There is always an emotional connection that comes from highlighting the Client of the Month stories for me. I am usually inspired or proud. Sometimes I see people who are older and how hard they work and feel like I want that for myself at that age. When I highlight younger people…I feel proud of them for their desire to challenge themselves and am grateful to be a mentor for them.
John is my peer. We are the same age and we have now known each other for almost 5 years. I have never seen him take CrossFit, his fitness or his health very seriously. Although he was in my classes before, he never really made any true commitments towards his physical goals.
Earlier this year… He decided it was time to change that.
He is a young professional person who, since the time I have known him, has been seeking out life. Obviously improving but at the same time never shying away from having a great time being young.
I am the same way. To say when we are 26 to 30 that we have life all figured out would just be an absolute lie. We obviously will always have more to learn but I think there is a point for many people either right before or right after 30 when they stop for a second and say…hey, I am now in full control of my life and stop taking anything for granted.
Being a Man takes experience. When you are going through the process, much of what we go through looks chaotic. I loved that part of life! I also love the part where you stop and say “Ok…it is time to change Everything!” It’s cool to see others do the same!
This Man has my full respect!
My CrossFit Story – John
I’ve always been fortunate to lose weight quickly. I gain 15, I lose 15. I was either on my “weigh” up or “weigh” down – I never had any consistency and being healthy was never a lifestyle. I am now 32 years old and about 5 months ago, I was at my highest weight ever. Once again and routinely, I decided to lose the weight. This time it was a bit more difficult. The pounds were not dropping as quickly and the eating habits I’ve become accustom to were not as easily dismissed. About a month into it, I saw some improvement but my overall health was not where I wanted it to be. My body felt old, my energy was low, I craved everything, and most importantly – I lacked confidence. I knew then a permanent change was needed – a lifestyle change.
I approached my CrossFit Coach, Big Mike Gregory, and he immediately took me under his wing. A couple things happened: 1) I attended a CrossFit nutrition seminar and 2) I made a commitment. Big Mike has always been my favorite coach. I have been through many CrossFit workouts taught at different boxes by different coaches and I always come back to Mike. He has a calm but demanding approach to his coaching style – passive aggressive. It works for me and pushes me to my limit. He is never shy to tell me I didn’t give it my all – keeps me motivated and encouraged.
I’ve learned so much in the course of a few months about living healthy, committing to a program, and striving for excellence. I am proud to say that because of CrossFit, I lost the weight. I am now sub 10% body fat and loving it. But something bigger occurred during this time. I now walk around with a natural high. I’ve never had so much clarity in life – my direction is forward. My energy levels are at an all-time high. I sleep better, I wake up easier, and every obstacle I encounter is a fun challenge when it used to be a barricade. I like to think of myself as a WRECKING BALL – nothing can stop me!
I love CrossFit – it is a community that am honored to be a part of. CrossFit members are a different caliber of people – they are smart, fun, engaging, interesting, interested in others, and easy on the eye. I hope I meet their high standards. I am continuing my journey for health and optimal performance. I am now taking AdvoCare’s performance supplements to maintain and increase my health and lifestyle goals. I CrossFit three times a week and am training for my second marathon. Boston Qualifier Soon To Be…Wish me luck!
Thanks for listening and turn off the television.