We are CrossFit Rebels!

Welcome to CrossFit Rebels!

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I’ve been trying to frame this post since January.  At times I’m stumped, and sometimes tongue-tied.  Other times, I’m fuming, and then, elated. Most of the time, I know I’ll be too long winded so I just put it off.

But today – finally!

I got a text from a friend who said “did you know your box is known as the Scientology box?”.


Yep! Like it’s a special certification or something…sure, we train people who have adopted Scientology as their religion or practice.  And some of them are close friends.  And…that’s an issue… why?


We (Ed and I) are Catholic and Presbyterian, respectively.

So what, right? Exactly!

In fact, both our churches weren’t jacked about either us marrying outside our respective religion..it requires extra “course work”.
Good grief!

Rebels also trains athletes who are Methodist, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist and Agnostic.


It certainly doesn’t give them a better Fran or Grace time…so not sure why that would be a concern.


Earlier this year this whole post was spawned when we were accused (our box,..maybe me) of “hating cops”.  Really?  

Maybe they didn’t know both my folks worked for the Police Department in Winchester, Indiana and that my first birthday party (yes, I was once “one”) was at Police Station.  It pissed me off at first, but now it’s so laughable…the ignorance!

We train Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT’s, members of all branches of the military…heck, some of our coaches are Police Officers, Firefighters, members of the Army, Air Force, Marines…wow…what ignorance and  disrespect to even think of accusing us of this.

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We train competitors…at all levels. Brand new CrossFitters who aspire to compete, recreational competitors, and the past two years running, our men’s individual Elite Team won the Bacon Beatdown…but I know…so what right? Right.  


Yes, we train competitors too. 

But we also train the person new to ANY kind of training, the person completely out of shape and wanting to get in shape, the person who’s generally fit but wants a challenge…we don’t discriminate. We just want to help people get healthier.

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Ed graduated from the University of Florida.  A testament to our “all types are welcome here” vibe….he never hung a Gators flag.
His theory was, “I don’t want to offend those who root for the Seminoles, or Hurricanes, or Bulls, or Knights or (insert the team I missed here)”.

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We used to have a lot of single athletes.


Then LOVE happened.


Then babies happened.


Now we have lots of single people, couples, babies and kids!


Once, one of our athletes called us the “Posh Box”.

Yes, we’re a clean box, with a lot of equipment.

Not many of our athletes (who’ve not contracted MRSA from our box) complain about our cleanliness.


We train “old people” too. We call them our Legends athletes.


If you have a problem with that, it’s probably because they squat better than you!


We’re no more a Scientology box, than we are Seminoles box, than we are a “Cop Box”.  We don’t discriminate.

To those who keep stereotyping us,
spend more time on YOUR athletes.



We’re proud of our box and all that it stands for. Most of all, the community..our community is one the tightest and supportive of each other I could ever imagine. They’re friendly, healthy, love their sport…CrossFit.  Every box should be focused on this: their community. Not trashing other communities.  What a waste of time!



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