How I came to Crossfit
A Little Background About Me First: I’m 38 years old, married and have 3 boys. I never worked out consistently although I played high school baseball. I always did just enough to get by. In high school I broke my arm and needed a plate and ten screws to fix my bone. I also had re-constructive surgery on my pitching shoulder, the opposite arm, in high school as well.
When I Knew It Was Time: At the end of November 2015 I was feeling run down and really out of shape. I have always been a beer drinker and had developed a bit of a “beer belly”. I’m 6’1 and was up to 210lbs. I was on my way to work one morning and saw that a new CrossFit place had gone up on my way. A friend of mine owns a place, so I called him to see if this might be his place. After talking with him, and realizing that it was his new location, and telling him how I was feeling and that I felt that I needed to do something, he encouraged me to come in and take a look around. I set up a time after work and came in and met with Matt Davis. I let Matt know my story and what I needed to “try” to do. Matt encouraged me to come in and give the “on-ramp” a try. This started at six in the morning and I could shower there and go to work after.
The Easy Part Was Over: After meeting with Matt and deciding to give the “on-ramp” a try, I went home and talked it over with my wife. She encouraged me to do it. My wife has seen me join the gym before and pay for months and only go maybe 5 times. This is where the hard part started. I had to get my mind right. At this point I only set one goal, to stick with it. Looking back, my mind was the only thing that was going to keep me from achieving my goal, not my body, not my arm surgeries.
The On-Ramp: The first day of “on-ramp” I went early to see the 5am class finish up. This was the class that I was going to be going to after the “on-ramp”. After watching the 5am class finish up with the WOD (workout of the day), my head was spinning. How was I ever going to be able to pull this off? These guys were in there pushing the limits and they all looked like Olympians to me. After the first “on-ramp” I left thinking I might be able to pull it off, but I had a lot of work to do. After 2 weeks I finished the “on-ramp” and was ready to start the regular class.
Here We Go: My first class was a little scary. Matt wasn’t there, his wife made him come to the birth of their first son. Matt, my friend that encouraged me to come in at first, was running the class. I let him know that I had just finished the “on-ramp” and I was still a little worried about how I would do. He let me know that he would scale my workout back so that I felt good and I didn’t try to go too hard too quickly. After my first week ( 3 days a week) everything was sore. It was a good sore, but still sore.
During my next week, guys from the class were introducing themselves and encouraging me to press harder and keep going. It sounds like a simple thing, but I never got this at the gym. I would cross
paths with someone while running and they would see that I was tired, and I would hear, “ keep it up, you’re doing awesome”. This kept me going, when people say that crossfit is like a cult, it’s more like a family to me. For about 3 more weeks I kept going 3 times and week and was getting really good results, but I wanted more. I went to Matt, he was back from the whole baby thing, and told him that I wanted to try going five days a week. At this point, I was going to sink or swim. Three days were easy compared to five.
As I sit here and write this, I have been doing crossfit now for a full 4 ½ months. I am down to 187lbs. I’ll do the math for you so you don’t have to scroll back up, I have lost 23lbs. I have gained muscle and my wife calls me her “eye candy”. HAHA. My life has changed and I am better for it.
Who I Have To Thank: I think that my family gets a lot of the thanks. Looking at the whole experience though, I really owe a lot of thanks to everyone at Crossfit Igneous. The “BOX” is top-notch, the coaches are the best at what they do and go the extra mile. But most of all, it’s the people. The people that go here are the most unique group of individuals that are truly like a family.
What Would I Say To Someone Thinking About Trying Crossfit: “ Do it. What do you have to lose? It’s an old cliché, But if I can do it, anyone can. Your mind is your biggest obstacle. If you are looking for a spot, Igneous was the best decision I have made.”