Shannon: 30lbs down! Amazing Transformation.


Amazing story. Thank you for sharing Shannon!

“In 2017 I let my physical and mental health take a downward spiral. I stopped working out, ate bad food, and was drinking a lot. I gained over 15 pounds from my unhealthy habits and lifestyle. After a year I realized just how much I neglected myself and started eating better. Some of the weight shed off, but then I started eating Keto and joined CrossFit Bethel and have lost 30 pounds. I can’t thank Crossfit Bethel enough. In the three months I’ve been a member I’ve never felt more included in a community. Everyone is so positive and uplifting. My one goal when I first joined was to just exercise to help my mental health. Not only am I in the best headspace mentally that I’ve ever been in, I’m physically stronger and more capable than I’ve ever been. CrossFit Bethel has given me a healthy and positive outlet, and a community where I feel included and supported.”

Thank you Shannon for sharing your story! We are so proud of how far you have come and are so happy to have you apart of our community! Keep up the good work 💪

"Do It For Deb"


Dear Friends,

“Do it for Deb” was an unbelievable success and a day that none of us will ever forget. To all who donated, worked out in Deb’s honor, rocked the green wristband, and supported our first annual Do it for Deb event, thank you. Because of your kind donations, we smashed our goal of $500.

In Deb’s honor, YOU raised a total of $3,000 which has been donated to the Closer to Free Fund for Smillow Cancer Hospital!


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 🙏

Deb has always been an inspiration to us all. No matter what kind of treatment she was battling at the time, she always made it to the gym precisely at L8 O’clock, which is somewhere between 5 and 8 minutes late… every day, for years - better late than never! However, her work ethic and support of others was and will always be worth the wait. 💪

Carol: “Should I put the tens on my bar?”
Coach: “It depends. How are you feeling today?”
Carol: “I think I feel…
Carol: “You’re right!

At the end of the day, Deb just got it done. And getting it done is all that will ever matter.

We love you.

MVP Award: Lisa C. (an AMAZING story)

Lisa Castillo Age: 58 this year

Joined Crossfit: March 2017

The biggest blessing about working here is that we get to meet all kinds of amazing people. Amazing is an easy word to throw around. So when we are talking about amazing people, we REALLY mean it! The MVP Award is our way of recognizing our AMAZING members. Now aside from being our current MVP, the following member has become a very close friend and somebody I so highly admire. Congratulations, Lisa! Thank you for letting us share your story with the world!  

Because of her amazing spirit, positive energy, and infectious smile, everybody knows Lisa. If you don’t, I’d say you are missing out! Back in January of 2017, Lisa and her husband, Mark, walked into our gym curious about CrossFit. Little did I know, Lisa was a star. 

Two years prior, Lisa was hit by a car, which resulted in a total of 22 operations in two years. When I first met her, she had already been through 21 of the 22. With #22 hanging over her head, she promised me that she was going to start CrossFit and eventually be in the regular class. I remember thinking, this woman is remarkable and I wanted to, if anything, witness this journey. As promised, a month later, Lisa, after operation #22, walked back in our door. She was ready for her next phase of recovery. (and I could not have been more excited)


From the very beginning, Lisa’s goal was to take our “normal” CrossFit class. I remember one of her main concerns was going up and down stairs. On day one, she was able to step up on 2 plates, totaling a little over 4 inches. By her 20th session, Lisa was jogging, stepping up, flipping tires, and motivating the heck out of myself and others! The time that I got to spend with Lisa, one on one, will be something that I will remember forever. Her journey was - and still is - one of the most incredible transformations I have ever seen. Quite frankly, I just watched as she, with a smile, battled to take her life back. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t tear up once or twice. Her short term mission was accomplished; she was ready for class. At no part in her journey did she look back. Today Lisa is still working hard and building strength. Today Lisa is still remarkable!

A word from Lisa:

“I am a cancer survivor, and a trauma survivor. I had cancer in 2013 and was then hit (as a pedestrian) by a car in 2015.

The trauma was horrific as I ended up in the hospital for 6 months with both legs broken, a pelvis in pieces, my spine detached, multiple fractures, brain trauma, and a torn aorta.

After many physical therapy sessions, some metal joints, and a total of 22 operations, I needed to do something normal people did… So I joined Crossfit in march 2017! My ultimate goal was to join the regular class. I started my CrossFit Career off with 20 personal sessions with Liam. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, I was in class accomplishing what I came there to do. 


In the last 3 years I have learned that if you put your mind set in a place of recovery, perseverance, and are willing to do the hard work, a new chapter of life will evolve. I’m stronger both mentally and physically.

Advice from Lisa:

1. Don’t be afraid to enter the door of Crossfit Bethel. It’s for all ages and everything gets modified according to your strengths and weaknesses.”

2. “Check the ego at the door. The trainers will help you reach your potential - and it will all pay off.

Crossfit Bethel’s trainers are empathetic, supportive, caring, and welcoming. And the same is true for its family of members. No matter who you are, - ability, age…- everyone is friendly and cheers each other on.

