VALORFIT IN ACTION

STRONGER TOGETHER

 
 
Meet Misty. Misty has some things in her past that she would like to work through, so she walked into  Black Collar CrossFit  and asked  Merenciana Paulus  to help her, and Meddy is doing just that. It's truly an inspiring relationship. Meddy and  Mike Ruehlmann  aren't just helping Misty get out of physical pain, but they are working next to her to help build her confidence and remind her of her self worth. ValorFit is working with Misty outside of the gym to lead her to the resources that she desperately deserves. There is a reality to this triangle of power, and it is truly beautiful. Welcome home Misty.  Thank you to  LOF-Xpress Oil Change  for their monthly financial contributions to ValorFit, it is truly making a difference.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit

Meet Misty. Misty has some things in her past that she would like to work through, so she walked into Black Collar CrossFit and asked Merenciana Paulus to help her, and Meddy is doing just that. It's truly an inspiring relationship. Meddy and Mike Ruehlmann aren't just helping Misty get out of physical pain, but they are working next to her to help build her confidence and remind her of her self worth. ValorFit is working with Misty outside of the gym to lead her to the resources that she desperately deserves. There is a reality to this triangle of power, and it is truly beautiful. Welcome home Misty.

Thank you to LOF-Xpress Oil Change for their monthly financial contributions to ValorFit, it is truly making a difference.

Stronger Together. #valorfit


Meet Antonette. Antonette's positive personality is contagious. Antonette reached out to ValorFit because she was interested in a healthier way of life. The same day she emailed us she walked in the front door of CrossFit Des Moines and introduced herself to our friend Tyler Lloyd and said she was ready to get started. We knew she wanted the fitness part, then she shared her story with us, and quickly stated she also needed the community feeling. She has that now. She now has a place where she wants to go, and people want to see her every single day. It's a beautiful thing. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. It's the start of showing your strength. Antonette and her youngest son are now full time members of the Crossfit Des Moines family. Welcome home Antonette, and thank you for your continued service to this beautiful country.  Thank you to Adam and Sabrina Wright for their monthly financial contributions to ValorFit, but they are so much more than a financial contribution. We are grateful for their continued support of ValorFit so we can continue to positively influence veterans and their families.

Meet Antonette. Antonette's positive personality is contagious. Antonette reached out to ValorFit because she was interested in a healthier way of life. The same day she emailed us she walked in the front door of CrossFit Des Moines and introduced herself to our friend Tyler Lloyd and said she was ready to get started. We knew she wanted the fitness part, then she shared her story with us, and quickly stated she also needed the community feeling. She has that now. She now has a place where she wants to go, and people want to see her every single day. It's a beautiful thing. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. It's the start of showing your strength. Antonette and her youngest son are now full time members of the Crossfit Des Moines family. Welcome home Antonette, and thank you for your continued service to this beautiful country.

Thank you to Adam and Sabrina Wright for their monthly financial contributions to ValorFit, but they are so much more than a financial contribution. We are grateful for their continued support of ValorFit so we can continue to positively influence veterans and their families.


Yesterday some of us had the honor of attending the Designed 2 Move Chiropractic groundbreaking ceremony in Ankeny and present them with a token of our appreciation made by Joslyn Kent and The Farmer's Daughter Studio..  Why is this an honor? Aaron and Abbi Rickelman donate their services to ValorFit veterans. What they provide as far as physical wellness is second to none, but it is also in the way that they do it. They are kind. They listen. They motivate, and they help lead veterans to a better way of thinking. The combination of all of these things is saving lives then improving them.  Take a bow Rickelman's. What you have done and continue to do is a beautiful thing.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit

Yesterday some of us had the honor of attending the Designed 2 Move Chiropractic groundbreaking ceremony in Ankeny and present them with a token of our appreciation made by Joslyn Kent and The Farmer's Daughter Studio..

Why is this an honor? Aaron and Abbi Rickelman donate their services to ValorFit veterans. What they provide as far as physical wellness is second to none, but it is also in the way that they do it. They are kind. They listen. They motivate, and they help lead veterans to a better way of thinking. The combination of all of these things is saving lives then improving them.

Take a bow Rickelman's. What you have done and continue to do is a beautiful thing.
Stronger Together. #valorfit


Meet Luke. Abi Reiland reached out a few weeks back and said Luke could use some ValorFit love. Luke said he wasn't fit enough to take a group class yet, so we joined him to show him that he absolutely is. Sometimes people feel that since they aren't as good as they once were that people will think less of them, so we will surround veterans with positive people who will show them how to become better versions if themselves. Luke broke through several barriers, and now he knows that he can do it, so he will do it. Thank you to the members of Crossfit 8035, Abi Reiland, and Abby Jorgensen for being such positive influences. Welcome home Luke. Stronger Together.  #valorfit   If you or someone you know wants to sponsor a ValorFit veteran please let us know or visit  https://www.valorfit.org/donate .

Meet Luke. Abi Reiland reached out a few weeks back and said Luke could use some ValorFit love. Luke said he wasn't fit enough to take a group class yet, so we joined him to show him that he absolutely is. Sometimes people feel that since they aren't as good as they once were that people will think less of them, so we will surround veterans with positive people who will show them how to become better versions if themselves. Luke broke through several barriers, and now he knows that he can do it, so he will do it. Thank you to the members of Crossfit 8035, Abi Reiland, and Abby Jorgensen for being such positive influences. Welcome home Luke. Stronger Together. #valorfit

If you or someone you know wants to sponsor a ValorFit veteran please let us know or visit https://www.valorfit.org/donate.


