Before CrossFit Synergistics – Weight 200 Pounds, 37 Inch Waist
On CrossFit Synergistics – Weight 168 Pounds, 32 Inch Waist
My whole life I had played sports on a pretty regular basis, and tried to go the local gym at least a few times a week. I played hockey a few times a week, and would also try to squeeze in some cardio whenever possible. About 7 years ago, I started a new job where I worked 3pm-11pm. I had no idea that at this point my life would change for the worse. My whole schedule changed and I found myself not going to the gym as much, not being able to play hockey as much anymore, and eating later at night. It all concluded in May of this year, when I finally realized that I needed to make some major changed in my life style. I started going to a local chain gym, and found it extremely hard to motivate myself to simply walk in the door. After a month of getting no results, I realized that I needed to try something different.
I had heard of CrossFit before, but really had no idea of what I was getting into. I had heard from other people that CrossFit was simply for people who couldn’t or didn’t want to lift weights, or that it was all body weight exercises, and no strength training. People kept telling me the only way to get in shape was to go to the gym, lift weights, and do cardio. I heard CrossFit was for girls, and guys went to the gym and bench pressed!!
I remember being apprehensive and nervous walking in CrossFit Synergistics for the first time on June 18, 2012 to begin my foundations course. Before I left for CrossFit that day I hopped on the scale, and I weighed 200 pounds. It was kind of depressing seeing those numbers, and I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me. I had no idea that walking through those doors would change my life so much. I was scared, out of shape, with no self-confidence that I would actually succeed in accomplishing my goals.
I met with Coach Chris to took my three foundations classes. His knowledge of CrossFit, and the Paleo diet was incredible. After the first foundations class I literally almost passed out on the floor of the box. I wasn’t sure if I had made the right choice, but I figured I would at least give it a try. I finished up my foundations classes, and was looking forward to my first real WOD. I completely changed my eating and shopping habits because I figured if I was going to do this I would give it 100%. I threw out every piece of junk food I had. I went to the supermarket, and shopped on the outside aisles just like Coach Chris had said. It was more expensive, but I was hoping it would be worth it in the long run.
My foundations class was only with one other newbie, so the day of my first WOD I was extremely nervous to be with people who actually knew what they were doing. Would they laugh at me because I was new and didn’t know how to do any of the moves? Would they laugh at how much weight I was lifting? Coach Emily was leading the class that day, and made sure I met everyone in the class. Although I realize now that even if she didn’t introduce me, that people would have done it anyways. It happened to be raining out that day, and the WOD was “Blake.” It called for weighted walking lunges. I remember Coach Emily saying that we could do them inside if we wanted to, or do them in the rain. I decided to do them outside with Coach Glenn and a few others. As Coach Glenn said “We embraced the suck!” At that moment I knew I had found the perfect place to change my life and get back into shape.
The next few months were not easy at all. I was often sore, and always tired! The WOD’s kicked my butt in a different way every day. My shoulders, my arms, my legs, my abs, and every other part of my body got sore. The varying workouts always kept me motivated, and if I wasn’t the Coaches and other people doing the WOD were always there for encouragement.
I think that’s what makes CrossFit different than going to your local gym is the Community. It amazed me that people cared so much if I could finish my WOD. There is always someone encouraging you even if they are in the middle of doing power cleans. If you are struggling, someone will be pushing you. If you think you can’t do one more burpee, someone will be next to you telling you that you can. Everyone may have their individual goals, but at the same time it always feels like they are pushing you to reach yours as well. It is now 3 months later, and I feel and look like a new person. I look forward to heading to the box 3 times a week. I get mad when I look at the WOD for a day I am not going and it’s something I am weak at. I make progress every time I walk through the doors and I can see and feel it. I sleep better now, and my acid reflux I had is gone. I take my dog for longer walks, and feel better after. I had to buy new shorts because the old ones were falling off, but to me that is money well spent. I wish I had found CrossFit Synergistics sooner.