Testimonials

Before After

The first is from July 2017 before I began crossfit.
The second is from September 2018, one year after joining.

Brett Medeiros

How long have you been with Crossfit Tustin?
I joined Crossfit Tustin 1 year ago, in September 2017.
 
Why did you stick with Crossfit?
I stuck with CrossFit for two main reasons:  It was a good way to change my lifestyle and continue improving my overall health. I enjoy the camaraderie I build with the other members and coaches at CrossFit Tustin. 
 
What was your athletic background?
In terms of my athletic background I played football throughout high school.
 
What was the main thing that got you to your goals?
The main thing that allowed me to reach my goals was being consistent with going to Crossfit classes daily and maintaining a healthy diet.
 
Can you tell us anything else about you?
After finishing grad school and starting my career I had the goal of wanting to commit myself to a healthier and more active lifestyle. A year ago I joined Crossfit Tustin and made a lot of dietary changes, mainly cutting out or limiting a lot of unhealthy foods and including healthier options. By being consistent with both Crossfit and my diet over time I was able to go from my starting weight of 210 lbs. down to 160 lbs. by the spring.
 
 I ran my first half marathon this past weekend and finished it in just over two hours. I didn’t practice any distance running to prepare for it, just came to Crossfit regularly and maintained a healthy diet. 

Pete Shambrook

Sujata Kamdar

Before After

These Pictures are about 3 years apart.

Uhnyak Goo

How long have you been with Crossfit Tustin?
I have been with CrossFit Tustin for 3 years (November 2015).
 
Why did you stick with Crossfit?
What was the main thing that got you to your goals?

Two words: it works. Why quit something if progress is still going? Of course, this statement comes with an abundance of factors that attribute to the success of CrossFit for me. I can’t claim it’ll work for every person. In fact, I think any program will work for weight loss or muscle gain if you stick with it and persevere.

For me, the positive impact of CrossFit came from two main sources. Firstly, the community. My 5am and 6am family, on a daily basis, gives me the most supportive encouragement. If I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t like working out. The dying feeling during WODs? I hate it. But my gym family makes me push myself and makes sure that I’m more fit, more athletic, and happier than I was the day before. They’re not okay with me being less than my best self—something that I don’t always have the perception of seeing on my own. This demand from my CrossFit Tustin family has been, not just a physical transformation in life, but also an emotional and spiritual transformation.

While CrossFit Tustin has a supportive community that is unmatched, I would have to extend my gratitude to all of CrossFit. I travel for work and I go to other CrossFit gyms and the people there are welcoming and make me feel at home even though I have no idea who they are.

Secondly, when you decide to make a life change, the downfall is almost always, yourself. You don’t stick with it and you give up. I’ve done that with a number of things in my life: Atkins diet, P90X, all sorts of other diets, juice cleanses, etc. But I don’t think I was truly committed to any of them—you could easily find me eating Taco Bell a few weeks into whatever regimen I’ve decided to try.

This time around, I really wanted to make a difference. I mean, sincerely, committed to improving my health. It was not easy. I was going to CrossFit and REDLINE classes, every day, and doing my own skill work outside of classes. I was counting macros—for a year, I was on the “faster weight loss” track. I was angry the entire year from being hungry, but I still did it. I was sore from working out every day, but I still did it.

I started with CrossFit Tustin at 213 pounds (of fat). For someone 5’ 5”, that’s not a good weight. Today, 3 years later, I weighed in at 152 pounds.

 
What was your athletic background?
None.
 
Can you tell us anything else about you?
  • One day, I’m determined to do a flip without using my hands (front or back).
  • I have yet to experience an earthquake. Since I have been in California, I was driving whenever we had some sort of a rumble.
  • Anytime I hear a loud sound,  I automatically think it’s a nuclear war. One of the main reasons why I moved away from D.C. Super irrational.
Before After

Rachel and Alex Cesa

How long have you been with Crossfit Tustin?

Alex and I started CrossFit at different points in our lives. I started CrossFit 8 weeks after giving birth to our youngest daughter in August 2012. I remember hearing about the sport during pregnancy and couldn’t wait to get the go ahead from my doctor to try it out.

Alex started 2 years later in August of 2014. He wanted to make a commitment to taking care of his health and found it hard to push himself working out in our garage.

Why did you stick with Crossfit?
We both have stuck with CrossFit for so many reasons. One, we both love the sport and how each day challenges us both physically and mentally. There’s no greater feeling than doing something that you never thought was possible. Second, the workouts are constantly varied. It’s never a dull moment! Third, we love the community. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging and in many ways have helped us reach our personal goals.
 
What was your athletic background?
Growing up we were both into competitive sports. I did gymnastics and Alex played football and wrestling.
 
What was the main thing that got you to your goals?
Consistency and the support from our community and coaches have been key to reaching our goals.
 
Can you tell us anything else about you?
We are proud parents of two beautiful daughters Savannah and Sadie. CrossFit has given us the opportunity to show our girls the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and that it’s never too late to have new dreams or goals. With the combination of classes and eating healthier Alex has been able to shed over 35 pounds and I’m competing in my first individual CrossFit competition this month.