“The ability to face great difficulty with spirit and courage”.

I first walked into CrossFit Moxie in October 2013 at 235 lbs, high blood pressure and a waist size of 42 inches. 200+ WODs later, I’m down to a size 36 waist, dropped 35 lbs and no longer on blood pressure medication. What’s my secret? Spirit & Courage.

Every night I walk into Moxie and read the above quote on the wall; reminding me why I’m here and what I’m about to face. Together with our awesome 7:30 PM crew we train hard and hold everyone around us accountable every rep of the way. The coaches are skillful, thoughtful and care for everyone like family. The camaraderie here at Moxie is like no other and has helped me get through some crazy WODs, but has also helped me grow as a person.

After about 6 months I found myself beating my PR’s and killing my row, bike and run time. I ran 3 5k’s that year, finishing the Santa Run in under 26 minutes. Now I’m doing pull-ups with the smallest band, prescribed weight for men on kettle bells and beating my benchmark WOD’s (Diane, Fran, Cindy etc.). I work out about 5 days a week. I started doing 5:30 am classes then moved over to 7:30 pm. You develop a love/hate relationship with each WOD, but in the end you feel like you’re on top of the world. The staff here at Moxie are amazing! From Chris, Chris B, Ben, Drew, Dawn, Eric, Kevin, Suzy, Ruben, Ashley, and Jen (aka warrior princess).

I recommend anyone to try a class because if I could do it, you could do it.



I am a 52 year old father of seven kids. I started CrossFit 4 months ago after my Masters Swimming career came to an abrupt halt due to a shoulder injury. It turns out I have arthritic AC joints, and my right shoulder is moderately advanced – that made swimming a painful proposition. My 18 year old son suggested I try CrossFit – he had been doing it with Chris for years as part of his competitive swimming program and he thought it might be a good alternative to my swimming. Another of my boys became CrossFit certified and he started applying the screws as well. I have to admit, I had my doubts. My doctor told me I could work-out, but that it would be difficult to do anything that involved activity over my head. But out of desperation, I gave it a try. I could barely move after my first few workouts – I was so sore I think Chris thought he might have scared me off, but I came back.

I always thought of myself as a relatively athletic guy. I swam in the Masters World Championships at Stanford in 2006 and I have done a number of open water races throughout the years. Never a top finisher, but respectable. My illusions of being athletic were all put to rest when I started CrossFit. I could not do a pull-up because I was not strong enough. I could not do a push up because my shoulder hurt. I could hardly lift any weight over my head because I had bad form, sore shoulders and a weak back. I ran my first mile in 7:24. My squats were pathetic. Not pretty.

But I also got a chance to see some folks who really are athletic –and the cool thing is that they are the most supportive encouraging group of people you can imagine. With help from Chris, Ben, Kevin, Eric, Sage and Drew I have been steadily improving. I went from jumping pull-ups, to pull-ups with bands, to pull-ups with one band, to pull-ups with no bands. I can now do lots of pull-ups. I went from no push-ups to dips on the parallet bars, to inverted ring-rows, to push-ups, to ring push-ups. Just four months into this I can push-jerk 175 lbs., run a 5:54 mile and do things I could not even imagine doing 4 months ago. Now it seems like every time I go for a new max, I get it, and by a lot. I know it won’t last but it is sure fun for now.

I still suck at lots of things and my shoulder is still arthritic, that isn’t going to change, but the muscle and flexibility I have gained through CrossFit have made that joint way more functional.

As I got older I used to joke with my friends that my fitness objective is to get slower, slower. Not anymore. With CrossFit and the team at Moxie, I am realizing that I am in the best shape I have been in in 25 years, and it is very likely I will continue to see substantial improvement. I have a love/hate thing with the workouts, they suck every day, but I keep coming back, because it works and you can’t find a more supportive, encouraging, fun group of people to be with. And with me and all five of my boys doing it now, I don’t think I am going to be stopping any time soon – they would tie me up and drag me in.

I am a convert, just ask my wife. We now have “no CrossFit” dinners – so she doesn’t have to listen to her husband and boys talk incessantly about CrossFit. But we all know her day is coming – we will assimilate her.


Meet Katrina.
During her “I Am Moxie” Challenge she improved in every single category, and lost 10.5 lbs of pure fat, while gaining 1.5 lbs of pure muscle. Nothing short of inspirational! Here is what Katrina has to say about being here at Moxie and her life long health journey.

