"Since my accident where I broke my neck and back, I gained 30 lbs. I never could get back into a routine. Old style weightlifting just hurt my body. I actually tried Crossfit at another box 2 years ago and it was a complete wreck. I left feeling defeated, incompetent, and flat exhausted. I never went back.
For some reason, I had to give it another shot. I saw a FB post for this box and from Day 1 Josh has been a phenomenal coach for me and my wife. After that first session, I knew this was going to be a better experience and that coaching does matter. Josh recognizes when we've hit our threshold, he ensures we don't get hurt and the other athletes encourage us when we get discouraged. To hear their stories is really something. We are hooked and we feel so much better.
Come join us at CrossFit Backward Arrow. This is the family you want to be a part of." -Matt A.
"One month ago, I took a leap of faith, tried something I never imagined myself doing and walked myself into my first CrossFit class. I remember looking around the room watching everyone else thinking, I will never be able to do any of this. Not to mention my biggest fear being other people, but weights of any kind have never been my strong suit. As deceiving as it looked to me, I tried it out not missing a day since. Class may only be for an hour, but it has become the hour I look forward to everyday. Although I still have a lot to learn mentally and physically, this last month has really taught me a lot. I believe the biggest lesson I have learned is that not everyone is out to get you. That good people do exist. The people at CFBA have been so motivating and uplifting. I know I'm still a bit shy and have not met you all yet, but there will never be enough words to thank you all for allowing me to become part of your family!"-Chris C.
"CFBA is making me a better person and not just in CrossFit, in life too. I'm braver, I'm more confident, and I'm not willing to sit on the sidelines and watch life. I want to be in there doing something fun. I'm not where I want to be but I've come a long way from where I was. This wouldn't be possible without the CFBA community!"-Trina B.
"If you are thinking of doing CrossFit but are worried about grunting animals or a place where you already have to be in perfect shape do not worry. This place is a place for every person that wants to make a lifestyle change. The work is hard but the support is there. Backward Arrow is an awesome place to be. Let me stress again, you’ll work hard. You’ll work smart. You’ll feel better and get fit here." -Nathan S.
I am so thankful for the community we've found at CFBA. My husband and I have been looking for something we could do together where we enjoyed the group equally, and we BOTH feel home there (finally!) Thanks to all the people of CFBA for pushing us and letting us learn, even if that means we learn from our mistakes first. This has been so good for me personally, as a mom, for my business - mentally, and for my husband and I to have something special to look forward to TOGETHER. CFBA is such a blessing for us! -Tara Y.
"Yes, CrossFit is expensive, but I'm not one to structure a workout. I could pay $10, $20, $30 a month but not really get where I want and could hurt myself if I am not careful. Then later be paying a gym membership that I don't use often. With my fee to this box, I'm trusting Josh to have a solid workout, instruct me to do it correctly, or lift properly without hurting myself. As an instructor, he knows how to scale down to those who are starting out and I'll say with him being a licensed physical therapist, he can advise proper stretches or maybe workout that can help an injury on a PT level."-Daphne W.
"It isn't about who finishes first or who finishes last. CFBA is a family that just wants to see success whether it's the first time you RX a workout, PR a lift, or pass a test in class. CFBA is the family you get to choose." -Cassidy T.
"Everybody at CFBA encourages you and pushes you far beyond what you would ever do by yourself. I am so blessed I found this gym and was welcomed by all the great people there. It has been an escape for me and has made me stronger both physically and mentally. If you ever need a community of support or a gym that is more than just weights, CFBA is the place to be." -Cami K.
"I like CFBA because of the supportive community. No matter if you're having a good day training or a bad day, there's always somebody there to cheer you on and pick you up. CFBA is an awesome place to challenge yourself both physically and mentally." -Kara L.
"Josh is a wonderful coach and always encouraging. He always puts a positive spin on my negative view of myself and makes me want to go back for more. I love CFBA and our family!" -Monica F.
"Josh, just wanted to say thank you for everything you've done for me and the wife! You're awesome! If it wasn't for you I would never tried CrossFit and now I'm hooked! You got a special gift and I'm happy to be a part of the CFBA family!"-Josh M.
"In the last couple of years CrossFit has become the "new thing," but I'm just a runner, or so I thought. I haven't been doing this long, but man do I see a difference and I LOVE IT! CrossFit is tough, I'm not going to lie, but it is so rewarding to say "I did that!" Josh has pushed and challenged me further than I could myself. He makes sure you have perfect form and appropriately weighted, as well as supporting you throughout the entire workout. Thank you Josh for making this my new obsession!" -Kim S.
"Josh truly turned me into an athlete. One of the big things that I really appreciate about Josh is that he's not just a coach looking to have members, he cares about each and everyone of his members. Josh will talk with you about any problems and give you exercises/stretches to help. He truly cares about you personally.
Unfortunately, when I was at my all time high I got an offer to go to training for my new job which I was very excited for but scared and upset to lose everything I had gained in my fitness and friends at the gym. It broke my heart to know I was leaving the people there, I didn't know what I would do if I came home I wasn't sure if things would change or if I would be good enough. When I got a day off from training, I came to the gym and never felt more love from everyone there! I was embarrassed of the way my workout was because I wasn't lifting the prescribed weight or what others around me were doing but the encouragement that I received from everyone was what took away that fear of not being as good.
I come home every few weeks now and the best part of it is knowing I get to go to the gym where everyone is welcoming, loving and encouraging! CFBA has been a huge blessing to me and I would not be the person I am today without the gym, the members, and of course Josh and Lindsay. So if you're like me and worry what others think... DON'T BE!!! GO to this gym because no one there is going to judge you and you're missing out if you're not already there cause the members are great! This is not just another gym this is a FAMILY, so go give my gym fam a try and I promise you won't regret it" -Maci N.
When I visited CFBA, I was absolutely terrified to walk in not knowing a soul there, except for what I had seen on their Facebook page. Now, I wish I would have joined much, much sooner! Being new to Abilene, I didn't know anyone or do anything before I joined and the people at CFBA made me feel at home. I am so thankful to be a part of the CFBA family. Josh and Cass, our coaches, have pushed me to where I didn't think I could even be pushed. And not just pushing what I thought my body couldn't do, but where I thought my mind wouldn't go. They haven't known me that long and they believed in me so much more than I ever believed in myself. Not just the coaches, but the new family I have become a part of has pushed me and been there for me and yelled for me when I was either the last one finishing a WOD, just got a PR, or even passing a test in class. And we all yell for each other. I know a lot of members have posted some of the same posts, but it's because this box is worth it. It is so worth it. The box, the workouts, the new family, and just everything about it. So, thank you to everyone at CFBA for making me feel at home. -Kaci W.
"The coaches and the environment at CFBA are the reasons I love coming every day! Coming to a gym where everyone greets you, cheers you on during a WOD, pushes you not to quit, motivates you, gets you all hyped up and then all die together after a WOD is the best feeling and the best experience I've ever had! I don't regret joining this gym at all, in fact, I am proud of how I am slowly progressing each day. I feel stronger physically and mentally." -Lily R.
"Crossfit Backward Arrow is a great environment! Not only do they constantly have us working to improve physically, but they are also there as friends. Even in the short time they have been open, there is already a sense of community between everyone. Also, I love it because no matter your fitness level the workout is always tailored to you and you are able to get better everyday."-Kyle B.