What People Are Saying (part 3)

I want to take some time to highlight all of the great reviews that Yelp is not currently sharing. We currently have 30 reviews that are not "recommended" by Yelp. This is part 3 of a multi part blog entry. 


"I was in town for a conference and was fortunate enough to stumble on Crossfit Magna in my google search. The gym itself has been to the CrossFit Games Regionals and put out some regional level athletes. Not only do they provide a competitive training environment, but they provide a comfortable environment for beginners. They have a ton of open gym hours and class times. The owner and is staff are fantastic at what they do. Overall, a Super friendly gym to drop in to with great coaching to all levels."
  - Andrew D. Walnut Creek, CA


"In May 2014 I walked into CF Magna nervous & intimidated - a 50+ year old woman, in decent shape, but NOT like the athletes I saw when I went inside! In October 2016 I walked out of Magna in tears because I was moving back to NY and couldn't bear saying goodbye! 
     In only 2.5 years I went from a novice cross fitter to a master's 'athlete'! I am not the strongest, or the fastest but each individual - especially coaches Brian & Katie and Marcus - helped me grow into the best 'athlete' I could be. I was always encouraged, welcomed, high-fived and made to feel like I was part of this amazing community/family.
     The Magna coaches always provided scaling options for me when necessary, but also gave me the confidence to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of - and most of the time I succeeded! They believed in me more than I believed in myself - and what a gift that has been! 
     The athletes range in age from teenagers to us 'older' folks, and each member is vital to the community; we all bring different talents, strengths and gifts. This is truly a diversified group of people. I encourage anyone - especially those master's athletes - to give Magna a try. You may not have aspirations to go to the CF Games, but I guarantee you'll be stronger and better mentally and physically after spending time in this box! 
     I won't be gone forever - when I come back to AZ, CrossFit Magna will be one of my first stops. After all, when you go 'home', you visit your family first!"
  - Sharon K., Saratoga Springs, NY

 

 

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* According to Yelp's website:
We use automated software to recommend the reviews we think will be the most helpful to the Yelp community based primarily on quality, reliability and the reviewer’s activity on Yelp. Advertisers get no special treatment. The reviews below didn’t make the cut and are therefore not factored into this business's overall star rating. Watch the video above or check out our FAQ for more details.


What People Are Saying (part 2)

We currently have 30 reviews that are not "recommended" by Yelp. This is part 2 of a multi part blog entry. I want to take some time to highlight all of the great reviews that Yelp is not currently sharing


"Dropped in for four days and really enjoyed the programming.  Facility is big and coaches took time to understand my experience level and to provide guidance as needed.  Other members were friendly and supportive.  Will definitely go back next time I'm in Scottsdale.  
Thanks Brian, Marcus and Jessica!"
  - Brian Z., Libertyville, IL (7/3/2017)


"Been a part of the CF Magna family since October of 2011!  That alone should give you an idea of what type of gym this is.  Unbelievable atmosphere, coaching, members, and community to help anyone at any level of fitness.  See you soon!"
  - Chip T., Phoenix, AZ (12/21/2016)

"I have been going to CrossFit Magna for 4 years and I absolutely love it! Brian and Katie are very welcoming and excellent coaches. I was so intimidated when I first started CrossFit. Having a week trial free at Magna allowed me enough time to experience what CrossFit is all about. I am now in the best shape of my life and I love the feeling of being fit and strong. I go three times a week but wish I had enough time to go more. They do offer once a week yoga which is an awesome time for recovery. The box is now in a much larger space which gives us lots of room for our WOD's and now they offer more classes both morning and evening in addition to open gym. I would recommend CrossFit Magna to anyone! Even though it's a bigger box I feel like I know just about everyone!"
  - Claire N., Phoenix, AZ (12/20/2016)


"Best crossfit gym in Phoenix, AZ! 
I was interested in crossfit, but was really concerned about injury. I didn't have a ton of experience with weight lifting and didn't know the basic movements which made me very hesitant. Crossfit Magna offers a beginner class called Magna 101 that has changed my life. It has taught me all of the basics while still providing me with a great workout. I am learning how to stay injury free and getting in the best shape of my life. The coaches are all wonderful and just want you to reach your goals. They provide a great balance of encouragement while still pushing you to new heights!"
  - Amber M., Phoenix, AZ (12/20/2016)

 

 

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* According to Yelp's website:
We use automated software to recommend the reviews we think will be the most helpful to the Yelp community based primarily on quality, reliability and the reviewer’s activity on Yelp. Advertisers get no special treatment. The reviews below didn’t make the cut and are therefore not factored into this business's overall star rating. Watch the video above or check out our FAQ for more details.


What People Are Saying (part 1)

I thought about titling this, "What Yelp Doesn't Want You to Know" but instead of bashing Yelp, I wanted to really highlight all of the great reviews that Yelp is not currently sharing. We currently have 30 reviews that are not "recommended" by Yelp so this will be a multi part blog entry.