Congratulations to Jackie (on the left) in celebrating her one year anniversary with CrossFit Kinesis. Jackie hasn't had it easy throughout her life, but she found a safe a positive environment with the coaches and members of Kinesis. When Jackie was referred to ValorFit she was not in a good place mentally or physically, she is now in a much better place. Jackie fully understands what she needs to do and she is doing it because people are walking with her as she works towards a better way of life. Thank you for trusting the process Jackie, and thank you to  CrossFit Kinesis  for your continued effort in helping us help veterans and their families. Stronger Together.  #valorfit

Congratulations to Jackie (on the left) in celebrating her one year anniversary with CrossFit Kinesis. Jackie hasn't had it easy throughout her life, but she found a safe a positive environment with the coaches and members of Kinesis. When Jackie was referred to ValorFit she was not in a good place mentally or physically, she is now in a much better place. Jackie fully understands what she needs to do and she is doing it because people are walking with her as she works towards a better way of life. Thank you for trusting the process Jackie, and thank you to CrossFit Kinesis for your continued effort in helping us help veterans and their families.
Stronger Together. #valorfit


ValorFit is proud to have a real solution to helping Veterans. Troy's experience created the mission for ValorFit, which is to help veterans and their families by pairing them with other veterans in local gyms and fitness facilities. This approach ensures the veterans are surrounded by positive influences so they can regain confidence, self esteem and self worth. The goal is to help facilitate long lasting relationships that place veterans in a position to succeed. We are so proud of the progress of Troy and what he does each day to make sure Veterans have someone that is wiling to listen and act to help them.  “It’s World Suicide Prevention Day. Throughout the last four years I have put myself in the middle of discussing suicide amongst veterans and how things need to change to lower the number of suicides. I was almost a statistic, now with the support of others I have made changes. I have learned several things and I am truly grateful to speak with so many wonderful people on this taboo topic. I have also learned many things not to say to someone who is struggling, like "fix your shit." Oh ok, thanks for the insight Captain know it all. Also "why can't you just change?" Not sure, but thanks for the eye opening suggestion. If you aren't going to put in the consistent effort to truly try and help someone, don't be a dick and ask rude questions. It makes those who struggle feel hopeless and worthless. Lead them to a better place or stay clear. Being kind and having empathy is a simple solution. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. If you are struggling, reach out. We can talk it out. Happy Topless Tuesday.Stronger Together.  ValorFit .”  -Troy Peterson

ValorFit is proud to have a real solution to helping Veterans. Troy's experience created the mission for ValorFit, which is to help veterans and their families by pairing them with other veterans in local gyms and fitness facilities. This approach ensures the veterans are surrounded by positive influences so they can regain confidence, self esteem and self worth. The goal is to help facilitate long lasting relationships that place veterans in a position to succeed. We are so proud of the progress of Troy and what he does each day to make sure Veterans have someone that is wiling to listen and act to help them.

“It’s World Suicide Prevention Day. Throughout the last four years I have put myself in the middle of discussing suicide amongst veterans and how things need to change to lower the number of suicides. I was almost a statistic, now with the support of others I have made changes. I have learned several things and I am truly grateful to speak with so many wonderful people on this taboo topic. I have also learned many things not to say to someone who is struggling, like "fix your shit." Oh ok, thanks for the insight Captain know it all. Also "why can't you just change?" Not sure, but thanks for the eye opening suggestion. If you aren't going to put in the consistent effort to truly try and help someone, don't be a dick and ask rude questions. It makes those who struggle feel hopeless and worthless. Lead them to a better place or stay clear. Being kind and having empathy is a simple solution. Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. If you are struggling, reach out. We can talk it out. Happy Topless Tuesday.Stronger Together. ValorFit.”

-Troy Peterson


Meet Ryan. Ryan was referred to ValorFit by fellow veterans and ValorFit Champion Larry Sigmund, who was referred to ValorFit by fellow veteran Jesse Sage. Veterans loving veterans. Ryan jumped right in and completed his personal training sessions with the always consistent Garrett Starr. Our goal is and always will be to open the door and show veterans and their families a better way of life, in hopes that they respect the new daily lifestyle and want to keep coming back. It's working. Reality is a beautiful thing. Give Ryan a high five if you see him, he deserves it. Everyone does.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit   Thank you to the always supportive @lof_xpress for the continued financial support as we continue to put veterans and their families in a position to succeed.

Meet Ryan. Ryan was referred to ValorFit by fellow veterans and ValorFit Champion Larry Sigmund, who was referred to ValorFit by fellow veteran Jesse Sage. Veterans loving veterans. Ryan jumped right in and completed his personal training sessions with the always consistent Garrett Starr. Our goal is and always will be to open the door and show veterans and their families a better way of life, in hopes that they respect the new daily lifestyle and want to keep coming back. It's working. Reality is a beautiful thing. Give Ryan a high five if you see him, he deserves it. Everyone does.
Stronger Together. #valorfit

Thank you to the always supportive @lof_xpress for the continued financial support as we continue to put veterans and their families in a position to succeed.


A huge thank you to Chris Reil for his recent donation to ValorFit. Chris has been a loyal supporter of ValorFit from the start, and recently held a fundraiser for us to sponsor a veteran in our program. We were able to speak with the guys at the Sandlot about possible future collaborations to raise money for ValorFit as well. Fundraisers are an effective way to raise money for ValorFit so that we can continue to lead veterans and their families to a healthier lifestyle. We are truly grateful for those who have held fundraisers on our behalf.


