"I'm a busy mom of four children under the age of 4, both me and my husband work fulltime and at the end of a day I feel defeated. As a former four season athlete, avid runner and personal trainer this new busy lifestyle wrecked havoc on me mentally, physically, and emotionally. I spend most of my days motivating others around me and when I would cash in for the night I wasn't happy with myself because I wasn't making time for myself that I truly deserved.
When I heard about CrossFitM2 I thought "I wish I could try it, but let's be real – there is no way I have time for that!" But Whirlpool worked with CrossFit M2 to be able to provide a day and time that suited my schedule. So, I signed up and thought there was no better way than now to see if CrossFit was for me. After the first month I noticed I was getting stronger and had more energy!
Michael and CrossFitM2 then worked with Whirlpool once again to offer a 9 session course. – again, a deal I couldn't pass up!
CrossFit to me is exercising in a way that you can function in your everyday life without pain, strain or fear of injury.
What I have gained from my experience at CrossFitM2 is increase energy and strength, greater flexibility, definition in my physique, new friends, and happiness! I finally realized that this was the part of my life I was missing. It was the feeling of being part of a team – that feeling where people are cheering you on and giving you confidence to push harder to be a better you! Thank you Michael and CrossFitM2!"
"Your workouts are great because I feel my whole body working...ouch! I can't wait to get rid of my luv handles! I am so happy I can do squats and go all the way down, I can also do situps again...yaaaaah! All I ever used to do is lift. I want to get that sculpted back but I know it will take time. I'm ready to dive in and give it all I got."
"I joined this fitness family in January 2015. The coaches had me write down all my goals. As of March 2015, I had accomplished one of my goals! I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes about two years ago in 2013. Had I not changed my lifestyle habits, I could have been full blown diabetic. I was retested in March 2015 and am no longer pre diabetic! I am also off all my medications. Thank you CrossFit M2 for all the coaching, and help as I check this goal off my list and strive for new goals"
“Training at CrossFit M2 has been one of the most profiting experiences for me as both an athlete and a person. In the short time I have been training with CrossFit M2, my personal growth has been more than I’ve seen achieved through any other workout program. Every day in the gym with the Coaches is fun, upbeat and beneficial. No matter what day of the week it is, I know before I even step foot into the gym that CFM2 has a great workout planned for me and that at the end of the day I will be one step closer to reaching my goals. I know that I will continue to train at CrossFit M2 every day and that the experiences I gain each day at the gym will lead to excelling at everything I do. CrossFit M2 is truly an unparalleled fitness community that anyone can benefit from.”
Belle Tire U-18 AAA Hockey/Sioux Eagles NAHL
“I wanted to thank you for sharing your past weight struggles, and how it led you to do what you are doing now. (and you are great with it as well) Your passion is contagious! It really helps me.”
“Over the course of the past couple months, I have been training with CrossFit M2 and I love it! His program is like nothing I have ever experienced before. It’s not just a line of machines or a drill sergeant barking at you. The energy and enthusiasm that the trainers bring to the gym is unbelievable, Michael is extremely passionate about what he does and he makes it fun. If you are looking to take your fitness to the next level or just get in shape then I highly recommend checking into CrossFit M2”.
-Ohio Northern University, Cross Country Team
“Training with CrossFit M2 has helped allowed me to obtain my goals as an athlete. The Coaches here not only makes the workout challenging but they make it enjoyable as well. I have seen the results first hand in a short amount of time. I have become a faster, stronger and bettered prepared athlete. Michael has given me the confidence that I can compete with the elite athletes of my generation. Before going to CrossFit M2, I was never excited about going to the gym because, I could never find the motivation to make myself better. However, the trainers here will push their clients to excel and always bring the same motivation and encouragement into the gym every day. I look forward to each and every workout. Michael is a fun, and encouraging person who does whatever he can to help people reach their goals and true potential in life. Michael is a great person and a great friend and I will continue to train at CrossFit M2, for years to come. Thank you CrossFit M2!”
Jamestown Ironmen NAHL
I’m lucky to have such an enthusiastic, professional, and optimistic trainer working with me like Michael.
