Everyone thinks of CrossFit as a super crazy intense hardcore workout that only the fittest people can do, some people are afraid to try it because they don’t want others to see them fail or see how weak they are. Some people are intimidated and they think they should train first before they try CrossFit. The truth is…this is how I felt the first time I was introduced to CrossFit – and I’m sure I can speak for the majority, but CrossFit Authentique is so much more than just any gym, any class, or any training program. It’s a community, a family. Here you’ll find that everyone is on different levels and everyone has different athletic abilities with different personal goals – all with the same intentions of getting FIT and HEALTHY. Regardless of everyone’s level of fitness, everyone is respectful of one another and nobody judges you. I love the sense of belonging. I am surrounded with people who care, who motivate me, who are there alongside me working hard. We help each other because we are a family. We all share the same pains and struggles but at the end of the WOD you feel a sense of pride knowing that you are one step closer to getting better. I love that Alex pushes us, because that extra push makes a hell of a difference in making you stronger. He gets on you if your form is off or if you’re going too fast or you’re getting lazy. It helps remind me that this is not a race and to focus on the technique rather than rushing through the workout. It is a competition with yourself, not others. Every day is different. Coach Alex keeps me on my toes and surprises me by adding variety and teaching new workout routines to challenge me. There’s never a dull moment. You may cry or maybe even throw up but you’ll thank Alex when you look back and realize that you’ve reached your goals and you’re a brand new person. Alex is very knowledgeable and is dedicated to help you. Since the day i started CrossFit, it has become my new healthy addiction and my new passion. I’ve been inspired to be my best. I’ve become stronger, faster, healthier. I’ve challenged myself and accomplished what I never thought I could. I’m in the best shape of my life and I owe it to Alex and the other CFA community. I have followed him to every gym and now he has a box to call his own ! Thank you Alex and the CFA family for everything!