testimonials

  • "As I got older I slowly saw my body change. At first a little more exercise, a little less food and I would bounce back. Then that no longer worked. My regular trips to the gym plateaued. I needed more.
    After looking around for some time I heard about MACF. I called and set up an appointment. The meeting intrigued me. I had never worked out in this manner. Jameson was so encouraging, supportive and confident in me. He was able to simplify lifts so I could understand what he wanted me to do.
    I now go to crossfit class 3x a week and have improved my diet. Lisa and Jameson are well educated instructors. They seem to know exactly when I am ready to be pushed a little more. They are always walking around during class giving encouragement and pointers. Each class is different and surely challenging.
    I have to say I have never worked out so hard in my life. The sweat that comes out of my body is unbelievable. I love the way my body has toned and how my clothes fit. I am able to complete everyday tasks much easier.
    Crossfit has become part of my weekly schedule. When times get crazy I make sure cross fit still fits in. "
    "As I got older I slowly saw my body change. At first a little more exercise, a little less food and I would bounce back. Then that no longer worked. My regular trips to the gym plateaued. I needed more.
    After looking around for some time I heard about MACF. I called and set up an appointment. The meeting intrigued me. I had never worked out in this manner. Jameson was so encouraging, supportive and confident in me. He was able to simplify lifts so I could understand what he wanted me to do.
    I now go to crossfit class 3x a week and have improved my diet. Lisa and Jameson are well educated instructors. They seem to know exactly when I am ready to be pushed a little more. They are always walking around during class giving encouragement and pointers. Each class is different and surely challenging.
    I have to say I have never worked out so hard in my life. The sweat that comes out of my body is unbelievable. I love the way my body has toned and how my clothes fit. I am able to complete everyday tasks much easier.
    Crossfit has become part of my weekly schedule. When times get crazy I make sure cross fit still fits in. "

    Carolyn B.

  • "I love crossfit! I joined MACF this past October. I had been a runner for years and was ready for a change of pace. I took privates with Jameson. He was a great teacher. The challenge of crossfit has been so rewarding and a little addictive ;)

    A few months in, I joined the the Whole Life Challenge. I learned all about paleo, and made some really positive and healthy changes to my diet. I am 42 and in the best shape (mentally and physically) that I have ever been in.
    The icing on the cake is the people I have met at MACF. Just a great, truly down to earth group of people. Lisa does a great job of setting the positive tone at MACF! I am so glad I discovered cross fit and MACF, it has been an awesome addition to my life."
    "I love crossfit! I joined MACF this past October. I had been a runner for years and was ready for a change of pace. I took privates with Jameson. He was a great teacher. The challenge of crossfit has been so rewarding and a little addictive ;)

    A few months in, I joined the the Whole Life Challenge. I learned all about paleo, and made some really positive and healthy changes to my diet. I am 42 and in the best shape (mentally and physically) that I have ever been in.
    The icing on the cake is the people I have met at MACF. Just a great, truly down to earth group of people. Lisa does a great job of setting the positive tone at MACF! I am so glad I discovered cross fit and MACF, it has been an awesome addition to my life."

    Jen G.

