Success Stories


Success Stories and Testimonials XLR8 Athletix of Detroit MI   - Screen_Shot_2016-04-25_at_1Zachary Petroni / 25 / Public Affairs & Community Relations

April 2016



Qualities of a great athlete:

Since joining CFD Zach has only been moving forward as an athlete. Even with distractions, he still keeps focused and it shows. He has made great strides in improving his power and engine and is constantly suggesting ways to improve the community.


His Favorite Movement: Anything bodyweight!

Zach has been a part of CFD since July of 2015 (9 months now). Before joining the gym he had mostly trained with friends pulling workouts from mainsite ( For the bulk of his life he had been a competitive soccer player. GOAL!! “I am motivated by the limits people place upon me. I am driven by others saying "you can't" to prove that I can—not to them, but to myself.”


To Zach, CrossFit is more than just about being an athlete.

“Crossfit has provided me heightened mental focus, emotional stability, and physical fitness. I have found a group of people who challenge me to be a better me, in all aspects of life. I am a better person inside and out.”


Zach’s proudest achievement:

“Getting a single clean rep at 225# in 16.2 was my proudest Crossfit achievement to date. At the time, my 1 rep max clean was 235#. I missed the rep at 225# three times on my first try at 16.2, so getting that rep on my second try represented not only a physical, but also mental achievement. I am also incredibly proud of my second place overall in CFD for the 2016 Open. This year was my first Open, and I didn't know what to expect. I learned a lot about myself throughout the 5 weeks, particularly my weaknesses, and strive to be a more humble athlete in the future.”


Hobbies and Interest outside of CrossFit:

“Outside of Crossfit, I like to read, do yoga, and explore dive bars across Metro Detroit.”


What’s your advice for new members?

“Listen to your body. If you feel good, push a little bit harder. If you are hurting, tend to yourself and come back stronger.”


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