like probably too thin (from running). When I changed from the Endurance classes to the Crossfit classes I gained weight but toned up. After continuing to adjust my diet, my clothes fit better, I continued to make gains, improve my WOD times and even had more energy.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I think we are all self conscious about one thing or another — but after 3 years in Crossfit I can say I didn’t expect to feel so confident. I see strong as beautiful, and not necessarily the number on the scale. I have people ask me all the time what I do to stay healthy and though I can break it down into smaller components: nutrition, activity, and supportive community–the one word that encompasses it all is Crossfit. That’s what Crossfit does.

Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments? I loved last year when we had a large group compete in Festivus. The encouragement and love that was felt that day was amazing. We walked away with two first places in two separate divisions and we all shared in the victory. I love winning, but I love our community coming together to compete even more.

Any advice for people just getting started? Make a plan and commit. You won’t regret it. Don’t see the results you want? Don’t quit. It does work. Ask someone, we are all here to help and have been there–Rely on our community.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Spending time with my husband and our two girls. Preparing for the next competition. Making gains in the box and at work. Teaching. Oh and Halotop:)

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Carla Stapleton

Hometown: Berthoud, Colorado

Occupation: Active Duty Air Force, Space Operations

First started CrossFit in Longmont, Colorado in 2013.

Favorite WOD: the ones with pullups and running

Least favorite WOD: the ones with burpees and wallballs… really, who needs those anyway. Like Karen.

Sport/fitness background: I was a competitive runner and triathlete before CrossFit. I grew up in a competitive swim club coached by an ex-Olympic coach. It made me good at running, so I did my first road race in 2008. Did triathlons throughout college and was coached by a professional para-triathlete. I had never really heard of Crossfit before 2013, when the gym I was teaching a fighting class at started to get into it. Then when I moved back to Colorado I started at CrossFit Longmont.

First WOD: Before I started at CrossFit Longmont, my college friend and I were essentially doing CrossFit on our own, but in much longer METCONs. We would do 15 min straight of situps. So when I joined CrossFit Longmont, it was a pretty easy shift.

Other than becoming more strength based rather than mostly endurance based, I haven’t seen many other changes in my body because I was also lifting before I started CrossFit, just to a smaller degree. CF increased my muscle mass for sure. Now that I have control over my diet and I don’t have to eat like a college student, being around CF has exposed me to a variety of healthy eating habits as well.

I didn’t expect the community in CF at first, and it does seem very gym dependent. I grew up in a fighting gym where the camaraderie and team cohesion was very high, and I had never experienced that in a lifting gym.

Favorite 26.2 moments… honestly, probably when we moved to our new location. I think it was a big upgrade for the gym and a much better setting.

Advice for the newbies: Be consistent, and learn to like being uncomfortable. Being the best version of yourself is the point of CF, not trying to conform to someone else’s achievements. Be the best of yourself.



Name: Pam Joyce

Hometown: Rockledge fl

Occupation: Elem school teacher

Started cross fit Jan 4, 2017

Favorite Workout: I don’t really have a fav/or least fav WOD but I do look forward to seeing it every morning before I go to see the challenge ahead.

Sport and Fitness Background: I grew up playing sports. I was a fast pitch pitcher and first baseman for 12 years along with striker in soccer for about 12 years as well. I started track and cross country in junior high and ran for Rockledge my 4 years there. Placed every year in state in both cross country and track to lead me to full scholarship at BCC and then onto UCF.

Honestly stayed in shape all my life till my husband took ill 9 years ago. He’s been gone 7 years and truly haven’t put myself first (raising my girls, now 13 and 14, on my own)

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel? I have heard about cross fit for years through friends etc. when I hit rock bottom with my weight and flexibility… I called Allie to ask him some questions. When I heard it was all geared to every day life, I knew that was for me to give a try. I was hooked the first day!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after): So far, I am losing weight, inches, gaining Strength and flexibility. Along with a strong mental attitude to get me where I want.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected? I see changes in my ease of things. I helped my parents move and did it with so much more ease then I would have. Also, on my walk/runs my cardio is improving.

Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments? I don’t have a particular moment that’s my favorite. I know right now I am making PR’s in everything this month and that feels GREAT!! I understand it more now and strive to improve daily. I also want to say that EVERYONE is striving to better themselves and have been so welcoming and encouraging. We all are there working hard and it feels great that I could come in so out of shape and everyone around me made me feel like I belonged there as well.

Any advice for people just getting started? Just do it! Take ur first class! Take advantage of the  nutrition part that is offered.

