Success Stories

If you join the family at CrossFit Warpath, we take your membership seriously. And we firmly believe that we’re successful when you’re successful.

One of the things we love to do at CrossFit Warpath is… celebrate!

Our members come to our gym for a number of reasons. They want to lose fat. They hope to gain muscle mass. They want to ready themselves for the summer season. They want to train for a specific sport. But, ultimately, they want to live longer, happier and healthier lives. In our experience we have found that no two members are alike.

Different goals, different strategies for reaching those goals, and different outcomes along the way. We meet you where you are, an celebrate as you get to where you’re going.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of our member success stories below.

Heather Seed

So my transformation story… After having my third child and 4th pregnancy in 4 years I topped the scale at over 330lbs… I remember on my 26th birthday I told my parents that if I couldn’t lose the weight in a year I was going to get weight loss surgery. They supported my decision to try and lose weight the healthy way.

During this time I was raising 3 children under the age of 3 by myself and going through a divorce. I started at the YMCA and doing weight watchers. The weight seemed to come off so easily the first 6 months doing just cardio and it helped that I was nursing my daughter as well… however after about a year I was down about 60lbs but couldn’t seem to get to lose anymore here enters crossfit.

I was really nervous to try crossfit because growing up I was always the “big girl” I have been 5’11 since I was 10 and the lowest weight I ever was was 207lbs. I was teased relentlessly all through elementary school by the “pretty group” and worked myself to trying to figure out a way to get by on just one apple a day. It was so bad I contemplated taking my life multiple times in middle school and beginning of high school. I convinced my parents to take me out of the small private school I attend and to a traditional high school so I could get away from those who tormented me and just blend into the crowd which a lot easier to do at a school of 2500 versus 240 students. Going to crossfit was nerve racking because I wasn’t “fit” I was still “fat” and there were absolute drop dead gorgeous woman at the gym… I was so scared that it would go back to the way in high school being bullied and made fun of but shockingly enough these gorgeous woman and even guys who were fit encouraged me and complimented me on how strong I was.

These woman and men made reference to my quads which I previously had hated and always wanted them to be skinner. When I had my first crossfit workout I was hooked not just on the workout but the community of people that supported me and never made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. Over the last 2 years my fitness journey has continued to advance… instead of worrying about a number on a scale I am more concerned about the numbers I can put up in the gym. I am more confident in myself even though I am nowhere near where I want to be and to be honest for me there is no end… I will never be finished. My goals continue to improve and I am proud that my little girls who can watch their mom lift the heavy weights… my girls are growing up in a household where we eat fat and have fat but we aren’t fat. That skinny is never a goal but being strong is.

I would still be struggling at the YMCA doing cardio trying to be skinny if it weren’t for crossfit. I can’t thank my coaches enough for pushing me and to always remind me that this “big girl” can do a lot. My life with help from God and my fitness journey have allowed me to find the man of my dreams and allow my life to have balance. Thank you Donnie and Ricky neither of you will truly ever understand how much you saved me from myself and made me a better athlete.

Leighann Miller

From lazy non athletic to energetic and workout fanatic! I grew up in a single family home taking care of myself at the age of 10. I never was too active and didn’t even consider sports as a teen. I spent most of my teen years just hanging out and when the time came moved away to college. As the norm I gained more than the freshman fifteen and as the years went on kept putting on weight.

When Tony and I got engaged I did lose some weight but still hard to keep off as my love for food out weighed the want to stay thinner. About 4 years ago Tony, Michelle, & I started doing crossfit like workouts at North Port High school and Michelle’s house. Once crossfit became available in our area we knew we were ready. I soon began to see I did some “athletic” ability and started seeing a change in my body. I have since become a workout fanatic if you will, been in numerous competitions, and yes in some ways became competitive.

I love CrossFit and the changes it has made with my body, my mind, and my soul.

Sarah Pinkston

I started CrossFit back in March of 2014. I came from a background of zero athletic experience. Strength, coordination, and agility were never strong suits for me.

When I moved to Punta Gorda, I didn’t really know too many people, and I picked up running as a hobby. I started running long distances, working up to 6-10 mile runs 6 days a week. A colleague of mine and I got to talking, and she convinced me to come try out this CrossFit Warpath that she had joined. I had heard of CrossFit and was really nervous to try it out, but I had reached a peak running and didn’t know where to go from there. So, walking into my first class, with my running shoes, shorts and a baggy T-shirt, I was extremely nervous! I remember Coach Matt told me to go grab a bar, and it felt like the heaviest thing I had ever lifted. I was hooked immediately, and went to class 4 days that first week.

NOTHING in CrossFit came easily to me (except for the running). I had the worst squat position (complete with a crazy foot with a mind of its own), I couldn’t even begin to do a push up, and trying to get into a handstand was comical to say the least! But, every time I figured one of these movements out, I felt a sense of accomplishment and success. Only 3 months after I started CrossFit, I entered the Bacon Beatdown as a beginner individual. Attending a huge competition like that really showed me how much there was to this whole ‘CrossFit’ thing. Girls were doing bar muscle ups, ring dips, and throwing around some crazy weights.

After this experience, I knew how much work I had to do. I had so many goals, and had to work with my coaches to best accomplish them. I started coming in early, working out in open gym, and doing two a day classes whenever I could. Seeing results, whether it was in numbers, mastering a new skill, or in my body composition was addicting. When I accomplished one goal, I set another, and another.

Looking back I have come such a long way, from barely being able to pick up a 45lb bar to deadlifting over 300lbs, from not being able to do a strict ring row to knocking out muscle ups. I am amazed at what my body is capable of if I work hard enough at it. I still have a lot of goals I am working on accomplishing, and there is always improvements to make.

CrossFit has made all the difference in giving me confidence in myself, and outlet for stress, a way to stay active and healthy, and I think most importantly, for giving me a family that supports and motivates me daily.