• Dr. Karen Sutton, BKAthletics Testimonials

    I'd like to take a moment, like others, to thank you all for enouraging me, making me smile and overall making me a better person through BK. It's not easy feeling athletic after four children, but I'm headed in the right direction. 
    Kudos to you all! 
    Thanks Ben Kelly, coaches, friends, 5:30 am-ers!

    Dr. Karen Sutton
  • Emily Workman, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Them doors that was always closed, I ripped them hinges off and succeeded.” – DJ Khaled. Best intentions and Positive Thinking are not enough for real CHANGE. You have to set specific and realistic GOALS. Major key.

    My goal was never weight loss. I wanted to win the war in my head more consistently (and stop drinking D. Coke like an addict – 6 mo.Free) I wanted to carve out a new neurological path – one that chose to see the bright side, to BELIEVE in myself, and in others. I was never an Eeyore, but I knew I could be happier. I still fight that battle every day, but the difference between then and now is not 40 pounds, it is that now, I AM WINNING the war in my mind.

    Emily Workman
  • Adam Jacobson, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Feeling accomplished today. I've been slowly recovering from a shoulder injury in late November that put me down for the count. I suffered from many sleepless nights for months, frozen shoulder and terrible pain. This brought me to a dark place and took me out of the gym for many months. The gym for me is the only way to balance the stress of life and family. There is no choice but to kick up the endorphins in order to keep a balanced chemistry.

    There was no way in hell I thought I would have the lung stamina to take on Murph. Although I subbed out the pull ups for Russian Kettlebell Swings, today I realized that I am much farther along in my recovery then I have been able to give myself credit for.

    Participating in The BKBootCamp has totally put me back on track. I am grateful for the camaraderie of the group & our tribe at BKAthletics. Thank you for helping to keep me motivated and to push beyond my mental limitations.

    Adam Jacobson
  • Dennis Brown, BKAthletics Testimonials

    A true Heartfelt thank you. Over the past several weeks I have gone through several tests with my Cardiologist. My father passed away of a heart attack at age 42. His father, my grandfather, passed away at 47 of a heart attack, and my uncle at 50. It has been a little over two years ago that I joined BK Athletics. When I first joined I stopped taking Crestor “ a cholesterol reduction medication that caused significant negative side effects for me.

    As for my recent results:

    • My cholesterol is down over 40 points “ without taking the horrible meds
    • My good Cholesterol is up significantly – My bad Cholesterol has not increased in two years
    • The most important improvement is my ratio of high to low cholesterol “ which was reduced from 5.2 to 3.8 “ any ratio under 5.0 is considered a healthy ratio
    • I passed the Stress Test with flying colors.. – I lost 22 pounds
    • I do have PVC (Premature Ventricular Contractions). My heart skips a beat, which is why sometimes I get out of breath or have chest pain. But he is not concerned and does want me to modify WOD because of the condition.

    The cardiologist said he directly contributes the improvement is my numbers to CrossFit training (interval training) and the significant changes in my diet.

    It is hard to express how grateful I am to you and all and the members at BK for your coaching and support. These results would not be possible without you

    Dennis Brown
  • Nikki Fuller, BKAthletics Testimonials

    I have been a member of BK Athletics since February 2014. As a mother of two awesome young men (13 and 16years old), exercise has played an important role in keeping me strong and energized to keep up with them

    I attend the noon Beat with Sophie and I have lost weight and gained some muscle. My goals are to continue to grow stronger physically and mentally through training and consistently attending classes. I am also training for the CT Challenge 2-day bike ride, 135miles in all. BK Athletics has made me a stronger biker on the hills out there and there are a few indeed

    I love the encouragement we get from the trainers, the camaraderie of fellow BK Athletics members and look forward to continuing on this path

    Nikki Fuller
  • Catherine Cunningham, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Feeling proud to be me today. Many thanks to Ben Kelly for setting me straight and caring.

    Catherine Cunningham
  • Dennis Andrews, BKAthletics Testimonials

    ”When I first heard of Crossfit, I thought of it as an intense workout program directed towards serious athletes or at least those who at one point in their lives perceived themselves to be serious athletes. Well, I'm not sure I ever perceived myself to be much of an athlete, so the idea of joining a Crossfit gym was pretty remote.

    When I turned 40, I was determined to, get back in shape and tried doing it on my own. This meant trying to get as close to 200lbs or under if possible. At age 40 I was yo-yoing between 210 and 215. I'm 47 and at my last physical in January I weighed 235lb. Clearly, I wasn't moving in the right direction. When a friend of my wife suggested I try BK Athletics, to be honest, I felt pretty intimidated. After 18 months of being a couch potato, I convinced myself to just go in and see what the place looked like. After talking with Ben and Janet I knew I was at a crossroads, either really get serious about getting under 200lbs or just accept being out of shape. Since joining in April I've lost 25lbs. and weighing in around 210lb. I am happy with what I've lost so far and although I still have a ways to go before reaching my goal, I am motivated not only by the weight loss but how great and stronger I feel.

    The three things I've gained at BK Athletics:

    • Mind – Mental fitness- first you have to believe you can do more, then you can push yourself to achieve more.
    • Body – Better health- In 3 months time I have not only lost weight but feel stronger, healthier and have increased flexibility.
    • Spirit – Community- team spirit, Call it what you will…BK is like family.. A leader with Passion, People who Love what they do, and a community full of encouragement .”

