My fitness journey started after college. I played club lacrosse at Radford University, and back then I thought I was in shape. What I didn’t realize was working at a deli and eating lots of free pizza caused me to put on a lot of weight.
Now I did the typical things most people due to get into shape, I lifted, I ran. That lead to my first 5k which lead to my first triathlon. I had a blast training, but I saw little improvement in my strength, cardio, and agility. I had bad knees, bad ankles, and a bad back. I just said I was getting old, and that was it. I was about to give up on just being athletic.
I said I would try CrossFit, starting with the 6 class Foundations and then give this CrossFit thing one month. That was almost three years ago now. I also said I would never let myself get “too into CrossFit.” Well, so much for that,
I will be doing my fifth competition this month! When I started I never thought I would do half the stuff that I have achieved. That is all thanks to Tucker and his staff. I have learned that fitness is a journey and not everyone is the same. I say this because I know when I started I was hard headed, and I tried to cut corners by avoiding listening to technique, not doing mobility in my off time and avoiding yoga. It wasn’t working then I realized I wasn’t listening to what the coaches were saying. Then I checked my ego at the door and started to listen to the coaches at BCF. As I begun to open up and ask questions to truly understand the movements, I begun to realize I was limited from years of bad fitness advice from around the water cooler. Fitness should be fun, and when I was trying it on my own, it wasn’t fun, and I didn’t get any better.
CrossFit, just like anything in life is about the fundamentals. Personally, that is what I love about the process, technique work and mobility are the key to getting better. It can be a long process if you are an old broken down lacrosse player like I was when I came through those doors.
I would never say that I’m a “success story,” I just came to try CrossFit for a month and I wanted to see if I would like the results. I weighed 196 lbs when I started crossfit, this past week I weighed in at 177 lbs, the lightest (and leanest) I’ve been since high school. I was wearing a size 36 jeans when I started at BCF, last month I bought a size 32. I can say crossfit changed my life, I’m 32 years old I’m in the best shape of my life and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon thanks to the amazing community of friends I’ve made. So if you have read this far, why not give CrossFit a try? Just one month and see what happens.