It’s individual but u feel a part of a team!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Some of my hobbies and interests include being with my girls. Watching them run track, cross country, Volleyball etc.

I love to kayak and be outdoors as much as possible. Love to watch romantic comedies, lol or any good movie. Do weekend getaways as much as I can to the keys or any beach.

Spend quality time with friends and family.


Name: Brandi Lewis

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL    

Occupation: Mechanical/System Engineer

When did you first start CrossFitting? Oct. 2014

Favorite WOD: The one I just completed

Least Favorite WOD: The one we’re doing today

What is your sport and fitness background? I played tennis growing up, and then after graduating college, I started working out regularly at a normal gym. I also fell in love with Zumba!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel? I gave Crossfit a try when traditional weight-lifting (I’m not motivated on my own to exercise!) and boot-camp/pilates/kickboxing classes weren’t getting me the results that I was looking for. I first started with LBN and enjoyed the people and the environment – I can’t recall what my first real WOD was, but I do remember being so worried I was going to embarrass myself! 🙂

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after)

I’ve always been small and thin – but definitely not fit! Since starting Crossfit, I have developed a significant amount of muscle and I have gained quite a bit of weight! It’s still a challenge sometimes to see the number on the scale go up, when I’ve had a lifetime of always trying to make it smaller – but I love being the small person no one expects to be strong!

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?

I’ve found something that I’m truly passionate about doing – I love the constant level of challenge, and continually pushing myself to be better than I am today! I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades – I get bored with things easily (I’ve tried so many different hobbies!). This sport allows me to be myself, and learn things I never thought I would be capable of! And I didn’t expect to have to buy a whole new wardrobe to fit my new muscles! 🙂

 I love that I have a language that brings such a diverse group of people together, from all over the world, and I can relate to so many people and stories. Being an engineer – my people skills aren’t the greatest – but this gives me a way to connect with people on a totally different level!

 I also was happy to get my boyfriend, Freddy, to join in with this new adventure with me! Now whenever we travel, independently or together, we always try new boxes and love the community that we have found!

Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments?

One of my favorite moments was when I returned to Crossfit following knee surgery. I was working diligently to increase my strength and ensure that I was healing properly, against the advisement of many of my friends and colleagues. We started a new lifting program, which included back squats every week. In the course of a month, I was able to increase my lifting capacity from a weight being a 2-rep max, to doing 3 sets of 5. It gave me the confidence to keep pushing harder, and the knowledge that I wouldn’t be held back by the injury.

 I also really enjoyed competing in the 2016 Pura Vida Competition! I was able to compete at the Rx level, and the competition was 1-year to the day of my knee surgery. It was very fulfilling!

Any advice for people just getting started?

Just stick with it, and keep an open mind! Showing up is the hardest part – set a routine and prioritize that hour of your days. And focus on working on the things that you hate – it’s too easy to avoid the movements you don’t like – but those are the ones that you can improve the most in and help keep the motivation going!

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?

Food! My life pretty much revolves around eating, sleeping and Crossfit – and I love it! I love to bake and try making new dishes. And Dachshunds… I am a bit obsessed 🙂


Name: Greg Chilcott
Hometown: Born in Yuma, Arizona. Live in Palm Bay, Florida
Occupation: EMT training to be a firefighter
When did you first start CrossFitting?:
About mid 2015. I was having trouble with the physical part of fire school and Allie invited me to do a few extra workouts to get an exge.
Favorite WOD:
Once I got strong enough to do proper pullups I began getting excited anytime there was a WOD incorporating them. Going from barely able to do body rows to full on pullups really made me feel good about my progress.
Least Favorite WOD:
Anything with snatches. Keep those away from me!
What is your sport and fitness background?
I don’t have much of one. I gave up a music scholarship to become a firefighter. I jumped off the couch and into a really physically demanding training program. My sport of choice lately has been racquetball.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Take us back to your first WOD…what was it, and how did it feel?
Allie lead my fire school class in a workout one morning. He took crossfit elements and mixed them with the fire service very well. He made us rapidly switch from simple pushups and situps to holding our air packs above our heads until someone gave up. When we were spent, he then told us the warm up was over and we went for a timed run. He called the run rest. I wasn’t very happy about that.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CrossFit? (before/after)
Other than the obvious, being stronger, and able to endure more, I am mentally tougher. I had trouble passing a demanding physical test to be eligible for the job I wanted. My time at the gym, more than anything taught me that I am capable of pushing past my mind. My body is stronger than my mind wants to believe. That is a very difficult obstacle to overcome but Shane did a very good job of helping me suffer just enough to learn how to overcome my own doubt.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?
The biggest thing was passing that test. I took it more times than I care to admit. The mental conditioning and support that crossfit gave me helped me overcome one of the hardest things I have ever attempted. It was 60% mental.
Share with us any favorite CrossFit/26.2 CrossFit moments?
I was going through a pretty rough time the last few months. Most people at the gym were able to pick up on that. Everyone there was so supportive. I looked forward to seeing the other athletes and especially the coaches. 26.2 has a very welcoming atmosphere.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Keep it up. If you feel like you are not making progress, talk to your coach. If you are wanting to work toward a specific goal or movement that you need help reaching, talk to the coaches. Individually each coach comes from a different background and will give to great tips. All together they will get you where you want to be.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I have been pretty busy lately but I love woodworking. I used to build guitars quite bit and want to get back into it when I have time. I also plan on fixing up an old Mazda Miata when I have the time and money.

