I was turning forty years old, tipping the scales at 322 pounds, and had been working on losing weight and becoming more fit for years. I have two children who are soccer players that run, run, run, and did I mention they run?! My biggest goal was to lose enough weight so that I could complete a 5k and enjoy being on the field kicking the ball around with my kids.
Since that time, I have tried every fashionable diet I thought was possible: Atkins (lost 35 pounds), HCG (lost 40 pounds), a fat pill (lost 30 pounds) and joined several gyms to run and lift weights. Much to my dismay, I have lost and gained about the amount of weight that I was looking to lose in total. After all that weight loss I found myself not reaching any of the fitness goals that I had set for myself; even after spending hours upon hours in the gym running and lifting and boring myself to tears.
About 5 months ago, I saw an ad for a Crossfit gym opening in the Arnold area and I thought that sounds like something that I can do. So after a little research (and a trip to the doctor to make sure my body and heart could take it) I joined. After about 2 weeks, I realized that this was not the right gym for me! While the trainers were great they were looking to train someone half my physical age (because in my mind I still think I’m 22!) I started sharing my WOD’s with a friend and he told me about the Crossfit gym they were going to. “Endless Crossfit,” they said, “definitely the place to go.” My first reaction to hearing about that 5:30 am class was “There is no way I can work out in the mornings!” I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I started at Endless Crossfit nearly 3 months ago and attended my first 5:30 am class. With Jimmy as the trainer and Mike helping after his own class, I was very impressed with the structure that they instructed with. I’ll be honest here, I had no intentions of ever going back to the early class but I thought I’d give it the old college try- I haven’t missed a morning class since then!
We start every class with some stretching. After, we move to a strength or technical movement and then we get busy with the WOD! I can’t add up the amount of time Jimmy and Mike have spent with me helping me understand that the most important lesson in Crossfit is to be technically strong with the movements. They both like to remind me that if you can perform the movement correctly the weight will come. Jimmy and Mike keep you from injuring yourself by ensuring that you are technically sound in the execution of each movement. Well they are SO right! When I started I could only do 2 pull ups with the most assistance I could get from the bands; now I can do as many as 8 in a row with just a green/black band. I struggled just to complete the WOD. Now I’m completing the WOD’s and Rx’ing many of them.
I think the most important thing is that over the last 5 months I have lost more than 45 pounds and 9 inches off my waist. I’m in better shape at nearly forty-three than I was at thirty-three! In the last month, I’ve been able to add weight and push myself further than I ever thought I could and I have seen such a change in my body and my health!
Many people have asked me why I like Crossfit so much. To me, the answer is simple: it’s the gym! The program that Endless has put together and execute each week is a program that will challenge the young, middle aged, and older generations that attend classes. Endless Crossfit give you great instruction on when and how to push yourself! Yeah, I’m definitely sore each and every day (and the day after that); however, pain is just weakness leaving the body, right?