A huge thank you to Chris Reil for his recent donation to ValorFit. Chris has been a loyal supporter of ValorFit from the start, and recently held a fundraiser for us to sponsor a veteran in our program. We were able to speak with the guys at the Sandlot about possible future collaborations to raise money for ValorFit as well. Fundraisers are an effective way to raise money for ValorFit so that we can continue to lead veterans and their families to a healthier lifestyle. We are truly grateful for those who have held fundraisers on our behalf.

Meet Jonah. Jonah was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs because he wanted to get back to being the father he once was. Anxiety has been deterring Jonah from enjoying life and getting back into the gym, I think most people can relate to that. Having anxiety isn't fun. Suffering through anxiety alone is miserable. Being introduced to new people and knowing that they are now there with you every single day can make a huge difference in a persons mindset, which can lead to many positive changes in one's life. If you see Jonah around give him a high five, he is an amazing man.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit   Thank you to Rick Bach owner of Kohles & Bach Heating and Cooling for his monthly donations to us so that we can continue to positively influence veterans and their families.


Meet Jonah. Jonah was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs because he wanted to get back to being the father he once was. Anxiety has been deterring Jonah from enjoying life and getting back into the gym, I think most people can relate to that. Having anxiety isn't fun. Suffering through anxiety alone is miserable. Being introduced to new people and knowing that they are now there with you every single day can make a huge difference in a persons mindset, which can lead to many positive changes in one's life. If you see Jonah around give him a high five, he is an amazing man.

Stronger Together. #valorfit

Thank you to Rick Bach owner of Kohles & Bach Heating and Cooling for his monthly donations to us so that we can continue to positively influence veterans and their families.


A huge thank you goes out to WHBF Local 4 and Taylor Boser for reaching out to us so that we could share what ValorFit is all about to the Quad Cities. It was amazing to watch Nate share some of his story and how the cooperation between ValorFit and CrossFit OC3 community has helped him make many changes in his life, through his hard work and dedication. We are truly grateful for these opportunities so that we can continue to lead veterans and their families to a healthier way of life. The story will air this evening at 6pm, we will provide a link once the story has aired. Thank you to Colin Cartee and Nic Johnston for being themselves, it's making a difference.

A huge thank you goes out to WHBF Local 4 and Taylor Boser for reaching out to us so that we could share what ValorFit is all about to the Quad Cities. It was amazing to watch Nate share some of his story and how the cooperation between ValorFit and CrossFit OC3 community has helped him make many changes in his life, through his hard work and dedication. We are truly grateful for these opportunities so that we can continue to lead veterans and their families to a healthier way of life. The story will air this evening at 6pm, we will provide a link once the story has aired. Thank you to Colin Cartee and Nic Johnston for being themselves, it's making a difference.


Meet Nyna and Randy. Both veterans were referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Both veterans know that they need to make some changes, and have started to do just that. Consistent effort in the gym while being surrounded by positive people can lead to a person wanting to make amazing changes outside of the gym. Life is a lot better when you do it with great people.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit   A big thank you to @LOF-Xpress in Ankeny for their monthly donations to ValorFit. These donations allow for us to financially support veterans and their families each and every month.


Meet Nyna and Randy. Both veterans were referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Both veterans know that they need to make some changes, and have started to do just that. Consistent effort in the gym while being surrounded by positive people can lead to a person wanting to make amazing changes outside of the gym. Life is a lot better when you do it with great people.
Stronger Together. #valorfit

A big thank you to @LOF-Xpress in Ankeny for their monthly donations to ValorFit. These donations allow for us to financially support veterans and their families each and every month.


Yesterday morning we were able to say thank you to Natalie and Tracy for their donations to @ValorFit . They both extended their hand by purchasing our apparel and then offered to be donors, and for that we are grateful. They both get to see what takes place with veterans inside of CrossFit 50211, and we were able to share a little more about what takes place outside of the gym to help put veterans and their families in a better position. We are truly grateful for everyone who donates to help us with our mission. No one has to fight alone. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and continues to support us!


Yesterday morning we were able to say thank you to Natalie and Tracy for their donations to @ValorFit . They both extended their hand by purchasing our apparel and then offered to be donors, and for that we are grateful. They both get to see what takes place with veterans inside of CrossFit 50211, and we were able to share a little more about what takes place outside of the gym to help put veterans and their families in a better position. We are truly grateful for everyone who donates to help us with our mission. No one has to fight alone. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and continues to support us!


Meet Sam. Sam is a former Marine. Sam and Jesse Sage have known each other for years, so when Jesse asked Sam to come to Ankeny Sport Performance to see what we are all about he did. Then he stayed and keeps coming back for more. Veterans share a common bond that can never be broken. That bond can evolve into communities with amazing people as a support system. Everyone is chasing something, just have to find what that something is.  A special thank you to Ankeny Sport Performance member Mickey Argo for his monthly donations so we can continue to provide memberships to veterans and their families.

Meet Sam. Sam is a former Marine. Sam and Jesse Sage have known each other for years, so when Jesse asked Sam to come to Ankeny Sport Performance to see what we are all about he did. Then he stayed and keeps coming back for more. Veterans share a common bond that can never be broken. That bond can evolve into communities with amazing people as a support system. Everyone is chasing something, just have to find what that something is.

A special thank you to Ankeny Sport Performance member Mickey Argo for his monthly donations so we can continue to provide memberships to veterans and their families.


