My Fit Crew Story

Karen Soscia
My story is a bit different than many of those training at fit crew. I spent eight years of my life as a soldier at the United States Military Academy at West Point and then in the United States Army, to include serving in the Persian Gulf War for one year. Because of my occupation, it was important for me to stay in good shape. Regular physical training with the U.S. Army was a requirement. After leaving the Army, and joining the civilian world, I continued to value the importance of keeping fit. But as the years went by, and I approached my late 40s, I found that doing P90X in my home was not pushing me enough. So with the encouragement of Tina Vining, I came to a class almost 4 years ago, and never looked back. Since then, my husband Bill, and our two daughters Sarah and Maria also love Fit Crew as much as I do. It has been four years of hard work and struggling with all of the workouts, but I would not change a thing. I am consistently challenged at every workout, and never find a time when some part of my body is not super sore. But I have also made some terrific friends at the gym, and I adore all of the trainers. I feel like it is a second home, as I can show up with no make-up, my hair pulled back in a ponytail, and my ugly workout clothes, and feel accepted. A few years back, I got into flipping houses. And with each ugly house that I buy, there is always much physical labor involved, whether it be demo, laying floors/tile, painting or major landscaping. Even though I am 51 years old, I am able to do so many things that I never thought possible. I have so much body confidence, and strength to do what strong men do in the construction business. I cannot thank Fit Crew enough for all they have done to impact my life in such a positive way. 

Denise Cabanillas-Conner‎ 
My Fit Crew story. Started 6 years ago when they were in Electra. Came to my first class and Andrew was by my side the whole class. I worked out at Electra all the time but this was a real workout. I barely could walk the next day. I became an addict. Felt stronger all the time. I will admit I puked a lot at the beginning and Neils would just hand me the bottle of listerine. Ha! Once they moved to their current location I started feeling like part of the fit crew family. Both Neils and Andrew have always encouraged me to do my best. Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had major surgery. Andrew and Neils were very supportive and encouraged me to get back. They made me feel so part of the fit crew family even having t-shirts with "Team Denise" made up for my recovery. If it weren't for Fit Crew my recovery and surgery would have been a very long and much more painful process and at my age I am ahead of the game because of the Fit Crew family. Thanks to all the trainers and Thank You Fit Crew family 

Gavin Lee (Via Facebook)
I don't normally do this sort of thing, but my gym is encouraging it and I am proud of my accomplishments ....My fit crew story begins in July 2012, when my wife Amy LaGrande Lee happened to attend a group class at Fit Crew Now back at this time if you know Amy, she doesn't sweat, let alone run, and she sure as heck wasn't about to pick up a barbell, I am pretty sure she didn't know it was called a barbell. But there she goes to Fit Crew. That was all the motivation I needed, I couldn't sit back and let her train and lift while I sat at home eating ice cream. So off I went that next Saturdy and what happened next changed my life. Now granted I may have struggled to get through the entire workout, and I needed electrolytes at the end, but I was hooked. Flash forward 4.5 years and 23 pounds later and I am in the best shape of my life. I have accomplished goals I never thought I would. Rope Climbs, hand stand push ups, bar muscle ups to name a few. Fit Crew is like a second family, I have gained some of my closest friendships in these 4.5 years. You can always count on everyone for encouragement and support. I welcome anyone to come join me, 4 days a week at 6am. Second class is on me! (First one is free) Cheers! #myfitcrewstory #fitcrewbradenton Fit Crew Andrew TermanNiels Renzenbrink

Jim Racky (Via Facebook)
My fit crew story starts back in May 2014. Couple friends of mine Troy Masterson and Tony Cerniglia were going to fit crew and kept talking about it and kept trying to get me to go. I kept making up excuses whether I was too busy at work too busy at home. But I finally gave in and went to an afternoon training one day with Tony Cerniglia. That is when I met Niels Renzenbrink. We talked for a few minutes and started the workout of the day. The very first workout was a EMOM.

What the hell is an EMOM?

10 back squats EMOM. We were supposed to do 10 back squats every minute on the minute. Neils put 15 pound weights on each end of the barbell and I’m thinking to myself this is easy, I got this, this is nothing I can do this, I could do more right?

Niels didnt know me but he still started me off slow and watched me the entire workout. I went thru this workout and Neils was there correcting me on my form several times. That being said as we all know I could not walk the next couple days so it took me another week to get back into the gym. Over the next several months I met Andrew JP, Roc, Josh, Keith and Tori. Coming into the gym I was thinking more so of not embarrassing myself. Watching some of these guys lift more weight than me watching some of the ladies who are beasts in the gym, lifting just about the same weight as me and I’m thinking I’m doing something wrong. But I soon learned that everybody in the gym encourage you from the owners to the trainers to the people you’re working out with. Nobody cared if I liftef less weight than them or did less box jumps or less pull-ups than them they all encouraged you nonetheless. I have done every workout time available from 5 AM to 4 PM. I have also done the stretching class, beach workout and bootcamps. I’ve done just about everything that the gym has to offer.

