S3 Member Success


Your Success = Our Success

All of these stories are straight from within the walls of our community.They are brought to you by the actual individual and told in their own words. We will add these from time to time, all from different mindsets and achievements.  Not every accomplishment is sheer weight loss. Some stories are dreams achieved and realized goals, while others deal with general health and wellness. We are in the business of changing lives and feel blessed to be in that position but the hard work and the credit is all theirs.

We are inspired everyday by the people of CrossFit S3.

Holly Tidwell, Member, CrossFit S3

Holly Tidwell

Member since 2016

I never considered myself an athlete.  I was a cheerleader in school and dabbled in different types of workouts over my life, but nothing stuck.  My ADHD would kick in and I’d become bored with my workouts.  Working out to a video ended in me eating popcorn and watching them do the workout in amazement!  I tried going to the gym and doing my own thing but never saw progress. 

When my neighbor, Becky, asked me to join her gym, CrossFit S3, I was scared out of my mind of this “cult” I had heard about.  I couldn’t do a push up, how could I ever do a pull-up?  But I knew this, I was about to turn 40 and wanted to give my body at least one good attempt at being fit…and I had 4 kids in 3 years who were growing up and needed to know that their mama could still beat them in arm wrestling!  So, I committed to 1 month at CrossFit S3 despite my asthma, bad knees and aversion to all things cardio.

I did the two weeks of foundation classes which consisted of 6 classes to learn the basic moves and technique for safety purposes.  I was so happy this gym was obsessed with safety!  These two weeks eased me into the lifestyle.  But then I went to my first class with the veteran members and I was INTIMIDATED!!!  The coach convinced me to stay and I made it through the class saying to myself, “something is better than nothing…at least I’m here”!  Two years later and I’m saying the same thing every time I go!

I’ve never been a part of a program where I saw progress so quickly.  I lost 20 lbs. in the first 2 months!  I can’t count the amount of times I’ve cried at CrossFit…out of pride for my achievements!  When I back squatted my body weight, when I finally got a rope climb, when I got my first pushup, pull-up, handstand pushup and when I got my one-handed handstand! 

CrossFit has touched all areas of my life.  When life gets hard, I think, “listen Holly, if you can do CrossFit, then you can do anything.  You can do hard things!”  Being a cross fitter makes me feel like a badass…not because I’m the best at it, but because I overcame my fear and became stronger physically and mentally!

I now go 5 days a week because I like routine and, when I go this often, I can pretty much eat whatever I want and I love chocolate!!!  I LOVE that everyday they give us different and weird workouts to do.  Carry your partner on your back in a running race?  Um, yes please!  It’s like being a kid at recess again!  I also love that in every class you have different levels of athletes.  We’re all modifying to meet our abilities.  But best of all…my butt looks better than it ever has!


Kelly Stratton, Member, CrossFit S3

Kelly Stratton

Member since 2012

I started this challenge surrendering to the process. I trusted what the trainers had to say and took a leap of faith. I committed completely. I had been doing Crossfit for a while and had been making some progress but I was missing something. I was ready and determined to make a change.

I had done a 6 week Paleo challenge back when I first started Crossfitting. I did okay but soon after it was over, I fell back into some of my old habits. I embraced this challenge as a way of making a change with my nutrition and the next step in my journey to be better.

I chose to do the Zone Diet and Chad agreed to do it with me. It would be easier if we were both doing the same thing. It was a lot of work in the beginning, measuring, weighing and preparing everything. I felt like I never left the kitchen and I was constantly planning and eating my next meal. By month 2 it was easier and I was starting to notice changes in the way my clothes fit, how I felt, and was making gains in the gym. By month 3 it was a way of life, easy really. I was hooked on the way that I felt, how I was performing in the gym and most of all my everyday life. I can’t imagine every going back to my old habits now. They don’t fit into my new mindset and I have left them behind. Doing the Zone really helped me to pay attention to portion size and eat more consciously. I am going to continue to tweak my diet and cut out some things that the Zone allowed me to have and go more to a more Paleo diet now. I am still a work in progress but really like where I am headed.

I never weighed myself. To be honest I really did not want to know….especially in the beginning. I had a general idea of what I weighed from previous obsessive tendencies with the scale and left it at that. I took a look at my before and after photos and liked what I saw for the first time in a long time. I showed them to Chad and he agreed that I had accomplished in three months what I have been trying to accomplish the last 17 years that we have been together. The right nutrition was absolutely key. The only thing that had changed was that I was working out 1 more day per week and my diet and eating habits got an overhaul. My mind also started to shift in a direction that I never thought of before. Instead of talking about things like ” I lost 2 pounds this week” , I found myself talking about things like “I got my first dead hang pull-up”, or “I overhead squatted 100 lbs today” .Those are the things that I am proud of now, not what is reflected back from the scale.

Someone gave me the best complement the other day. They said I looked strong. Not thinner…..stronger. I love that.

I work as a therapist in a skilled nursing facility. I see the end result of people who have not made health a priority in their lives. They are chronically ill, tired, and depressed. I know for sure that I do not want to end up being one of my patients.

I have had a paradigm shift in my views towards nutrition and just how important it is. I was finally ready to hear and experience what everyone at S3 was saying. The trainers at S3 have given us all something very powerful, knowledge. It is up to each of us what we choose to do with that power. I have also gained a new mindset. I am mentally fitter not just physically. The benefits that have come from Crossfit and proper nutrition are beyond measure.