    Dennis Andrews
  • Ian 'Macca' McDonald, BKAthletics Testimonials

    ”BK, I spent some time this summer, in Rockaway Beach with old friends and fitness and nutrition came up often enough. I spoke quite a bit about CrossFit and how we go about things at our box and often got a response along the lines of, That works for you because you've always been fit, but no way is that right for me.

    In the past 18 months, I've had the chance to visit roughly a dozen other Crossfit boxes. I know for sure what others know intuitively “ you have something special at BK Athletics. The programming not only keeps us progressing as athletes but also holds us truly engaged and excited to enter the box, the nutrition advice is priceless, Well, time must really be flying because they don't remember the fat Ian. I've attached a few ˜before pics. These are roughly 3 years ago and within a few months of badly herniating a disk changing a light bulb (literally, I was taking down Christmas lights). The good news is the injury led to a lifestyle change and about a year later, with a little Bikram Yoga and p90x under my belt, I found Crossfit Performance. I started right on my 40th birthday and graduated On-Ramp the day before the grand opening of the new box (and celebrated that with my first Fran, yikes). It's now a year and a half later and time for an ˜after pic. Clearly, I look different, but I am also enjoying all the surrounding benefits of fitness with better energy levels, sleeping patterns, a nickname, etc.

    The coaches are energetic and skilled, and the community is certainly one-of-a-kind awesome. This place rocks and I'm glad to be part of it.”

    Ian 'Macca' McDonald
  • ”It took me a year to make the call to Ben and I so wish I had done it sooner. My main reason for not calling was fear. Fear that I wasn’t in shape enough to even attempt something like CrossFit, fear that I was too old and would get injured, fear that it was an elite club I’d never belong to. Finally, my 40th birthday rolled around and I hadn’t reached my weight goal. I bit the bullet and called Ben. What can I say? CrossFit has changed my body, mind, and life. That was 3 months and 21 lbs ago I used to punish myself with long, daily workouts. I used to ride an emotional eating roller coaster.”

    But then I met Ben. He sat me down and told it to me straight. “You can do this but you have to get your eating habits cleaned up and you need to stick with the program.”

    The first 30 days were hard. I started the Paleo diet which made me pretty grumpy and I didn’t particularly enjoy the on-ramp. I felt like I was marching in place and all I wanted to do was run away as fast as I could from my old body.

    But Ben kept pushing me on, “just stick with it, you’ll see a change.”

    And I did stick with it. I’m doing the Paleo diet 80:20 and I do Crossfit Elements three times a week.

    I have never felt or looked better in my life. I’m holding myself back from saying how empowering and amazing this program because I don’t want any would-be athletes to roll their eyes like I once did. But it’s life changing.

    Of course, I’m just starting out and I still have that fear that I’ll never get to the next level of CrossFit but it’s a good kind of fear, a motivating kind of fear”

    Sophie Blondeau
  • ”I haven’t felt this good in years, and never had fun working out before. In the past working out was something I did because I had to( and I did the bare minimum), now I look forward to it every day. I finally feel like I have reached the point where I can really push myself and there is so much I want to be able to do and it will all happen in time. I still battle some nagging injuries but work around them ( and that was something I never did in the past ) 5 years ago if my shoulder hurt I wouldn’t go to the gym at all, now I’ll work everything that doesn’t hurt ( which some days isn’t much, but by doing what ever I can , I know I’ve prevented a lot of injuries”

    Chris Gombos
  • Mark LeScoezec, BKAthletics Testimonials

    BK and the excellent coaches at BKAthletics will help you establish a more fit body and mind. Great community of smart people!

    Mark LeScoezec
  • John Greeley, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Great class. This is the second time I've dropped in and the facilities and people are great. I will be back the next time I'm in Fairfield.

    John Greeley
  • Daniel Sholler, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Best gym experience I have had. Their Beat classes are fantastic for those of us who have a lot of room for improvement in our fitness, and it is inspiring to work alongside some of the fantastic athletes that you see there regularly. The coaching staff is extremely helpful and focused on helping athletes improve their performance and safety. Only negative is only one shower in the men's room, which makes a bit of a crush to get to the train in the morning :) Highly recommended.

    Daniel Sholler
  • Matthew Loehr, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Been going for years. It really rem8nds me of gym class as a kid and how much I have missed it

    Matthew Loehr
  • Jerry Joliet, BKAthletics Testimonials

    BKA is a welcoming community of awesome well-trained coaches and dedicated people of all ages committed to fitness and healthy choices in life. I've been a part of this great gym for 2.5 years and I look forward to the next session the minute I finish the last. You owe to yourself to check it out.

    Jerry Joliet
  • Jeff Godin, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Ben and his staff are outstanding, the facility is as top notch as the coaches!

    Jeff Godin
  • Ali B. Chambers, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Just dropped in for a thanksgiving work out and had a great time. The facility and coaching staff are great, would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a CrossFit experience.

    Ali B. Chambers
  • Matthew Connelly, BKAthletics Testimonials

    This box is AWESOME. Highly competitive athletes, attentive coaching staff, the way that CrossFit gyms are supposed to be. Thanks for letting my drop-in from LA guys!

    Matthew Connelly
  • Noel Mark Chambers, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Awesome coaches, great atmosphere, and a very well equipped box. Will be back again to throwdown.

    Noel Mark Chambers
  • Marcus Berghain, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Bar none.. My favorite place in CT. A+ facility and coaches.

    Marcus Berghain
  • Christine Finerty, BKAthletics Testimonials

    Love Love Love this gym!

    Christine Finerty

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