Check out our newest spotlight athlete! In her own words. It is a very touching story worth reading.Read More
THIS GIRL IS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ENDLESS HAS EVER HAD THE PLEASURE TO MEET - SHE IS A FANTASTIC ATHLETE AND A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. SHE IS THE SWEETEST BADASS WE KNOW! CONGRATULATIONS!Read More
Check it out!! Jake Baisch is our new Spotlight Athlete!! He has been loyal to his workouts and it shows. His mobility, strength, and endurance has skyrocketed. Great Work Jake! We are excited about your progress and proud of your accomplishments.Read More
We are proud to introduce our Spotlight Athlete - Keve Been! Great work young man! It's always a pleasure to work with you.Read More
LISA LOMBARD - SPOTLIGHT ATHLETE! She works out with both sons at Endless. Check out her journey in her own words!Read More
TIM JACKSON - We would like to introduce and are very proud of our newest spotlight athlete! Check out his story and transformation in many areas of his life. Great Job Tim! We are so happy to have you and can't wait to see what the future brings! You Rock!!Read More
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Spotlight Athlete - Paul Ems -- In his own words.........Read More
When I shared with my friends that I was going to try Crossfit, there were several reactions. A couple of people asked: “What is it?” A more common reaction usually involved a raised eyebrow combined with a look that conveyed, “You might think about getting a mental health check up ‘cause you’ve gone off the deep end.” I even had one person suggest that, at my age, water aerobics might be a better choice!
Who could blame them? I certainly don’t fit the media image of what a Crossfitter looks like. I mean really! How many Crossfit magazine covers profile a 60-year old woman with bad knees and an expanding waistline? None. Absolutely NONE!
But Crossfit isn’t reserved for the elite athlete only. Sure we can watch the competitions and the athletes who participate are impressive. In reality Crossfit is for anyone – at any age – who is seeking the encouragement and support of a community of positive people focused on becoming healthy and strong. And that was exactly what I needed!
The fall of 2012 was a rough year for my family and myself. The first of September, with only days before I was to leave on an annual “girl’s only” hiking vacation in the mountains of Colorado, I suffered a stress fracture in my left foot. And then on September 7, my husband suffered a brain-stem stroke. But we were very blessed. Not only did Jerry survive – he survived one of the deadliest strokes with absolutely no neurological deficit.
Yet through the remainder of fall and winter, the worry about Jerry and my limited physical activity was taking a toll. I wasn’t sleeping well. I gained weight and my blood pressure was high. One night in prayer, I felt God speaking in a gentle yet very convicting voice saying, “Jerry is going to be fine but you’re not if you don’t start taking care of yourself.”
My two sons had done Crossfit previously. As they talked about their workouts and how much they were lifting, there was something about it that I found intriguing. Yet I was hesitant. I’m fairly competitive. OK I’m a lot competitive and I don’t like to fail. I wondered, would I be able to keep up? Was I too old?
I knew Kim was actively involved in Crossfit. I would read her Facebook posts and we texted back and forth as I waffled with my decision. Finally, with a lot of encouragement from her, I started Crossfit in January 2013. Yep – I joined the Garage Llew crew still dealing with a stress fracture, bad knees and, of course, an expanding waistline! But I was determined to push and challenge myself.
My workouts are scaled to accommodate my limitations. But don’t think for a moment scaling means getting off easy! Instead of box jumps, I do just as many step-ups. A four-hundred meter run is still out of the question but rowing has become my new best friend. And the day I dead-lifted 95lbs., I couldn’t wait to share it with my husband and my sons. This spring, I even challenged myself to finish each workout with a 3200-meter row.
Each and every WOD is a challenge both mentally and physically. Just when you think you can’t go one more another minute or lift that bar one more time, one of the trainers or others doing the workout with you cheer you on. When it’s all over, you walk away knowing that you’ve – once again -- defeated the voice in your head that says, “You can’t.”
