Ohio Strength Success Stories

  • Lindsey Tapp, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I had been wanting to get involved with a crossfit gym for a while but was skeptical about whether I could do it or if it would be a good fit. Ohio Strength has absolutely sold me! The owner and all of the trainers are fantastic and can adapt to every skill level. Not only is there any easy to use app to register for classes, track your progress, view the WODs, but now they offer Yoga and Olympic Weightlifting. I definitely recommend giving it a try! Great people. Great gym. Great culture!

    Lindsey Tapp
  • Ryan Vail , Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I was a drop in from Pittsburgh and this is a great place to go if you want a good training session with professional coaches at a reasonable price.

    Price: Better than most drop in prices I've seen.

    Coaches: Knowledgeable, sincere in wanting to help you get better at whatever you are trying to achieve, and attentive to what you're doing to ensure you perform movements correctly to prevent injury.

    Facility: One of the best equipped boxes I've been to. Racks, rigs, turf, every Crossfit cardio machine you could want, and plenty of each. Very clean, clean bathroom, filtered water to drink, and post workout supplements to purchase. The owner also told me he purchased new lighting to brighten the place up.

    Website: Easy to use, coaches email/called back quickly to answer questions and get me in the door. I had trouble finding the workout posted online, but that was more my fault for not signing in.

    Overall: Great box, great people, and an even better training session. I will be back in Columbus around Christmas time and will for sure be dropping in. I highly recommend this facility and it's coaches. 5 out of 5!

    Ryan Vail
  • Mandy M., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Ohio Strength is a great gym! The space is large and allows for dynamic movement and classes. Classes are fun in this strong community of members. Instructors focus on form and individualized attention. I've tried a lot of Crossfits (3 others in Columbus) and this is the one I finally joined as a member. We do a lot of pull-ups here and I have improved my pull-up output 500%! I started with one pull-up and now to 5 after a few months at Ohio Strength.

    They also have Yoga and Bootcamp. I'm a fan of the yoga here because it is challenging and Ryan directs well to encourage proper form.

    The only thing I think I'd add is more box jumps and Funk music...but I might be a weirdo that enjoys listening to Parliament while feeling the burn. Funky Fridays

    If you are interested, just try a free class. The nice thing about this gym is there are no high-pressure sales. No fine print. You can do month-to-month if you prefer and nobody will judge you or shame you if you change your mind. Other corporate gyms I've attended in the past have given me zero tolerance for pushy tactics and bottom lines. You won't get that here, and it's like Cheers...where everybody knows your name...and they're always glad you came.

    Mandy M.
  • Audra Wheeler, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I've been working out at Ohio Strength since January 2015 and couldn't be happier! The owner, Ryan, is extremely knowledgeable about CrossFit and everything that falls under the umbrella of living a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions about lifting, weight loss, healthy eating habits, yoga, etc. - Ryan is the guy! The other coaches, Amy, Laura, and Nick are also extremely helpful and friendly, which makes the gym not only a great place to work out and get fit, but also a warm and inviting place to hang out and meet friends. I'm a huge advocate for this place and recommend it to pretty much everyone I meet. Whether you're a novice or pro when it comes to CrossFit, this is the place to be!!!

    Audra Wheeler
  • Jacob Miller, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Awesome gym, great coaching staff and they run classes every half hour during busy times which is super convenient. Would recommend if your looking for a new box.

    Jacob Miller
  • Melissa P., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Ohio Strength is awesome! The facility is super cool- an old warehouse vibe with tons of brand new Rogue equipment. The coaches are incredible- very encouraging and give each person in the class individual attention. The classes will kick your ass- and you will feel so good when you're done! I'm brand new to crossfit and honestly have not worked out in years- I'm already seeing weight loss results and strength improvement. I was really intimidated the first few time going by myself, but the members are all so encouraging. There is a real community that exists here like no other gym I've ever been to. Joining Ohio Strength is the best decision I've made in a long time!