  • "I was the most uncoordinated, out of shape, least athletic person. I wanted – no, needed to improve this aspect of my life before the BIG 5-0
    I found out about Crossfit from my oldest son, he was doing this crazy exercise program in preparation for the Police Academy. I was amazed at how fit he became in the time he had been going to classes. I assumed that this was some young kid’s fad…well ya’ll, you know what happens when you assume…
    The non-athletic, uncoordinated, out-of-shape me was ready to take on the next leg of my journey “getting in shape” now having never been in shape (round does not count) this was going to be a challenge, so I corralled a couple of buddies to try out this CrossFit program.
    Let me tell you, that first workout was the most humbling experience of my life! When the hour was over, I thought, “I am never coming back, there is no “expletive” way I can do this”… but there was this deep feeling of support and encouragement from perfect strangers at that point, and I thought, “I can go again and see what happens”.
    The second workout was less scary and the instructors were talking about the WOD and again I thought, “what the “expletive” is a WOD?” I refused to look on-line to check the ‘Workout of the Day”. I felt if I knew, I would rethink attending that class. And my buds, who I had talked into taking the class with me, were also doing that one fingered wave thing…often.
    However, three workouts a week and four months later in the program, I have met and connected with an amazing, supportive group of people. Instructors that are second to none: Jameson, Lisa and Shane, I could not have succeeded without your support and patience, a lot of patience. I now seek out the WOD every day and contemplate how I will tackle it and am now striving to improve my workout times and standards. I am grateful that I continue to have this opportunity to find and improve myself.
    Last week, I had my first post “5-0” workout, and I am in the best shape of my life. No where to go from here but 6-0!"
    "I was the most uncoordinated, out of shape, least athletic person. I wanted – no, needed to improve this aspect of my life before the BIG 5-0
    I found out about Crossfit from my oldest son, he was doing this crazy exercise program in preparation for the Police Academy. I was amazed at how fit he became in the time he had been going to classes. I assumed that this was some young kid’s fad…well ya’ll, you know what happens when you assume…
    The non-athletic, uncoordinated, out-of-shape me was ready to take on the next leg of my journey “getting in shape” now having never been in shape (round does not count) this was going to be a challenge, so I corralled a couple of buddies to try out this CrossFit program.
    Let me tell you, that first workout was the most humbling experience of my life! When the hour was over, I thought, “I am never coming back, there is no “expletive” way I can do this”… but there was this deep feeling of support and encouragement from perfect strangers at that point, and I thought, “I can go again and see what happens”.
    The second workout was less scary and the instructors were talking about the WOD and again I thought, “what the “expletive” is a WOD?” I refused to look on-line to check the ‘Workout of the Day”. I felt if I knew, I would rethink attending that class. And my buds, who I had talked into taking the class with me, were also doing that one fingered wave thing…often.
    However, three workouts a week and four months later in the program, I have met and connected with an amazing, supportive group of people. Instructors that are second to none: Jameson, Lisa and Shane, I could not have succeeded without your support and patience, a lot of patience. I now seek out the WOD every day and contemplate how I will tackle it and am now striving to improve my workout times and standards. I am grateful that I continue to have this opportunity to find and improve myself.
    Last week, I had my first post “5-0” workout, and I am in the best shape of my life. No where to go from here but 6-0!"

    Mike L.