I began searching for a box after deciding to adapt to a healthier lifestyle. During my search, I came across 26.2Crossfit. I started in the LBN (Look Better Naked) class and enjoyed the challenging, yet strenuous, workouts.  Also, with the assistance and guidance of Coach Allie, I changed my eating habits and diet. I will admit it was initially difficult with occasional mishaps along the way. However, with perseverance, determination, eagerness, and support from others, it became easier. Over time, I noticed my wardrobe becoming loose and improvements of my physical endurance and strength. Furthermore I sought out obstacles and challenges, and thanks to couple 26.2Crossfit members words of encouragement, I started to do competitions. It has now been about six (6) months since I joined 26.2Crossfit on 01/14/16 and I have lost approximately 40-45 lbs. I have received many complements and praises from family members, friends, colleagues, and, even, strangers. Thanks to 26.2Crossfit, my life and my physical wellbeing are at the best that it has ever been; and because of all this, I cannot pin point one proud moment, but many.

One way in monitoring my progress is setting goals. Throughout the past six (6) months, several of them have been accomplished. One that came to mind was when I first attempted to complete a WOD (workout of the day) involving wall balls in the Festivus Games (my first competition). When I attempted it, I was only able to throw the 10lbs wall ball 9 feet off the ground about 5 times before having difficulties and not being able to complete it within the time cap. The WOD required a total of 50 successful wall balls!!! I began training during the weekends and gradually increase the numbers of successful wall balls. When competition day arrived, not only did I successfully complete all 50 wall balls, I was able to finish the WOD before the time cap. Now one of my newest goals is to gain wisdom and strength in preparation of the 2016 Tampa Bay Strongman Classic.

My favorite workout is anything involving weightlifting. I just love doing squats, deadlifts, snatches, and clean & jerks.

One of my best, well funniest and embarrassing, 26.2Crossfit stories occurred not too long ago. While improving the ‘hip explosion’ technique by using primarily your hips to jump up to a 20 inch wooden box, I was not paying attention of my surroundings. While I was practicing the technique and jumped, my inner side knee area scraped down the edges of the wood box. Pain was instant yet those few members and I were laughing hysterically. I ended up with one nasty looking bruise.

“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”

Ed Lopez                                       image1

I started going to 26.2 CrossFit in late April of 2015, up until then I had never attempted a CrossFit workout. I couldn’t even get though the entire LBN work out the first day. I learned two things that day, you need to drink A LOT of water before a work out and you are going to be sore for the first couple of weeks.  After going for about 6 months I could get though all the work outs, and feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. Each week I’ve been able to PR in almost every work out I do.  My next goal is to be able to bench press my body weight on a free bar.  I’ve used machines that stabilize the weight for you before but have never tied to use a fee bar until I joined CrossFit.  I’m currently 10 lbs. away from my goal. That doesn’t sound like a lot but when it’s close to your one rep max 10 lbs can make a huge difference.   When asked about my favorite movements, I say the bench-press and the snatch.  Both seem to come more natural to me than the other exercises but I’m trying to get better at all the exercise even the ones I don’t like. Not a big fan of burpees or rope climbs, but you got to do what the work out says.

  1. What’s your best 26.2 story?

We had a work out that started with 40 push ups for the first round and then moved into a bunch of other exercises. Since there were a bunch of people in the gym that day we were all pretty spread out.  I had my back to the clock and thought I had heard the coach say go. I knocked out 40 push ups in no time but when I got up to move to the next exercise, everyone was staring at me.  The clock didn’t start and I said to the coach “that still counts right?” the answer was “the clock didn’t start”. I had to do another 40 right then to start the work out and finished the work out with 140 total.  Lesson learned, pay attention and keep your eye on the clock.

