Gil and Jodie,
“I have been training at Crossfit Newton for about two years. I cannot begin to describe the transformation that my body and overall well being have gone through since I started training with Gill and Jodie. They are excellent coaches and they both have unique ability to motivate me and get me to continually improve my performance. As a direct result of joining Crossfit Newton, at 44 years old, I am clearly in the best shape of my life. I am particularly impressed by the community of athletes at Crossfit Newton. With Jodie and Gill setting the tone, the Crossfit Newton community is one of inspiration, motivation and support. Everyone, regardless of age or physical ability improves dramatically once they stick with the program. It is quite enjoyable and motivational to watch the transformations. I have played athletics my whole life and have never experienced the level of honest support, friendship and success that exists among the athletes at Crossfit Newton and throughout the Crossfit community.”
In the summer of 2012, I joined an average globo gym in an attempt to lose weight. However, after 6 months of riding a stationary bike with decent yet boring results, I decided I needed to try something new. Knowing Jodie from school, I thought I should give crossfit a try. In September, I signed up for my on ramp.
I heard a lot of rumors about how difficult the classes were and how hardcore everyone at the gym would be. Thankfully I didn’t let this discourage me from giving it a try.
After my first few classes, I would leave the gym exhausted and wondering why I signed up for this. But after continuing for a few weeks, I started to notice that I was actually becoming better at the workouts. This lit the fire inside of me and since then I have been at the gym regularly. I started out coming in 2-3 days a week, and now I come in 5-6 days a week.
After a year at cfn, I can not tell you how much it has changed my life. I am not only in the best shape of my life, but these changes as well as the friends I have made in this community have given me more self confidence than ever before.
Crossfit has become less of something that I do to get in shape, and more of a lifestyle. I have directly seen the results of how a healthy diet leads to new PR’s in the gym, and this is what keeps me going. I know the nutrition and exercise information that I have learned this past year have set me up for a much longer, healthier life than I would have had otherwise.
And finally, Gil and Jodie. You have become more than just coaches, but great friends of mine and people that I look up to. I am so grateful for the time that you have given me in the past year, thank you.
– Nick Mishol
P. S. as you know, this past weekend I competed in the mass mayhem garage games. This is something I never imagined I would be able to do. Hopefully this is the first of many competitions for me in my crossfit life.
Gil and Jodie
How’s everything going?! I hope all is well. We’ve been underway here in New Haven Connecticut for a few weeks now with the strength training and conditioning and it has been going great, however I don’t think I would feel this good physically and be as mentally prepared for the rigorous D1 workouts had it not been for the 6 months I spent working out with you guys at CrossfitNewton.
On August 1 I sprained my ankle which was a huge setback both mentally and physically because on September 5th, the first day of classes at Yale, in order to participate in the basketball team activities I had to pass the fitness test of running a mile in under 5:45. I had run a timed mile at CFN a couple of months earlier that summer in 5:38 so I wasn’t feeling too optimistic about making the time when I got to school seeing as how I wasn’t supposed to run on my ankle until the first week of September. However,I kept coming to CFN andstarted doing all the WOD’s, only without the running components. For the last 4 weeks of summer I would go about three times a week and was pushed by Gil and the rest of the CFN community to work as hard as possible, and on the day of my fitness test I ran my mile in 5:37. This is a testament to the type of workout you get from Crossfit but more importantly CFN. While some coaches could have given up on me, Gil gave me the personalized attention I needed to continue my workouts and maintain my fitness so that I would be able to go 4 weeks without running but still improve my cardiovascular strength. On top of this, the kind of perseverance and dedication Gil and John directed towards me and my personal fitness goals motivated me to achieve them. They gave me a sense of mental toughness that inspired me on the day of the test to say to myself “If I can make it through hundreds CFN WOD’s, I can kick this mile’s ass!” And sure enough, I did.
Thanks for all the hard work you put towards my goals,
D1 basketball, Yale University
I have been going to CFN for a little over a year. In that time I have completely transformed my life.I have lost weight (which at first was my primary goal) and gained strength. I have learned to push myself both mentally and physically when being challenged. This has bled into my normal, everyday life. Just when you think your body can’t push any farther, your mind will push through that wall.
CFN has become my home away from home. It’s great to train where people have similar interests and help you reach your goals with their support. I will never go anywhere else.
as an obese child. Eventually, through pressure and assistance from
family, I lost the weight, but once I left home and entered college I
immediately put on the freshman “thirty-five”. After college I entered
the real world with the excess weight and all time low self-esteem.
Additionally, being from New Hampshire, I felt lost and had zero
support here in Massachusetts. Determined to do something about my
weight, I joined a local gym down the road from where I lived only to
find the same feeling, lost and un-supported.