  • "I was introduced to MACF three months ago, by a friend who had been successful with CrossFit. Prior to that, I had been inconsistent with my dedication to health and fitness. I would commit to eating well and exercising for a few weeks and then somewhere along the way, fall off track. I repeated that pattern for about ten years.
    My first class at MACF was a very eye opening experience. I was humbled by my inability to do many of the most basic exercises. I left feeling that I had just done the hardest and most exhausting exercise of my life and I was upset that I had allowed myself to get so out of shape. Being the mother of three busy children, I had put my own well-being on the back burner. Despite all that, I felt very encouraged by the coaches at MACF and was quickly drawn to the positive atmosphere there.
    Upon joining, I did a few private classes with Lisa and Jameson to learn some of the lifts and exercises. This was helpful because it allowed me to get a good sense of CrossFit. I was able to gain a sense of my strength, or lack of, and ease into the classes. I cannot say enough about the encouragement and guidance that I have received from the coaches at MACF. They make you feel like you can achieve whatever is on the board! There have been many times that I have looked at the WOD and thought, “That is going to be impossible.” It is an amazing feeling and a very rewarding experience when you complete what you thought was impossible. I still get nervous before the WODs but I am always reassured by the coaches and by my fellow CrossFitters.
    I have now changed my thinking from, “This will be impossible” to “This is what I want. I am going to do this!” I have learned that with hard work comes high reward and I would tell anyone considering MACF to show up, do the work, the best you can do, and you will see results! I have lost 20 pounds since joining MACF three months ago, but I have gained a happier, stronger, healthier version of myself and that feels awesome!! "
    "I was introduced to MACF three months ago, by a friend who had been successful with CrossFit. Prior to that, I had been inconsistent with my dedication to health and fitness. I would commit to eating well and exercising for a few weeks and then somewhere along the way, fall off track. I repeated that pattern for about ten years.
    My first class at MACF was a very eye opening experience. I was humbled by my inability to do many of the most basic exercises. I left feeling that I had just done the hardest and most exhausting exercise of my life and I was upset that I had allowed myself to get so out of shape. Being the mother of three busy children, I had put my own well-being on the back burner. Despite all that, I felt very encouraged by the coaches at MACF and was quickly drawn to the positive atmosphere there.
    Upon joining, I did a few private classes with Lisa and Jameson to learn some of the lifts and exercises. This was helpful because it allowed me to get a good sense of CrossFit. I was able to gain a sense of my strength, or lack of, and ease into the classes. I cannot say enough about the encouragement and guidance that I have received from the coaches at MACF. They make you feel like you can achieve whatever is on the board! There have been many times that I have looked at the WOD and thought, “That is going to be impossible.” It is an amazing feeling and a very rewarding experience when you complete what you thought was impossible. I still get nervous before the WODs but I am always reassured by the coaches and by my fellow CrossFitters.
    I have now changed my thinking from, “This will be impossible” to “This is what I want. I am going to do this!” I have learned that with hard work comes high reward and I would tell anyone considering MACF to show up, do the work, the best you can do, and you will see results! I have lost 20 pounds since joining MACF three months ago, but I have gained a happier, stronger, healthier version of myself and that feels awesome!! "

    Kerry M.

  • "“I just qualified for Boston. Enough said!”
    Referring to the Boston Marathon after completing the Marine Core Marathon. "
    "“I just qualified for Boston. Enough said!”
    Referring to the Boston Marathon after completing the Marine Core Marathon. "

    HEATHER K.

  • “I actually like that you push me to try new things. I also appreciate how you go above and beyond to give individual support and sometimes the extra push to get me there.”