While the bathroom scale hasn’t budged all that much, I can say without hesitation that I’m stronger both physically and mentally. Physically, my body is changing. I’m getting stronger and developing more muscle tone. But more than that, I have gained confidence and I am proud of myself. As trainers, Kim, Mike, Jimmy and Callee, have helped me push the limits of what I ever thought I could accomplish.
Crossfit isn’t about others … it’s about you. Whatever age you are, you owe it to yourself to be healthy. Sixty may determine my age but it doesn’t determine the possibilities of what I can accomplish. If you want to settle for water aerobics, go ahead. As for me – I’m just not that old!
Endless CrossFit has chosen Vanessa Newman to be our stand out athlete! Here is her story in her own words:
I started Crossfit in late September 2012. While my story mimics most stories I’ve read online about other beginning Crossfitters, I have my own story to tell. Over the years, I have managed to maintain a decent figure overall. I have always enjoyed running around and playing with the dog or my son and nephews, but I never would have considered myself an athlete. At my thinnest, I was about a size 2-4 but that was all diet, or lack thereof. I was thin but not in shape, I would still get out of breath walking from the office to my car. I was a “skinny fat girl”. After I turned 32, that’s when my metabolism caught up with me. I started gaining some weight and the more weight I gained, the lazier I got, the more depressed I got. My routine consisted of going to work, coming home and having dinner and watching television, all from the couch. Then I would go from lying on the couch to going to bed. The more depressed and lazy I got, the chubbier I got…you know the routine. I woke up one morning and there was this spare tire around my waist. I remember over the Summer, walking up to my nephew and him pointing out to me that my legs jiggle a lot when I walked. My sister and I decided we would start walking the dogs so we set out on a 4 mile walk every weekend. As the weather grew colder, we were walking less and less. During that time, my sister started doing Crossfit in the garage of our current trainers’ house. She tried it once and immediately loved it. The more she talked about it, the more I had to try it.
My first time was a full-on WOD. I was taught the squat and basic moves and then did a very scaled down version of the work out everyone else was doing. It was the most horrible, wonderful thing ever. As Mike would say, I drank the kool aid. I have been going to Crossfit consistently for almost 6 months now. I try really hard not to weigh myself but I did take measurements when I started. I am waiting to re-measure until I at least get a good, solid 6 months in. I can’t tell you I have lost a huge amount of weight; I didn’t have that much to lose. I can’t tell you I lost inches and inches. I am not one of those people that went in as a very heavy person and had dramatic results. This is where my story differs. That first day I walked into the garage, I saw all of these bars and weights and thought to myself, I can do the other stuff but I will never be able to lift weights, it was so scary to even think of the possibility. Now, every day I am closer to being in the best shape of my life…cliché but true. I do 20 inch box jumps, 35 pound kettle bell swings and gasp, I LOVE doing hang cleans and dead lifts! I walk out of that gym every single day feeling so proud of what I just accomplished, feeling so strong and so happy. I plan to continue Crossfit forever. I am not looking to be a body builder or to lose a significant amount of weight, I plan to change my lifestyle and work out the same way I eat, sleep and breathe. The even better part is that I have my sister with me every step of the way and have brought on my son, who dreams of competing one day. I have met so many great new friends already; I am so excited to see where this journey takes us. In a short time, my Crossfit family has become like my real family. We are so encouraging of each other, we lift each other up, we cheer each other on and when times are bad, we are each other’s shoulder to lean on. I cannot possibly put into words what Crossfit has done for me mentally, physically, emotionally; it’s like nothing I have ever experienced in my life.
I have my sister to thank for telling me all about it and I definitely have Mike and Kim to thank. I don’t know if they will ever realize what an impact they have had on my life and wish them all of the success.
I am 36 years old and a mother to a 17 year old. I wear socks that say “Strong Mama” and “Bad Ass”. I go to work with my gym bag and count down the hours until I can go to the garage, which is now an actual Crossfit box!! My son and I raz each other about who has the heavier weight. My sister and I have PVC pipes at home so we can perfect our squats. My life has changed completely in the 6 months I have been doing this. I am not ashamed to admit that Crossfit is my boyfriend and he is the best one I have ever had.