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.

Buffy Utz, Member, CrossFit S3

Buffy Utz

Member since 2012

I LOVE …………….

Three words: “I LOVE CROSSFIT!”
*side note: CrossFit and S3 are completely interchangeable in this statement

Four words: “I NOW LOVE PALEO!”


In all seriousness though, the Challenge was an eye opening and life changing experience.

I was on the fence about whether or not to participate. I had just started regular CrossFit classes after going through Foundations and thought it might be too much.

After some thought and encouragement from others (S3 trainers and the husband), I decided “What the heck-might as well jump in head first, right?!?”  And I am SO glad I did!

I noticed changes in my energy, mood and body almost immediately. After others started noticing, they would ask, “How much weight do you want to lose?”

Well, I didn’t set out to do the Challenge for weight loss-that wasn’t my goal. I knew that would most likely happen, but I was doing CrossFit and the Challenge for a different reason-a better reason. My goal was to get healthy, fit and strong-to do something with consistency, which was what my exercise/fitness routine (if you could even call it that) had been lacking for the past five years. So, the fact that I am now about 25lbs lighter is just an added bonus!

I have definitely achieved an improved appearance, but more importantly I have been rewarded physically, mentally and in performance:  My work in the box has improved immensely.

I wanted to ski better in France this year-I did. I also did a climb there that I most likely would not have previously done, but I now had the strength and confidence to do it. I was entered in my first 6 hour endurance mountain bike race at the beginning of April, and I wanted to ride strong/finish-I did, in fact I placed 3rd in my class!  Very clearly, my goal has been attained.

My eyes have been opened, my body strengthened.

Thank you S3!


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.