My entire life I’ve been active. You may call it “active at it”. In other words, I could sort of work out on a machine, sort of run around the neighborhood, sort of eat the right things and get by. I’d never had any formal training or direction with fitness, sports related nutrition and for most of my life, the “sort of’s” were getting me by.
Then I turned 50 and things changed. The metabolism was slowing down, I was feeling sluggish and I was soaring toward 40″ slacks. Pride being what is is, I refused to buy 40″ slacks. Instead, I decided to up my game and get a focused solution with my overall health. I’d tried some of the video fitness products and got initial success; however, after the 90 days, I was finding that I was either a) fast forwarding through the parts I didn’t like or b) would convince myself I was too tired and would do it “tomorrow”. Traditional gyms did not work as my unfamiliarity with the equipment and lack of a structured plan did not meet my fitness goals.
Then came along a Groupon with CrossFit SouthEnd. Researching on the website, it was evident that the coaches had educational and practical credibility behind their names.
My journey began at CFSE in the “Fundamentals” class. Basically scaled down exercises that focused on the basics, the safety of the movements, and trust me, I still was exhausted by the end of the session. Stuart and the other coaches pushed me like no one ever has. Additionally, Stu leads a series of nutrition classes and offers social Paleo Covered dish parties.
Within a month, I was seeing results, my endurance was exponentially climbing, I was seeing improvement in my physical appearance. I was performing the daily “WODs” along side of other athletes in the daily work outs; I’ve discovered that the other members are nonjudgmental, supportive and demonstrate such a team spirit that athletes that are early finishers delay putting their equipment away and cheer on those finishing behind them. The confidence I’ve gained doing physical things that I’ve never done before continue to amaze me. Here I am, a 51 years old guy, executing standing box jumps at 28″; doing a handstand, climbing a rope, plowing through a zillion pull ups, navigating things with a barbell that only a few months ago I had only seen in magazines….. I could go on and on. Bottom line, Stu and the coaches at CFSE know how to push and they know how to train.
Results outside the gym. Besides having to buy new tailored clothes, getting compliments from strangers, I signed up for the Spartan Trifecta series of three obstacle races. In 2013m I will have completed the series of 5 mile (sprint), the 8 mile (super), and the 13 mile (Beast) race. Not only did I finish, I’m placing ahead of the middle of the pack, and a high percentile for my age group!!
I have never felt better in my life. My outlook on my day to day activities has a terrific perspective. I’m finding that confidence garnered with my fitness routine at CFSE is allowing me to make life choices from a better, solid, and confident place.
Crossfit is not for everyone, Crossfit CAN be for ANYone. Just show up and try. Everyday that I’m at my class, I do the best i can. I surprise myself at what I’ve accomplished.
In my opinion, every day that I attend a class at CFSE, I’m adding QUALITY days to my life.
Thanks Stu, Sarah, Katie, HB!!