I’ve been a member at Crossfit Rebellion for three years. After trying several Crossfit gyms, Rebellion is absolutely the best in Birmingham. The programming is challenging but logical, the coaches are excellent, and the environment is supportive and encouraging. My one hour at Rebellion is the best hour of my day every day.
Best crossfit gym in town. The coaches, the gym, the members….I can’t say enough about it. I have been a member at CFR for almost 4 years now. In those 4 years, the workouts have constantly varied. The curriculum is so well thought-out. 4 years in and I still get excited to see what tomorrow’s WOD will be The coaches are great and have helped me tremendously through the years to reach my goals and encourage me. I actually look forward to going to the gym everyday, not only for the workout but to see the other gym members that I have met over the years and now consider friends. CFR is a wonderful community that I’m proud to be a part of.
After 8 months at CFR I can highly recommend it! I was always intimidated by CrossFit (and, frankly, CrossFit people) but Kyle and Alima make it feel like a small neighborhood gym. They go out of their way to coach you by making sure you do the movements correctly and don’t injure yourself doing something sloppy while trying to do it too quickly. I’ve made a lot of progress since joining due to their great programming and coaching. Definitely a great place!
I have been a member of this gym for a little over a year and have loved every single minute of it. My only regret is that I didn’t give them a try sooner. The hands on technique and movement instruction, the focus on nutrition and mobility, and the balanced and well thought out WOD programming are all top notch. The owners, Kyle and Alima, are phenomenal people and still actively coach most classes throughout the week. Great comminity of members as well. Five stars, hands down!
I’ve been a member of multiple gyms and I joined Rebellion for a month before moving to another city. The culture is fun, encouraging, and inspiring. I enjoy working with Rebellion and I would recommend it to anyone interested in crossfit regardless of experience level. The leadership is great and if I find myself in Birmingham I know exactly which gym to attend!
Great workouts, great people. I love the detailed instruction, the workouts that have me doing things I would never just go out and do by myself, the community that pushes you to keep going (without pushing you to do things that would put your health in danger), and that amazing feeling that each time I’m getting stronger
I was in Birmingham for business. I called to reserve a spot for a Friday class and it was great. I liked how Alima (CF trainer) gave proper instruction for all movements. This is important to me that boxes ALWAYS maintain a proper training structure. As soon as I missed a power clean at 275 she came right up to me and told me what I needed to correct. (Good coaching!) I’ll be back for sure when I’m in Birmingham. Thanks Alima!
Starting something new can be a really nerve wracking experience, but the first day I came into CFR, I felt very welcomed. The trainers and members make the atmosphere very supportive and encouraging.
I just started Crossfit Rebellion and I already feel like part of the team. Every movement can be scaled to my level so I’m never overwhelmed by a workout. Here’s to the next year of burpees, pull ups, and squats for me!
Kyle and Alima are amazing coaches, and there is a fantastic, supportive community of members there! The best in Birmingham!
I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you for your hospitality this weekend while I was staying in Birmingham. I drop into about 50-60 boxes each year due to my extensive travel requirements with my employer. I just wanted to tell you that your box is hands down one of the best I have been to. Shane is a great coach and really made me feel at home. So thanks again!
My fiance and I own an affiliate in Indianapolis and have visited numerous Crossfits. That being said, we can comfortably say this is our home gym away from home. Kyle and Alima are so welcoming, they give great instruction and do not waste your time either. The community is friendly, fun and provides healthy competition. This gym is easy to do business with and always provides a great workout. The facility is clean, spacious and well equipped. Class sizes are always perfectly proportioned with enough trainers on hand and the programming is spot on and always a challenge. For novice to experienced Crossfitters, this is the best box in Birmingham. We love Crossfit Rebellion and cannot wait to continue to come back!
How has Crossfit Rebellion changed our lives? Well I could write a couple of pages about that but will try to stick to the key points. My husband and I joined CFR in September of 2010. Neither one of us joined to lose weight and certainly weren’t looking for a major life transformation, I just wanted to get “ripped” and my husband was trying to stay a few steps ahead of Old Father Time. With that in mind it was definitely surprising to see how the decision to take on Crossfit has changed pretty much every aspect of our lives.