6 weeks ago tomorrow  ValorFit  hosted the largest single community Murph event ever (that we could find at least). In those 6 weeks we have added 19 veterans/ veteran family members to our program. One time events are a great way to come together as a group to show support for one another, but consistency is where the war is won. We are truly grateful for everyone who came out to the event, purchased our apparel, and have taken veterans under their wings to help lead them to a better way of life. If you know of a veteran or an immediate family member of a veteran who might need some love, please let us know.  A special thank you to  LOF-Xpress Oil Change - Ankeny  for their monthly donations to ValorFit so that we can continue to positively influence veterans and their family members.

6 weeks ago tomorrow ValorFit hosted the largest single community Murph event ever (that we could find at least). In those 6 weeks we have added 19 veterans/ veteran family members to our program. One time events are a great way to come together as a group to show support for one another, but consistency is where the war is won. We are truly grateful for everyone who came out to the event, purchased our apparel, and have taken veterans under their wings to help lead them to a better way of life. If you know of a veteran or an immediate family member of a veteran who might need some love, please let us know.

A special thank you to LOF-Xpress Oil Change - Ankeny for their monthly donations to ValorFit so that we can continue to positively influence veterans and their family members.


Meet Brian. Brian led the way for several years as an Army Ranger. His experiences are unique, but he doesn't want to be known for that. Brian knew he needed to find a way to work through not only his physical injuries but his mental injuries as well. So now he is putting in work in and out of the gym to become a better version of himself. There comes a point in time when a person knows they have to put in work to get to a better place in life and we are honored to work alongside veterans as they do so. Life is too short to not have any fun. Thank you to Michael Klosterman and Tom Zoeckler for keeping things fun!

Meet Brian. Brian led the way for several years as an Army Ranger. His experiences are unique, but he doesn't want to be known for that. Brian knew he needed to find a way to work through not only his physical injuries but his mental injuries as well. So now he is putting in work in and out of the gym to become a better version of himself. There comes a point in time when a person knows they have to put in work to get to a better place in life and we are honored to work alongside veterans as they do so. Life is too short to not have any fun. Thank you to Michael Klosterman and Tom Zoeckler for keeping things fun!


Meet Jared. A fellow veteran that Jared served with asked Troy to reach out to Jared because he thought he could use someone to talk to. Troy and Jared became trusted friends, and Jared has been working with  CrossFit Free Spirit  to become a better version of himself. After years of keeping everything inside Jared is starting to open up and get his smile back. His kindness towards others is commendable, and he is also learning to be kind to himself. Veterans don't need to be coddled, they need to be reminded how great they can be. Welcome home brother.

Meet Jared. A fellow veteran that Jared served with asked Troy to reach out to Jared because he thought he could use someone to talk to. Troy and Jared became trusted friends, and Jared has been working with CrossFit Free Spirit to become a better version of himself. After years of keeping everything inside Jared is starting to open up and get his smile back. His kindness towards others is commendable, and he is also learning to be kind to himself. Veterans don't need to be coddled, they need to be reminded how great they can be. Welcome home brother.


Meet Tom. Tom walked into  CrossFit OC3  and told Colin Carteethat he needed a change, so we provided him the opportunity at one. Thomas' service to his country will not be forgotten, and we are grateful to be partnered with the OC3 community in reminding him of that. Putting veterans and their families in a position to succeed through their hard work and partnering them with knowledgeable people who are already doing great things is how we operate. It's working. It's always a good day when we get to hangout with our good friend Derek Fiscus and  WodThreads . See you at the Central Regional.

Meet Tom. Tom walked into CrossFit OC3 and told Colin Carteethat he needed a change, so we provided him the opportunity at one. Thomas' service to his country will not be forgotten, and we are grateful to be partnered with the OC3 community in reminding him of that. Putting veterans and their families in a position to succeed through their hard work and partnering them with knowledgeable people who are already doing great things is how we operate. It's working. It's always a good day when we get to hangout with our good friend Derek Fiscus and WodThreads. See you at the Central Regional.


Meet David. David went into  CrossFit Kilo II  in February and told Austin Nedelcoff that he needed to make some changes, and Austin then reached out to Troy and  ValorFit  . What Austin did next was where a life was forever changed. Austin extended his hand as a friend, and took David in as a part of the Kilo family from day one. Austin and his staff are putting David in a position so succeed and David is putting in the work. In February David could literally only take a few steps with his cane before he was in severe pain, and was so out of breath he had to sit down. David is now walking on his own with the assistance of a cane for much longer periods of time. He set his cane down and walked on his own to be in this picture. Well done Kilo II, and thank you. We are proud and grateful to pair veterans with such amazing @crossfit affiliates. Welcome home David.

Meet David. David went into CrossFit Kilo II in February and told Austin Nedelcoff that he needed to make some changes, and Austin then reached out to Troy and ValorFit . What Austin did next was where a life was forever changed. Austin extended his hand as a friend, and took David in as a part of the Kilo family from day one. Austin and his staff are putting David in a position so succeed and David is putting in the work. In February David could literally only take a few steps with his cane before he was in severe pain, and was so out of breath he had to sit down. David is now walking on his own with the assistance of a cane for much longer periods of time. He set his cane down and walked on his own to be in this picture. Well done Kilo II, and thank you. We are proud and grateful to pair veterans with such amazing @crossfit affiliates. Welcome home David.


Meet Derek Fiscus. Derek is the owner/operator of WodThreads and a member of CrossFit OC3. Derek is not only our apparel provider but more importantly he is our friend. His loyalty to Troy and to the mission of ValorFit is second to none. His true friendship is the truth behind what we do, and we are truly grateful for him and his family for their personal donations to ValorFit.  In cooperation with WodThreads we are running an Independence Day presale on some new shirts. The presale runs through June 9th on www.valorfit.org/shop.