Crossfit Bethel has given me faith, hope, and love!

Learn More

Can I do CrossFit?

Can I do CrossFit?

Yes, here’s why:

In CrossFit, you will see familiar movements such as the squat and push-up, along with some unfamiliar movements like the snatch and clean. If you are unfamiliar with CrossFit, I’d recommend reserving all judgment until you try it.

Infinitely Scalable 

Because the movements in CrossFit are infinitely scalable, you will quickly learn that anybody can do it. If you have a willingness to learn and a desire to be better, you have the right ingredients to start CrossFit. We will teach you that no matter where you begin this journey from, there will always be an intelligent next step to ensure that you grow and achieve your goals. 

Great Coaching

If we wanted to collect your money and set you up for failure, we would have opened a regular gym. Most gyms make you sign a contract and then leave you to your own devices knowing, full well, that they may never see you again. This is not in our DNA. The minute you walk through our door, a coach will be by your side guiding you through the whole process. As a member of our gym, you will always be coached - no matter how experienced or inexperience you may be. 

Beginner Friendly

Because of our great coaches, all of our beginners are in great hands. Since 2014, we have tested, retested, and founded the smoothest on-boarding process around. Becoming a member is a very easy and smooth process! It can all start by clicking the button below:

Great People

With a community that is as supportive as ours, you will feel like you can accomplish anything! The members of this gym are incredibly supportive, hardworking, and inspirational! When you are surrounded by such people, it is easy to do well. 

If you have any more questions about our gym or CrossFit in general, we are here to help! 

New Program: CrossFit Health

We are very proud of the name, CrossFit Bethel, that sits above our door, but we offer so much more. With the goal to accommodate anybody who wants to change their life through fitness, we just launched another new program here at CFB: CrossFit Health.

 This program will run alongside our typical class. CrossFit Health will be a slight variation of the standard CrossFit program and will place less focus on maximal strength and performance and more focus on building a healthy, toned body. In other words, our CrossFit Program will be divided up into two tracks: CrossFit Health & CrossFit Performance. 

What is the difference between CrossFit Health and CrossFit Performance? 

CFP will focus on the classic movements and standards that make CrossFit, CrossFit. In our Performance program, you will see the Olympic lifts, the classic CrossFit gymnastic movements, and more! If you want to get better a CrossFit, this is the program for you. 

CFH will have a strength component, but the focus will be on toning, getting your heart rate up, and feeling great. Our Health program will eliminate the complex barbell and gymnastic movements that will be found in CrossFit Performance. 

Which program should I choose?

One program is not better than the other. You will choose which program you prefer based on what you want to accomplish. If you want to get a great workout in, but you are not a fan of the Olympics lifts (snatch & clean) CrossFit Health is the way to go. If you are looking to be good a CrossFitter or looking to raise your sport performance, CrossFit Performance is the program for you! 

 When are the classes?

 CrossFit Health:

 Monday - Friday

5:30am,6:30am,8:00am, & 9:30am

4:30pm,5:30pm, & 6:45pm

 Saturday - Sunday


 CrossFit Performance: 

 Monday - Friday

5:30am,6:30am,8:00am, & 9:30am

4:30pm,5:30pm, & 6:45pm


Saturday - Sunday



How Do I start?

Whenever somebody is looking to join or come back to CFB, we always start with a No Sweat Intro, because we need to understand your goals before we offer help.   

2019 Open Champions

Your 2019 Open Champions are... JACKED IN THE BOX!

Congratulations to everybody who took part in this year’s open! I hope you guys had as much fun as we did! A special thank you to our captains, Laura Hunt, Chris Bolin, Ali Reisert, and Erik Chaves for leading your teams in a fun and inclusive way! You guys were amazing! Thank you for your hard work.

Another special thanks goes to our volunteers who judged and gave up a large part of their weekends to make sure all of the athletes were taken care of (Head Judge Kevin, Donny, Nicole, Joe, Chris, and Emily)  We could not have done it without you!

And ANOTHER special thanks goes out to Emily for managing every thing behind the scenes! She did a lot of work and deserves a lot of credit for the smooth open experience.

And lastly, I would like to thank all of our members who participated in the 2019 CrossFit Open - both first timers and veterans! I am so proud of what you were able to accomplish in the past five weeks. To watch you accomplish goals and support each other all the way through was an amazing thing to see. Thank you for allowing this to be the best Open yet!


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It Is Who We Are - The Friendly Gym

We appreciate the kind words and feedback from our members. We would not be able to call ourselves The Friendly Gym without the support of our incredible members. 

Without this lovely group of people, we could have ended up being a headphone wearing, muscle t repping, curling on the squat rack kind of gym. 

Without you, our loyal members, we could have been a peacocking gym plagued with invisible lat syndrome that forgets about leg day. Thankfully we are not. (forgetting leg day is a stretch) 

We are a community that supports each other, laughs together, and strives to better every single day. 

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