Success Stories

Meet Jim Dowson!

Jim just recently hit his one year with us back in May! Totally different guy from when he first walked through our doors, not just physically but his mentality as well. Jim has been “all in” with this new lifestyle change! He is dedicated not only to his WOD schedule, but also has been killing it in the kitchen, making sure his diet has been on point, as you can easily tell from his pictures! Jim doesn’t cherry pick the wods either, even if there is running and lunges, he’ll be there!…unless it interferes with his tee time! Been awesome getting to know you this past year Jim! Keep up the hard work and congrats on being our Athlete of the Month! You definitely deserve it!

I’m Jim Dowson from Auburn.  I just turned 44 years old and am now in the best shape I’ve been in since my 20s.

I was in the worst shape of my life.  I knew if I didn’t change some things I was going to have some real health challenges down the road.  It was a life choice.

Curt Kessler mentioned it to me.  I saw what it did for him and came to check it out for myself.  I started on ramp in May 2016

I’ve lost over 70 lbs in a calendar year.  My strength has improved as well as my range of motion.  Confidence and overall fitness have greatly improved.

It’s a little sobering to look at where I was when I started.  
If you’re thinking of joining, do it.  You won’t regret it.  You will be sore for a while but it’s so worth it.


At the end of September 2016 I sat down with Bryan to set some goals. I said I wanted to lose 10 pounds, do 2 pull ups (he made me do that and I thought right?!) and a few others. Well a few months ago I got my pull ups and today I have lost 20 POUNDS! I have been this weight before but never this strong. Thanks to my husband for dealing with me and to ALL the coaches (Jon, Izzy, Jake, Shannon, Jason) for motivating me! Last year vs today!

Theresa Thompson

“I want to share some good news I received from my doctor today. For those of you that don’t know me, I am one of the older members of XLT. About 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and started on medication. The meds didn’t agree with me and I had concerns over potential side effects, so I stopped them after a couple of months. I started cross fit 2 1/2 yrs ago for several reasons including what I had heard about weight training for osteoporosis. Well, I just had a follow up bone scan and guess what???  It showed improvement in all areas!!! My numbers are no longer in the osteoporosis range. My doctor advised that I continue lifting! So keep on cross fitting for flexibility, balance, functionality, building muscle, and for strong bones!!!”

Briana Miner

Bri has been CrossFitting for a little over a year now. She has put a lot of hard work and dedication in the gym on a daily basis. Even when she had to overcome a shoulder injury she was still striving to better herself daily.

“I lost 54 pounds but I gained confidence, and awesome friends who are super supportive. I feel fit and have way more energy than I have ever had.”



Brandi Eaton

At 24, I was considered morbidly obese and was well on my way to dying at an early age. In December of 2014, I had weight loss surgery. I spent the next 8 months pouring sweat and tears into workouts and learning how to eat again. In July of 2015, I was down 120lbs, but I still wasn’t happy with my body. I had no muscle definition. I decided to join XLT in August, and since then I have redefined my body with just over 20 lbs of muscle and gained a level of confidence in myself, and my body, that I never thought I would obtain.