Meet Derek Fiscus. Derek is the owner/operator of WodThreads and a member of CrossFit OC3. Derek is not only our apparel provider but more importantly he is our friend. His loyalty to Troy and to the mission of ValorFit is second to none. His true friendship is the truth behind what we do, and we are truly grateful for him and his family for their personal donations to ValorFit.

In cooperation with WodThreads we are running an Independence Day presale on some new shirts. The presale runs through June 9th on www.valorfit.org/shop.


IMAGE COURTESY OF THE GRANITE GAMES   A big thank you to  CrossFit 50211 , and Layne Palm and Taylor Williamson of  CrossFit OC3  for modeling our apparel at the  Granite Games  this past weekend. All proceeds from the purchase of our apparel goes directly towards gym memberships for veterans and their families. We are truly grateful for everyone who purchases from us, your money is going to a great place. Thank you to Derek and  WodThreads  for helping us reach more and more veterans!

IMAGE COURTESY OF THE GRANITE GAMES


A big thank you to CrossFit 50211, and Layne Palm and Taylor Williamson of CrossFit OC3 for modeling our apparel at the Granite Games this past weekend. All proceeds from the purchase of our apparel goes directly towards gym memberships for veterans and their families. We are truly grateful for everyone who purchases from us, your money is going to a great place. Thank you to Derek and WodThreads for helping us reach more and more veterans!


Reality is beautiful. We don't always show the intimate and personal side to ValorFit, but yesterday the truth was shown. 10 months ago we partnered Jesse with former Marine Josh at  Ankeny Sports Performance in hope of getting Jesse to a better place, and it worked. Jesse and Josh became friends instantly, and spent almost every day together the last 10 months. Their friendship is genuine and authentic. Yesterday Josh married a wonderful woman, and Jesse stood up with him as he did so. Their effort combined with the community support at Ankeny Sports Performance provided a beautiful truth. We are truly grateful for Josh stepping in to give a fellow veteran his hand, and now Jesse is doing that samething to his fellow veterans. They are both positively influencing veterans across this beautiful country now. Congratulations Josh, we love you!

Reality is beautiful. We don't always show the intimate and personal side to ValorFit, but yesterday the truth was shown. 10 months ago we partnered Jesse with former Marine Josh at Ankeny Sports Performancein hope of getting Jesse to a better place, and it worked. Jesse and Josh became friends instantly, and spent almost every day together the last 10 months. Their friendship is genuine and authentic. Yesterday Josh married a wonderful woman, and Jesse stood up with him as he did so. Their effort combined with the community support at Ankeny Sports Performance provided a beautiful truth. We are truly grateful for Josh stepping in to give a fellow veteran his hand, and now Jesse is doing that samething to his fellow veterans. They are both positively influencing veterans across this beautiful country now.
Congratulations Josh, we love you!


We have partnered with the local Iowa business Crafty Doods for an apparel fundraiser! From October 1st through Veterans Day, November 11th, every apparel item purchased will enter you for a chance to win these beautiful ValorFit bags boards. Winner will be drawn on November 12th.  Our goal is to raise $2500, which will provide financial assistance to 20 veterans/family members to be in our program for one month. As always, all proceeds will go directly towards gym memberships for veterans and their family members.  Each individual item gives you one chance, so the more items you purchase the better chance you have to win! We are truly grateful for everyone who has purchased and continues to purchase our delightful apparel, it is truly making a difference. Support veterans and their family members today!

We have partnered with the local Iowa business Crafty Doods for an apparel fundraiser! From October 1st through Veterans Day, November 11th, every apparel item purchased will enter you for a chance to win these beautiful ValorFit bags boards. Winner will be drawn on November 12th.

Our goal is to raise $2500, which will provide financial assistance to 20 veterans/family members to be in our program for one month. As always, all proceeds will go directly towards gym memberships for veterans and their family members.

Each individual item gives you one chance, so the more items you purchase the better chance you have to win! We are truly grateful for everyone who has purchased and continues to purchase our delightful apparel, it is truly making a difference. Support veterans and their family members today!


Yesterday some of us attended the 10th annual Iowa Remembrance 5k Run/Walk. It was time we were able to spend together to honor our friends and fellow Iowans. The event was beautiful and brought a lot of inner peace. Honoring the fallen together is something we can do as a cohesive unit so no one fights alone, so we will. Thank you to everyone who put this beautiful event together! Stronger Together.  #valorfit

Yesterday some of us attended the 10th annual Iowa Remembrance 5k Run/Walk. It was time we were able to spend together to honor our friends and fellow Iowans. The event was beautiful and brought a lot of inner peace. Honoring the fallen together is something we can do as a cohesive unit so no one fights alone, so we will. Thank you to everyone who put this beautiful event together! Stronger Together. #valorfit


Last night was humbling. Last night Troy and Jesse were able to speak with a group of Central College alumni as they honored the life of their friend, former Navy Seal Bill Mulder. Bill served 20 years in the Navy, and 6 months after he retired he lost his life to mental illness. These conversations aren't easy to have, but these conversations are who we are and wanted to let these men know that they don't have to suffer in silence, so we extended our hands to them. Blaming themselves will not bring their friend back. It's now about honoring Bill's legacy and being open about the struggle. Thank you to Travis Sterling for allowing us the opportunity to continue to honor your friend. No one person is more important or stronger than a community of people. Stronger Together.  #valorfit