At work I found my excessive weight getting in the way of my progress.
Then, one day, I found Crossfit, which is what led me to CrossFit
Newton. The first few months consisted of Gil’s determination to
teach me double unders while listening to a slew of complaints. It
took one of the members challenging me to push myself. I used that
challenge and what Gil had shown me to conquer double unders. I have
not looked back.
Once I accomplished a few of the movements of Crossfit, thanks to Gil,
I wanted to tackle my next challenge, my eating habits. Who would
chicken fettuccine alfredo twice a week was that bad for you? Jodie,
you soon put that to an abrupt stop and began showing me the Paleo
diet and how it can benefit my overall health. If you could have only
seen me the first day I walked into the store and bought vegetables.
From that day on I began showing up to work with steamed broccoli,
chicken and almonds.
Gil showing me the movements and having me understand the mechanics of
Crossfit movements, I would still be trying to get one double under.
Jodie, if you never put the time aside to show me how to set up a
proper nutrition plan, I can guarantee that there would be at least
three pints of Ben and Jerry’s in my freezer. The community that you
two have developed is what pushes me to the next level.
Gil, Jodie, and Matt,
I want to thank you and the rest of the CFN community for a great year! The Crossfit Newton community is a special one and I’m proud to be a part of it. We sweat together, challenge each other, and teach one another; all the while having a great time. I’m fortunate to train with people that set the bar as high as they can for the entire community.
Thanks for changing my vocabulary. I’ve gone from using “I can’t” to saying “I want to…I can…I will”. You’ve created a limitless mind-set in the box. This has especially helped me during my recovery from knee surgery. You’ve been able to adjust workouts to meet my physical needs while still challenging me and keeping to the boundless attitude of Crossfit.
Thanks for supporting us through our individual goals and victories. You’ve showed us that short cuts don’t work but hard work does, that feeling supported and being supportive can lead to PRs and friendships, that our defeats sometimes teach us more than our victories, and that cheering for the underdog is just as fun as cheering for a sub 2 minute Fran.
Thank you for your world-class coaching and innate leadership.
CFN is kind and friendly
CFN is determined and ambitious
CFN is fair and reliable
CFN is supportive and inclusive
CFN is respectful and humble
CFN is intrepid and dynamic
CFN is limitless
In the past, my fitness level has seen many ups and downs. The ups
were mostly when I lived in California–where an active lifestyle is
easier to maintain, and before I had kids–when working out didn’t
involve coordinating the schedules of three other people. The downs
were after kids, when I moved, changed jobs, etc. In the summer of
2010 I had reached my fitness low: I could barely run a mile, I hit
268lbs, and I just didn’t like how I felt. On August 19th, 2010 I
went to the gym for the first time in a couple of years and started
doing the cardio and nautilus routine.
I made progress but I wanted to continue to push myself. I’d reached a
point where I couldn’t keep learning things on my own, so in December
2010 my wife gave me a gift of the On Ramp class at Crossfit Newton.
I remember the beginning when I struggled to make it through the
stretching portion, and I remember the four days of soreness
afterward. In my first class after Onramp I met Jay and Fred. While
I forget exactly what the WOD was, I do remember that the heart rate
monitor I wore hit 198bpm, my performance was terrible, and both Fred
and Jay introduced themselves.
In preparing this, I’ve thought a lot about what has attracted me to
and kept me in Crossfit. The most important thing is the community
that makes up Crossfit Newton. Many days I only show up because I
told someone in class that I would the day before. Other days I’m
motivated by the amazing feats of the other athletes in the class,
especially when someone does a WOD in half the time it takes me.
Another very important aspect is the vocal encouragement of the
community. Before Crossfit, no one noticed when I set a PR or finally
accomplished something I’ve been working toward. At CFN, I’ve been
applauded dozens of times for various accomplishments. Every time it
reinforces the progress I’ve made and motivates me to keep pushing
further. Finally, I’m shocked at what I’ve been able to achieve. I
used to need 140lbs of assistance to do a pull up. Last week I strung
together three in a row, unassisted. I’ve had to buy all new clothes
because my old shirts and pants look like tents. I’ve lost almost 40
pounds and dropped six inches off my waist. I used to use the 18” box
for WODs and this week I just did one on the 30” box. What’s more, I
don’t think I would have realistically thought that my current
progress was attainable over the course of about a year. Now I only
consider my accomplishments a starting point to achieve even more.
This next year, I’ll do unassisted pull ups in a WOD, do unassisted
ring dips, figure out double unders, and do HSPUs. Thank you Gil,
Jodie, and everyone who goes to Crossfit Newton.
Gil and Jodie,