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  1. “Cross” Fit?

    “Cross” Fit?

        by Sarah Henderson When Crystal first opened CrossFit Puyallup in 2011 she did not have the cross in the logo. Two months later she felt lead to add the cross to her logo and let it be known that CrossFit Puyallup was a mission God called her to...

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  2. CFP Athlete of the Month!

    January Athlete of the Month – BRIAN BOONE by Sarah Henderson     Please give a round of applause for our CrossFit Puyallup “Athlete of the Month” Brian Boone! When you see him around the box give him a high 5 or a pat on the back!  The recognition is...

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  3. “3 Reasons Why I Can’t WOD….

    …… and why they don’t work at CrossFit Puyallup” by Sarah Henderson Here at CrossFit Puyallup we have athletes of all shapes, sizes, age, gender, different health issues, and busy lifestyles. When you have such a variety you also have several reasons why it is hard to make it in...

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  4. A CrossFit Journey

    A CrossFit Journey

    Thinking of starting CrossFit? Or maybe it’s time to join the Food Challenge? Let’s see if the story of one of our athletes will inspire you to start NOW! Can you guess who this athlete is??? Super nice! Platinum blonde hair! Great hugger! WOD smasher! Infectious laugh! Do you know?...

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  5. Can I do CrossFit?

    Have you ever wondered if CrossFit was "right" for you?  Are all of your "fit" friends doing it?  Have you thought that CrossFit is way too hard for you?  Well, I would like to encourage you to read a little story about a man who didn't let any of those...

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  6. 2013 Food Challenge Testimonials

    Another amazing Food Challenge has occurred.  We had so many unbelieveable changes in so many of our athletes!  We can't express to you all how incredibly difficult it is to pick the top 3!  Every single athlete who completed the 2 month challenge and improved their food intake had crazy...

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  7. CrossFit Puyallup Kid’s Areas

    CrossFit Puyallup has 2 areas for our athlete's children to hang out while Mom and Dad get their WOD in.  The "Kid's Pen" is designed for young kids that need to be corralled for their safety.  We have baby and toddler safe toys and games available.  The "Kids Room" is...

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Can I do CrossFit?

Have you ever wondered if CrossFit was “right” for you? Are all of your “fit” friends doing it? Have you thought that CrossFit is way too hard for you? Well, I would like to encourage you to read a little story about a man who didn’t let any of those questions get in his way. I would like to introduce you a remarkable athlete who has proven that Crossfit is right for him, that he is more fit and it is for anyone at any fitness level. Derek Rand.

Derek has an inspiring story to tell of his journey to fitness through CrossFit. I am privileged that he chose CrossFit Puyallup to begin his journey. I have found myself, on numerous occasions, in tears because of the purpose and drive that Derek exhibits in his workouts and the changes he has made in his life outside of the gym. He inspires me. Maybe he will inspire you too.

~Crystal Schiemer, Owner/Head Coach, Crossfit Puyallup

Here is Derek’s story in his words……

My entire life I have been over weight. I have tried just about everything, I was even a vegetarian for 3 years (shudders). I was never in denial about my weight, I just didn’t know any better. Being social wasn’t fun because of the accommodations everyone had to make for me, having to move tables so I could fit in a booth, or not being able to even clothe myself properly. Trying to deal with the day to day of being overweight lead to depression, which lead to a quiet dark moody self.

My turning point which set me on my CrossFit path, was when the Safety Administrator for my job informed that he had to order a special harness and tether for me. He also gently informed me that they did not make the harnesses them any bigger. Meaning if I was not able to be safe in my job, I most likely would have to take a demotion.

Since joining I have turned myself around. I have gone from almost hyperventilating, being coached on how to breathe, from not able to run at all, to running a 5k, setting a record in my back squat, to taking first place in my food challenge, my progression amazes me day to day. Food challenges have been successful for my health and my overall opinion on food itself. I have been through two challenges so far and lost 45 pounds, the pounds keep falling off. I can buy clothes now that fit and have breathing space in any booth. It feels like a freedom I have long desired, which is something I can smile at.

My experience at CrossFit Puyallup has been and will continue to be life changing. I have made so many friends and the support from everyone is amazing. It is so great to hear people cheering for you during the WOD and high-fiving each other after. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are currently at because everyone supports each other. Crystal and Kym have created an environment that is inviting to everyone not to mention the knowledge and expertise they bring .I can’t thank them enough for helping me become a better person both inside and out.