Last night was humbling. Last night Troy and Jesse were able to speak with a group of Central College alumni as they honored the life of their friend, former Navy Seal Bill Mulder. Bill served 20 years in the Navy, and 6 months after he retired he lost his life to mental illness. These conversations aren't easy to have, but these conversations are who we are and wanted to let these men know that they don't have to suffer in silence, so we extended our hands to them. Blaming themselves will not bring their friend back. It's now about honoring Bill's legacy and being open about the struggle. Thank you to Travis Sterling for allowing us the opportunity to continue to honor your friend. No one person is more important or stronger than a community of people. Stronger Together. #valorfit


This past weekend ValorFit had the opportunity to attend the Central Regional at TBK Sports Complex in Bettendorf where we were represented by some really amazing people.  Colin Cartee donated a vendor booth to us, and Derek and Melanie of  WodThreads  did what they always do in raising funds for ValorFit and spreading the good word about us. This opportunity raised over $1,100 for us. That money allows us to place 10 veterans in our program for one month. That's 10 lives that will be positively influenced. We are truly grateful for the opportunities we are receiving throughout the state of Iowa. Thank you to everyone who has purchased and continues to purchase our apparel, your contributions are saving lives. Thank you WodThreads, it's a beautiful partnership. Surround yourself with good people consistently, it helps. Stronger Together.  #valorfit

This past weekend ValorFit had the opportunity to attend the Central Regional at TBK Sports Complex in Bettendorf where we were represented by some really amazing people.

Colin Cartee donated a vendor booth to us, and Derek and Melanie of WodThreads did what they always do in raising funds for ValorFit and spreading the good word about us. This opportunity raised over $1,100 for us. That money allows us to place 10 veterans in our program for one month. That's 10 lives that will be positively influenced. We are truly grateful for the opportunities we are receiving throughout the state of Iowa. Thank you to everyone who has purchased and continues to purchase our apparel, your contributions are saving lives. Thank you WodThreads, it's a beautiful partnership. Surround yourself with good people consistently, it helps. Stronger Together. #valorfit


Meet Andrew (center, black shirt). Andrew was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs because he was missing the connections he once had, we will help with that. Some of the CrossFit Merle Hay veterans helped us introduce Andrew into his first class last night, it was a good time. Veterans want to be a part of a team again and be involved with their community, but sometimes anxiety hinders that. So we will do things together, because that's how progress is made and barriers are broken down. Thank you to CrossFit Merle Hay for your continued support of all things ValorFit. Welcome Home Andrew. Stronger Together.  #valorfit

Meet Andrew (center, black shirt). Andrew was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs because he was missing the connections he once had, we will help with that. Some of the CrossFit Merle Hay veterans helped us introduce Andrew into his first class last night, it was a good time. Veterans want to be a part of a team again and be involved with their community, but sometimes anxiety hinders that. So we will do things together, because that's how progress is made and barriers are broken down. Thank you to CrossFit Merle Hay for your continued support of all things ValorFit. Welcome Home Andrew. Stronger Together. #valorfit


This is exactly why we believe in second chances, because sometimes they work. David was told he might never walk again. Austin Nedelcoff and CrossFit Kilo II didn't exactly accept that answer.  "Want to brag about this guy for a second. David, a veteran now in his 60's who struggled with cigarettes and alcohol has lost over 30lbs and improved his walking after being told he might not walk again after a serious accident and he's also made steady progress on  Concept2, Inc.  cardio equipment. He has regained the strength to perform multiple pushups, dips, and ring rows and has the confidence to grocery shop without his electric cart."- CrossFit Kilo II  Thank you to all of the facilities that continue to support us in our mission of leading veterans and their families to a better way of life.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit

This is exactly why we believe in second chances, because sometimes they work. David was told he might never walk again. Austin Nedelcoff and CrossFit Kilo II didn't exactly accept that answer.

"Want to brag about this guy for a second. David, a veteran now in his 60's who struggled with cigarettes and alcohol has lost over 30lbs and improved his walking after being told he might not walk again after a serious accident and he's also made steady progress on Concept2, Inc. cardio equipment. He has regained the strength to perform multiple pushups, dips, and ring rows and has the confidence to grocery shop without his electric cart."- CrossFit Kilo II

Thank you to all of the facilities that continue to support us in our mission of leading veterans and their families to a better way of life.

Stronger Together. #valorfit


Meet Trevor. Trevor is a former scout who knows he needs to make some changes. When veterans return home from combat they often times get lost in the mix and don't always feel comfortable talking about their problems, so we decided to extend our hand to have those tough conversations. Feeling alone is a difficult emotion to work through, but we will work through it with you. Taking accountability for your actions is much easier when you are doing it with people who understand. Thomas Oertli understands, and we are truly grateful for his consistent effort and the effort of CrossFit Merle Hay to help our veterans achieve a higher level of happiness. Welcome home Trevor.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit   Thank you to Rick Bach and Kohles & Bach for their monthly donations to ValorFit so we can continue to do the right thing each and every day.


Meet Trevor. Trevor is a former scout who knows he needs to make some changes. When veterans return home from combat they often times get lost in the mix and don't always feel comfortable talking about their problems, so we decided to extend our hand to have those tough conversations. Feeling alone is a difficult emotion to work through, but we will work through it with you. Taking accountability for your actions is much easier when you are doing it with people who understand. Thomas Oertli understands, and we are truly grateful for his consistent effort and the effort of CrossFit Merle Hay to help our veterans achieve a higher level of happiness. Welcome home Trevor.

Stronger Together. #valorfit

Thank you to Rick Bach and Kohles & Bach for their monthly donations to ValorFit so we can continue to do the right thing each and every day.


