Ben Evans (age 43)
Sports in general have always been a big part of my life. Growing up, Soccer and Rugby were my two main sports. Then in my late teens and through college I focused mainly on Rugby, playing both in the UK and then at the University of Arkansas when I moved to the USA.
After taking the first foundations class, I knew that Ammo was the place for me. I became a member on February 1st 2016 and can safely say that I am hooked. I love CrossFit, and more specifically Crossfit AMMO. The coaches, (Erin, Lee, Leah, April and Matt) are encouraging, motivating, well qualified and want you to succeed, they will push you to reach your potential, and are there with you every step of the way. You never feel like you are on your own, they pay attention, help you improve your weaknesses and turn them into your strengths. Every day the WOD’s are so varied, you never feel like any WOD is the same. Erin and Lee (owners) have created a great atmosphere, there is a great sense of community, it’s almost like a family. Everyone is encouraging, at every WOD we are motivating and helping each other through to the end. Ammo’s members are a great group of people, the kind of people you want to work out with and hang out with.
Personally, it has been a lifestyle change, when I joined in February, AMMO was having its Health and Wellness challenge. It was perfect, I was now being held accountable for my diet and my workout schedule. During the challenge (Which lasted the month of February) I saw huge results and Nine months on, I have continued making healthy diet choices and am working out every day at AMMO. I have lost 35lbs and am stronger and in the best shape of my life. I feel like I’m setting goals and achieving them every month. I feel like I’m always improving in areas that are my weaknesses, and that is thanks to the great coaching we have at Ammo.
I would recommend CrossFit Ammo to anyone, even if you’re on the fence about trying CrossFit, Ammo is the perfect place to give it a try, you won’t regret it.
In March 2013 I joined Crossfit AMMO and had no idea how it would change my lifestyle. I had recently seen my family dr and was told I had to make some serious health changes. I lost 65lbs and went from a size 40” waist to 32”. I began to make healthy food choices & began doing a Crossfit 4-5 days each week. The CF community is an unbelievable accountability group of friends working towards the same healthy lifestyle.
Stephanie Forrester (Age 46)
226 pounds. When I stepped on the scale one day in 2016 and saw that number, I couldn’t believe it. 226???I was devastated. How did I let this happen? I felt out of control. I felt unhealthy. I felt powerless! It seemed like I couldn’t fix this. I thought it was hopeless, that I had let myself go too far.
I had to act. I had stalked CrossFit AMMO for a few months, and I finally got up the courage to go in for Foundations.
I showed up at AMMO understanding “exercise”. Throughout the years, I had been active in high school and college, had religiously done step aerobics in my 20s when that was a thing, lifted weights, rode my bike miles and miles, and on and on. What I really didn’t understand – and this is going to sound crazy – was FOOD. I did not understand how to use food to fuel my body – my machine. I was either eating huge portions and not paying any attention to specifically WHAT was going into my mouth or I was eating way too little.
Then along came my transformation guardian angel; Coach Leah. She showed me how to use food to fuel myself properly. I never felt like a hopeless fat lady when I talked with her. She held me accountable and encouraged me. She BELIEVED in me. She celebrated with me when I finally got under 200 lbs. She was interested in what I was experiencing, she paid attention, she kept me positive, she always answered my questions and with her guidance and knowledge, I lost 51 pounds. I cannot thank her enough. I will never be able to repay her. Gosh, it makes me cry just thinking about it!
CrossFit AMMO is so, so much more than a gym. It is absolutely changing lives. At 46, I have big fitness goals that I never would have dreamed were attainable 3 years ago. The coaches and members at AMMO are some of the most outstanding people I’ve ever met. We truly are family. I feel encouraged, I feel supported, I feel like I can take on anything because of AMMO.
Now when I ride my bike, kick a soccer ball around with the hubs, or even just walk my dog, I smile and celebrate my fitness. It’s a beautiful thing to have. The physical and mental challenge of pushing my limits every day is exhilarating. I am not done, there is always more work to do! And I know I will always have my AMMO family to support me. #crossfit #crossfittransformation #weareammo #ammostrong #crossfitammo
On the left is 21 year-old me. I drank… a lot… I wanted the lean muscles and the athletic ability to make it to Regionals. I wanted the abs, defined legs, shredded shoulders and everything that most high level CrossFit athletes had. What I didn’t know was the amount of work and discipline it took to get there. I thought going to the gym, putting in the work, and living the same life I was living outside of the gym, would be enough. I lived off of Campisis pizza, Gloria’s chips and salsa, Texas Roadhouse rolls, Mambo Taxis (the list goes on and on,) without ever considering what my body actually NEEDED.
The woman on the right, however, is still a work in progress but tells a better story. One day, 3.5 years ago, I woke up. I was tired of being stagnant. I was tired of STILL wishing for the things the old me wanted. Something had to change in my life and I knew that the only difference between the old Leah and the new Leah was taking action towards my health and my fitness goals.
I learned to embrace the uncomfortable in order to get to where I wanted to be. Was it hard? HECK YEAH! My whole life revolved around tasty treats and workouts that I could do. I didn’t want to give up my pizza and margs, or feel defeat in a workout, but I knew that it’d be worth it in the end. I hated doing the things that I wasn’t good at. And at that time, there were plenty to choose from whether it was muscle-ups, strict hspu, butterfly pull-ups, or any bodyweight movement for that matter.
My encouragement to you is… establish your why. Why do you want to transform or change from your current situation? The longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be to start. Is that reason enough to make the necessary sacrifices? It was for me.
Once you establish your why, create attainable goals where you can enjoy small victories along the way. Embrace the uncomfortable… it’s going to happen. You will fall down but if you want it bad enough, you will let that motivate you and you will get up.
For me, my “why” was worth it, and I plan to continue a healthy lifestyle with my husband until the day I die.