Success Stories


At CrossFit Ephrata, we’re in the business of changing lives through CrossFit here in Ephrata. So when we hear great member stories like these, we literally box jump for joy! We hope you’ll be our next success story.
  • Kevin (RevKev) Eshleman, Lead Pastor, Ephrata Community Church

    I just wanted to send you an email to say “thank you” for your work as trainers and for the help that it is for a lot of people – including myself.

    February marks two years that I’ve been a part of the CrossFit gym. Without a doubt, it is the best thing I have ever done for my health in my life.

    I have a hereditary “Achilles heel” that has to do with the way my liver functions and the way it processes toxins and cholesterol. I have been aware of this for about 20 years after it showed up on a routine blood test. When my doctor first discovered this, he was very concerned and wanted me to have regular check-ups to monitor the situation, which I’ve done for the past 20 years.

    I recently had one of those check-ups. In addition to having increased flexibility, being 18 pounds lighter, and having improved blood pressure (112/70), two of the three liver function numbers are normal for the first time in 20 years, and the cholesterol is down by 30 points.

    Again, just wanted to say thanks! I enjoy the challenge of the workouts, the steady improvements of weight and skill, and the community of the gym. Thanks for being great trainers and for the pointers, the coaching, and the encouragement.

  • Mike Wenger

    On November 2010, I woke up with numbness in the bottom of my feet, and by the weekend it had traveled all the way up to my waist. After many tests and doctor visits I found out I had multiple sclerosis. I was devastated and very afraid of what was going to happen to me and what my future would hold, and when people found out they started to share stories with me about people they knew who had MS and how they were crippled and in wheelchairs. This freaked me out even more!!

    I ran into Chad Stauffer and he encouraged me to try Ephrata Fitness. I was reluctant to say the least, but after my liver levels were high and the doctors were concerned about me taking a MS medication, I decided it was time to try it.

    When I started I was 183 pounds, and my cholesterol levels were very high, which was causing my liver levels to be high as well. Two days a week soon became three, then four, now I am up to five times a week doing CrossFit! I have lost 27 pounds and 6 inches off my waist, not to mention my cholesterol is down and my liver levels are back to normal.

    I have never felt better in my life, in fact I am in better health now then I have ever been! It has been four years, and I have not had any MS relapses and even the neurologist was so impressed he asked to put a picture of me deadlifting and my testimony on their website.

    I had tried exercise before, weightlifting, swimming (which I am horrible at), walking, running, dieting, the list goes on and on but nothing ever worked or stuck. What I love about CrossFit Ephrata is that we truly are a family and everyone is welcome in that family. Everyone cheers for, motivates, encourages and challenges one another. There’s never any put downs, only put ups!

    The trainers are very knowledgeable, caring, and know just how much to push you. I have been truly blessed with CrossFit Ephrata, and I thank God that I have them in my life! Because of CrossFit Ephrata, I can truly say I may have MS but MS does not have me! I am stronger, and healthier, living a full life! Thank you CrossFit Ephrata and thank you to the CrossFit family! God bless you all!!

  • Ellen Stark

    I started training with Tyler and Chad 3 years ago, and when they decided their gym would transition to CrossFit, I was more than skeptical. Lifting weights had never appealed to me, but because I trusted in them, I went along for the ride.

    I can honestly say they were right. CrossFit Ephrata has changed my entire perspective on fitness. I am no longer going to the gym to work out – I am going to better myself. I have seen a significant difference in my body over the past year and a half, and though I’m far from “finished,” I’m enjoying the road to get there.

    Most importantly, CrossFit Ephrata has taught me that strength is beautiful, and I am constantly reminded of that with each personal record I achieve. Thank you Tyler and Chad for introducing me to this incredible program and this beyond-supportive community.

  • Judy Deemer

    I just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to Crossfit. I am really loving it and I am feeling stronger than I ever have in years. I was dealing with a major shoulder issue for so long and it never hurts anymore. I know it is because of all of the exercises Tyler and the other coaches have shown me to help mend this injury.
    I am so impressed with all of the coaches and the personal time each one takes with every member. This is so different than what I have experienced in the past at various gyms I have been a member of.
    I actually went to the doctor for a check up the other day and I am down to a weight I have not seen in years and the doctor commented on how strong my muscles and body felt. I think I am actually getting a bicep for the first time in my life. I may not be the strongest woman at the gym but that was not my goal at all.
    As I approach the big 50 I can honestly say, I feel in the best shape I have ever been AND…I climbed that stinkin rope! Well I do still need to climb it from the floor but once my rope burn heals I am ON It!!!
    Thank you for offering me such a wonderful opportunity to be a stronger woman!!!!


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