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MEG

I have Been a member of CFKL for 3 years. I have been at the box through an ownership change, and watched it blossom into an amazing community and atmosphere. I have Grown as an athlete in ways I cant Explain. The staff cares about the members and takes the time to make sure everyone is squared away. They run CompTrain programming, and encourage members to RomWod after their workout, in a specific area. The gym was recently renovated, and their is a constant attention to the gyms equipment and overall cleanliness!!

MEG
BLAKE

CFKL has been our family for the past few years. The gym itself has changed and grown in a great way. The recent upgrades to the kid room, yoga/stretching area, new rig, extra equipment have made the gym more “current”. The coaches have fostered an amazing community around the members. Members, including myself, love staying after class working on mobility/stretching. If I’m not at home or work, I’m at CFKL. I am sad to leave as I know the community and gym will continue to grow.

BLAKE
MATHIAS

My name is Mathias and I scale workouts. I am not ashamed or sad to say that, but full of pride, because that is who I am. For now! What I am able to do now was unthinkable and frankly physically impossible 2 years ago. Let me tell you about my story. I have always been a big guy. I never felt comfortable in my own body. Did I try to change that? Yes, I have tried. The list is long, and includes soccer, basketball, hockey, and American football. But I quit all of them soon after starting as I neither felt included nor supported at all. And what comes of a life of inactivity and obesity? Right, health issues. At the age of 28 I had a stroke. I caused my wife and family a lot of heartache and pain, and I am ashamed to admit I continue to smoke, though I am seriously considering quitting. My struggles continued for another 9 years until one day, while standing in front of the mirror, unhappy with the way I looked, I decided that enough is enough. Somehow it finally clicked. I bought a treadmill and started walking as my joints didn’t tolerate the strain of running yet. The weight started to come off, and the speed increased. Because I find the physique of long distance runners undesirable, I purchased a weight bench and started lifting. Unfortunately, nobody taught the correct lifting techniques and videos are not particularly helpful. So my joints started to hurt with the wrong techniques. This couldn’t be it either, but I was determined to make something work. As I had lost a lot of weight with running, my sister was inspired by my success and started Crossfit. After weeks of her never ending “you have to try Crossfit” and numerous Crossfit YouTube video messages, I decided to check it out. This is how I found Crossfit Kaiserslautern. Initially I was worried about the language barrier, but to stop my sister from annoying me, and to make a change in my life, I signed up for the 101 course. My wife, who I love more than anything, signed me up as a present, and bought a membership for me right away as well. Unsure but full of excitement I showed up to the 101 course. My doubts lessened with each hour. The coaches and other participants were supportive, patient, and kind, even though I was the only German. After successful completion of the 101 course, I had my first official WOD the very next day. I have been hooked ever since. The other athletes in that first class greeted me wholeheartedly; I instantly felt included and welcomed. This feeling has not diminished at all during the more than 360 WODs I have completed thus far. 360 hours in about 20 months since the 101 course. It’s insane, and my enthusiasm has not waned. CFKL is what I needed in my life. It is not just the training that makes our box great. It is the community, the support, and cheering for each other, and the excitement for each other’s accomplishments. Every effort and achievement is celebrated and every little improvement is recognized. I remember the class cheering for me as I successfully managed my very first 20” box jump. It is motivating to have this kind of support, and I wanted to repeat the success and show I really can do it. Of course there are set backs as well. For example, as I was mentally struggling to complete a 20” box jump a week later, even though I knew I could, the coach encouraged and cheered me on, reminding me that I had already done it and that I can do it. And I did it! The coaches at CFKL are a league of their own. You can tell they are passionate about coaching, and that it’s not just a job for them. During all my WODs they never tire of correcting my technique. I don’t know how often I make the same mistake over and over again, and how often I have thought my squats are low enough, just to be told to squat lower. It doesn’t matter how (un)athletic one is, the coaches are always there to assist and help. They are available outside of class as well, giving tips and advice. It is obvious they care about their members and their fitness journeys. However, it is more than just the training that makes CFKL special: it is the community aspect. It shows in everything from BBQs, Christmas parties, and spontaneous meet ups at the park or pool. There is a true sense of community that is fun, and you can also find help if you need it, for example for moving, tools, translations, or help getting to know the area. It is so much fun to be part of this community! 360 WODs and numerous hours outside of classes and I am as motivated and excited as I was in the beginning. Even with set backs and when feeling down the class and coaches pick you up. It makes this a very special place. I look forward to many many more WODs here at CFKL, and am excited where my fitness journey will lead. But one thing is for sure: I will always give my best. I want to reassure the coaches that I don’t intentionally mess up my technique so that you have to correct me. I am old and forgetful; well, my body anyways. Thank you for everything. Stay as you are and I will stay with you. Let’s continue with the training so that one day I can say “Hello: My name is Mathias and I RX workouts”. See you all in the box and outside of class!

MATHIAS
DANIEL

If you told me a year ago that I would be a part of a CrossFit gym, I’d have told you you’re out of your mind. Now, I’m immersed into the community. So why the switch and what keeps me coming back? After coming to a couple free class Fridays, or as I like to call it “friends and family day,” I realized that CrossFit is more than just this lifestyle of fitness. The people at CFKL are welcoming, encouraging, challenging, supportive and it makes working out more fun. I’m not always enthusiastic to pick up weights at 6am, but I’m excited to see the people. The friends that I have made in class have become family. That is what also keeps me coming back. The community of people at CFKL are not just people I workout with, they are who I do life with. All the while they push me to get better, add a little more weight, go faster, fix my posture, etc. While we all do not have the same goals we are all here for a common purpose: complete the workout of the day and continually get better at the movements whether moving faster and/or increasing weights. I enjoy starting my day off with those at the gym and will continue to do so while here in Germany.

DANIEL
LARS

Als Polizist kommt man im Laufe seiner Dienstzeit in die verschiedensten Lagen. Manche fordern dich eher körperlich, manche eher mental. Oftmals wird beides gleichermaßen von einem gefordert. Hier kann CrossFit meiner Meinung nach sehr helfen. Nicht nur das körperliche Training, welches den Fitnesslevel erhöht bzw. erhält, sind als positiv zu erachten. Auch der mentale Effekt, der bei jedem WOD dazu kommt, hilft mir, auch schwere oder unangenehme Situationen durchzustehen. Man darf nicht aufgeben und muss bis zum Schluss alles geben. Im Dienst und auch in jedem Workout. Nebenbei bekomme ich durch ein anstrengendes Workout einen freien Kopf und fühle mich ausgeglichen. So kann ich jeden Tag neu durchstarten. Ich kann jedem empfehlen, CrossFit wenigstens mal auszuprobieren.

LARS
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