Tamara’s Transformation

Then and Now

I’ll never forget when Tamara started CrossFit. She was consistent from day one and her mind was set on giving her all every day. After having her second child, Tamara was ready to work on herself and determined to get in shape. Wow has she done that! Her transformation has been amazing to witness first hand. I will always remember one of her first days at CrossFit. We were working on double unders and she looked at me and said “I don’t know how to jump rope”, so I looked at her and said “ok, we are going to work on single unders”. Now I look at Tamara and she has double unders, along with chest to bar pull ups, over a 300lb deadlift, squats over 200 lbs, and has won a CrossFit Competition.

Tamara is proof that when there is will, there is a way. We are so proud of you Tamara and look forward to seeing what you accomplish next!

A message from Tamara

CrossFit Deep Well has changed my life. I was addicted to my scale. I was winded after climbing the stairs. I was running to keep my weight in check and hating every second of it. I had zero upper body strength – could barely do a knee push-up. Two and a half years in and I’m doing all the full body push-ups. I’m doing PULL-UPS (this wasn’t even a goal of mine at first because it was so far fetched). I’m doing handstands. I’m lifting my 5 year old for bear hugs and doing push-ups with her on my back. I am addicted to things that have nothing to do with my scale. I love this body of mine that I used to hate.

If you want more for yourself, this is the place for you. If you want to show your children a strong and confidence example, this is the place for you. If you want to make goals for yourself and completely smash them all, this is the place for you. There is nothing standing in your way. You will meet a large group of coaches and members that want nothing more than to see you to succeed, and you will succeed at CrossFit DeepWell. Come join me!

March Athlete of the Month

Steven Pierro!

It has been amazing to watch Steven transform since starting CrossFit. Over the last 6 months he has really taken his training to the next level and become quite the athlete! He is consistent in his training, stays after to work on weaknesses, and is alway eager to get better. We love the fact that the whole Pierro Family is now working on their fitness together. Steven’s wife, Morgan is killing it in our WELLfit Bootcamp program and you can find their daughter, Emily having a blast during our Saturday kids class. Thank you Steven and the Pierro family for trusting us to help with your fitness goals! Keep up the great work and congrats Steven on earning Athlete of the Month!

Let’s learn about Steven!

How and when did you get started with CrossFit?
I started doing CrossFit in November of 2016. My good friend Daniel Cain was a member at Deep Well and I was working out on my own not enjoying it at all. I was just going through the motions like most people. Once I saw how much Daniel enjoyed going to the gym and his results, I decided to drop in one afternoon. I fell in love with CrossFit and this gym immediately and have been a member ever since.
What is your favorite movement or workout?
My favorite movement has to be the clean and jerk especially when they are in a workout.
What is your least favorite movement or workout?
My least favorite movement would have to be rope climbs mostly because I’m not a big fan of heights. Being pushed to overcome that fear at the gym has made them start to grow on me though.
What are your long term and short term goals?
My long term goal is to always keep improving and getting stronger.  As well as set a good example for my daughter to stay active. Short term goal is to do my best in this years open.
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about CrossFit and scared to try it?
I would say that CrossFit is not as intimidating as it seems. You will find people of all different levels of fitness, who all have something you can learn from and get better. These are the most judgement free group of people I have ever been apart of which is really what makes it so great. If you try it just once you will be hooked.
What kind of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CrossFit?
My overall fitness is at a place I never thought it would be. The programming we have and the coaches we have at Deep Well have gotten me to surpass all my strength goals so far. I have also gained more muscle than I ever thought my body could.
What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
Personal accomplishment muscle ups! But above all else is having my wife becoming a member of WELLfit Bootcamp and seeing her enjoy it and my daughter loving being at the kids classes!
What kind of changes have you experience in your life since starting CrossFit that you didn’t expect?
I have way more confidence in myself than I ever did before crossfit.
What do you love most about Deep Well?
The people! I can’t imagine having a better group of people to push me to get better everyday!
What are your hobbies, interest and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
If I am not at the gym, I’m hanging out with my family and chasing my daughter around! CrossFit has really become my biggest hobby.

