I decided to give CrossFit a try in January 201 and walked in the door weighing 280lbs. I had gotten really discouraged with trying to lose weight over many, many years and finally hit my low point when my youngest son told me I was fat. I was embarrassed as a father, mostly about the example I was portraying to my kids and felt that I somehow had let him down. I was also physically falling apart. I had lost so much strength in my shoulders and had gotten them so inflamed by being out of shape that I was having difficulty lifting a grocery bag without severe pain. When I was asked for a “before” picture I had a very difficult time finding one because I did everything possible to avoid having pictures taken because of how insecure I was about the way I looked.

After being a member at CrossFit Surmount for just over a year, I weigh about 230lbs and feel the strongest at 44 years old than I ever have in my life. I like to use one of the 2017 CrossFit Open workout as a benchmark for myself. During the 2017 Open  (March 2017) I did 17.5 scaled thrusters and single-unders (10 rounds). In 15 minutes. About a month ago (January 2018), I did the workout in 10 minutes and 30 seconds. As I have progressed, I have really enjoyed the weight lifting components of CrossFit. I never thought I’d be doing cleans, front squats, back squats, and thursters. But I really enjoy the challenge and technique required for lifting.

So, if you are just starting out with CrossFit and frustrated with things, it’s understandable, but please trust me when I say it will get better with time and work. So don’t give up on yourself. It’s also important for me to highlight that my progress is really the result of a lot of support. First, CFS members have been supportive and encouraging in many ways. There were days I was really frustrated with myself and a simple “you are doing great” was all I needed to keep coming in. Finally, the coaches at CFS have been terrific. They are encouraging, but also help you challenge yourself and push your limits.