Have you met Rachel?

Rachel has been part of the Back Alley Family for over a year now! This Spartan racer and Police Sargent stays strong by crushing goals and work outs with her friends and coaches at Back Alley. Rachel came to BA with a goal to reach fitness and physical results. Being skeptical from what she’d been told, she took the leap of faith and tried it out! Today Rachel has not only achieved goals she never realized she could, but this BA woman is also crushing competitions, CrossFit Opens, and more adventure races than ever! Rachel is proof that encouragement and motivation from your Back Alley family and coaches can truly help you not only reach, but exceed your goals! 

From Rachel: “I had a few friends of mine who were doing Crossfit, and we were sitting around one day talking about it and they told me that I would love it. I always liked lifting. I started some Olympic lifting in college when I played basketball for NAU and really enjoyed it. So, I enjoyed the fact that CrossFit had the workouts already written so I didn’t have to decided what I wanted to work on like when I went to LA Fitness. I like the fact that it is something new and different everyday. I tend to get bored easily and the workouts keep me from getting bored. I enjoy lifting and being strong. CrossFit has really helped me with everyday fitness and strength.”

PLUS I never thought at age 43 I would be able to do hand stand push-ups, chest to bar pull-ups, climb a 20 foot rope and deadlift 300 lbs. I have Back Alley CrossFit to thank for that.”

What was your workout routine like before Back Alley? 

Before Back Alley I was at LA Fitness. I would wander around aimlessly.  The treadmill got a little boring, so I deciding I wanted to try the free-weights. The problem was, I didn’t really know what to do. So I hired a trainer, but he wasn’t giving me the results that I wanted. So I told him that I wanted to try CrossFit. He told me that I was too old for CF. So I eventually left LA Fitness and gave CrossFit a try. At 42 years old, I am in the best shape of my life. I’ll NEVER go back to a conventional gym.

Do you remember your first day? What was it like? 

When I came over to BACF I immediately felt welcomed and a part of the group. No one was a muscle head jerk and everyone was so encouraging. The coaches were the best coaches I’ve ever had and I’ll never go anywhere else. I definitely found my home gym and a great group of friends. 😊

Why have you stuck with BA for so long? 

The reason that I’ve stuck with BACF for so long is that I feel motivated and can feel myself getting stronger and in better shape. The classes and the coaches make me want to come to class…plus I’ve met so many amazing new friends! I love going in there and seeing everyone and being greeted with hugs and high fives. I’ve truly met so many amazing people at the gym. 

Are there any memories about the gym that stand out in your mind?

My first Crossfit Open was an amazing memory. I got to measure how much I’ve learned and gained since first joining Back Alley. Another great memory was getting my first chest to bar pull up and my first handstand pushup. I never thought in a million years that I would be able to do that, but with the amazing coaches, positive atmosphere and perseverance I was able to achieve my goals. Now I have to master those pesky muscle ups and handstand walks!

Is there anything you appreciate about the coaching? 

Sam and Melissa are two of the best coaches ever. They make learning and working out such a positive experience and are both two of the friendliest people. I am so appreciative of the coaches at BACF and could not have achieved success without them. They truly care about the members and Back Alley CrossFit would not be the same without them. 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done at the gym? Is there anything you can do now that you never saw yourself doing? 

Being able to do Handstand Push ups and learning how to do consecutive pull ups. I’m amazed at the things that I can do now that I never thought I would be able to do. I can honestly say that if I had stuck with LA Fitness or a conventional gym, I would definitely not be in as good of shape or as motivated to work out as I am now.

What type of workout gets you excited? What’s the most challenging? 

The type of workouts that I get excited to do are the ones with the most lifting. I love to lift weights especially squats, deadlifts and bench press. I need to work on my gymnastics but the lifting, jump roping and box jumps are my favorites. Gymnastics and running are my biggest challenges. I love to do both of them but need to get better at them. There is always a challenge and room for improvement. That’s what keeps me coming back day after day. 

Do you have any advice for someone considering Back Alley CrossFit but feels intimidated? 

The coaches and members are so friendly and encouraging. No one is expected to do more than they can handle, and everyone can go at their own pace and the coaches will show you exactly how to adjust the movements. You can push yourself as hard as you want, and you always find encouragement and support here. This is such a non-judgmental place and everyone can just be themselves. CF may look intimidating but once you come into Back Alley and meet the people who do and coach CrossFit, you will see there is nothing to be intimidated about. 

When you think about BA, what three words come to mind?
Community, Fun, Lifting!!!!