Yesterday some of us were able to attend the final regular season game of the Iowa Cubs. It was a great way to spend time together in a positive environment getting to know one another on a personal level. Life isn't always perfect, but it's definitely better doing it with people who understand where you come from. We aren't charity cases, we are people who are trying to find their way after serving our country.  Thank you to Jeff Townsend for setting this up, and thank you to the Iowa Cubs for their donation of the skybox.


Yesterday some of us were able to attend the final regular season game of the Iowa Cubs. It was a great way to spend time together in a positive environment getting to know one another on a personal level. Life isn't always perfect, but it's definitely better doing it with people who understand where you come from. We aren't charity cases, we are people who are trying to find their way after serving our country.

Thank you to Jeff Townsend for setting this up, and thank you to the Iowa Cubs for their donation of the skybox.


Two weeks ago a few of us were able to come together for an amazing cause. Major's Army is a cause that we will always stand behind and are grateful that we are able to do our small part so that his parents can continue to advocate for Major and everyone who is affected by Cystic Fibrosis. As veterans we volunteered and made a choice to serve our country, Major didn't choose cystic fibrosis. We will always support other causes that make a true impact each and every day.  Thank you to Jessica Gohn and The Plumping Company for your consistent kindness and sponsorship to help us participate in this great event.

Two weeks ago a few of us were able to come together for an amazing cause. Major's Army is a cause that we will always stand behind and are grateful that we are able to do our small part so that his parents can continue to advocate for Major and everyone who is affected by Cystic Fibrosis. As veterans we volunteered and made a choice to serve our country, Major didn't choose cystic fibrosis. We will always support other causes that make a true impact each and every day.

Thank you to Jessica Gohn and The Plumping Company for your consistent kindness and sponsorship to help us participate in this great event.


Sunday Funday. Meet Jeff. Jeff was a member of the 10th Mountain Division from 2006 to 2010. Jeff was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Often times veterans feel like they are no longer a part of a team when they return home and separate from the military. So to replace old habits with new habits we introduced Jeff to CrossFit 8035. It's not always easy starting something new and 8035 member Tabitha said she would be glad to meet with us for a workout. Then member Chris Aiken came up and introduced himself and said he would be glad to meet Jeff for class. That's how progress is made and solutions are provided. Extending your hand to those who want it, and working through stuff, together.  Stronger Together.  #valorfit   Thank you to @dsmspinesport for their monthly donations to us so that we can work with veterans and their families each and every single day.


Sunday Funday. Meet Jeff. Jeff was a member of the 10th Mountain Division from 2006 to 2010. Jeff was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Often times veterans feel like they are no longer a part of a team when they return home and separate from the military. So to replace old habits with new habits we introduced Jeff to CrossFit 8035. It's not always easy starting something new and 8035 member Tabitha said she would be glad to meet with us for a workout. Then member Chris Aiken came up and introduced himself and said he would be glad to meet Jeff for class. That's how progress is made and solutions are provided. Extending your hand to those who want it, and working through stuff, together.
Stronger Together. #valorfit

Thank you to @dsmspinesport for their monthly donations to us so that we can work with veterans and their families each and every single day.


Congratulations to our ValorFit sponsored team from Ankeny Sports Performance for their second place finish at the 8035 Summer Circus . It was a pleasure watching all of you! Watching you exercise together was beautiful, but the reality behind this is even more beautiful. Just under a year ago Jesse Sage had a choice to make. He could self destruct and allow his life to end, or he could put in work. That boy went to work in and out of the gym to become a better version of himself. He just kept showing up, and good people started doing great things just as we knew they would. Never count yourself out and don't be your own worst enemy. Ty and Jeff, thank you for being you. What you and your are your families are doing is making a true impact.  Thank you to Abi and Luke Reiland for creating a positive environment that allows people to test their limits. @ginniecolemanphotography, thank you will never be enough.  Special shout out to Josh Cowart for his donation for this event.

Congratulations to our ValorFit sponsored team from Ankeny Sports Performance for their second place finish at the 8035 Summer Circus . It was a pleasure watching all of you! Watching you exercise together was beautiful, but the reality behind this is even more beautiful. Just under a year ago Jesse Sage had a choice to make. He could self destruct and allow his life to end, or he could put in work. That boy went to work in and out of the gym to become a better version of himself. He just kept showing up, and good people started doing great things just as we knew they would. Never count yourself out and don't be your own worst enemy. Ty and Jeff, thank you for being you. What you and your are your families are doing is making a true impact.

Thank you to Abi and Luke Reiland for creating a positive environment that allows people to test their limits. @ginniecolemanphotography, thank you will never be enough.

Special shout out to Josh Cowart for his donation for this event.


Meet Josh (in black). Josh was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs and hasn't looked back. He is making changes in and out of the gym that are setting him up for success, while surrounding himself with positive people. Trying new things can be hard. Becoming vulnerable to a new way of life can lead to several positive outcomes. Thank you to Ankeny Sports Performance for your continued effort in supporting our veterans!  A special thank you to Adam and Sabrina Wright for their monthly contributions to ValorFit. Adam and Sabrina sponsor 5 veterans per month. We are truly grateful for their mentoring and friendship from the start!


Meet Josh (in black). Josh was referred to ValorFit by the Department of Veterans Affairs and hasn't looked back. He is making changes in and out of the gym that are setting him up for success, while surrounding himself with positive people. Trying new things can be hard. Becoming vulnerable to a new way of life can lead to several positive outcomes. Thank you to Ankeny Sports Performance for your continued effort in supporting our veterans!

