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Pawel Lorkiewicz Testimonial

My BAREfit adventure started about a year ago. A friend of mine asked if I wanted to try out a really cool gym. I was more than hesitant. I thought, "I don't need a gym". I was working out 4-6 times a week to my DVD programs. It also didn't help that I never liked "conventional gyms". I found them intimidating and boring. The prospect of running on a treadmill, having "leg days", using those weird machines to isolate this muscle or that muscle was just beyond unappealing. I was also against any type of "CrossFit stuff" - I never liked the brute force character of CrossFit workouts, which can easily lead to injury and burnout. So, armed with my opinions and very low expectations, I went to my first BAREfit class. It was a whim day workout on a hot and muggy Friday evening. There was no traditional gym equipment, no polished and carefully cleaned treadmills, static weight-lifting machines, or boards with words like 'AMRAP' and 'WOD'.  I saw a friendly group of people, who I could identify with. I was greeted warmly by a cool dude with a man-bun, who looked like a human-person, who also led in an encouraging and fun way with a 'can do' attitude. He demonstrated all the workouts and their modifications in an easy to understand and funny way. I remember doing each exercise in the circuit and saying (or almost screaming) "this is so much fun!!!”. The workouts were new, dynamic and exciting! They were challenging, never boring, or high impact. And did I say fun!? All my expectations of what BAREfit could be, were shattered in a good way, and I was hooked from day 1… And it only got better. Since the beginning I have regularly attended pack workouts 3-4 times a week. I really appreciate the push-pull-whim day format. Even though you kind of have an idea of what the workout will be like, Curtis, Susie and Anthony always come up with a new exercise, or a different spin on something familiar. There are always modifications, which makes BAREfit so good for everyone. No matter if you are just starting out, or are advanced, workouts will be adjusted to meet your level, to challenge you and help you progress.

And speaking of progress… BAREfit has truly changed me and let me grow on more than just a physical level. I have gained strength, stamina, agility and endurance. I can move, flex, lift awkward objects, climb and balance well.  I had so many "I can do this???" or "This is me?" moments. I overcame many fears and anxieties that have been pestering me for years - especially traversing the log/net while hanging 5-8 feet above the ground made me face my huge fear of heights. Plus jumping, vaulting, climbing on top of tires that are higher than me… Those things were out of the question a year ago, and now I can do all of them.

But wait - there's more. BAREfit is not just a gym. I have to mention it every time I describe it to someone who doesn't know about BAREfit.

First of all, everything that BAREfit promotes - opting outside, making the world your playground and living the adventure are not just empty slogans. They really practice what they preach here.
After joining BAREfit I found out that activities outside the gym were encouraged. Doing stuff outside and outbound challenges were simply part of the BAREfit routine. I thought, ‘Why not?’ and quickly incorporated these in my schedule. It is pretty much a habit now for me to have an "outbound day". I go on a hike, go climbing, swimming or just simply walk around the park (recently, I started looking for trees to climb on, logs to lift and branches to hang on and traverse). I also love our monthly Earn Your Beer challenges and other adventure group outings (the adventure day at the Jefferson Memorial Forest was the best darn thing that happened to me in years). This is where you get to hang out with cool people and really make the world your playground (one can argue that it is a workout, but it feels like too much fun to really call it that).  For the adventure part, we actually get to do a workout specifically designed to prep us for a particular activity (paddling, climbing, and biking to name a few). Yet again, these are not just some motions that we go through. During one of the outdoor challenges I got to do paddle boarding for the first time. And guess what? I got to use every single skill that I specifically trained for in the 8-week program. Seriously! You won't get that anywhere else.

When talking about BAREfit, I have to mention our community. This also appealed to me from day 1. We know each other here. We work out together, we build friendships, people talk, laugh, interact. Our members and trainers are courteous, helpful, and friendly, and most of all no one will ever judge you. Quite the contrary - members praise other members for their accomplishments and progress. There's plenty of encouragement and true respect.

The BAREfit concept wouldn't happen without Captain Curtis. I truly admire how much work and thought Curtis puts into creating our workouts. He doesn't just come up with a set of exercises. He does a lot of research to enhance the program and constantly improve, and incorporate new elements. A good example was the set of workouts he developed for 8 weeks of adventure-ready/paddle-boarding. As I mentioned before, these were specifically targeted to improve essential paddle-boarding skills. For this very purpose he also built (!!) workout equipment (he repurposed some old, random junk, which was pretty bad-ass!!!) and even loaned rowing machines from another gym just to make things happen. Curtis puts a lot of work into planning all of the Earn Your Beer challenges and other outside events, and it truly makes for a unique experience (way beyond a simple workout).

