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Kristie Bickler | Co-Owner

Andy and KristieI’ve been a personal trainer in Stamford for seven years.  I did traditional gym workouts and enjoyed introducing my clients to the world of fitness.  But as time progressed I got bored, there’s only so many hours that can be wiled away on an elliptical machine.  I also started looking more carefully at my body.  I was thin but lacked the muscle definition I thought I should have with all of the work I was putting in.  In addition, most of my clients invested in personal training to lose weight but one hour of moderate intensity training a few days a week couldn’t offset their poor diets.

Then Andy found CrossFit and we started doing the WODs together.  I felt so out of shape!  All that time spent on machines and light dumbbells had not prepared me for this program at all.  I quickly fell in love with the idea of making my workouts into “games”.  It was more fun, I was working harder and I had measurable results.  It felt a lot like playing on a sports team.  It wasn’t long before I brought my personal training clients on board.

Through scaling and modifications anyone can complete a CrossFit WOD.  But the workouts are just the tip of the iceberg.  CrossFit is the only exercise program I know of that incorporates total wellness. The knowledge I have gained regarding nutrition/flexibility/recovery is invaluable.  I’ve made healthy eating a large part of our program because I believe that we really are what we eat.  It’s important to me that my clients live a long and healthy life and coming to the gym is just part of the hard work that it takes to look and feel your best.

As our program has grown so has the community.  The best part about CrossFit Stamford is the friendships that are cultivated here.  We encourage and motivate each other to work harder than we thought possible and we spend time together at events in and outside of the gym.  CrossFit has given me a reason to train and I feel proud to say that I look and feel better than I did ten years ago.

  • Kristie holds a B.S. from Rutgers University
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer Certification
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • Olympic Lifting Certification Jon North
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certification
  • Norwood Weightlifting Certification

 

Andy Parker | Co-Owner

11427175_853183444769584_4106419047425844543_oI founded CrossFit Stamford in February 2006 originally training in a tightly packed commercial gym with lots of machines. At the time we were the 50th CrossFit Gym worldwide, today there are about a million give or take.

Like most CrossFit owners I had played sports my whole life, been a very active person and felt like there was something missing after college. After a few years of corporate nonsense, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that this is not what I’m passionate about.

I started coaching football and ran the strength and conditioning program for Wilton High School for a couple of years. At the same time I was working as a trainer at the typical health club. Putting in hundreds of hours working with all kinds of clients and the high school kids prepared me for when I found CrossFit.

This Pic is from July 3, 2006 Affiliate Page- “Andy Parker shows that even a room full of selectorized equipment can’t stop a CrossFit workout.” – Tony Budding

Then one day….I read a Men’s Journal article “Best Shape of Your Life in 20 min…” this how I found CrossFit. The workouts looked pretty short and different so I tried it out and…they ugh destroyed me. I thought I was in decent shape back then but I clearly was not in CrossFit shape. I started trying different WODs and never looked back. Fast forward a few months later and I decided to open CrossFit Stamford.

Looking at that pic it’s crazy to think how far we’ve come from swinging 20lb kettlebells next to the Preacher Curl Machine (Kristie swings a 45lb now, had to mention that). One year later I teamed up with Kristie and we opened up our own place, right across the street from that commercial gym.

Over the next few years our community and CrossFit the organization continued to grow. In the summer of ’09 we moved again to a new facility twice the size. Finally in July 2011 we’ve moved into our permanent 8000 sq foot home complete with all the CrossFit bells and whistles.

It may seem a bit cheesy to someone outside of our community but at CFS it’s so much more than just “going to the gym”. The CFS community is supportive, encouraging, generous, dedicated, fun loving, and doesn’t take itself too serious. We’ve made life long friends here and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for CF Stamford!

  • Andy holds a B.S. from Sacred Heart University
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer Certification
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • Olympic Lifting Certification Jon North
  • CrossFit Power Lifting Westside Barbell Certification
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certification
  • Norwood Weightlifting Certification
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