    “I actually like that you push me to try new things. I also appreciate how you go above and beyond to give individual support and sometimes the extra push to get me there.”

    Cindy Z.

  • "I have been going to MACF 3 times per week for the past 14 months. After CrossFitting at another gym for 1 year, I went to MACF because I needed an extra push to get to the next level. I went with the goal to get stronger, not necessarily skinnier. But, I achieved both! Not only am I stronger and leaner, at the age of 41, I now weigh less than I did in high school. At Lisa’s CrossFit, I get the encouragement and guidance to get there correctly, which is and always has been very important to me.
    I have been a runner for 10 years. Mad About CrossFit has also made me a better runner and I have fewer injuries, too. I recently ran my fastest 5K in 5 years, even though I now run less as part of my training regime.
    MACF provides a lot of personal attention through a low coach-to-client ratio. The emphasis is always on correctly performing the moves. It’s form over everything so there is no injury. At another gym, I attended CrossFit classes with 30 people and 1 coach but it never felt as though I was getting the attention to ensure I was doing moves properly.
    As an overall experience, every time I walk into CrossFit I hear an inner voice tell me, ‘that WOD is impossible. I will never be able to finish it.’ But every time, my body proves that voice wrong. I watched as much of the Olympics as possible. After seeing the commitment of the athletes I went to MACF yesterday and told myself I would push myself harder. I blew myself away at how fast I did the WOD.
    I think all of these accomplishments are directly related to the MACF environment. It is so supportive, comfortable and encouraging. My advice to someone considering joining MACF is ‘Just Go!’ Just get there on a consistent basis and the results will renew your commitment. MACF is the best place to go if you’re just starting or trying to get back into a fitness regime because of the personal attention given by very knowledgeable coaches. MACF is a controlled environment with focus on form. If you watch a CrossFit video, it’s fast and furious. But at MACF, it’s form over fury!"
    "I have been going to MACF 3 times per week for the past 14 months. After CrossFitting at another gym for 1 year, I went to MACF because I needed an extra push to get to the next level. I went with the goal to get stronger, not necessarily skinnier. But, I achieved both! Not only am I stronger and leaner, at the age of 41, I now weigh less than I did in high school. At Lisa’s CrossFit, I get the encouragement and guidance to get there correctly, which is and always has been very important to me.
    I have been a runner for 10 years. Mad About CrossFit has also made me a better runner and I have fewer injuries, too. I recently ran my fastest 5K in 5 years, even though I now run less as part of my training regime.
    MACF provides a lot of personal attention through a low coach-to-client ratio. The emphasis is always on correctly performing the moves. It’s form over everything so there is no injury. At another gym, I attended CrossFit classes with 30 people and 1 coach but it never felt as though I was getting the attention to ensure I was doing moves properly.
    As an overall experience, every time I walk into CrossFit I hear an inner voice tell me, ‘that WOD is impossible. I will never be able to finish it.’ But every time, my body proves that voice wrong. I watched as much of the Olympics as possible. After seeing the commitment of the athletes I went to MACF yesterday and told myself I would push myself harder. I blew myself away at how fast I did the WOD.
    I think all of these accomplishments are directly related to the MACF environment. It is so supportive, comfortable and encouraging. My advice to someone considering joining MACF is ‘Just Go!’ Just get there on a consistent basis and the results will renew your commitment. MACF is the best place to go if you’re just starting or trying to get back into a fitness regime because of the personal attention given by very knowledgeable coaches. MACF is a controlled environment with focus on form. If you watch a CrossFit video, it’s fast and furious. But at MACF, it’s form over fury!"