I have never in my life been anything close to an athlete. I stayed “lean” by running a few miles a day, doing crunches and eating pretty healthy. Before CFR I had never touched any sort of weight bar, done a pull up and had no idea what a burpee was so as I am sure you can imagine the whole concept behind Crossfit was pretty intimidating (and still is more times than not). But everybody at the gym made me feel extremely welcome and, rather than judge me for my lack of strength and skills, reached out to help me improve on my technique and overcome obstacles. There are so many things to love about CFR, but one of my favorite’s is that the trainers and other members are always there to push you and support you in order to help you achieve things you had no idea were possible. When you feel like you can’t do anymore they are there to cheer you on and help you push through to the end. Oh and the compliments I receive on a regular basis from strangers about my toned arms, shoulders and legs are a nice CFR side effect, definitely another of my favorite things.
Now my husband, on the other hand, was playing football and baseball as soon as he could walk which has led him to be extremely competitive. Crossfit instantly brought out that competitiveness in him and he was hooked after our first WOD. One thing that amazed us was that we could both do the same WODs just scaled to each of our abilities. We quickly realized that pretty much anybody can do Crossfit and that the two of us can actually work out together without him getting even a little bit frustrated with me. The competitive side of Crossfit has pushed my husband to do more than he has in a really long time and he is now in the best shape of his life.
The most unexpected change in our lives has been our change in eating habits, thanks to CFR. As I mentioned earlier, I ate relatively healthy, always read the labels on items and stayed away from anything with the words hydrogenated and refined in the ingredients. But we quickly learned from Kyle and Alima that we were not fueling our bodies with what they needed. Our bodies were craving more protein and vegetables. I fought the Paleo lifestyle for a while. The thought of restricting myself from all grains and dairy seemed a bit too extreme. I did a ton of research online desperately searching for a reason not to try the Paleo lifestyle. Let me be the first to tell you that negative feedback on Paleo is very hard to come by (much to my disappointment). What I found was blog after blog from people who had high blood pressure, chronic sinus & acid reflux issues, etc. which went away once switching to Paleo. My husband suffered from all of those so that was motivation enough to give it a shot. Of course that presented another obstacle….. cooking, which is something I NEVER did nor had any interest in doing. But I was going to give it a shot, for my husband’s health and Alima went above and beyond to help me find my place in the kitchen. My husband and I have been living the Paleo lifestyle for about a year now and his blood pressure has dropped so much it shocked his doctor. I now cook dinner at least four nights a week (we are talking homemade stuff) and even enjoy doing it. None of that would have been possible without Alima’s support. While I know she has had some good laughs at my lack of kitchen knowledge, she has always been there to give me tips when I needed them.
I can without a doubt say that joining CFR was one of the best decisions we have made in a really long time. Thanks to CFR we are in the best shape of our lives and also feel like we are part of a great family. I highly recommend that you stop in and see how CFR can change your life!
I started coming to CrossFit Rebellion in October 2009 and it has changed my life. I was never an athlete and always struggled with my weight, even struggling with morbid obesity throughout my 20s. I lost that weight in my 30s, but after having my third child, I was again carrying an extra 30 pounds that I was feeling pretty hopeless about. Close to desperate, I talked to my brother about CrossFit – he is a certified trainer, but he has been fit all of his life, so I really didn’t expect to find any answers for someone like me. He got me started with some basics, and then a friend recommend this cool new gym that was opening up downtown, and one day I got up the nerve to try it and joined CFR. Through CrossFitting regularly and following a generally Paleo diet, I lost those 30 pounds. More importantly, though, I’ve gained an amazing amount of physical capability that I would never have dreamed of seeing – especially now that I’m in my 40s! I spontaneously did a cartwheel the other day on some pretty grass, and a friend commented that she wouldn’t dream of doing that. It’s true: CrossFit is for anyone at any fitness level.