Strong Girls!

By Tara Potts


When I started cross fit in 2013 it wasn’t to see how much weight I could lift. When I started, I was seeing how much weight I could lose. I always wanted to be 118lb, size 0, and I didn’t care how I got there. Instead of lifting a weight to challenge me I lifted a light weight because I didn’t want to “get too bulky” as us girls hear all our lives.

My whole life I have been self-consciences over my weight. I have fought eating disorders due to the stupid number on the scale. I remember someone telling my dad “Tara has lost a lot of weight. She needs to put on some pounds or she is going to get thrown all around the basketball floor”, and taking it as a compliment that my weight was down and not worrying about the impact on my performance.

Finally, once I really started getting into Cross Fit and following the fittest athletes in the world, my attitude began to change. I realize I need fuel in my body to perform. The games athletes are not on a low calorie diet and starving themselves to get the results they are getting, and man do they look awesome!

Now, every time I walk in to a CrossFit gym to do a work out my goal is to RX the weight. My goal is to increase my one rep max every time it is tested. My goal is to push myself to be the best that I can be. My goal is to be strong. My goal is to not be skinny, but to be muscular. My goal is to feel confident in the body that I am in, and thank God to CrossFit, I am finally starting to do that!

To strong girls! May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them!


Tara Potts

March Newsletter

Here we are with Spring right around the corner! It’s been a great start to 2018 and I look forward to what the rest of the year has to bring!


CrossFit Open and the Deep Well Intramural

18.1 is behind us and we will see what the next 4 weeks has to come. We had some very impressive scores in week 1. This is an awesome event that truly brings out the best in everyone! Each week we can expect to have someone do something they have never done before! This is one of the many things that makes the Open so special.

The Intramural is also off to a great start! It is awesome to see each team rallying together, doing their best to earn those points. Its going to be fun to see what each team does in the coming weeks for Spirit of the Night! I have heard some ideas being passed around, so I hope each team is thinking outside the box!

BINGO Challenge

This challenge has been so fun! I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as me. It is amazing to see what some of you will do to get a Bingo Square. The stories and reviews you all have submitted have been very much appreciated! Each of you have amazing stories and it is so awesome to hear how this place and CrossFit have impacted your lives. The winner of our $50 drawing was….Cass Marion! The winner of a free month was….Tara Potts! Congrats you two!

Ladies Night

From what I’ve heard from everyone, Ladies Night was a blast! It is awesome to have all the ladies get together outside of the gym and hangout. I understand that you all are masters at getting wine out of a couch!? Thanks to Hailey for hosting!

Upcoming Events

We have a lot going on in the coming weeks!

  • Dr. Dan will be back on March 10th. Times slots will be on the announcement board to claim your spot.
  • Body Fat Test of NC will be here from 8-4 on March 31st. For those that have not done this before. They are a mobile hydrostatic body fat testing company. The hydrostatic body fat test is one of the most accurate test available. If you want you true body composition numbers and caloric needs, this is the test for you. Sign up here
  • Festivus Games! The individual competition is April 21st at CrossFit Hog Town! We already have several signed up, so if you have been considering a competition, this is the a great first comp. Sign up Here
  • Spartan Race! We have a group who is signed up to run the Spartan Race on April 7th. The current group signed up for the morning heat. our Team Name is Deep Well and the Password is deepwell37 Sign up Here

Kill Cliff

As you have probably noticed, we recently brought in Kill Cliff. They offer two different drinks. Recovery, which is what they are most known for. These come in a variety of flavors and are a great post-workout drink. Their newest drink is Endure, which is a pre and intra-workout drink. The key features of this drink are; high in potassium, features a slow releasing nature carbohydrate that is derived from beets, and it is low glycemic unlike other sports drinks. These come in two flavors, Blood Orange and Berry Punch.

