Success Stories

We’re only successful when you’re successful

Here’s our chance to share the hard work and results our athletes have achieved.


Crystal Armes, age 35

I had always been an athlete, and even played Division I sports in college. But, after graduating and getting a full-time job, things changed. I had stopped exercising on a regular basis and my diet had become unhealthy. I was eating very few fruits and vegetables, relying mainly on processed foods. Fast food was a typical meal selection for me.

Not surprisingly, I tired easily and had put on some weight. I was uncomfortable with my appearance, which, in turn, made me uncomfortable in social situations. My best friend from college, a former coach at Hammer Down CrossFit in Chantilly, Va., knew I wanted to improve my physical fitness and overall health, so when I moved back to Virginia, she suggested I try CrossFit.

My first WOD was a real eye-opener. I was very disappointed in my performance and my physical condition. But I was determined to go back because I wanted to improve and knew I had the ability to do so.

I went to the Box 4-5 days a week and lost 15 pounds in the first 6 months. But when the weight loss plateaued, I decided it was time to change my diet. After I switched to a Paleo diet, I lost 20 more pounds in less than 3 months – I lost more weight in half the time with the added nutrition adjustment! After losing over 50 pounds and multiple pants sizes, I now have noticeably more muscle mass, my energy level has increased, and I am more confident with my improved appearance. I have even been able to stop taking a prescription medication for acid reflux. I feel great!

My improvements are ongoing. In the Box, I consistently increase the weights on my lifts while decreasing my WOD times. I challenge myself on a daily basis and enjoy setting goals and pushing myself to learn new skills. Everyone in the CrossFit North Reston community is supportive and encourages each member to excel.

Although I am proud of my own accomplishments, I am most proud that my success with the program encouraged my stepdaughter, Sam, to begin her own CrossFit journey. My enthusiasm for CrossFit spilled over to my husband, who has much better nutritional habits and has lost 25 pounds. We eat healthy and enjoy a paleo diet lifestyle.

In one word, CrossFit for me is about balance – balance in my diet, my health, my life. It will transform your life.

Crystal Before (NOV 2012)Crystal After

Alexandra Hallheimer 

I was first introduced to crossfit when a college friend finally convinced me to try out a class at Crossfit North Reston. After only attending one class, I was instantly hooked and have been consistently attending class daily ever since. I grew up playing competitive soccer, field hockey and basketball throughout my high school career. I was fairly active during and after college and I considered myself to be “fit”. I spent most of my fitness time training for countless 5k, 10k, and half marathon races and taking various gym classes at Gold’s gym. My workouts were entirely cardio focused and I rarely lifted weights.

Now after three years of Crossfit, I’m not only leaner than my after college pudgy days, but I’m stronger than I was during my competitive high school sports days. The crossfit community rekindled my competitive spirit. I’m still improving (and have a way to go) but I can honestly say that my body is capable of more than ever before – from pull ups, rope climbs, squats, double unders, and handstand push ups. Crossfit has challenged me physically, emotionally and mentally.  The crossfit community has made me more conscious of my nutrition and recovery. I finally realized the impact of my sleeping, eating, and drinking habits – the better I took care of myself, the better I felt at work, home, and the gym. Crossfit has challenged myself in a new and different way – I’m stronger, happier and more confident than ever before.

Crossfit has become a big part of my life and has provided a community of individual support, encouragement and friendships. Leaving the “conventional” gym membership and joining crossfit was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It’s a blessing being part of a great fitness community of friends who are encouraging and supportive every step of the way.


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