JEREMY HOFFNER

stars“I STARTED AT EMPIRE STATE CROSSFIT IN THE FALL OF MY SOPHOMORE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, UNABLE TO SQUAT OR LIFT. I CAME IN ON A SUNDAY MORNING, NERVOUS BUT EXCITED TO TRY AND FIND AN EXERCISE ROUTINE I WOULD ENJOY. DESPITE BARELY BEING ABLE TO WALK UNTIL THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY, I LOVED THE COMMUNITY THAT DAN STEARNS CREATED. HIS PROGRAMMING ALLOWS PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES TO CHALLENGE THEMSELVES IN WAYS APPROPRIATE TO THEM. HE KNOWS EVERYONE’S SKILL LEVEL LIKE THEY ARE HIS OWN AND PUSHES AND ENCOURAGES THEM LIKE THEY ARE HIS FAMILY. DAN, JUSTIN, AND ALL THE COACHES TREAT PEOPLE LIKE FAMILY BECAUSE EMPIRE IS THEIR FAMILY. EACH MEMBER CARES ABOUT ONE ANOTHER AND MAKES AN EFFORT TO GET TO KNOW EACH INDIVIDUAL. FROM THE FIRST PERSON TO FINISH A WORKOUT TO THE LAST, AND I’VE EXPERIENCED BOTH, THE ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY IN THE GYM REMAINS STRONG. GOING TO COLLEGE THIS PAST FALL, I MISSED THE COMFORT OF EMPIRE STATE CROSSFIT. GETTING TO WORK OUT WITH MY DAD AND THE REST OF THE GYM HAS BECOME A RELAXING SPACE FOR ME TO DECOMPRESS AND RELIEVE STRESS. WHILE I STILL HAVE FAR TO GO IN MY FITNESS JOURNEY, I CAN EASILY SAY I HAVE IMPROVED WAY BEYOND WHERE I WAS WHEN I BEGAN. MUCH OF THAT IS DUE TO THE WORK OF DAN STEARNS AND THE COACHES AT EMPIRE STATE CROSSFIT.”

-JEREMY HOFFNER