2 1/2 years ago I was pushing 185lbs and on the verge of buying a size 14pant. I knew I needed a change. My whole life I played soccer at a competitive level. That meant playing for 2 and sometimes 3 teams at a time, practicing every night of the week and eating like a horse and never gaining an ounce. This all changed when I walked away from my soccer scholarship after my freshman year of college.
I became a “normal” human being for the first time in my life. No practice, no expectations, just being. I continued to work out on my own, but a HUGE downgrade from Division 1 soccer training. There wasn’t team around you, a strength coach pushing you and a trainer rehabbing you. I quickly fell into a 60min of cardio 30min of lifting routine. It was what you read in all the fitness magazines so it had to be the best approach.
Then I went shopping 2 1/2 years ago and could barely zip the size 12 pants and I thought to myself…”when did I get fat?” I had a coming to Jesus moment and realized that I couldn’t fight this battle alone so I googled “fitness groups, Cleveland” and number one on the list, something called CrossFit on meetup.com?? They met every Saturday under a bridge at the local metroparks. I vacillated and then decided I’d go and try it and if I hated it I would never have to go back.
So on a Saturday morning in early June of 2007 I strapped on my shoes, filled a water bottle and headed out the door. It was nerve racking at first. Where they going to judge me? Would they laugh at me? All the normal in securities. But the exact opposite happened, I was welcomed and encouraged, and more importantly…I WAS HOOKED.
2 1/2 years later I waiver between 130-135lb and wear a size 4 pant.
2007: 0 pullups
2007: 0 pushups
Today: 16 (still a weakness)
2007: 145lb deadlift
Today: 230lb x 3
2007: 115lb back squat
2007: 500m row-2:06
THIS SH*T WORKS!