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Joining CrossFit 705 was the best decision I have made in my adult life


For those who know me well, you know how hard it was on me moving to North Bay. This was the first time in my life I moved somewhere that I didn’t know a soul. I eventually had made my handful of friends, but rarely stepped out of my comfort zone. To go to CrossFit, showing me at my weakest points, in a room full of strangers, was embarrassing at first and a real challenge. But this time, no matter what, I wouldn’t let myself quit. And here I am, a year later.Joining CrossFit 705 was the best decision I have made in my adult life. I have invested many hours – and I suppose dollars too, ha! – But what I got in return has been absolutely priceless. Becoming strong physically, was just the tip of the iceberg. I have gained my confidence back, my health, and my sanity. For the first time, I am proud to look at my body, with amazement and appreciation of what it is able to do.I am no longer concerned with being a certain size, weighing a certain number or looking like someone in a magazine. The definition of beauty to me, only a year later, has completely changed.

Beauty is pushing your body beyond the limits you set for yourself in your mind. It is when you have to buy larger shirts instead of smaller shirts because you now have shoulders that are strong enough for people to lean on. It is not body-shaming yourself for having thunder thighs, because really, they can deadlift mad weight. It’s having not the motivation, but the dedication to commit to something even when you’re scared, even when you don’t want to put the effort in, and doing it anyway. It is having the strength to pick yourself up when you fall down. It is lifting heavy items and not having to ask for help. It’s a smiling face, a new friendship or a shared laugh. It is a family you didn’t expect to find but found in the alleys of North Bay, right when you needed it the most. Beauty is being the best version of yourself you can be and continually pushing yourself to be better.

I have changed in so many positive ways this year because of CrossFit 705 and the many inspirational people that walk through that door every day and straight into my heart. Finding a family thousands of kilometers from home and also, finding myself again, because of Todd Gleason and Jerry Grabiec and the other coaches, is a precious gift I do not take for granted.

Through tears, lots of sweat, several hand rips and countless bruises, I have found pride, happiness, strength and finally, I believe in myself. You can accomplish anything if you’re willing to put in the time and more importantly, the effort. Thank you CrossFit – thank you 705! Couldn’t be more proud of this past year, here’s to new PRs in the next 365!




FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I CAN SAY THAT I AM HAPPY AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT I WILL NEVER RELAPSE. Relapse? Well as some of you may know, I was bulimic for almost 10 years before seeking treatment and overcoming this disease. I have now been 4 years eating disorder free. The first 3 years of my recovery were great but I found myself struggling often with triggers and mood swings. I was going to the gym, playing soccer etc but I felt no progress in my fitness and personal life. Not until I joined CrossFit 705. Walking into the box was like love at first sight! CrossFit to me is like a sport. Although I do it for myself it still feels like I am part of a team and a family. I compete with myself every time and there is always something new to learn or skill to improve on. It’s also a place where I feel completely safe. Safe from what? Whether I am sad, upset or stressed – I get myself to CrossFit sometimes not expecting to accomplish much but it completely turns my mood around and my anxiety vanishes. The members and the coaches have this almost magical effect that you will never see in any gym. Since joining CrossFit I rarely have eating disorder triggers and thoughts, my love for life has kind of exploded. Oh and did I forget to mention I am also in the best shape of my life! Like I said, I have never been able to really enjoy life until this past year. Big thanks to Todd and Jerry for bringing CrossFit to North Bay and to all the members who make this community what it is!





Crossfit has brought my love of exercising, excitement and motivation to a whole new level.

Todd and Jerry, Thank you for bringing Crossfit to North Bay and for being such Professional and Motivating Coaches/Trainers.

Although weight has never been an issue for me, being diagnosed with clinical depression in my late thirties and told I may be on medication for the rest of my life felt like a bigger challenge.

Determined to beat this inherited disease and get off the medication, I studied anxiety and depression and discovered my thoughts were at the core of my problems. A decade later, I'm still using the same tools that saved me, Healthy Mind, Body and Soul.

Crossfit has brought my love of exercising, excitement and motivation to a whole new level.  I love knowing I can do better, and every single class I attend gives me that feeling over and over again.  Not realizing that being physically strong would contribute even more to my emotional strength!  Wow...

My Goal is to keep getting stronger and become an expert at Crossfit. To lead by example for others who might be feeling defeated.  Crossfit is the gift that keeps on giving.

Gentlemen, please hold on to that fire and passion I see and feel from you when you are teaching!  YOU are what makes it work!

5 years Depression and Medication FREE 🙂

A Crossfit Warrior
Julie Charette
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Julie Charette



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