“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”

John and Silvia Kirchel download_20150912_154410  Screenshot_2015-09-14-19-24-16

We Started at 26.2 CrossFit in June of 2015

So far we are very happy to have achieved our initial goals of   John reducing his blood pressure 25 percent and Sylvia dropping two dress sizes.  We are also proud that both of us are healthier and will be with each other much longer and enjoy working out together.  Our next milestone will be Sylvia doing tire flips and John will DO an un assisted pull up.  It is hard to pinpoint an exact workout though we each have a style we like Sylvia likes MetCon stations while John likes any kind of weight work.

What’s your best 26.2 story?

Our best one is embarrassing… So we will go with… When we first started our class of LBN we missed the Thursday class and showed up on Friday. Our legs were still mush and fire from the 30 meter of lunges just 2 nights before. It was our first experience of meeting Shane the terrible. We were the only ones there and he introduced us to wall balls, sumo pulls and toes to bars. Halfway through he yelled out something we still chuckle over. Drenched and tired he yelled “C’mon, don’t quit… That’s not sweat! That’s your body crying!!!!”

“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”

Karen Richardson26.2crossfit Karen

I came back to 26.2 crossfit in November 2013. ( I think ) I could only do about 2 pull ups when I walked in the gym. Even the 2 pull ups, I was proud of myself. However, after completing a work out on Monday when I added all my pull ups together I did 45!!! I giggled the entire way home. How amazing that an “old lady like me” could possibly do 45 pull ups in one work out!! My goal is a promise, I WILL complete a full marathon this November. There is no trying… I WILL. My favorite work out is any work out when I can keep up with the guys…. or beat them…. (Let me say she does that with frequency)
My best story…is “my story”. 26.2 cross fit has changed my life. It changed the way I look at everything. I am more confident then I’ve ever been. I’m stronger physically and mentally. I feel like I can conquer the world if I want too. I don’t feel like the timid, weak, helpless woman that walked in the gym 7 months ago. I can actually see my life changing because of 26.2 cross fit!!
“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”


I started at 26.2 CrossFit August of 2012 I believe, that seems like a long time ago to me. I had never done anything like it at the time and I had read about cross fit on the internet at a page called nerd fitness. Well I continued to search and found 26.2 was the closest to home and work and I sent an email. I still remember my first WOD, barely made it through one round of an AMRAM of wall balls and burpees, and it was only the 10-pound ball. I really want to do that one again just to see how far I have come.

I am most proud of a couple of things; firstly, I am very proud that I have continued with this for as long as I have. I would usually join the gym, use it for a month or two, and then stop going because of work or some other excuse. However, the fact that I haven’t really stopped hitting the gym in the past 18 months or so is a big accomplishment for me. One of the reasons I think that I keep coming back is that I have made friends and I feel that they are encouraging me to keep coming and doing better every day that I am there. The coaches are great also, and I consider them friends also, but friends that know what the hell they are doing and how to keep me from hurting myself. Another thing that I am proud of is the fact that I have participated in the Lurong Paleo challenge 2 times now and I did much better the second time. I noticed major changes in my body and health that I would most likely never have had if I had not started here. Before starting, I was of the mindset that if I didn’t lose the weight I could just go get a surgery that would make it so the weight would come off and I would get thinner and healthier. Not saying that this isn’t something that other people can and will do, but because of 26.2 CrossFit I am now at a point where I don’t want to do that anymore. I may not have lost all the weight that I have wanted to, but I have people all the time coming up to me and saying that I am looking better and have I lost weight. I feel better than I have in a really long time, I used to hurt my back almost every 3-5 months but I have not done that since starting. I know that I have the tools and abilities to shape myself into anything I want to become!

My next goal is to drop some weight and that will lead hopefully to another goal which is to get a pull up! The weight is something that I have always struggled with and it has gotten better but I am still a long way from where I want to be. As an added plus me losing weight will help my brother become a bit more healthy because if I reach a certain weight goal he will quit smoking so I am really trying to focus on this in the coming months. The pull up is something that I know will come with time and weight loss cause my fat ass just can’t seem to get up that high at the moment!

I like just about any workout that involves bench presses, dead lifts, or rowing. I have found that I really like rowing and I am relatively good at it. I have also just discovered that I like the hammer strikes and how I’ve missed them for so long is a mystery to me but they are fun. Oddly I’m don’t mind wall balls or burps as much as I used to, still not a favorite but they definitely get the legs and the heart pumping.

