In October 2010 at 58 years old, I found myself horribly overweight and in the worst physical condition of my life. I had hit an all time weight of 260 pounds, border line high blood pressure/cholesterol levels and was dependant on CPAP to get restful sleep. CrossFit was something I had never heard of and seemed a bit intimidating with the loud music, folks running around pulling tires and members who seemed considerably younger than myself. After my orientation sessions, I started working with Brad Plaisance, 6:30 AM became my dedicated time slot. The first 3-4 weeks were the most difficult getting back into condition. I cannot say enough about how Brad helped with my initial transition into the regular class schedule. The coaches are masters of making everyone feel welcome, scaling work outs to match abilities and are very attuned to safety and instruction on the technical aspects of every movement. I have found the workout groups to be very friendly removing any feeling of intimidation……..kind of like “Cheers” for the exercise gym but with Max instead of Norm.
Having now been a CrossFit member for over one year, my condition has greatly improved, my weight is now 215 pounds and counting, my blood pressure/cholesterol levels are normal, I have ditched the annoying CPAP machine and look forward to participating in physical activities. I even look for CrossFit gyms when I have travel.
With encouragement from my training team, I set a goal to participate in my first CrossFit competition this past September with the idea of just finishing the event. I not only finished the competition (setting personal best for some of the events) but did not finish last in a group that was probably 30 years younger than myself. The competition finished with a mile run and I felt like Rocky Balboa with the crowd cheering me along to the finish line.
With the help of my training team I have my sights set on a 700 mile bike event across Iowa next summer.
Kudos to the Trainers at York Street CrossFit