No more vegetables, please!

“Eat your vegetables!” This was the advise of our mothers and grandmothers alike. Amazing what good advice it was. It is common knowledge that veggies are nutritionally dense yet sparse in calories, which it great if you are trying to lose excess weight or maintain a healthy weight as you age. Mathematically, it is nearly impossible to out work your diet.

However, much like it was when I was a kid there are times when it is difficult to consume enough vegetables and if you are eating “clean” or following a plan like Paleo or Primal where vegetables are your primary source of carbohydrates you may find it challenging to consume enough of them.

So what is a person to do? I have had success with folks Continue reading

Beginners questions on CrossFit

I often get asked; “Will I be the most out of shape person here?”

What they really want to know is “Will I fit in here?”  The answer is, it depends…


Generally people think it depends on their fitness level, what they look like or being able to perform a particular exercise or movement.  Fitness is what we deliver, if you are super fit (or really out of shape, like I was) you WILL become as fit as your effort and genetics will allow here.  All of our movements are scalable (up AND down) and we can find methods to accommodate or challenge anyone. If fitness level is not what fitting in here depends on, then what does it depend on? Continue reading

Bob Harper achieves CrossFit Level 1

Anyone who is familiar with “The Biggest Loser” knows Personal Trainer Bob Harper.  Those of you who are unfamiliar with CrossFit may not know that he has embraced CrossFit as his training method.  He and his own personal trainer, Sam Upton, recently went to get their CrossFit Level 1 Cert.

Now he is as qualified as Coach Mel and Coach Chuck to help you achieve your goals. Fortunately, CrossFit FerVor here in Mansfield Texas is much more cost effective!

Come Check us out.

What have you got to lose?


I suspect people get tired of hearing what I have to say about CrossFit FerVor so, for a bit a variety, I thought I would share what some of our athletes have to say about us:

Shayla K. – Teacher & Mom says: “I lost fat and gained muscle and now look sexy in a swimsuit.” And she tells people who are thinking about trying CrossFit FerVor “You’ve got nothing to lose, give it a shot!”

Chad M. – Police Officer says: “I have tried doing individual workouts and used Personal Trainers at the Globo gym and other CrossFit boxes, but at CrossFit FerVor it is more of a family connection where everyone knows everyone.  It helps with accountability and its fun giving each other a hard time!”

Kacey S. – Physical Therapist says: “I have gained muscle and lost inches. I am back in jeans I haven’t been able to button for two years and my arms and shoulders are toned.” She used to work out at a “typical gym” and used personal trainers but it was “boring and crowded” but at “CrossFit FerVor other members actually encourage and motivate you to show up and kick ass.”  Since joining Kacey has “run her best ever 5K and signed up for her first half marathon” She went on to say “I am able to do things I never thought that I could do.”

Deneen A. – IT Professional says: “It was amazing how CrossFit adapted to me [Deneen is in a wheelchair] with slight modifications.  I can feel my body changing.  If you are willing to put in some effort and time you can see results and improve your health.  If you haven’t tried CrossFit before you must try it because it is so very different. If you have tried other things and they haven’t worked for you this might be just the thing for you. The training at CrossFit FerVor is one of the best decisions that I have made and I am thankful to be a part of the group.”

Maggie G. – Owner M.Power Foods (previous owner Stroller Strides): Has tried “P90X, Earn that Body!, ChaLEAN Extreme, Body Back” as well as “trained for half marathon and triathalon” but she says “The other workouts got old and monotonous very fast.  I love that each day at CrossFit FerVor is a new workout!” She has experienced “increased muscle mass, fat loss and improved definition”  Despite all the things that she had done prior to CrossFit FerVor she was worried that she “wouldn’t be in shape enough to start” but she tells others “most people start where I started no need to be intimidated.” Additionally “It’s the most empowering workout I have been a part of.  You will not regret it!”

Beauty in Strength

There is a fair amount of misconception among the general public that lifting weights will make women look bulky like the body builders or like a man.  The Fact is Women were made to be strong and athletic.  They were designed to be able to lift and carry things and when they lift they look like women.  Curvy and beautiful.  Women who are huge bulky “body builders” have had to supplement their training with substances that have them grow in unnatural ways.  This WILL NEVER happen by accident.  Lift hard, work hard, train hard and display the natural beauty that is aching to reveal itself to you.

At CrossFit FerVor, here in Mansfield Texas, we see Continue reading

Are you too far gone?

A common misconception around fitness and weight loss is that you can be too far gone.  I know a mother of four who thought she was too fat for CrossFit.  That was a couple of years ago and now she is the target that the newer ladies are chasing here at CrossFit FerVor in Mansfield, Texas.


So how far overweight or out of shape is too far?  I would say Continue reading

Nutrition and Body Recomposition

As we are introducing a number of new members of the FerVor Family to a different way to view food, in light of the way it impacts our bodies, it seemed fitting to write a brief (hopefully) post on the role of nutrition and body recomposition.

There are numerous examples of the effectiveness of CrossFit and it’s impact on Continue reading

Mel completes CrossFit Level 1 Training

Congratulations to Melissa who completed her CrossFit Level 1 Training this past weekend.  After doing CrossFit for years now Melissa Swain (aka Mel) took on the challenge of completing her Level One certification.

Celebrating new CF Level 1 achievment

Coach Mel celebrating CrossFit Level 1

She was excited to be able to gain new insights and skills at developing and correcting movement in athletes.  This makes her officially capable of training others here at CrossFit FerVor in Mansfield Texas!

There will still be a learning curve as she continues to improve her skill as a trainer, but as a result of the training she has been exposed to here as well Continue reading