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Much more than a gym, CrossFit Bartlett is the Memphis area’s premier strength and conditioning facility, built around a community of folks from all walks of life who share a common quest: to become better athletes and better people. Our coaches are absolutely dedicated to helping our members lead healthier, happier lives. Whether you’re new to CrossFit and exercise in general, haven’t worked out in a while, are looking for a more effective training program, or come to us as a seasoned athlete seeking to upgrade your competitiveness — we’re here to help you reach your goals.
We do this by: Providing an exceptional level of personalized service you won’t find at the typical gym, Supporting each member’s personal growth as well as physical fitness, Offering innovative programming and training techniques proven to get results, Fostering a supportive, inclusive and fun community where everyone is welcome, Leaving our egos at the door and striving every day to be and do our best. Our coaches are absolutely dedicated to helping our members lead healthier, happier lives.
A CPA by profession, Charles McLean was Coach Justin’s accountant long before he became one of his athletes. By the time Justin convinced Charles to walk through the doors of CrossFit Bartlett in December 2010, he was overweight, seriously out of shape, and knew he had to do something about it. Years of a sedentary career sitting behind a desk had taken its toll on his weight, his mobility and his state of mind.
But Charles wasn’t entirely convinced CrossFit would be the answer. He’d long since resigned himself to the idea that he’d be living the rest of his life overweight and out of breath. He was about to prove himself wrong.
Charles still remembers his very first CrossFit workout in vivid detail, which he didn’t finish. He also remembers how difficult those first few months were. And yet, Charles kept coming back. While the workouts were the hardest he’d ever done, he quickly came to appreciate the structure of the classes. All he had to do was show up, then let his coach tell him what to do and when it was time to go home. It worked!
Within the first five months of joining CrossFit Bartlett, Charles lost 45 pounds. Three months later, that number was up to 65 pounds. With every class, he saw himself getting leaner, stronger and fitter. And everyone around him saw the difference too — from his family to his friends to his clients.
During the most grueling of workouts, it was the incredible results that kept him going. Charles had tried other diets and exercise programs before, and none of them worked. He’d lose some weight then gain it back again, plus some extra. For the first time in his adult life, Charles was losing weight and keeping it off. At the same time, he was gaining strength, skills and stamina he never thought he was capable of.
Through those challenging first months, Charles also discovered the deeply supportive community that is CrossFit Bartlett. His fellow CrossFitters never made Charles feel intimidated or looked down on. They also didn’t let him give up, pushing and motivating him to complete the workout even when he was the last one to finish. No battling egos here, just encouraging cheers.
His coaches also eased Charles into CrossFit, making sure he was scaling the workouts appropriately for his mobility, fitness and skill levels then gradually increasing the intensity and difficulty as Charles improved. And improve he did. Charles never considered himself a runner, yet he can now run a 5K with no problem. His severe lack of shoulder and hip mobility made squatting nearly impossible when he first started. Now he can do overhead squats with a loaded barbell and a straight back. He can climb a rope, stand on his hands, and do pull-ups. All things he never thought in a million years he’d be able to do.
For Charles, CrossFit is about much more than working out. It’s become a way of life, one that has enriched all aspects of his everyday living from the way he eats to his work to his interests and activities outside the gym. He has more energy, more confidence, and simply moves better. Or as Charles puts it, “I now move the way a human should.”
One of our most dedicated athletes, Charles is also an inspiration. To anyone who thinks they can’t do CrossFit, that they’re too out of shape, too overweight, too far gone, just take a look at Charles. Look at his remarkable transformation he started two and half years ago, and never looked back. If he can do it, so can you.
“Before joining CFB, I was having trouble climbing more than two flights of stairs and I could not squat down more than about 40%, nothing even close to parallel. My house has a very steep backyard and I could not mow it without taking several breaks as I would get too winded. Now I am taking 10-12 mile hikes in the mountains, I can climb as many stairs as I care to and I can mow the backyard with no breaks and not even breathing hard.”
I was drawn to CrossFit Bartlett largely due to the structure of the workouts.
I had tried gyms in the past but always stopped after a month after two because I felt I had no support. CrossFit Bartlett has given me a great mix of weightlifting and strength and endurance challenges; the variety keeps me interested, and I feel pushed to excel no matter what the workout. The structure of the workouts keeps me on-track where more traditional gyms left me spinning my wheels.
I love being around people who are working just as hard as I am to love themselves. I work from home and am not from Memphis, so I don’t have a lot of friends here. The CFB community has really helped me find a place to fit in, and I can’t express how much it means to me to have them cheering me on when I’m struggling to finish a difficult routine. Seeing my friends and encouraging them on their own paths is just as rewarding to me as seeing those lines in the mirror.
In the beginning, I was tired, sore, and hungry all the time. I checked the mirror constantly and was disappointed to see that nothing was happening. No miracles occurred, and I felt disheartened. Roughly three weeks after I started, I glanced at myself in the mirror and noticed a line running down the middle of my abs. Despite my extensive career in sports, I could not remember ever seeing the outline of my abs before. After that, muscles began sprouting on my arms, my quads became firmer, and my chest and butt tightened to the point where I wore a strapless dress and felt absolutely stunning.
My waist shrank, and I went down an entire jean size. My confidence improved enormously, and I found that I no longer felt self-conscious just walking around in front of people. I could lift more, run longer, breathe better, and accomplish more in my life thanks to better sleep and a bigger store of energy. With the exception of kung fu, I was in the best shape of my life and actually got to watch it happen in the mirror.
This program is not full of buff beach bodies who move effortlessly through some of the toughest workouts I’ve ever seen. My classes are filled with people who are overweight, shy, scared, or just plain average. They want to make themselves look better, feel better, and overcome things they’re embarrassed to admit. They want to find out who they can be when someone pushes them past what they think their limits are. Everyone in CrossFit Bartlett started right where you are: scared, confused, and doubtful. But I can guarantee that you will find a community of support here at CFB, and before you know it, you will be telling a scared newbie how far you’ve come and how grateful you are that you stuck with it instead of giving up.
I’m so glad my husband convinced me to join CrossFit Bartlett. I hope to stick with it for many years to come. Someday I will have those six-pack abs!
Honestly, I’ve noticed benefits in all areas of my life, and I can thank CrossFit Bartlett for helping me make the change!
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