All coaches at BAREfit are fantastic. I have worked out with Susie, Anthony and Nils (no longer living in Louisville) and each one of them has a different style of coaching. While the core of each pack-workout stays the same, the coaches make some modifications to specific movements, or change out particular exercises. That actually adds variety and I have noticed that it has helped me progress further.

Overall, BAREfit has truly transformed me. I found a place that feels like a playground, rather than a gym. I will keep coming with the same energy and curiosity to find out what new adventures and challenges are awaiting. 

Duffy Baker Testimonial

I have been with Barefit just over a year. Before I joined BAREfit I was working out at Bellarmine University (where I go to school) and Planet Fitness. Even with the two different gyms, I felt that I wasn’t getting the workout I needed and I definitely wasn’t getting the results I wanted. While I was at Planet Fitness, my girlfriend and BAREfit member, Paige McWilliams, was coming to BAREfit and invited me to come and try out a class. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. After that very class I signed up for a membership and canceled my Plant Fitness membership. I realized that I was getting a better workout in the 45 minutes I was at BAREfit than the 2 hours I would spend at my other gyms.

By taking advantage of the unlimited classes and the different programs BAREfit offers like the 21 Day Challenge, I have seen monumental success. I came into BAREfit at 245 pounds coming off of shoulder surgery that both physically and mentally held me back. With the great help of the coaches and fellow BAREfitters, I am now 189 pounds, I have no pain in my shoulder, I have been a Pescatarian for over a year, I come to BAREfit 5 days a week always wanting more and I have never been so comfortable in my body. BAREfit has truly changed my life both from a physical standpoint but also in making much more health conscious and getting me away from my computer and outside for things like hiking. I could not be happier with my decision to join BAREfit. 

Jessica Devine Testimonial

A profound moment didn’t lead me to BAREfit Adventure Training. I hadn’t injured myself doing something really adventurous. Actually, that same year, I dropped my membership at a local gym because I was bored with the classes, tired of just being a number and over my lack of results. Without even knowing it, BAREfit was exactly what I had been looking for.

I met Rob, and possibly Curtis, at the Flea-Off Market in September 2014. See, I can’t even remember the details of the moment that has literally changed my physical and mental wellbeing. BAREfit was doing a drawing for a gift card, and a few days later, I received a call from Rob telling me that I’d won a free month of training. I’m pretty sure I tried to talk him out of choosing me as the winner because I was no stranger to what this style of exercise entailed; I’ve sat at traffic lights and watched in amazement while those people push themselves to extremes. Later I would learn there’s a difference between BAREfit and Crossfit. I showed up for my first session and thought that I was either going to be sick or pass out by the end of it. I went full-throttle that first session, and I haven’t looked back since. I stuck with it, and while the workout didn’t get any easier, I certainly got stronger.

In January 2015, I made it my resolution to always ask for more weight. This year, I decided to always take the high road during our Whim Day workouts. The high road is the more advanced movement during a BAREfit obstacle course, which is the main part of a Whim Day workout. I’m not such a weakling anymore; I find myself looking for adventure in and out of BAREfit because not only has it made me stronger, it’s increased my confidence. I attend three Pack Workouts each week and one personal training session each month with Curtis. Our personal training sessions have been invaluable to my success. Curtis has brought out my strengths and my weaknesses. He helps me work though movements so that I get the best workout and stay safe. He has literally pushed me to my limit and encouraged me to push further.

As of March 2017, I have lost 56 pounds. I know weight is just a number and doesn’t measure how strong I am, but I weigh more than I did in my mid-twenties (I’m 35, by the way) and wear a smaller size. BAREfit has enabled me to become my strongest self. I’m pretty sure I’ll survive if ever faced with crossing a river by traversing a log or swinging by vine to the other side. BAREfit Adventure Training helps me be me, a much stronger and healthier me.

Vicki Meares Testimonial

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I have been at BAREfit for almost 4 years.  I started working out there in May of 2013, back when Curtis used to run it out of Snap Fitness in J-Town.  I have had the privilege to truly see the business grow and blossom.  I wouldn't want to work out anywhere else.

I originally came to BAREfit after a shredded meniscus and arthroscopic surgical procedure threatened to end my career as a distance runner.  I had competed at long distance running for years and was not quite ready to hang up my shoes, so to speak.  Both of my doctors and my physical therapist said running long distance (especially my favorite distance the half marathon) would be impossible with my level of injury.  But there is always a way.  We just have to find it.  And unfortunately, I knew the solution probably lay somewhere within the realm of strength training.

