This picture was taken July 4th weekend in 2012. Let’s just say I was not too happy with the way I looked. My weight was 230lbs. I started running soon after that and dropped down to a more comfortable 220lbs. I had belonged to LA Fitness and started going regularly. I’ve played sports my whole life, so I felt that my workouts at the gym were good enough to get me into shape.
I had a friend that started Crossfit about a year before all of this, and she was seeing tremendous results. She wasn’t someone we saw all the time, so when we did you could really see the positive changes in weight and muscle mass. I was interested, but had no idea about Crossfit (Like: cost, locations, workouts, really anything).
By November and the 1st part of December I was working out 5 to 6 days a week. Mainly running 7 to 10 miles and doing some light weights after. My workouts lasted about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours, and I dropped to 215lbs.
For Christmas my wife bought me the start up month at Crossfit Glendora. I decided to start February 1st giving me a month to take off some of the holiday weight I like to put on every year. I was super nervous. Reminded me of when I went out for Rugby in college, because I knew nothing about that sport as well.
I went in the week before the 1st and scheduled my first of six element classes. I liked the coach I spoke with and got all signed up…….still super nervous. My wife bought me some new workout shirts and shorts over the holidays, and running every day I felt ready for Crossfit.
Well I wasn’t ready, but I loved it from day one. Just like rugby, I was hooked on Crossfit. The BOX, the WOD’s (Workouts of the day), the coaches, and the owners are truly amazing. Just going an hour a day I was seeing results within about 4 weeks. My wife and I started The Paleo diet at the same time as well. So, by April I had dropped down to 185lbs. I was WODing 5 to 6 days a week and modifying almost everything. RX was not really in my vocabulary yet unless it was a running WOD. I would scale (and still do) weight back to work on form instead of going for the RX.
My first un-banded pull up I started to tear up. I was getting encouragement from a fellow member to lose the band in my warm-up pull up set and just kip-up. I tried it, I did it, and I emotionally lost it. I had to turn my back to everyone, because my eyes were full of tears. I’ve always been an athletic person, but never a strong person. Doing a pull up was one of my many goals I’ve set for myself.
So, this is me after 6 months of Crossfit. I love Crossfit, not just what it has done for me, but how it has changed my life. Like anything, you get out of it….what you put into it. I don’t miss WOD’s, I go to the events, I try to make a connection with everyone, I build friendships, I check my ego at the door, I listen, I ask questions, I have goals, I sweat, I yell, I rip my shirt off during WOD’s (Now!), I get sore, I get frustrated, I have fun, and I continue to improve.
I may never beat some people at my BOX, I may never beat some women at my BOX, I may never be stronger than other people, I may never compete at the games, I might never beat Rich Froning, but I’ll keep working every day. Better then yesterday…..that is my goal. Crossfit is a lifestyle. Crossfit is my lifestyle, and I do promise you this……….I’ll never ever quit!
Thank you Crossfit Glendora