    Melissa P.
  • Mike P., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Awesome facility with all new Rogue equipment, very clean and well maintained. Staff and members welcoming to people of all different fitness backgrounds. Very present and genuine owner with an extensive Crossfit, fitness, and nutritional background who is always open/willing to help out, which resonates across the gym and sets a very positive tone.

    Limited parking available immediately behind gym or more off surrounding city streets.

    Mike P.
  • Michelle McFadyen , Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I attended the free trial class this morning as a first time Crossfitter and was very pleased. Having two young children, I don't work out much (if at all) and was able to complete the workout. It was very challenging but Ryan was a great trainer, answering any and all questions I had without making any of them feel like silly questions. For anyone from beginners on up I highly recommend Crossfit Italian Village if you are looking to start getting shape or just feeling healthier in general.

    Michelle McFadyen
  • Matt Pekarek, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Awesome space and even better community. This places gives back everything you put into it and then some, and I don't just mean in the workouts. I have grown to become stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally thanks to this community.

    Matt Pekarek
  • Dana Householder, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Fantastic gym! The owner, Ryan, is always very hands on, and his commitment to his members is unparalleled. He talks to every new face that comes in the door, whether it's a potential member, or just someone in the neighborhood stopping by to check out the gym.

    The new space is a huge improvement, as the size of the old gym was restrictive in the number of people who could workout in each class. Ohio Strength has more than enough equipment for the class sizes, and Ryan's programming involves structure and consistency. Check it out!

    Dana Householder
  • Ashley Hetzel, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I've been a member of Ohio Strength for almost a year and absolutely love it. Everything from the coaching, the members, the programming, the equipment, and the location is awesome. I've been doing Crossfit on and off for about 3 years and have been a member at other Columbus Crossfit gyms, but this was has been where I've felt at home. Whether you are new to Crossfit and exercising or experienced, there is a home for you here.

    Ashley Hetzel
  • Ashley Bader, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I've been a member of Ohio Strength since mid January and I absolutely love it there. The coach/owner, Ryan, is so passionate about crossfit and genuinely cares about the people at his gym. I would recommend this gym to anyone looking to get in shape and become healthier. It doesn't matter what stage of fitness level you are at, Ryan takes the time to figure out your level and work from there. The programming is by far the best I've seen. Highly recommended by me!

    Ashley Bader
  • Crystal P., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I am definitely one of those people who use groupon to find new workouts I enjoy. I was hesitant to try cross fit because lifting weights for me consisted of 5-15 lb. dumbbells. A friend asked me to join her since there was a deal and after my Groupon ended, I've been a member since. Some may think it's pricey but if you calculate the cost per class and think of it as a personal training session, it's more than reasonable.

    There's an improvement in my strength and the coaches are kind and helpful. If you don't know if your form is ok, they will correct you especially if you ask for guidance. I am not a morning person and I have been fairly consistent with attending morning classes. I think that says a lot about the gym, coaches and workouts. It's rough but a great way to start the day. I schedule classes using the wodify app which has been easier and more informative than other scheduling apps I've used.

    Last but not least, the new location is huge and parking isn't a problem during those morning classes (at this time). The equipment is organized and it's fairly clean for a warehouse space.

    Crystal P.
  • Jim Phillips , Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I recently moved to Ohio and started with Ohio Strength after crossfitting for the past few years. The programming is consistently challenging, and I have seen some of my biggest gains in the shortest time here. The community is very supportive and the coaches are readily available to give you advice and input. I'd definitely recommend this gym to anyone new or experienced with crossfit.

    Jim Phillips
  • Mike Reed, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I love this gym so far. The people are all very nice and super supportive. I recently joined here because of the amazing proximity to my house- I was a little worried because I already belonged to another CrossFit gym and switching made me a little nervous. Ryan is the only coach I've worked with so far, but his programming is challenging and enjoyable, he knows how to keep you motivated during a workout, and he's very knowledgeable about form and movements... and generous with that knowledge.

    Attend a free trial if you are interested- or just dive right in. Easygoing crowd. Good coach. Awesome new large facility. It's just great. Can't recommend it enough.

