Success Stories

If you join the family at San Diego Athletics, 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 SDA 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, and 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.

Chris Madsen

My name is Chris Madsen and I am one of the most senior members of San Diego Athletics at age 62. You might be wondering why someone so old would even walk through the doors of CrossFit PB (the name when I joined) so here goes. At age 58, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was devastated. In my numb state, my brother walked me down the 4 blocks to the newly opened CrossFit on the corner of Garnet and Fanuel, saying that I needed to lift weights for my bones. I had walked by it before and thought that I just did not belong with strong people pushing barbells who were at least half my age. We talked with Anders and he enthusiastically took me on as either a charity case or a challenge or both! I started the next day with Coach Jenny and could barely walk home afterward. For the first month I could only lift the PVC pipe….yes, it took me a month to be able to lift the women’s bar!

This place has changed my life! I no longer have osteoporosis and I no longer worry about the possibility of having it. That does mean that I will be at SDA for as long as I possibly can! It has given me so much confidence in my body, in my balance, in my ability to be active. I feel strong, I have upper body muscles that I have never had in my life. It has increased my endurance.

Chris Madsen

Kendall Bolt

Upon graduating from the Academy I was commissioned in the Navy and stationed in San Diego. I felt like I was an experienced athlete in the weight room at the time, but I thought some of my lifts I could use some help. I originally joined CrossFit Pacific Beach in 2010/11 thinking it would be a temporary membership. I thought I could receive minimal coaching that would benefit my lifting technique. Little did I know I would be stopping into Bryan’s gym.

After my first day in CFPB, I was hooked. I knew CFPB was the environment I needed in order to take myself to the next level as an athlete. The amount of knowledge that Bryan has when it comes to diet/nutrition, programming and technique is second to none.

I know if I had this knowledge in college about lifting and nutrition I would have been a far better athlete! No matter what kind of athlete you aspire to be, Bryan and Anders have top notch professional knowledge that will make you a better athlete and all around person.

Kendall Bolt

Phill Arrington

I am 175 yards from the green with my ball resting in the infamous Torrey Pines (South) rough on the 18th hole. A few deep breaths after I line up my 5 iron shot with a few practice swings, I go for it. Crack! The ball soars straight to the green and lands about 10 feet above the hole. Already happy about the shot, I become increasingly excited as the ball tracks back down the slope to about 2 feet from the hole. It was an easy tap-in par.

Just a year ago not hitting triple bogey on every hole at Torrey seemed like a win. Now I reached my goal of staying under 100 on one of the hardest courses in golf. What was more amazing is that I reached this goal after having a stroke only a month earlier.

So here I am 2 months later, basically back to normal. There are only a few small things that remind me I had a traumatic brain injury.

Without Anders suggesting I get back in the gym as soon as I was released from the hospital, I would have probably been sitting on the couch for the past couple of months. Instead, I’m more motivated than ever to be the most athletic and in shape I possibly can be. I’m incredibly grateful for everything Anders and the rest of the San Diego Athletics family has done for me during this unique time in my life.

Phill Arrington

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