Then came a major step back, one day doing snatches I feel a pop in my right shoulder. I knew something was wrong with my shoulder I knew it was going to be bad so over the next few weeks I tried rehab with Niels. The pain did not go away. Tuned out I tore my upper bicep tendon at 100% and I tore my rotator cuff at 100%. Niels and Andrew were always there to talk to me let me know what I should be doing up until the surgery. I kept coming to the gym working on my core working on my legs and they were always there watching. I had surgery in July 2016. I returned to the gym a few weeks after the surgery and again Niels worked with me on my rehab from very minor movements and stretching up to bands and then barbells putting more weight on my on my shoulder.

If I had not been going to fit crew during the surgery with my shoulder I am sure I would not have recovered this quick.
I would not have the confidence I do now and I would not be in the good of shape as I am now. Whenever I run into an exercise or a lift that I am not sure of the trainers will always make sure my form is right. Even if it is Tori yelling at me. Or Andre telling me to lift my butt up on the elevated pull ups. Every time I walk into the gym the trainers all say hello and ask me how I’m doing. My friends that I work out with always have a smile (before the work out).

During and after the work out it’s always good work out, good job, we all push each other to the work out we all try to encourage each other to push ourselves. Fitcrew is like family to me it’s like a second family.
I have learned that Fitcrew is Law Enforcement friendly also. Niels and Andrew supported our efforts to raise money for Law Enforcement United road to hope tour.
Fitcrew has given me the confidence and drive to complete my first half marathon and full marathon.
I would say this is my Fitcrew story….
but is more than that It is my of FITCREW LIFE!

Roxanne Britt (via Instagram)
So My Fit Crew Story is due today and Im just now getting to it! When I first began working out (prior to Fit Crew) my very first trainer asked me what my goals were. “Goals? I guess I just want to eat!” Fast forward to Fit Crew. I still love to eat (I will never give up my coffee with cream or my brownie mix but I have cut back;) but my goals have definitely evolved! Climb that rope all the way to the top? Check. Learn how to lift correctly? Check. Increase my cardio endurance? Check. Wear those super cute socks? Check check and check!  Do a competition? Check +! My Buddy Melissa and I got second in our division! Speaking of Buddies! Ive made some of my best friends through Fit Crew! The people and trainers are wonderful and I have never felt left out or weak even when I was the last one finished. Everyone supports each other and encourages you and you leave Fit Crew with a profound feeling of accomplishment after every workout…. Now to get a little serious. My precious mama passed away from early onset Alzheimer’s several years ago. Let me just tell you that Alzheimer’s SUCKS! I miss her. I hate that my girls don’t have her in their lives. I hate that I can’t go to her for advice and support. I hate that every indication is that Alzheimer’s has a significant hereditary component. I hate that every time I forget where I left my keys, in the darkest parts of my mind and heart, I get scared that it’s started and I’m doomed to repeat what my mom had to endure, that God help me but my amazing daughter’s may get it. I hate that my mom did not have the benefit of current research. Thankfully, I’ve learned that there are things I can do to fight off this disease and one of the biggest is exercise. So my ultimate goal? I want to set an example for and be there for my girls. I want to grow old with my husband. I want to do everything in my power to kick Alzheimer’s metaphoric a$$!!! Will working out at Fit Crew guarantee that I won’t get this horrible disease? No. But after witnessing what happened to my sweet mom and experiencing the long goodbye that is Alzheimer’s Disease, not trying is not an option. So I say thank you to my Fit Crew family! #myfitcrewstory 

Stefanie Masterson (Via Instagram)
My Fit Crew Story: My brother @troy_masterson was a member at Fit Crew and I heard him and my Dad talk about it and thought how fun and scary it sounded at the same time. I decided I would give crossfit a try and visited a few local crossfit gyms who wanted me to go to some type of on ramp program at hours that wouldn’t work for me. I am super busy; at the time I was a single mom with a 1 year old, a full time manager, and working on my first graduate degree, so when I found out Fit Crew had early morning (5am) classes and afternoon classes I could go to after work without an on-ramp program I was excited. I remember my first morning there I was nervous and since I’m not the most graceful I busted my shin doing tire jumps. No one made fun of me, in fact it was the opposite, so many people helped and encouraged me. The first few weeks were painful but I loved everything about it. The trainers spent a lot of time working with me on my form and encouraging me to push through the workouts. This became so much more than a workout for me. It is also my therapy, my “me” time, and the people became like a second family to me. I also never thought I’d have defined abs after having children but two years after my first child and a lot of tough mornings at Fit Crew I did. I also gained so much more patience, confidence, and happiness in my life. Being a mental health professional I know how important self-care is and the mental health benefits of a good workout. They even helped me continue my journey and modify when needed when I became pregnant with my second child, and let me just say it made labor so much easier! When I came back 4 weeks after giving birth (I really love going), they helped me modify until I slowly started getting my strength back. I still have a ways to go before I get my body and skills fully back that I lost with the second pregnancy but I can confidently say that I WILL get there and that I CAN do it. The support and community of Fit Crew is amazing, so if you have always been worried about what other people think or scared that you won’t be able to do any of the moves then this is the place for you. #MyFitCrewStory