A special thank you to Adam and Sabrina Wright for their monthly contributions to ValorFit. Adam and Sabrina sponsor 5 veterans per month. We are truly grateful for their mentoring and friendship from the start!


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On Monday we were able to stop in and meet two new ValorFit champions at  CrossFit OC3 . Nate is front and center and Tom is in the dark maroon shirt. They both know changes need to be made to live a happier and healthier life, and we are glad to be at the start of this journey with them.  The second picture is of Jake and Jeremy. Jake is the co-owner of  Live Active 563  and his community raised over $650 during a fundraiser for ValorFit on Memorial Day. Jeremy is the owner of Johnson Maintenance Inc and he is a monthly Gold level ValorFit sponsor.  We are truly grateful for both communities and the great job they are doing in supporting ValorFit as we try to positively influence veterans and their families. No one has to fight alone.  A great big hug to our guy Derek with  WodThreads , thanks for walking the walk with us!  Stronger Together

On Monday we were able to stop in and meet two new ValorFit champions at CrossFit OC3. Nate is front and center and Tom is in the dark maroon shirt. They both know changes need to be made to live a happier and healthier life, and we are glad to be at the start of this journey with them.

The second picture is of Jake and Jeremy. Jake is the co-owner of Live Active 563 and his community raised over $650 during a fundraiser for ValorFit on Memorial Day. Jeremy is the owner of Johnson Maintenance Inc and he is a monthly Gold level ValorFit sponsor.

We are truly grateful for both communities and the great job they are doing in supporting ValorFit as we try to positively influence veterans and their families. No one has to fight alone.

A great big hug to our guy Derek with WodThreads, thanks for walking the walk with us!

Stronger Together


Luke and Abi Reiland, thank you. Thank you for not only donating your rig for our Community Murph event, but for kindness and generosity outside of this event. We had a last minute change of schedule, and Luke and Abi dropped what they were doing, along with Aaron and Ryan to come and put the rig up. The donation of this rig to our event will allow us at  ValorFit to put 70 veterans through our program. If you know how we operate, that means 70 people are now getting an opportunity they would not have gotten otherwise. Take a bow Luke and Abi, you didn't just save 1, you saved 70. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, or bought apparel to help us honor the fallen and raise funds for our cause.

Luke and Abi Reiland, thank you. Thank you for not only donating your rig for our Community Murph event, but for kindness and generosity outside of this event. We had a last minute change of schedule, and Luke and Abi dropped what they were doing, along with Aaron and Ryan to come and put the rig up. The donation of this rig to our event will allow us at ValorFitto put 70 veterans through our program. If you know how we operate, that means 70 people are now getting an opportunity they would not have gotten otherwise. Take a bow Luke and Abi, you didn't just save 1, you saved 70. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, or bought apparel to help us honor the fallen and raise funds for our cause.


ValorFit was given a $10,300 check from the  100 Women Who Care Ankeny . We are truly grateful for  Designed 2 Move Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation  and their willingness to speak about and provide action to  ValorFit  on a daily basis so that we can continue to help veterans and their families live a happier and healthier life. Kindness matters.

ValorFit was given a $10,300 check from the 100 Women Who Care Ankeny. We are truly grateful for Designed 2 Move Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation and their willingness to speak about and provide action to ValorFit on a daily basis so that we can continue to help veterans and their families live a happier and healthier life. Kindness matters.


Yesterday was beautiful. Meet Gina. Gina needed a change, show we provided her with a way to do so. Gina put everyone in front of herself for a long time, and now we are working together so that she can become a better version of herself. She has found her home at  CrossFit Merle Hay and we are grateful for their genuine support.

Yesterday was beautiful. Meet Gina. Gina needed a change, show we provided her with a way to do so. Gina put everyone in front of herself for a long time, and now we are working together so that she can become a better version of herself. She has found her home at CrossFit Merle Hayand we are grateful for their genuine support.

Once again, a big THANK YOU to those who came out and supported the Community Murph. We know who you are and we appreciate you! Thank you for being patient with the galley (GCP was little busy right after the event traveling for and then shooting at the Granite Games...we forgive her, this time anyway.) Thank you to Trevor Nolan Photography (who rocked it by the way!!) and GCP for donating their time for this awesome event!


Once again, a big THANK YOU to those who came out and supported the Community Murph. We know who you are and we appreciate you! Thank you for being patient with the galley (GCP was little busy right after the event traveling for and then shooting at the Granite Games...we forgive her, this time anyway.) Thank you to Trevor Nolan Photography (who rocked it by the way!!) and GCP for donating their time for this awesome event!


Jordan is working hard in and out of the gym to become a better version of himself. Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect. His time in the Marine Corps left him with some trauma to work through, and he is working through that in several ways. Replacing bad habits with positive habits and surrounding yourself with positive people on a consistent basis works wonders. Self care through fitness, peer support, and community support are the principles we stand by. A big thank you to  CrossFit Merle Hay  and specifically Caileen and Van for doing what you do best, making people better. Jordan has found his home, welcome home Jordan!  Stronger Together!  #valorfit

Jordan is working hard in and out of the gym to become a better version of himself. Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect. His time in the Marine Corps left him with some trauma to work through, and he is working through that in several ways. Replacing bad habits with positive habits and surrounding yourself with positive people on a consistent basis works wonders. Self care through fitness, peer support, and community support are the principles we stand by. A big thank you to CrossFit Merle Hay and specifically Caileen and Van for doing what you do best, making people better. Jordan has found his home, welcome home Jordan!
Stronger Together! #valorfit