The title of this blog is not to say that this guy was a nobody when he started working out at Crossfit Central. I met Caleb right at 1 year ago and I could tell that he had a lot going for himself. He was new to Austin and by talking with him and seeing him live his life, it was obvious to me how talented and driven he was to do big things.
I love it when people come to our gym and immediately start to connect to the community. Caleb pretty quickly became a go-to guy for us with his ability to produce good photography for our competitions, and he even made himself present as somebody who was a part of our crew in social events.
Seeing him show up to class consistently was one thing, but when I saw him posting on Facebook about working out on his days off it showed me how serious he really was about his fitness and physical transformation. I honestly had forgotten what he looked like when he started until I saw his before picture.
I love seeing stories like Caleb’s come to the surface because of how rapid that success was from him starting with so many physical limitations to where he is now almost at the top of his class when it comes to crushing every workout. I think people have more in them than they realize. Caleb is a prime example of somebody who did something that anybody could do if they chose to do it!
I started CrossFit in August 2013 – just hit my 1 year! When I joined, I went right into Mike’s 7am MWF class, never having done CrossFit before.
I chose CrossFit Central because a friend I worked with at the Apple Store (Gerry Bermudez) was an athlete there, and he had spoken highly of it. I did some research and saw that CC seemed to have a great community and really put the extra effort into having a great place for the athletes, not just an open space with some weights for people to throw around.
Training with Mike has been great – he’s always supportive and encouraging, without being either soft or over-the-top aggressive. It made for a great environment to push myself and get better and have the support behind me for it. CrossFitting has taught me to be a morning person. It’s taught me that consistency and sticking to a plan will get you where you want to go, or at least get you in the right direction. Being around a lot of CrossFitters is an awesome experience; it’s a bunch of people who are dedicated hard workers, not just in their training but across their lives.
I am more organized now and better at making plans and sticking to them. Maybe part of it is that taking the time out of my week to work out leaves me less time to accomplish the other things I have to do, so I’ve been forced to get my act together. I also feel better, obviously. Stronger, healthier, more energy – I feel like taking on new challenges is exciting rather than scary.
When I started CrossFit I was 25, 212lbs, and ate a pretty middle-of-the-road diet. I avoided fast food most of the time and sometimes made salads for dinner. I didn’t bother going out of my way to eat very well though. Now I am down to 182 lbs, and it’s much easier for me to make healthy choices, like not staying out late or eating good food. If I’m getting up to work out the next morning, I’m not going out on a Tuesday night for happy hour. It’s become habit to choose the healthier options when I’m out, rather than having to force myself to give up the yummy unhealthy foods. I love broccoli!
Now at 26, I want to be as healthy as I can for the rest of my life. I know that starting off on the right foot in my 20’s is going to make sure that I’m still skiing and biking and CrossFitting into my 70s and beyond. I’m a photographer, and I love doing on-location shoots that inevitably involve a lot of gear. I want to hike up mountains to get the perfect shot. Being physically fit is a requirement for the kind of work I want to be doing now and in the future. In the gym, I’ve lost a good amount of weight, but it’s been mostly fat. I’m trying to focus on building muscle/strength now and continuing to eat well. I’m often photographing competitions for CrossFit Central which keeps me from competing, but I would like to do one soon!