    Mike Reed
  •  Dustin S., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    If you're looking for a Crossfit gym with great people, great sense of community, great coaches, Ohio Strength is the place for you. The coaches do a fantastic job of being sure that they're providing everyone with individualized attention with form and safety being their number one priority. You'll find individuals at all stages of their fitness journey, which really makes it a fun environment to be in. The facility is huge with plenty of room for athletes to spread out and complete their work. Not to mention they just added a small turf field! I would strongly encourage you to try out Ohio Strength whether you're new to Crossfit or someone who's been doing it for years. You won't be disappointed!

    Dustin S.
  • Dustin Sheppard, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    If you’re looking for a Crossfit gym with great people, great sense of community, great coaches, Ohio Strength is the place for you. The coaches do a fantastic job of being sure that they’re providing everyone with individualized attention with form and safety being their number one priority. You’ll find individuals at all stages of their fitness journey, which really makes it a fun environment to be in. The facility is huge with plenty of room for athletes to spread out and complete their work. Not to mention they just added a small turf field! I would strongly encourage you to try out Ohio Strength whether you're new to Crossfit or someone who's been doing it for years. You won’t be disappointed!

    Dustin Sheppard
  • Nate Albright, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Most people hear "Cross-Fit" and automatically file it under the "too extreme" or "not for me" category. I have been fairly athletic throughout my life and wandered into Ohio Strength looking for a break from the norm. I have now been an active member of Ohio Strength for just over a year and can not think of one negative effect from my membership. I have made multiple #gains throughout this year. I've extended my friend circle, increased my overall muscle mass, tailored my eating and have become a better version of myself. Ryan is not just a coach, he has built a safe zone that challenges you daily but is always there as a guide when a workout is too much, not enough or if you just feel stuck. This past year has seen exponential growth in membership, class variety and a new geographic location. This is an Italian Village gem and I urge everyone to check it out, give it a chance and reap the benefits.

    Nate Albright
  • Bill F., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    This gym has grown immensely in the past year and a half and deserves an updated review.

    Major improvements to an already awesome gym:

    - Moved to a new, massive space.

    - Extensive equipment upgrade. Now one of the most impressive fitness facilities around.

    - Continually adding more class times.

    - More coaches on staff, all of which are excellent. This adds more in-house certifications/specialties (e.g. Olympic weightlifting, yoga, etc.)

    - Expanded programming (boot camps, competition training, youth programs)

    Bill F.
  • The Wheeler Team, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I've been working out at Ohio Strength since January 2015 and couldn't be happier! The owner, Ryan, is extremely knowledgeable about CrossFit and everything that falls under the umbrella of living a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions about lifting, weight loss, healthy eating habits, yoga, etc. - Ryan is the guy! The other coaches, Amy, Laura, and Nick are also extremely helpful and friendly, which makes the gym not only a great place to work out and get fit, but also a warm and inviting place to hang out and meet friends. I'm a huge advocate for this place and recommend it to pretty much everyone I meet. Whether you're a novice or pro when it comes to CrossFit, this is the place to be!!!

    The Wheeler Team
  • Chris Whisler, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I've been going to Ohio Strength for a little less than six months now, and I can honestly say that I would not have made the gains that I have without it. Before Crossfit at this box, I had been lifting with machines at a local, run-of-the mill gym. While I made some slight gains there, Ohio Strength accelerated my gains to where I did not think possible, and taught me proper weightlifting form. The training team is top-notch. Do yourself a favor and stop by. You won't regret dropping in or signing up.

    Chris Whisler
  • Chris W., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Best crossfit gym in town. All of the trainers are great and work with beginner level crossfitters to seasoned athletes.

    Chris W.
  • Bill Feest, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I would absolutely recommend this gym to anyone who wants to get stronger, healthier, or just generally in better shape. Ryan’s background in exercise science and nutrition as well as his experience with personal training are some of the biggest assets to this gym. His focus on proper form and technique ensures you’ll get a good workout while avoiding injury.