    Jen R.

  • "I cannot say enough about the encouragement and guidance that I have received from the coaches at MACF. They make you feel like you can achieve whatever is on the board!possible. Getting there is half the battle."
    "I cannot say enough about the encouragement and guidance that I have received from the coaches at MACF. They make you feel like you can achieve whatever is on the board!possible. Getting there is half the battle."

    Kerry M.

  • "I have been blessed with personal and professional success. I have an interesting job at a great company, good friends, a terrific and healthy family and the financial resources to support a fairly privileged lifestyle. I have always been a hard worker and don’t make excuses about being successful or not; the latter simply has never been an option. I just do whatever it takes and pay the requisite price. If it took working 20 hours a day, not taking vacations, not prioritizing diet, sleep, exercise etc… that’s what I did.
    Turning 40, was a personal inflection point. I had the epiphany that it really didn’t matter how much money I made or what my title/stature was if I didn’t take a more ‘whole’ look at myself and how I was living my life. My wife was talking about having our third child (who we just welcomed in July) and my two children were active and growing (11 and 9). Many of our social activities since we moved from Manhattan to CT revolved around participating in sports (tennis and platform/paddle tennis). I wanted to be in optimum health in order to set a great example for my kids, keep up with them and have the energy to be an active ‘older’ dad and husband.
    That’s when I joined MACF- the same month I turned 40 and after seeing a friend of mine lose 20 pounds in the first month he was a member at Mad About. My first WOD was as close to death by exertion that I can recall and incredibly humbling. I actually thought that I was in okay shape. I was later informed by the coaches (after doing CF for some 3 months and starting to get things in some semblance of order) that I was a ‘mess’. They were right, but to their credit, they didn’t tell me at first because it may have caused me to not plow forward as the physical toll on me for a while was intense.
    I still get nervous at the start of many WODs, but I know that I’m not going to pass out or die (I’m serious). I am confident in my ability to do the movements and lifts correctly. I am actually less concerned about times/reps and more focused on doing the movements/WODs properly and gaining the maximum benefit. This is a subtle but interesting change from the old me who would have been exclusively focused on the time or number of sets. Now my focus is on trying to do every move as close to perfect as possible. I do pay attention to others but I really only ‘compete’ against myself. I finished today’s WOD in the lower half of the class but know that I did the moves properly and to the best of my ability. I’m okay with that.
    In the +/- 18 months I have been at MACF, I have lost 25lbs of fat, and seen my strength, endurance and body conformation improve dramatically. I have a good, not great, physique, have seen my level of non-CrossFit sports performance improve, and have a much better psychological view of life and the associated balance needed to be happy and fulfilled in general.'
    "I have been blessed with personal and professional success. I have an interesting job at a great company, good friends, a terrific and healthy family and the financial resources to support a fairly privileged lifestyle. I have always been a hard worker and don’t make excuses about being successful or not; the latter simply has never been an option. I just do whatever it takes and pay the requisite price. If it took working 20 hours a day, not taking vacations, not prioritizing diet, sleep, exercise etc… that’s what I did.
    Turning 40, was a personal inflection point. I had the epiphany that it really didn’t matter how much money I made or what my title/stature was if I didn’t take a more ‘whole’ look at myself and how I was living my life. My wife was talking about having our third child (who we just welcomed in July) and my two children were active and growing (11 and 9). Many of our social activities since we moved from Manhattan to CT revolved around participating in sports (tennis and platform/paddle tennis). I wanted to be in optimum health in order to set a great example for my kids, keep up with them and have the energy to be an active ‘older’ dad and husband.
    That’s when I joined MACF- the same month I turned 40 and after seeing a friend of mine lose 20 pounds in the first month he was a member at Mad About. My first WOD was as close to death by exertion that I can recall and incredibly humbling. I actually thought that I was in okay shape. I was later informed by the coaches (after doing CF for some 3 months and starting to get things in some semblance of order) that I was a ‘mess’. They were right, but to their credit, they didn’t tell me at first because it may have caused me to not plow forward as the physical toll on me for a while was intense.
    I still get nervous at the start of many WODs, but I know that I’m not going to pass out or die (I’m serious). I am confident in my ability to do the movements and lifts correctly. I am actually less concerned about times/reps and more focused on doing the movements/WODs properly and gaining the maximum benefit. This is a subtle but interesting change from the old me who would have been exclusively focused on the time or number of sets. Now my focus is on trying to do every move as close to perfect as possible. I do pay attention to others but I really only ‘compete’ against myself. I finished today’s WOD in the lower half of the class but know that I did the moves properly and to the best of my ability. I’m okay with that.
    In the +/- 18 months I have been at MACF, I have lost 25lbs of fat, and seen my strength, endurance and body conformation improve dramatically. I have a good, not great, physique, have seen my level of non-CrossFit sports performance improve, and have a much better psychological view of life and the associated balance needed to be happy and fulfilled in general.'

    Shawn B.

  • "For the past four months I’ve been on a journey. I’ve been looking to find myself again. For years I had been living my life, relatively happy but not entirely fulfilled. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great life, a fabulous, supportive husband, three amazing kids, a career, a beautiful home, but something has been missing. Somewhere along the way I lost myself.
    Four months ago I started training at Mad About Crossfit, I was a little scared of what I had gotten myself into but not as scared as I was about losing myself forever. I was severely overweight (still overweight, but getting closer to my goal every day), I lived a very sedentary lifestyle and considered the leisurely neighborhood walks I took to be enough. Who was I kidding? Only myself.
    Late one night in July I researched for affiliated Crossfit boxes in my area. Crossfit appealed to me because, from what I had read, it was the sport of fitness. I wanted to be fit, so on a leap of faith I sent an email to the address on the Mad About Crossfit website. It took me over an hour to actually send that email. I was afraid. Afraid I would fail, afraid I was so far from my goal that is was impossible to attain.
    Lisa, the owner, called me the very next morning. That phone call changed my life. I don’t know if it was what she said or the tone of her voice but all I heard that day was, “you can do this, you’ve made the right choice.” Those weren’t her words, it’s not what she said but it was all I heard.

