Recent Success Stories
What is your age? 38. But I totally feel like I’m 37.
When did you start CrossFit? I started CrossFit on my own about 2 1/2 years ago by looking at the CrossFit.com website and watching videos and then trying out the workouts at a local gym. My form and technique wasn’t so great, and I got some weird looks, but I was hooked. I started at CrossFit 806 in January 2012, started to learn proper form and haven’t looked back.What do you like most about CrossFit? I love the coaching and the programming. But besides the fact that it actually improves my fitness, the best part is the community. Sweating by yourself in a gym is one thing, but suffering through a workout with 15 plus people from all different backgrounds is just the best. I’ve met so many people and have a ton of friends I never would have had without CrossFit. And competing head to head with my friends takes me back to childhood when my buddies and I would race across the park to see who was the fastest. We get to do that as grown-ups. You can’t beat that.
What is your favorite/least favorite movement? Muscle-ups are my favorite, with handstand pushups a close second. Overhead squats are the bane of my existence. But I’m slowly getting better.
Do you have an interesting story about how CrossFit has impacted your life? I never in a million years thought I’d do anything like become some sort of coach or trainer. But that’s what I am, now that I have completed my Level 1 Trainer course. I love teaching, so this is going to be fun. Probably my favorite story is this summer I was playing basketball with my 13 year old son and his friend. My son asked if I could jump up and hit the rim. I’m 5’10 and hadn’t done that since college. I took one step, jumped up and grabbed the rim. His buddy said, “Whoa. My dad sure can’t do that.” All-time great dad moment. Thanks CrossFit!
What advice would you give for someone new or wanting to start CrossFit? Leave your pride at the door and be teachable. Everyone of us has been the new person with bad form and finishing last and feeling like we’re going to die if we do that one more rep. That’s why we gather around and cheer you on. So get over yourself and you’ll get better and better every day. And that’s awesome.
What is your age?
When did you start CrossFit
I started CrossFit in July of 2011, when I was 15.
What do you like most about CrossFit?
The atmosphere! The instant you walk in you feel welcomed and wanted. Everyone in here is very supportive and encouraging. If someone achieves a new goal or PR, then we all celebrate with them! I love seeing growth within our CrossFit family. It is a place where we can all be ourselves and enjoy something we all share a passion for. I love that we can come in here and be able to talk just about CrossFit and not annoy anyone! (; If I am ever having a bad day and come to CrossFit, I always come away feeling so much better! After doing a WOD I feel like I can accomplish anything life throws at me!
What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
I think my least favorite would have to be thrusters!
My favorite is probably be the power clean or else the clean and jerk.
Do you have an interesting story about how CrossFit has impacted your life?
I joined the summer after my freshman year of high school. I never considered myself a lazy or inactive person, but in all honesty I wasn’t doing anything in particular to keep myself fit or in shape. I was one of those skeptical people who was completely against CrossFit and had never tried it. When I joined, I was joining my brother-in-law, sister, brother, and father who had already been going to CrossFit for at least 6 months. I was definitely peer pressured – or should I say sibling pressured – to go. I was practically forced to go to my first workout. After that first one though I was hooked. My sister made me make a deal that if she took me to a midnight premiere of a movie, I had to go with her that next morning to a WOD. I fought every step of the way but she eventually dragged me in. I’m so glad she did!! I have never been this strong in my life! I have made numerous friends that have given me advice on getting through life and high school. These are friends for life.
What advice would you give for someone new or wanting to start CrossFit?
All of us in here have been in your shoes, and I know I thought I was going to die or pass out of puke that first month. It gets better, so hang in there! Don’t be intimidated by what you see others doing on ESPN or on you tube or even in our own box (gym). They all had to start somewhere. Don’t be ashamed of scaling anything! Our coaches are here to help you get stronger and scaling is nearly always necessary at the beginning. They want to help you succeed. It took me 9 months to get my first Rx’d WOD! I am so glad that I stuck with if for that long, and you will be too!
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