MY CROSSFIT JOURNEY
I joined Iron Crossfit in March of 2013. As a lifelong fitness enthusiast and athlete I had come to a point in my life where I was looking for change, real change. But let me give you the whole story. I began lifting weights seriously during my freshmen year of high school. The year was 1984. I was a kid who loved basketball, baseball and BMX bikes. I played organized sports all through high school and also raced BMX. I was definitely active. I began the traditional working out of bench pressing and bicep curls with a group of friends in a basement. I was bit by the bug; instantly. For the next 30 years, I progressed year in and year out. From the basement I went to Jack Lalane, Golds Gym, Powerhouse gym and so on and so on. I was able to achieve a high level of strength and musculature. I continued to play sports competitively; inline hockey became my next passion. Through all of my activities I still felt like something was missing. I would notice not being happy with my conditioning, running out of breath to quick during a shift at hockey. Little things along the way were red flags for me.
As life continued to roll on I was married at 30 and had my 1st child by the time I was 31. Lifting weights was still a part of my life but not like it had been in my teens and 20s. Ten years passes quick when you add 2 more children, a house, mortgage payments and everything that goes with it. Before I knew it I was 40 years old had started a business and stress was beginning to destroy me. I couldn’t sleep wasn’t exercising enough and drank way more than I should have. I was now in my early 40s and something was missing. I began to believe all the bullshit people want to believe. You’re getting older you can’t train like you used too, your testosterone is dropping. So I started to look for what was missing. I gave P90X a try and then Insanity. Still, I had this longing to get back to weights to test myself - to see if all of the naysayers were right. Then I saw something on ESPN that made me take notice: The Crossfit Games. Here were guys doing what I’ve always done, lifting weights. But wait it was more than that, there was an aspect of competition. This actually looked like fun. So I did a search for workouts online. WTF! Who does 100 pull ups? What handstand push ups? I was confused to say the least. I attempted a few WOD’s but didn’t know what I was doing.
Then like a lightning bolt at lunch on that March day in 2013, I come across a flyer for Iron Crossfit. I picked it up and made the call. I knew I was going to give this a try. I was serious about getting back in shape. About feeling good about me, ready to deal with the stress in my life.
The movements were new and challenging. The workouts were tough and rewarding. Progress was slow at first. But then things started coming together. I was no longer excusing myself for getting older. I was getting stronger and in better shape. Weights that I hadn’t lifted in 20 years I was suddenly lifting again. I was exceeding maxes from 20 years ago.
I now have 2 years plus under my belt at Iron Crossfit. This was one of the best decisions of my life. In 2 years, I have never had a bad workout. Every workout has a purpose. Every workout is a challenge. There is no going through the motions here. You have to work your ass off. But that’s why you’re here isn’t it?
Is Crossfit for everyone? In my opinion, it is for anyone who has the desire to work and change, regardless of your fitness level. It all starts in your head. One of my favorite sayings that I ever saw was hung in a small little gym I was visiting one summer: WHAT THE MIND BELIEVES THE BODY ACHIEVES. I believe this holds true both in a positive and negative way. If you tell yourself you can’t do something then you can’t. But if you believe in yourself, then anything is possible.