Our members come to our gym for a number of reasons. They want to lose fat. They hope to gain muscle mass. They want to ready themselves for the summer season. They want to train for a specific sport. But, ultimately, they want to live longer, happier and healthier lives. In our experience we have found that no two members are alike.
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of our member success stories below.
My name is Brent Hardin and I own Superior Insurance here in the Asheville and Hendersonville area in North Carolina. When I started at CrossFit HVL I was on 34 units of slow release insulin daily and had a rapid acting pen for any spikes in my blood sugar. After the first three months I was completely off insulin and down 20 pounds. Hard work gets results and the coaches and community here definitely motivating and push you to get there.
Every WOD Fights Cancer!
It was five years ago today that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was always pretty active, and in the best shape of my life after running and working out with a personal trainer for the year prior.
One week after I completed treatment, my husband and I moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina. I looked for a gym and similar type of training and found CrossFit HVL. The one-hour workouts (or WODs) included cardio, strength training and coaching in a small group.
Now that I’ve worked out at CrossFit HVL for the past three and a half years, I am even stronger and more fit than my pre-cancer condition. And at 57, I continue to build strength, stamina and learn new skills.
A major part of maintaining my healthy is being a member of this CrossFit HVL community. Not only do I get the necessary physical training, but I am supported and encouraged by skilled and professional coaching and a caring community of friends and families. We’re all on a health journey together.
I had spine surgery in 2003 and didn’t do any exercise for way too long. I came to CrossFit HVL as a personal training client at the end of 2015 and began working out three days a week. I had been struggling with back spasms and sciatic pain. Shelly began working with me on core strength and flexibility, and eventually added in weightlifting to my program. I feel like a completely different person than I was in 2015. I am both stronger and more flexible, and I can do whatever I want now with confidence that I’m not going to re-injure myself. I no longer take a blood pressure medication that I thought I would be on forever, and after a recent EKG the doctor said I had an athlete’s strong heart. Thanks Shelly!
My name is Natalie and I am 21 years old. In my last year of college I gained about 40 lbs. I started seeing changes in my body almost immediately after joining CrossFit HVL. For the past 6 months I’ve really started to see my muscles become more divined and my body toning up. All these changes have led me to a healthier lifestyle like in my former competitive cheer leading days. My mother Valerie attends the CrossLite class. As a family we started the Whole 30 which is very demanding, but during those 3 months I lost 30 lbs. CrossFit has given me my athletic body back, muscle tone, and strength. I am doing movements that I have never done before. For example toes to bar; which I never thought I would have the core strength to do. CrossFit has given me the motivation to continue to improve myself. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
My name is Sarah Saltz and I have been married for 17 years and have four children. I have no athletic background at all. After my third child my husband was interested in CrossFit and thought we should both give it a try. I was very skeptical, but I did indeed need to do something about the accumulated baby weight that wasn’t going away! My husband came in first and was pumped and told me to give it a try. I called and talked with Shelly and told her I could not even do one pull-up since there were pull-ups in the workout of the day. She assured me they would modify anything I needed and to come in and give it a try. So I did! I did not love it at first but within the next two to three weeks of coming 3 days a week I was hooked! All of it. I loved the challenge, I would walk in and see the WOD and say there is no way I can do this; and yet I would walk out feeling like a champion because I DID it. The mental and self esteem it gave me was amazing, especially to a stay at home mom with three littles. I stayed with it and grew in strength and saw results in my body and still today after four children and coming close to forty I feel the healthiest I have ever felt in my life. I was able to CrossFit through my entire pregnancy and was blown away by my recovery this time around. Even going for a lite run only a week after giving birth. Cant even express my love for this sport and the community that is more like a family. After four years I am still humbled by what there is to learn and to improve myself on. It never gets old. I never say boy I don’t want to go to the gym today, like what I hear from all of my peers. I am truly thankful for CrossFit!