XT Fitness, Owner
Uncertainty. Embarrassment. Fear.
Those are only three of the emotions I faced about 2 years ago when I met Michael Matthes and embarked on this new fitness journey. I was uncertain if I was capable of the kind of workouts that awaited me. I was 330 pounds, highly sedentary and had had both my knees replaced about 4 years earlier. I was embarrassed, because here I was – back at the starting point again. And I was afraid I would fail again and eventually suffer the medical consequences of many years of poor nutrition and no physical activity.
Although my weight has been an issue since childhood, I used to be more physically fit. I played sports and was more active in my younger years. But as I grew older and settled into my career, I sat at my desk and worked…and ate…and worked…and ate…and moved very little.
Whether I was just ready for a change or curious or maybe a little of both, I started working out. Michael was sensitive to where I was starting from, tailoring the workouts to meet some of the limitations I have as a result of my knee surgeries. The workouts are hard, but the results have been great. I’ve got far more energy, I’m stronger, I’ve lost weight and I just feel better. I look forward to going to the gym. The workouts are always different, and I’ve done things I never thought I could do.
As with so many other things in my life, living a healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. I’m on a lifelong journey. The quick fixes of my youth were temporary and only created more problems. Today, I may veer slightly off course from time to time, but I’m still heading in the right direction…thanks to Michael Matthes’ motivation and his ability to bring out in me what I thought I had lost years ago.
-Kathryn J. Kelly, age 43
This story needs to be recognized. It is one of the biggest, and life changing success stories, not just at CrossFit M2 but in all of the fitness industry. Wendy came to CrossFit M2, in June of 2011. At the time, Wendy weighed 270lbs, she had a pant size of 48, was pre-diabetic, and infertile. Wendy saw many doctors, and specialists, did countless acupuncture treatments 2x a week, took many different types of prescription drugs, and spent thousands of dollars. Still Wendy could not ovulate on her own, her infertility was holding back her entire life. Wendy knew she had to lose weight, her health was collapsing right in front of her. After just 4 months of CrossFit M2, Wendy had lost 30lbs! She was down 32 pant sizes from a size 48, to a size 16! Wendy was also no longer considered pre-diabetic. The best news, after 4 months of just CrossFit M2, Wendy could finally produce an egg, and was NO longer infertile. CrossFit M2, was the only thing that worked for Wendy. She is now is one of our strongest girls at CrossFit M2. Wendy is now on the CrossFit M2, competition team, can back squat 265lbs, and can deadlift 225lbs. Her success and journey is something to needs to be recognized by all. Wendy did it, and you can too!
“Like a lot in my life, my decision to “get fit” was always going to happen tomorrow. I have spent my life abusing my body and thinking I still had time to fix it later on. Before I knew it my 20s passed, my 30s passed and my 40s passed. My 50s had arrived. I was out of shape and overweight. My last real exercise had been 30 plus years ago when I was in high school. How could that have happened?
By accident, coincidence or perhaps divine intervention, I found myself talking to Michael Matthes and, CrossFit M2 and agreeing to work out with him three times a week. Before I knew it I was on my way to CrossFit training. I had no idea what I was in for. Michael started out very slowly, helping me build strength, endurance and self-confidence and tailoring workouts to my specific needs and limitations, keeping safety first.
I have been working out with Michael for about 2 years now, and I totally love it! That’s something I never, ever expected to happen. My desire to exercise had become a wanted part of my life instead of a needed part. Michael makes the workouts fun. The pace is fast, yet we are always doing something different. I never get bored or tired of it. He pushes me to do more than I ever would or could do on my own. Michael gives me encouragement when I need it and pushes me always to do more, not because it’s his “job” but because he cares for my health.
I have so much more energy than I ever have. I sleep better, breath better, eat better and have lost more weight than ever before in my adult life. My plan is not to be the next “senior super model.” It is simply to be more fit. I have finally realized this is not a race to fitness. It’s a journey to overall wellness. I have nobody other than Michael to thank for that.
If you are new to exercise or have been active all your life, I can’t say enough about CrossFit M2. Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed! I know I’m not.
Sincere thanks to Michael Matthes,
- Carol S. Kaltenbach, age 51