Well I am not really sure what my best story is. I have had so many good times and good things happen that I am gonna say any day is the best. I have made many wonderful friends I have gotten healthier, I have made pr’s and done things that I would never have thought that I could do. So I am going to say that the best story is the one of my first time walking in the doors to the box and figuring that I wanted to do this on a regular basis. It has been nothing but a positive experience from day one, even if my first WoD was not my best performance, I have only gotten better since that day.

Tony Jarosz
“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”


I started 26.2 CrossFit mid-June 2013. My best friend in CA had been doing CrossFit for about a year and was loving it (and he came out of a rough time… finally got him back as the man I remembered). I started CrossFit as a supplement to competitive swimming because it sounded like it could make me stronger overall. I called a friend here in Brevard who coaches at Harbor City and she recommended 26.2 CrossFit as that’s where she started. So I showed up and c’est la vie.
I am most proud of my toes to bar. I still can’t do a whole lot at once due to grip strength, but this was one of those things that I just could not figure out. And then one day it nailed me and now T2B is a piece of cake (sort of). I’m hoping for that magical moment for DUs because I’m tired of looking like I walked out of a fetish club.
Related to this is how much my pull and kick strength have rocketed up in the water thanks to T2B – pull strength from working on my forearms due to grip, and my kick from the constant abs/back work in swinging my legs up.
My next goal is to back squat my body weight (currently at 130; only 20 more pounds to go meet this). Then front squat body weight, and then clean body weight. Somewhere in there, do more than two kipping pullups without a band.

This is part failure story, part motivation, and part community. 5:30 am class – Snatches (regular snatches) were part of the workout and I thought I could do prescribed at 65 pounds. I can snatch 65, but catching in that full squat still throws me off badly. This one morning, I was bailing every other freakin’ lift. Full on fall on the butt (I was bruised for days), throw the weight forward, and curse like a sailor. At one point mid-workout, I went down (again). Right after, Mark went down across from me. Right after him, Michelle went down next to me. Someone across from her went down. All four of us were sitting on the floor like, WTF? It’s a fond memory because I find the domino hilarious, but also because we all got back up (Mark and I pissed at our lifts and growling) and kept going. Because that’s what we do.
Second best was more recent – I randomly managed a kipping pullup after a Friday morning workout and I was freaking out. I then did two in a row and proceeded to knock almost everyone over in the gym giving them hugs. (Still trying to repeat this strange phenomena… the pullups, not the hugging. The hugging is normal.)
“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”

26.2 Crossfit has changed my life. I started LBN at the gym in April 2012 because my friend Jennifer Flores had started going there and told me all about it at work. I set up an appointment with Allie for a one on one meeting to check it out. He nearly killed me with wall balls and burpees which defined for me exactly how out of shape I really was! After soaking in a few epsom salt baths and licking my wounds, I decided I was going to commit to ONE month. The first two weeks, I finished every workout dead last and shed a few tears but I was hooked. I had turned 40 years old that year and realized I was overweight and out of shape. This was my chance to do something about it! I weighed 167 lbs at 5ft 4inches tall! Not acceptable! About a month into my crossfit journey, Allie gave me some info on the zone diet. I took it home and decided I needed to do it. It seems like a lifetime ago now but I know I can never go back. As I sit here today at 134 lbs with muscles I can actually see again, I often reflect on this journey. I am forever grateful to the awesome people at 26.2 crossfit for their atmosphere of encouragement and support. It took so much dedication on my part and for that I am so proud of myself but I really could not have done it without all of you! As far as my favorite workout goes, I love to hate them all 😉 The Hero workouts, while always tough, are the most inspiring. I still struggle a lot with upper body strength and my ultimate goal is to be able to do those damn pull ups! I can’t wait to see what this year brings at the gym. It has been amazing watching the gym grow and seeing so many lives transformed. I am eternally grateful to eveyone at 26.2 for helping me on this amazing road! See you all at the box!

Nicole Lewis
“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”
beforeafterJen2 Jennifer has been with us for just over a year (March 19th 2012).  This picture speaks as much about confidence as it does hard work! We are very Proud of you J-Flo
“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”

1017690_10200970400775229_765179039_n  Lane says  “So here it is thus far, the before picture on the left was taken Jan 2013, the after picture was taken today, July 6th 2013. I’ve lost 4 inches from my waist, gone from a size 15 to a 9, and lost 30lbs. There have been a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into this transformation and the journey isn’t over. Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement everyone has given me along the way. There are some people out there I could not have done this without, you know who you are!!”

“The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.”

Very proud of you as well keep it up!

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