Before the 8 Week Challenge:

After the 8 Week Challenge:

“I have never been very athletic or even very coordinated for that matter. I did swim and play water polo in high school but due to serious ear problems I can no longer do any activities that involve being in water. With my favorite exercise out of the question, poor eating habits and a sitting at a desk 40-50hrs a week I began to gain weight very fast. Before I knew it I had ballooned up to almost 200lbs. With my family history of being overweight along with heart disease and high blood pressure I knew that if I did not want to follow suite that I would have to do something and fast. I started going to a gym a couple of days a week and eating healthier in an attempt to change not only my weight but the cycle of my unhealthy lifestyle. I hired a personal trainer that I worked with once a week. I started to do some weight training which I had not done since my swimming days. I started to see changes in my body which helped to keep me motivated for over a year. I continued to try all the new fad diets in hopes of shedding pounds and it worked. I had lost 40lbs and was feeling better then I had in years. The problem now was that I was spending TOO much time at the gym and the diet was not something that I could maintain long term. As life got busier gym time was one of the first things to get cut. I was still going to the gym on and off but just couldn’t seem to stay motivated. I had improved my eating habits greatly from where I started but I still couldn’t hold a steady weight always bouncing back and forth from 150-175lbs.

Due to some MAJOR life changes I moved into my OWN apartment for the first time in my life at the age of 28. I had never lived alone and I learned a lot about my self during that time. During those 8 months I could not afford a gym membership so I told my self I would make use of the little gym facility and work out in my apartment to stay in shape, none of which happened. So when I had heard about Crossfit from a couple of friends/co-workers that had recently joined different Box’s I decided to look into it and see what it was all about. At that point I was back up to 165lbs and HATING it! I knew it was time once and for all to get and STAY fit and healthy! I researched all the local boxes in my area and decided on one that was close to both work and my new home. During the first day I was hooked on crossfit. I couldn’t believe how much of a workout I could get in such a short amount of time. I was at my box for about 6months when once again work started to effect my attendance because of schedule. That is when I found MOXIE. I was desperately looking for a gym with a 5:30am class so that I would no longer have excuses to miss the gym for work.

At that time I e-mailed Chris and asked to come and check it out. From the moment I walked in the door I knew this was a better fit for me. I lOVE the people, the coaches and the comradery that I have found at Moxie. I have only been with Moxie since the beginning of the I am moxie competition but it was the best decision I could have made. I have had more PR’s and I am fitter then I have ever been in my life. I used to think that I could never have a 6 pack and now I feel that this is something within my reach if I continue to eat clean and work hard . I still have lots to work on (like Double unders) but I know if I keep putting in the work I will get there. I look forward to seeing what else I can accomplish and can’t wait for the next competition.”


Before CrossFit

Start of this year’s challenge:

End of this year’s challenge:

Todd Badger has made some incredible changes over the last year+ here at Moxie. He also just finished his second “I Am CrossFit Moxie” Challenge and has a few things to say about it. This is an amazing story and just a fantastic human being.

“Coming to Crossfit Moxie was one of the best decision’s I have ever made. To say this place has changed my life is an understatement. During high school and college I was a competitive swimmer. After I stopped swimming and exercising I became unmotivated and couldn’t keep up with an exercise program for any longer than a three-month period. By not staying physically active and eating poorly, I gained weight fast. In August of 2010 I actually weighed in at 369 pounds at a doctor’s appointment and my blood pressure read 180/120 and the doctor told me I needed to lose weight and start an exercise program immediately. I joined a local gym and was doing really well losing some weight, but as always when the three-month mark came up I found a reason to quit. So in August of 2011 I tried again to join a local gym and within 3 months I stopped losing weight and was not getting any stronger. I was starting to get bored working out at the gym. So at a personal training appointment my trainer told me she worked out at Crossfit Moxie. I decided to Google Crossfit Moxie and was amazed about all the great reviews from everyone and I thought I should give them a call.

Once I contacted Chris and told him a little bit about me he encouraged me to come in and give Moxie a try. After my 1st week in the Elements class with Suzy and Chris I was hooked. Everything I did seemed so difficult but I think that is what I loved about Crossfit Moxie it really encouraged me to come everyday and try harder to improve.

My first few months at Moxie I was so heavy I couldn’t do any of the running workouts because my knees were in so much pain. Many of the lifts were painful for my wrists and back too. With a little perseverance and the help of the Moxie coaches I was able to get past the pain and started to improve in every area.

I never ate or had any knowledge about the Paleo Crossfit Diet before coming to Moxie. At first the change was challenging but after I lost 30 pounds in 8 weeks that was all the motivation I needed to really get me going. I had most of my meals all planned everyday. Each week I seemed to get stronger and stronger from the WOD’s and the diet. I was really doing some amazing things: Running, Rowing like a beast, biking fast, and getting stronger fast, nailing all my PR’s at every workout.

After working out 5-6 times a week at Moxie, I have come a long way. Just after 6 months I am great at pushups, and have become a strong rower. I have seen huge gains in my strength and endurance as well. One of the great things about Moxie is the constant challenge to do new things and try things that are not in your comfort zone, which is also what makes it so fun.