    The programming is well planned, the equipment is all-new, and the training is top-notch. This gym has grown immensely in the past year and had major improvements. They’ve moved into a new, massive space and undergone an extensive equipment upgrade. They’re continually adding more class times and coaches, plus more in-house certifications/specialties (e.g. Olympic weightlifting, yoga, etc.) and expanded programming (boot camps, competition training, youth programs).

    Bill Feest
  • Zac A. Zoumpoulidis, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    My girlfriend and some of my OSU professors have gone to this gym previously for a few workouts. I decided to give it a whirl and see what it had to offer for a drop-in. I can tell that Ryan has come a long way from when he first started. I attended the 630pm class yesterday and it was relatively filled. The warmup and strength were honestly the best I have ever done. Even better than what I am used to at my box. The metcon was heavy volume, which is my strength. I really enjoyed it. Not only that, Ryan is personable and really knows how to coach a class efficiently. They definitely seem to be expanding soon so I cannot wait to see what they have to offer for the rest of the summer. My only nit-pick was the fact that it was the third time I squatted that day when doing the strength. FEELING IT TODAY!

    Zac A. Zoumpoulidis
  • Nate Helser, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Most people hear "Cross-Fit" and automatically file it under the "too extreme" or "not for me" category. I have been fairly athletic throughout my life and wandered into Ohio Strength looking for a break from the norm. I have now been an active member of Ohio Strength for just over a year and can not think of one negative effect from my membership. I have made multiple #gains throughout this year. I've extended my friend circle, increased my overall muscle mass, tailored my eating and have become a better version of myself. Ryan is not just a coach, he has built a safe zone that challenges you daily but is always there as a guide when a workout is too much, not enough or if you just feel stuck. This past year has seen exponential growth in membership, class variety and a new geographic location. This is an Italian Village gem and I urge everyone to check it out, give it a chance and reap the benefits.

    Nate Helser
  • Jackie Atkin , Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Great place and unlike any other gym or box I've attended. The coaches are very focused on each person, assuring that everyone's form improves for safety and progress. Workouts are intense but scalable! And the community is full of encouragement and laughs both inside and out of class!

    Jackie Atkin
  • Michael Parker, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Awesome facility with all new Rogue equipment, very clean and well maintained. Staff and members welcoming to people of all different fitness backgrounds. Very present and genuine owner with an extensive Crossfit, fitness, and nutritional background who is always open/willing to help out, which resonates across the gym and sets a very positive tone.

    Michael Parker
  • Dana H., Ohio Strength Testimonials

    Fantastic gym! The owner, Ryan, is always very hands on, and his commitment to his members is unparalleled. He talks to every new face that comes in the door, whether it's a potential member, or just someone in the neighborhood stopping by to check out the gym.

    The new space is a huge improvement, as the size of the old gym was restrictive in the number of people who could workout in each class. Ohio Strength has more than enough equipment for the class sizes, and Ryan's programming involves structure and consistency. Check it out!

    Dana H.
  • Lindsay Romaniw, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I’m almost three months in and I’m so glad I took a leap of faith and did the free class back in February. I went into it looking for a more affordable substitution for personal training, but it has become so much more. I spent the last year transforming my lifestyle through diet and exercise but it was all driven by a need to lose weight which is great, but it’s not a sustainable motivation. You burn out, you beat yourself up, etc. My favorite thing about this gym and CrossFit in general, is that I actually look forward to working out and have goals that extend beyond wanting to be thinner. I’m more excited about being able to squat lower or use a lighter band to do pull-ups than I am about a number on the scale — which is going down by the way.

    To make things more specific to Ohio Strength, every coach I’ve had has personally introduced themselves to me, remembers my name, helps me with modifications, and encourages me to do things I didn’t think I could do. The owner, Ryan, cares very much about providing quality programming and welcomes feedback. Whether you’re an experienced CrossFitter or brand new like I was, I highly recommend this gym and these coaches.

