what our members are saying
Dear DNA Fam,
Wow do I miss you all! I know I dropped in a few weeks ago to tell you how much I’ve come to realize the uniqueness of DNA and to embrace it... but I wanted to share with you my (now deepened) experience with trying to find a new gym in Orlando and hopefully encourage you all to REALLY embrace the opportunity you have.
The first Crossfit gym I checked out looked like it had all the whistles and bells. It was huge, with a ton of members, and a great intro deal (99$ for the first six weeks). After two weeks in, I realized I had wasted my money (thanks DNA- this is your fault for spoiling me!) haha. Anyway- this gym had so many members and none of them really extended a welcome to the “new kid in town” nor did the coaches encourage welcoming. I didn’t get much of a tour and was wandering around lost looking for equipment. During a WOD (workout of the day) they had us do an 800 m run... and no one even told me where that was and I ended up getting lost! 😂 The coaching was merely instructional. I didn’t feel there was any intentional teaching, personalized tips for betterment, nor watching for incorrect form. Warm up?? Sometimes they didn’t even have us warm up. I’m. Not. Kidding. The programming was sporadic and not intentionally planned. I asked one of the members if Saturday WODs we’re normally not posted in advance, and their reply was “Nahh, he kinda makes it up as he goes.” Dani and Adam plan out the week's workout a week in advance particularly to make sure you work on the correct muscle groups in proper sequence to avoid overworking muscle groups, enhance mobility, and provide optimal strength building. No one ever pushed you to strive for more at this other gym. One day I went in and they instructed us that “the Rx is ##, but you can do whatever you want.” How many of you, if you heard that would probably stay in your comfort zone?? And we know staying there does not lead to improvement. It sustains mediocracy.
So I found another gym, and I’m happy to report, my experience has been SO much better. It’s the closest thing I have found to compare to DNA. The push is there, the members and coaches are personable and welcoming. I feel like I can grow there for sure... but.... #1. It is VERY expensive. I am paying what DNA charges for unlimited gym access, but I can only attend 3-4 classes a week for the same price. #2. Stretching (which is SO very important) is really an on your own thing post WOD. I loved how DNA incorporates that into the hour work out to keep everyone accountable for preventing injury and maintaining healthy mobility.
My purpose in writing this is not to bash other gyms. But simply to encourage you guys to not take for granted what Dani and Adam offer you at DNA. I can tell you they put their hearts into you guys. When they are hiring for coaches, they are extremely selective to make sure you get the best coaching in their absence. Both coach Alex and Dani (new one) have been just as intentional as the owners. They are all so knowledgeable, trustworthy, observant, and they CARE about your progress. They all want to see you guys grow and develop a sense of achievement. Guys, that is a blessing! This is not just a money making business- it the DNA fam! They get so much more out of your participation and growth than a paycheck.
So, make today the day you decide you are going to go a step further with your health! Utilize the resources you have to grow, push yourselves, and achieve more and more! You have 4 coaches who you can trust, and a unique family of members who are encouraging and encouraged to see each other climb higher. Be motivated, and be someone’s motivation! Ambition is contagious!
Summer - Member Since 2017