    For ten individual sessions Lisa taught me the basics of Crossfit, showed me good form, scaled my workouts and ran right along side of me. I hung on every word that came out of her mouth, still do.
    Four months ago I couldn’t complete one sit-up, run 50 meters, finish one burpee, or jump rope. It was humbling, it was embarrassing but it was also the first day of the rest of my new life.

    When I started Crossfit I was a lost, broken, shell of myself. I had no idea the strength that was still inside of me. I thought I was too far gone, I thought my weight was my destiny. I am so glad I’ve never been more wrong.
    Four months later I still have to scale workouts and have a lot of work to do on my form but I am a much stronger, healthier, happier version of myself. I no longer seek out the WOD to determine whether I will participate in class, I seek it out to accept my challenge. I look forward to when my score on the board isn’t the worst, the lowest reps, the least amount of rounds, the longest time. But I have a score on that board, I walked in the door, completed the workout and am a better version of myself than I was the day before.

    “I can’t” no longer exists in my mantra and has been replaced with “I can” and “I will”. I have found myself through Crossfit with the help of some truly amazing trainers and a supportive community of fellow Crossfitters, family and friends.
    This is my new life, every day is a new day to be my best, take on new challenges and discover what else I am capable of. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, complimented me, you’ll never know how much it has helped, how much it has kept me moving when I wasn’t quite sure I could.
    This is my new life. I am never going back. And when someone in class yells out, “You can do this Shirley!” I finally believe them."
    "For the past four months I’ve been on a journey. I’ve been looking to find myself again. For years I had been living my life, relatively happy but not entirely fulfilled. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great life, a fabulous, supportive husband, three amazing kids, a career, a beautiful home, but something has been missing. Somewhere along the way I lost myself.
    Four months ago I started training at Mad About Crossfit, I was a little scared of what I had gotten myself into but not as scared as I was about losing myself forever. I was severely overweight (still overweight, but getting closer to my goal every day), I lived a very sedentary lifestyle and considered the leisurely neighborhood walks I took to be enough. Who was I kidding? Only myself.
    Late one night in July I researched for affiliated Crossfit boxes in my area. Crossfit appealed to me because, from what I had read, it was the sport of fitness. I wanted to be fit, so on a leap of faith I sent an email to the address on the Mad About Crossfit website. It took me over an hour to actually send that email. I was afraid. Afraid I would fail, afraid I was so far from my goal that is was impossible to attain.
    Lisa, the owner, called me the very next morning. That phone call changed my life. I don’t know if it was what she said or the tone of her voice but all I heard that day was, “you can do this, you’ve made the right choice.” Those weren’t her words, it’s not what she said but it was all I heard.

    For ten individual sessions Lisa taught me the basics of Crossfit, showed me good form, scaled my workouts and ran right along side of me. I hung on every word that came out of her mouth, still do.
    Four months ago I couldn’t complete one sit-up, run 50 meters, finish one burpee, or jump rope. It was humbling, it was embarrassing but it was also the first day of the rest of my new life.

    When I started Crossfit I was a lost, broken, shell of myself. I had no idea the strength that was still inside of me. I thought I was too far gone, I thought my weight was my destiny. I am so glad I’ve never been more wrong.
    Four months later I still have to scale workouts and have a lot of work to do on my form but I am a much stronger, healthier, happier version of myself. I no longer seek out the WOD to determine whether I will participate in class, I seek it out to accept my challenge. I look forward to when my score on the board isn’t the worst, the lowest reps, the least amount of rounds, the longest time. But I have a score on that board, I walked in the door, completed the workout and am a better version of myself than I was the day before.

    “I can’t” no longer exists in my mantra and has been replaced with “I can” and “I will”. I have found myself through Crossfit with the help of some truly amazing trainers and a supportive community of fellow Crossfitters, family and friends.
    This is my new life, every day is a new day to be my best, take on new challenges and discover what else I am capable of. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, complimented me, you’ll never know how much it has helped, how much it has kept me moving when I wasn’t quite sure I could.
    This is my new life. I am never going back. And when someone in class yells out, “You can do this Shirley!” I finally believe them."

    Shirley L.