Jared Brown


Published January 27, 2015


I’ve always been into competition. In high school, I wrestled and played football, and loved the opportunity to challenge myself and pit myself against others.

That’s probably why I ultimately decided to give CrossFit a try. I mean, I liked going to the gym and all, but to me, going it alone was just too mundane and boring – plus, I had to do everything myself.

But I decided that CrossFit was perhaps the right thing for me, so I joined a local CrossFit gym. It was fine – I definitely enjoyed the competitiveness of the program – but I didn’t really click with CrossFit until Forge Fitness opened up last year. That’s when I decided to switch over – and man, I couldn’t have made a better decision!

At my other gym, it didn’t seem like there was a system, or a method to the madness. Not at Forge. At Forge, the workouts are intentional. The coaches give reasons behind the WODs and take you, step by step, through each movement with patience and care. They also motivate and inspire you, because let’s face it, we all get to where we’re battling through pain and need that extra boost to make it through.

I credit Forge with the exceptional training that has allowed me to tap into my competitive nature and compete, not just with others but with myself, day in and day out, with each workout. I can feel myself improving with each session that goes by. I couldn’t do double-unders before Forge; now I can. My body fat percentage has dropped by four points since January, and I can say I am becoming an elite CrossFit athlete.

More importantly, though, Forge has helped me find something invaluable, something that everyone needs: drive. I have increased mental strength and fortitude. I can push through anything now, and endure whatever comes my way, all because the training I’ve experienced.

And I have a community now, and share my experiences with an awesome group of people. You can’t ask for anything more in a gym.

If you’re new to CrossFit, don’t give up! Listen to your coaches, learn the proper form, and expect to have a physical and mental change in your life. Join the community and be a part of the movement – it’ll give you the motivation to not give up and give in.

I love the results I’ve gotten from CrossFit and from Forge – and I know that given the chance, you will, too.

Jared Brown


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