I first heard about CrossFit Milpitas (CFM) from a friend whom I trained with in Wushu (martial arts). Despite my physical activity, I still felt intimidated by "CrossFit". After reading reviews and talking to other people about their experiences, I finally gave into an intro session with Coach Vito. It turned out to be a fitness regimen that was different, fun, and challenging. Fast forward 8 years later, I am still here and learning constantly!
One of the biggest draw about CFM is the community/ camaraderie with other members. Seeing your neighbor sweat, grunt, and laugh with you creates a supportive environment. It's especially rewarding when you achieve a PR (personal record) because of all the energy and motivation everyone gives you.
What really makes this "box" or gym unique are the coaches. They create a safe environment both figuratively and literally. They make it okay to scale down a movement so that you do not risk hurting yourself. When movements seem too difficult, they would modify my workout so that I am safe and still get a workout in. They also teach different progressions to help build my technique and strength to eventually master the movement. Coaches at CFM truly care and know your potential. They believe in me, even more than I believe in myself at times.
I keep coming to CFM because it has help kept me healthy, mentally and physically. I even worked out throughout my pregnancy up until the week of my delivery (38.5 weeks)- with the approval of my doctor, of course. The coaches were very knowledgable on how to scale my workouts for the different stages of my pregnancy. I truly believe that it's because of CFM, that I had an uncomplicated delivery and a very quick recovery. Above this, when I was ready to come back after having my baby, CFM welcomed me and my babe with open arms. They even have a designated area for kids and dogs to play while the parents workout. This is such a huge benefit because how often can you bring your children and dogs with you to workout?! People at CFM are extremely friendly and supportive of the family environment, children and fur babies alike.