The Moxie coaches are some of the best coaches I have ever been around. They are very knowledgeable about crossfit, strength training, gymnastics, and endurance training and what it means to be an athlete at any age, and skill level. I felt Eric, Chris, and Ben really took me under their wings and believed in my goals and me. With their motivation every day it made it easy to come to Moxie and give 110% every day. After about 9 months I started to really kill my PR’s weekly knocking off minutes on my biking/rowing, and going up in many of my lifts by 40-80lbs.

In addition to the amazing coaches there is an amazing community at Crossfit. I had a handful of people who really helped and supported me everyday. There is nothing like the feeling of thinking you can’t do one more push up and then you hear people cheering for you.

I Finished the Crossfit Moxie Challenge in December of 2012 and lost 18 lbs of fat in 7 weeks. Over the past two years I have lost 102 pounds (I have lost 62 pounds since joining Crossfit Moxie in about one year). I have more then reached my goals here at Crossfit Moxie. This crossfit gym has changed my life in so many ways. At age 37 I am in the best shape of my life. I can lift over 200 lbs in almost every Olympic Lift, and I am improving daily on all of my gymnastic skills, and have become one hell of a rower/biker. Thank You Crossfit Moxie!”


“Before coming to Crossfit Moxie, I was going to a boring gym and doing the same workout day in and day out. When I got pregnant with baby number 4, I was put on restriction and had to stop working out completely due to high blood pressure at 6 months of the pregnancy. During that time, my husband joined Moxie and starting to change before my eyes. I could no longer tease him about his man boobs. He looked like Captain America. I was amazed and impressed. I decided that after this fourth (and final) baby was born that I was going to jump on that bandwagon and go for it. At 5 weeks post partum I got the go ahead to exercise. My first workout was the typical intro WOD: Rowing, sit-ups and pushups. I couldn’t row under a 2:45/500m pace, I could barely do knee push-ups and my sit-ups were absolutely pathetic. I was a little frustrated but knew if I kept it up I’d improve. At that time I weighed 185lbs. Over the first few months I shaved off 10lbs and grew noticeably stronger in so many ways. I started doing faster sit-ups, real box jumps (not step-ups) and I was bound and determined to do real double unders. I practiced a bunch and soon enough I could do them!

I think what I love the most about Crossfit and Moxie itself though, is the community and support. Chris, Ben, Drew, Eric, Tina and Suzy care about us and I really appreciate the time and commitment they give us and the effort put forth in making sure we are improving and doing the lifts/movements correctly. I have also made the most wonderful friends here. Moxie is filled with amazing people that are always helpful, kind, encouraging, funny and STRONG.

Just like in life, with crossfit, there is always room for improvement. There is always something that I suck at, that I can work towards improving on. I am looking forward to many more years here at Moxie, crushing old PR’s and RX’ing workouts I couldn’t imagine doing as prescribed when I first started. I feel absolutely amazing and I really don’t think any other gym could give my family what Moxie has given us.”


Before 8 Weeks Later

During our 8 week challenge he shredded 21.2 lbs, lost 7.5 inches off his body, and lowered 2.9% body fat.

“About six months ago my lower back was in so much pain that I could barely pick up my one year old daughter without wincing from pain. This was a big problem. My doctor suggested I start exercising more, and strengthening my back and core muscles. After a little bit of Google researching and reading numerous reviews on Yelp, I decided that I would give Crossfit a try. Moxie seemed like a great place to start, as it is close to where I live and work, and the coaches all seemed to have great accolades. This was the best decision I have made in a long time.
The coaches at Moxie were sensitive to the fact that I was having lower back issues and really got me to focus on proper form when lifting. The workouts were very intense and whipped me into shape quick. When I started I weighed in at 275# and the warm-ups before each workout had me sweating and panting for oxygen. This was very humbling and showed me just how bad my health had gotten. Each workout had me trying something that I hadn’t done in many years, or something that I had never tried before. The workouts seemed like insurmountable tasks, but somehow I completed each one. A combination of encouragement from the coaches and camaraderie from my fellow Crossfitters is what helped me get through each WOD and made me feel like I really accomplished something great each day.
The “I Am Moxie” challenge was just what I needed to keep me on track and really get me focused on my health. When I started the Challenge I was 255# with 15% body fat, which was a big improvement from when I started, but I knew I needed some more work. The challenge motivated me to work out more often, and at higher intensity. I started riding my bike each day for an hour on top of my daily WODS, and sometimes did two WODS in a day. I knew that working out this hard was going to mean that I needed to start eating the right foods for fuel. I adapted the Paleo diet into my routine which has been an awesome tool for me. I never realized how much junk I have been putting into my system, until I really focused on diet. Eating Paleo was a challenge at first, but now its just a part of my life. I feel better about eating how I’m supposed to and I don’t miss all the processed junk I was inhaling before.
I finished the challenge at 235# with 12% body fat and I feel great. I’m healthier than ever before and stronger as well. All of my lifting weights went up, and I have more endurance than when I was a kid. Picking up my daughter is no longer a challenge and I look forward to leading a healthy, active lifestyle for her to follow!”
- Eric Battiato