"I was visiting from out of town and wanted to get a WOD in. Stopped by the early morning class, the box is first class all the way around. Very nice and friendly owner, great members and great equipment. I had a great workout and everyone made me feel welcome."
  - Duane O, Boise ID (1/28/2018)

"My husband and I dropped in over the holidays and had a great experience. The coaches were very welcoming and had good programing. Will definitely drop in again."
  - Susan R., San Francisco, CA (1/9/2018)

"My wife and I traveled from Middle Tennessee to the Phoneix/Scottsdale area on our Fall Break with our two boys. We have been doing CrossFit for about a year now and we always here people in our Box talking about traveling and doing a "drop in" to a box when you are on the road. This place was awesome. We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door and they had a place to the side where the kids could play while we got in a work out. Great gym, great atmosphere, and great group of people here. We will certainly be back when in the area."
  - Eugene S., Murfreesboro, TN (12/5/2017)


"Welcoming coaches that are eager to help athletes of all levels. Coaches are great at scaling workouts to all abilities. Very impressed how they keep a close eye on all their athletes and offer plenty of instruction. Family friendly gym with a great atmosphere."
  - John S., Scottsdale, AZ (7/8/2017)

 

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* According to Yelp's website:
We use automated software to recommend the reviews we think will be the most helpful to the Yelp community based primarily on quality, reliability and the reviewer’s activity on Yelp. Advertisers get no special treatment. The reviews below didn’t make the cut and are therefore not factored into this business's overall star rating. Watch the video above or check out our FAQ for more details.


March Recipe of the Month

Garlic Spaghetti Squash
     From the kitchen of heypreslie.com


Ingredients:
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • ​2 ​tablespoons olive oil
  • ​S​alt
  • ​B​lack pepper
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ​2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot​
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut spaghetti squash length-wise and scrape the seeds out with a spoon
  3. Brush the inside of the squash halves with 1 tbsp oil (1/2 tbsp each) and season generously with salt and pepper
  4. Place the halves face up on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes, or until tender when poked with a fork. Then, remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to touch.
  5. Use a fork to scrape the inside of the squash, creating spaghetti-like strands. Set aside.
  6. Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and shallots, season with salt and pepper, and cook until lightly brown (about 3 minutes).
  7. ​Turn off heat, add cheese and reserved spaghetti squash to the pan. Use tongs to evenly coat.
  8. ​Enjoy!​
Note: If you want to use this as a main course instead of a side dish, just add protein! Ground turkey, lean ground beef, chicken sausage, shrimp, salmon or chicken (grilled, baked, rotisserie) are all great options.
​To have extras for later and/or use as the base of a meal, consider cooking 2 spaghetti squashes at the same time.
 
 
Nutrition: Per serving (about 1/4 of recipe): 3g carb, 3g protein, 8g fat - 96 calories 
 
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I Don't Want to Look Like That

"CrossFit is not for me. All the women (men) look like..."

Have you ever said this? Maybe one of your friends or co-workers has said this to you. If your only exposure to CrossFit is what is shown on ESPN or CBS Sports then you have the wrong idea about CrossFit. What you need to understand is that CrossFit games athletes are professional athletes. They are the .001%. They are genetically blessed and they work really really hard. These athletes work out 4-6 hours a day, 6-7 Days a week. Most work with nutritionists and adhere to a diet that supports their training volume. I can assure you that this is not what goes on in an affiliate on a day to day basis. The majority of the members at CrossFit Magna train 1 hour a day, 3-5 Days a week. Most eat healthy, not strict, diets focused on real food. And you know what, they look amazing.

CrossFit is famous for saying all ages and all skill levels but what doesn’t get said as often is all body types and all fitness goals. We are a community of open minded people who all have different goals. We believe that by working together in a supportive environment, we are more likely to achieve these goals. Some people are here to lose weight. Some people are here to get stronger. Some people want to be more active so they can keep up with the kids or grand kids. Others want to run a half marathon or complete a Tough Mudder.

CrossFit Magna is focused on helping people achieve their goals, whatever they might be. Our program is focused on general physical preparedness. We believe that our workouts, when paired with the proper nutrition, will help you find a better physical expression of your body. We are all built differently. We have different bone structures. We gain muscle differently. We carry fat in different places. Embrace who you are and and focus on things that are within your control. Do this, and you will be a much happier, healthier person. 

At CrossFit Magna, we like to say you should surround yourself with people who look, move and live the way that you want to look, move and live. This means that you probably won’t look like our athletes when you walk through the door on the first day. You might not be able to do a pull-up or an overhead squat. In fact, most of our athletes have been CrossFitting for more than 2 years so you probably won't look or move like them after the first few months. Don't be discouraged. Instead, be encouraged by their progress. Be encouraged that so many of them have found a program that they are committed to and that has produced real results. Change takes time and consistent behavior. Most importantly, change takes change. If you never start, you will never change. Come see what it feels like to be the best version of you. 

Family. Health. Fitness.