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CrossFit Bloomington Trainer - Autymn Stafford

I am Autymn Stafford, coach and owner at CrossFit Bloomington. I am an IU graduate with a degree in education. I am a CrossFit Level 2 certified trainer with certifications in mobility, endurance and pose method running, and Olympic lifting. I started doing CrossFit when I became frustrated with other modes of exercise. Originally, I wanted to get fit and lose weight. However, after a few months, I was addicted. I tried CrossFit alone, then signed up to get my CrossFit Level 1 certification. I had no idea how this would positively impact my life and the lives of many people around me.

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I want to be a resource for people who want to better their lives. I train people every day who work hard to change their life for a healthier, happier future. It makes me happy to know that I am there to help my community and friends every step of the way. I truly desire to see people succeed and gain more confidence. I see men and women do things in CrossFit that they never imagined that they could do, such as rope climbs, box jumps, pull ups and heavy lifts. It is a privilege to be a part of this amazing community. I LOVE what I do on a daily basis.
My favorite part is the community! I am inspired by the members and it’s fun to have a group of people who accept and encourage me for who I am and where I am at on my fitness journey.

I do it because it works. I am 36 and in the best shape of my life. I can do things that I never dreamed I could. I used to weigh twice what I do now and I love feeling healthy and being fit instead of tired and sluggish all of the time. Before I found CrossFit I tried several different types of exercise, P90x, Insanity, walking, running, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, Tae Bo, step aerobics, weight training and even Bootcamp classes. No single exercise has done for me what CrossFit has.

Try it! The worse that can happen is that you go through your foundations course, learn how to move properly, then you can take that knowledge with you to wherever you decide to workout. However, most people love it and stay for a long time!
People choose to do CrossFit because they have access to highly qualified coaches who give advice and assistance on technical lifts, workout strategies, nutrition, etc. People also choose to be members because they enjoy the programming, diversity in each workout, and the results. The most important reason for joining a CrossFit gym is the camaraderie. It’s much more enjoyable for most people to work out every day with a group of close friends rather than alone in your garage or at a standard gym using the elliptical, treadmill, or wondering when that guy is going to get off the bench so you can have a turn. In CrossFit, everyone is constantly progressing. At a standard gym, you get no programming, direction, or coaching and you are paying to use machines. At CrossFit you aren’t paying to borrow someone’s equipment, you are increasing your quality of life.