I am 35, a father of two girls under 6 and work full time. I was pretty active in my late teens and early twenties. I rowed in college, spent a fair amount of time on my mountain bike, skis and snowboard. Over the past ten years, though, I had built up a bundle of excuses why I couldn’t fit fitness into my life: kids, job, a commute, the expense, family responsibilities.
What was your activity level like before CrossFit?
I was tired, lazy, and unhappy about my physical state, but had almost given up entirely on ever getting back on track. I was too tired to exercise, but only exercise was going to give me the energy to feel better – Red Bull and cheeseburgers certainly weren’t working. I reluctantly joined CrossFit Stapleton just before Christmas 2010. My wife had submitted my name to Nicolle as a candidate for the club’s weight loss challenge. I laugh now about how excited Nicolle was to have me as a project.
What do you like most about Crossfit?
I am the type of person who thrives when encouraged by others; and that really works at CFS. Everyone supports each other… especially when working hard. My biggest struggle was and is running, though I have made significant improvements in my endurance. The surprise is that improvements don’t come from doing the same thing for hours on end. I couldn’t do ten sit-ups, any push-ups or pull-ups, or run a full flight of stairs when I started. I couldn’t run a full mile for a while. The mix of movements and strength building makes you better at everything you do.
What goals has crossfit helped you reach?
I am fully addicted to the CrossFit lifestyle. Through the routines these guys put together and improvements in diet, I have lost over 50 pounds. I’ve cut about seven inches from my waist and am wearing coats two sizes smaller than I used to.
How has this changed you in other parts of your life?
I am noticeably happier and have a much more positive outlook on life lately. None of it has been easy, but it has been attainable. Each success is incrementally greater than the last, and achieving them keeps me coming back for more.