Interactive Fitness Systems has changed my life pretty dramatically over the past two years. When I started I was 50 years old with a lot of mobility issues, I was having a hard time walking without pain, and with the coaches’ assistance, they helped me work through a lot of my mobility issues.

I’m in the best shape of my life at 52 years old, and I’m really happy that my body fat is in the athletic range for my age. I was also was able to do my first pull up at 52 which was a huge accomplishment for me. Mentally, it’s challenged me to set goals, which I was never really doing before. I found that with consistency and faithfulness those goals come to fruition so it’s really been a positive experience, and a positive social environment that fosters achieving your fitness goals and making very good friends in the process.

-Amy Rychlick

Suzy joined CrossFit Survival (IAFS) almost two years ago. “I never imagined in my life that I would do the type of activities I do now, let alone do them at age 50”, she states. She can do 20 box jumps at a time, wall walks (where you “walk” upside down facing a wall then back down again), handstand walks, handstand push ups and more.

“You can never imagine doing all of the heavy weight lifting and gymnastic movements I do, but if you’re taught proper movement and correct form, you can learn to do anything.” When first introduced to handstand push ups, she told her coach “don’t expect me to do that in a billion years” only to find herself able to do them (scaled) in a few months time. Suzy has gotten three promotions at her job since joining our gym. Laughing, she told me, “I work so I can work out!”

-Suzy Avakian

After a year of training, Erik decided he wanted to hang up his football cleats to pursue a new passion — competitive CrossFit and weightlifting. Since, Erik has competed in the weightlifting national championship, and has himself become a coach at CFS (IAFS).

In the time since Erik joined he has made tremendous progress on all athletic fronts, improving numbers on each of his lifts by significant margins, vastly improving his conditioning, and making tremendous progress in his gymnastic abilities. In 2015 he competed at the USA weightlifting national championship and is the strongest and fittest man at IAFS.

-Erik Boyd

A mother of two, Maryann Griffiths Taylor has been a member of CrossFit Survival (IAFS) since its inception in 2009. Although she’s always been beautiful, she was structurally weak–unable to do a single sit up or standard push up when she began.

Maryann works hard, training at our gym 4-5 days a week. At first she shied away from lifting weights, but now she loves the results! She regularly runs races, takes excellent care of her two boys and inspires everyone at the gym to train hard with a smile. She can now perform several hundred sit ups and can knock out 20-30 push ups with no problem. Now in her 50’s and a Master’s athlete who placed in the top 10 in Southern California in the CrossFit Open scaled division in 2015, MaryAnn proves every day that age is just a number. She has also stepped into various coaching roles at CFS (IAFS), having run a kids program for 2 years and worked with clients as a personal trainer. And beyond fitness, MaryAnn rallied CFS (IAFS) around a CrossFit collaborative effort to raise funds to build a water cistern in Kenya and actually flew out to the school to spend several weeks there while it was being built. MaryAnn’s story is, to say the least, a success in a multitude of ways.

-Maryann Griffiths Taylor

A kindergarten teacher by profession, Cynthia came to us after the untimely death of her husband. She was severely overweight, deconditioned and depressed.

When we realized group classes were not the best fit, Coach Shannon took her on as a private client. She confided in Shannon that she’d always wanted to run a race. Working together two days a week, Shannon focused on both getting Cynthia stronger as well as developing her aerobic system. Cynthia lost over 100#, and she has now run over 15 local 5-10 k races.

-Cynthia Christopher

Pam and her husband, Matt joined CrossFit Survival (IAFS) to increase their overall fitness. When Pam discovered CFS had a running club and dedicated running training, she decided to give it a shot.

Pam diligently trained 3 days a week running with at least one day a week of strength training to complement it. She started running with a 14 minute mile and now regularly trains at an 8 minute mile pace. Pam has completed multiple local races including the uber tough Verdugo Hills 10k and the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon.

-Pam Helm Emerson

Since leaving the U.S. Marine Corps in 1994, exercise and nutrition had been inconsistent and consequently not beneficial. My quality of life was suffering. A year ago, motivated by the success of my 13 year old son Michael (as a CrossFit Survival Weightlifter) I began my training at CFS (IAFS).

After being taught about nutrition and the proper macro-nutrient ratios for me, I began December 30, 2015 with a weight of 208.2 pounds and a percent body fat estimate of 23.96% (Durnin/Womersley Caliper Method). The coaching staff taught me not only how to eat properly, but also how to pace, breathe, and execute movements in order to target specific muscle groups – concurrently challenging myself and preventing injury. I have appreciated the variety of exercises, the breadth of knowledge, the passion for coaching, and the supportive team atmosphere I have experienced at CrossFit Survival (IAFS). After seven months of training, I weighed in on July 15, 2016 at 180.6 pounds with a percent body fat estimate of 13.88% – corresponding to a loss of 27.6 pounds and 10.08% body fat. Despite the occasional soreness, I feel great!

-Mauricio Melendez

Vic came to IAFS via CrossFit Survival (IAFS) with a specific goal. He wanted to get buff. Taken on as a private training client by Coach Erik Boyd, he is achieving just that.

Incorporating extraordinary discipline, Vic trained with Erik 4-5 times a week, while diligently incorporating a rigorous and specific dietary regime. In the span of six months, Vic dropped body fat, increased muscle mass and has increased the weight of his lifts dramatically.

-Vic Aghchikian

Before joining CrossFit Survival (IAFS) in early 2013, my family and I had been contemplating trying crossfit for some time. Crossfit boxes were fewer and farther between in those days, but when CFS (IAFS) opened right down the street the time for excuses was over.

When I joined CFS (IAFS) I was over forty and overweight. I am a mother of three and have a full-time job, so quality and efficiency in a gym was paramount. I immediately fell in love with the strength bias at CFS – a bias which manifested itself a few months after we joined when CFS created its fledgling Olympic (IAFS) lifting team. From the coaches at CFS (IAFS), I gained a world of knowledge about movement and nutrition that proved so much more valuable than the information I had gathered over many years of working out at traditional gyms. At the suggestion of the CFS (IAFS) coaches, I began to devote more of my training time specifically to the sport of Olympic weightlifting. Not only did the sport rekindle a competitive urge I hadn’t felt since high school, but my body composition changed dramatically. The training has increased my strength and power exponentially and I continue to become more competitive, winning a first place medal at the American Masters competition in 2014. My goal is to continue to improve and one day to compete at the international level.

-Laurie Espinosa

Mike Melendez started in our now defunct CrossFit Kids program. Not a natural athlete, he struggled with exercise induced asthma, but worked hard to overcome its limitations. When we disbanded the kids’ program, Coach Franklin, realizing his potential, asked if he would like to try weightlifting.

Mike took to weightlifting like he’d been doing it his entire life. Forced to work with only the bar and very light weights for months at a time, Mike showed no signs of relenting. Determined, he stayed focused until it was determined he could safely start lifting heavier. In 2016, after less than two years of training, Mike won three gold medals at the Youth Nationals Weightlifting Championship. He took home gold in the Snatch, Clean & Jerk and Total, getting all six lifts and setting all new personal records.

-Mike Melendez


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