My First Crossfit Experience


My First Crossfit Experience:

Crossfit By Overload

I recently had my first Crossfit experience. I was a little embarrassed about how long it took me to check it out, but I have to admit that like many people I was at first leery of Crossfit. I had bought in to a lot of the negative press that has been floating around the internet space.

I also believed that with new Crossfit boxes springing up left and right faster than the nearby housing tracks, I was going to be getting a cookie-cutter gym experience. Boy was I wrong.


My Experience

My first Crossfit experience was at Crossfit By Overload (CFO).  I had first heard about this CF gym from a website designer I met at a nearby grocery store. I then learned that a friend of mine is a member there. So, when I started my research I asked her about her box, and she talked me into checking it out. And let me tell you I am so glad I did, this place is awesome!

I reached out to one of the owners, Wayne, and requested the opportunity to interview him about his gym, and also for a tour and trial of the gym’s offerings.

Wayne was incredibly friendly when I contacted him and was more than happy to sit down with me and tell me all about how he came to love Crossfit and how he came to own Crossfit By Overload, voted the best gym in Murrieta.

1-OPEN14.1triosametime1-600x449My first impression of this gym was that it was HUGE! But upon entering the workout area and observing the classes taking place, I immediately sensed the community atmosphere of this gym.

Despite the massive building and the number of members in classes running simultaneously, there was an obvious closeness, a bond among everyone who was there. It was friendly and welcoming and a place you walk into that feels like coming home.

I was given the opportunity to try out a free week at CFO, as are all interested persons who come to check out this gem of a facility. I tried my very first Crossfit WOD and it was HARD and so much fun.

I loved the energy, the challenge, and mostly the levels of encouragement and teamwork that existed though we were each working individually to achieve our very best times.


On the other days that I was able to make it in for a workout, I tried out the Agility class, which is Crossfit Gymnastics. I absolutely loved this class and came back to do it again a second time. I wish I had been able to continue coming back.

The coaches here really know their stuff. They made me feel welcomed, comfortable, and at all times safe. It was really important for me to feel like I could go at my own pace without feeling pressured to try something I wasn't ready for.

But I also hoped to receive enough one-on-one direction and feedback to feel as though I was learning the proper form for any new movements to which I was introduced. The coaches at CFO far surpassed my expectations and the classes were very organized and run very smoothly.

The quality of the facility and the equipment at CFO combined with the highly experienced coaches , the super-friendly members, as well as the variety and caliber of classes offered at CFO made my first Crossfit experience absolutely awesome.

I will never look at Crossfit in the same way again and I hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to return to Crossfit by Overload.


What You Get at CFO

This gym boasts 12,000 square feet of workout space, fully equipped with all the pull-up bars, climbing ropes, barbells, wall balls, weights and more that you would expect to find in a Crossfit box.

They also have a wide offering of classes and have an impressively experienced staff in charge of leading each of the classes. If you are in the Murrieta or Temecula area and are looking for a family of support and encouragement to work alongside you as you strive to reach your fitness goals, Crossfit By Overload is the place for you.

Here are a few of the other features they offer:


  • Crossfit Kids and Childcare included with an adult membership
  • 2 Locations, 1 price: Murrieta and French Valley
  • $99 unlimited membership‼! Voted Best Gym in Murrieta and still boasting the lowest price in town
  • Multiple Class Offerings Such As: CF Agility, Strength and Conditioning, Crossfit WOD classes, CF Endurance, Crossfit Teens, etc.

If you are interested in trying out Crossfit By Overload you can connect with them in the following ways:






41588-A Eastman Dr.

Murrieta, CA 92562


French Valley

36580 Penfield Ln.

Winchester, CA 92596






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