It was later during a bemoaning conversation about the tedious boredom of weight lifting, with my massage therapist when I mentioned that I was considering hiring a personal trainer.  After all weight-lifting had to be the most boring activity since the dawn of activities.  Perhaps I needed someone there beside me making sure I didn't skip that last cumbersome set of bicep curls.  Then my massage therapist said, "Well if you are thinking of hiring a personal trainer, I think I know one you might like."  

I emailed the much ballyhooed personal trainer, explained my sorry predicament, and asked rather nonchalantly if he thought he could help me.  The emphatic yes I received was quite intriguing especially after 3 medical professionals had already told me that what I sought was impossible.  So I laced up my cross trainers, pig-tailed my hair, and ventured all the way to J-Town to meet this believer named Curtis Hall. 

The workouts were tough, intense, innovative, strengthening, and just what I needed.  Curtis seemed to be able to break just about any movement down into steps that seemed to resonate.

I had 2 major fears about working out with a trainer.  The first was that he would not be sensitive or knowledgeable about my injury.  Lacking a meniscus will forever limit the movement that particular leg can achieve.  This fear was put to rest immediately as Curtis proved to know exactly how far to push the knee and when it was time for a modification.  He was filled with injury preventing modifications, and was always attuned to where my body was in my fitness journey on that particular day. 

My other fear was that I held a fixed stereo-type of the proverbial personal trainer.  I imagined working out with the over muscled, mirror staring, buzz cut, whistle-blowing, loud mouth, whose penchant for motivation involved more pushups and calling my mother names.  Much to my relief, Curtis was the exact opposite of this silly stereotype.  I always jokingly say, “My personal trainer nices you to death.”  What I mean is that his belief in me is so profound, and his approach so genuine and kind, that I felt as though I might break his heart if I didn’t live up to his angelic view of me.  So when he told me to do a Nosferatu (a move where one starts flat on ones back, with a rope dangling overhead, then using only ones arms the person shall pull himself straight up to a standing position without a bend in the torso.  If seen from a far it might look as though a person were rising straight up as a vampire in a Bela Lugosi movie would rise from the grave).  When this move was first described to me, I informed my enthusiastic trainer that I didn’t think I was physically capable of this move.  His response, “Vicki….Of course you can.”  And at those words what else could I do.  It may not have been beautiful, but his words were no less correct.  I could do it.

Since working out at BAREfit I have not only seen increased strength and muscle tone, but my confidence has increased as well.  And back to my original reason for joining BAREfit, so I could run a half marathon again.  The doctors and physical therapist were not wrong.  I have not run A half marathon since my injury.  To date with Curtis’s help I have run 2.  The plan is to soon be completing a 3rd. 

It is so hard to pin-point one favorite thing about BAREfit.  But I have to say the fact that two young men started a business with what began as a few tires, some ropes, and a believe in me attitude, were able to take an aging, injured, weight-lifting hater, confidence dwindling non believer like me, and give me the power (both literally and figuratively) that I lacked to do what I loved once again, was quite a delightful journey.

Danielle Scholtens Testimonial


I've been coming to BAREfit for about 2 years. I started coming because after years of doing various videos for strength training I wanted to change what I was doing. I'd seen Curtis and Janae around (Curtis was usually wearing a BAREfit shirt) and asked them about it.  

The results that I've had since coming to BAREfit include increased strength and agility for sure. I would also say my overall confidence to try new things and having a general "yeah I can do that probably" or "hey I'll try that" in my other outdoor adventuring and daily life activities has definitely increased based on knowing what I can do at BAREfit. Coupled with a dietary change I've lost quite a bit of weight training at BAREfit. (30 lbs so far). 

I don't know if I can pick just one favorite thing because there are so many things that I love about it! One of my favorite things about BAREfit is the environment there. I really appreciate that no matter what someone's fitness level is they're always treated with the same welcoming attitude; there's no pretension for funky gym attitude there. You can always ask a question without judgement and because of the intentional smallness of the class size, you get the double whammy benefits of a fun class environment plus the benefit of having a personal trainer right there all the time.

 I always appreciate that even after 2 years I'm consistently sore after a workout. It's never boring! The workouts are always varied to create a really great workout year after year. I love that the classes are thoughtfully creative in order to benefit functionality in your regular life. 

It's my happy place!