March Challenge

Our March Challenge is going to be to consume 1/2 your body weight in oz’s of water each day. If you don’t make it to that number each day, the goal is to at least get 64oz of water each day.

Reasons to drink more water

  • Increased performance
  • Increased energy and brain function
  • Can lead to weight loss
  • Keeps skin hydrated and reduces wrinkles
  • Helps Kidneys flush out toxins
  • Helps with digestion

New Members

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members

  • Robert Jonsson
  • Joselyn Harriger
  • Brooke Irvin
  • Jess DeLong


Do you know someone looking to start a new fitness routine? Bring them with you! If they sign up for a CrossFit Membership its $50 for you and $50 for them. If they sign up for a Bootcamp membership, its $20 for you and $20 for them!

Mentally & Physically Strong!

By Amy Thomas


My transformations story isn’t just about how CrossFit changed me physically but mainly about how it changed (and continues to do so) me mentally. Rewinding back to my ‘formative’ years, I wasn’t an athletic kid unless you count climbing trees and running around like an idiot sports. I wanted to try gymnastics or dance but it never happened. My parents stuck me on a softball team for a short time and when it was discovered that I was stuck way out in the outfield for my own safety, that came to an end. I never ran for fitness, I only ran if a cousin or my older brother were chasing me. That being said, somewhere along the way I got a wild hair that I needed to try a Warrior Dash and Crossfit would be the best way to whip myself into shape. Before Crossfit, I had done the step aerobic phase, tae-bo, classes at the Y and even dabbled in a few (and I really mean few) Zumba classes. I’d spend 20 minutes on the elliptical at the gym, do a few squats with no weight, some bicep curls and call myself all worked out. After that first CF class, I realized that I was way out of shape and even farther out of my comfort zone. But, I went back and I kept going back. Every part of my body hurt, I could barely walk, and I was afraid that if I ate, I’d throw up but I still kept going back. Over time I realized that there were people with no legs, no arms, medical conditions, etc., that were doing CF without complaint and I figured I needed to stop whining and push myself through. Others had limitations that I didn’t and if they didn’t complain about it, how could I? I started getting stronger both physically but also mentally. My brain was learning how to make my body push through and not quit when all I wanted to do was sit on the floor. I started realizing that I could pick heavier things up, I had more stamina, I could do more but more importantly I had more CONFIDENCE to do more things. I stopped just walking around the neighborhood with the dogs and loaded them up in the car and took them on hikes, I looked forward to working out, and I just felt STRONG! I had learned to grind through longer workouts and not think about stopping. That translated over to real life as well. My mother suffered with Alzheimer’s for several years and while there were times that I had to help her with physical strength, my emotional strength was tested many times more. Because I had strengthened my mental state in the gym, I could translate that over to pushing through difficult situations with her. I could credit CF with helping me to keep my sanity and I’m so glad to have found it. I could go on and on with this but it wouldn’t end. My ‘story’ is still being written and as more time goes by, I can continue to add to it. Stay tuned……..

Never Too Old

“Never Too Old”

By Denise Labs


I was introduced to CrossFit in 2016 when I was 63. I was looking to do some exercise to get in shape. I had joined a gym but never went because I would just walk on the trend mill and use some of the equipment. I felt I was getting nothing from it. A friend I work with mention she goes to this CrossFit and gym and you can try it for free. So, I went.

After a year and half, I am still going. The coaches at Deep Well work with me at my pace. I am only competing against myself. Trying to improve my strength and flexibility. I enjoy having a different work out each class and the support I get from the coaches and other members. It is more like a family than just “going to the gym”.

Other benefits were some weigh lost, more strength and my cholesterol levels are dropping. In fall we did a nutrition challenge I now keep thinking “Make a Good Choice” went eating.

What I realized is that you are never too old to start something new. I know I will never be able to do everything, but there is also another movement I can do instead. Older people should not be afraid that they cannot do the work outs. Just need to get out and move.

Denise L.