    Lindsay Romaniw
  • Clara Wruck, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I joined OhioStrength looking for a new and more healthy way to workout after I found myself with two stress fractures and basically unable to exercise at all for about 6 months after the 2014 Columbus Marathon. I am so glad I joined! I've been a member since June, and I feel so much healthier, and for the first time in the past eight years I am not experiencing any overuse injuries! This is HUGE! I am improving every day, and am never afraid to ask questions or ask for help or advice with the movements. The programming is well thought out and the coaches are always happy to answer questions. So happy I found this gym and to be a member of the Ohio Strength community!

    Clara Wruck
  • Miranda Dietz, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I’m a person that’s tried a little bit of everything: boxing, running, cycling, HIIT, etc. I tried CrossFit in a traditional box setting a few years back and loved the workout, but not necessarily the box. I strongly believe it takes a great workout routine, a strong, motivated coaching staff, and a welcoming group of members to create a successful atmosphere.

    After completing two half marathons I decided to ramp up my workout routine. Running alone wasn’t giving me the physical results I was driving for. As a larger person, I’ve always been a bit hesitant to jump out of my comfort zone and into an elite athlete atmosphere. I was a bit anxious walking into Ohio Strength—Home of CrossFit Italian Village for the first time. Quickly scanning the environment soothed my anxiety, by seeing people of every ability level performing the workout like a badass. Everyone was very welcoming and no one was there to judge anyone but him or herself.

    The three fundamental classes taught by Ryan were no joke. It was very comforting to be with a group of beginners like myself. Ryan is very passionate and knowledgeable about the sport. His main goal isn’t the weight you’re lifting, but teaching you proper form so you can stay safe and healthy while progressing. The workouts push you out of your comfort zone. They are hard. They are sweaty. They produce the most rewarding feeling that makes you want more!

    Miranda Dietz
  • AJ Trapasso, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    As a former football player I was very hesitant to start working out at a crossfit gym. I am used to structured steady paced traditional workouts with very little cardio mixed in. Ohio Strength Crossfit offers the same type of traditional Olympic lifting but with the added cardio and typical crossfit movements. It was a major struggle for me at first but I stuck with it and love it. This is easily the best workout I've had in quite a long time and it is now my preferred way to workout. The people here at the gym are all great folks and encourage each other so much. It's a close knit gym family and is accepting of everyone who likes to workout and have fun. I HIGHLY recommend Ohio Strength for anyone interested in a great workout. The best part is that it is trailered for any level of athletic ability. You DO NOT have to be a crossfit "expert" at all to see tremendous gains at this gym.

    AJ Trapasso
  • Katie Turner, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I am one of those people who insisted that Crossfit was not for me. But 6 months ago, a friend convinced me to do a free trial at Ohio Strength and I’m so glad she did. This place is so much more than just a gym. The people here are fun, welcoming, and always ready to help out. And it’s one of the few gyms where I’ve ever felt comfortable admitting when I don’t know what I’m doing and asking for help. That says a lot for the type of community Ryan (the owner) has built at Ohio Strength.

    But aside from all the warm fuzzies, the progress I’ve made here is incredible. On top of learning a bunch of new lifts, I’ve seen huge jumps (50-100%) in my max on all lifts. As much as I’d like to say that’s just me reaching a whole new level of beast mode, I’m pretty sure a lot of that is also because of all the coaching on proper form I’ve gotten here. The amount of knowledge on proper technique Ryan and the other coaches at this gym have is just awesome. I know I can always count on them to set me straight on form and then encourage me until I hit the goals I’ve set. All in all, a fantastic group.

    Listen, I’m not one to write reviews for anything really. But Ohio Strength deserves a review. I love everything about this place.

    Katie Turner
  • Justin Grime, Ohio Strength Testimonials

    I am semi new to Crossfit and wasn't sure if moving to a new box was a good idea. Ohio Strength has been a good fit for me. I love that I can get a workout in at 5am before heading into work. The coaches have been very good at helping me learn all the movements with appropriate scaling. Don't be afraid to give this box a try. They are very accepting and will not make you feel uncomfortable if you are new to Crossfit.

    Justin Grime

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