Annette:When I started Crossfit, I did not see myself as “fit” in any form of the word. Due to having 4 babies in 6 years I had no ab strength to speak of, and a moderate separation of the abdominal muscles. I could not do more the 2 sit-ups. I also could not complete a 200 m run without walking. After a little more the 1 year crossfitting, I am frequently one of the strongest girls when it comes to lifting, I can do many WOD’s at RX, I can climb the rope, do 3 kipping pull-ups with no band in a row, run 800 m unbroken, do 40 sit-ups in a row, do 24 “ box jumps, and recently did push-ups on my feet in a WOD!! I am so proud of the accomplishments I have made. I FEEL better in my own skin. Instead of baggy yoga pants and tee-shirts at the gym, I feel good in “real” workout clothes. My self-confidence is miles above where it was a year ago. When people say “but I can’t…” I just tell them seriously, if I can do it, anyone can!
I still have A LOT of physical improving to do. But I don’t lament the pain and hard work that attaining the improvement will take. Because of all the benefits I have already seen, I look forward with eagerness to what my future with CrossFit holds.”
“Dear CrossFit Coaches,
I would just like to take the time to thank you all for your hard work and dedication to health and fitness. I can only imagine how hard it is to manage family, careers, 2nd and maybe even 3rd jobs. i know that CrossFit is a passion for you all…it has to be. Being a coach, I know how important it is to have passion behind what you do. But now that I am back on the other side of it…I appreciate being coached by passionate people like you. The athlete in me has come back! I can’t begin to explain how incredible that feels.
I started in November with the ” I AM CROSSFIT CHALLENGE”. I had knee surgery in June and literally sat on my butt ALL summer long! Rehab was difficult. Just extending my left leg took incredible concentration and a lot of pain. CrossFit began and I was doing very few squats with a 24 inch box under me. I never thoguht I would be able to do a full squat. The other day, I knocked out 150 of them in just under 25 minutes. It’s hard to believe that just 6 months ago, I had a hard time walking. I started doing pull-ups with the heaviest band and struggled with that. No, I am on the green band and knocking them out. Soon, I won’t need a band. I am STRONGER because of you!!! (SIDE NOTE: since giving us this letter, Leigh has done her first pull ups UNASSISTED! WAY TO GO LEIGH)
I LOVE food. Bur the CrossFit Challenge “challenged” me to eat better. I thought twice about eating those cookies for fear that Misty would write a sad face on my food log. It made me realize how much better I felt without all of that “comfort” food. Not to mention the fact that I work too hard at CrossFit to ruin it with non-sense food for no reason at all. It’s just not worth it. I am HEALTHIER because of you!!!
This weekend, I tried on a pair of jeans I haven’t been able to fit into in 2 years. They FIT!! I think I almost cried! My arms and back look defined and toned. My legs look athletic again (even my wimpy little left one). I’m still working on my mid-section, but I have no doubt that I will get there! I am SKINNIER because of you!!!
5 days a week, I work with junior high athletes after school. I am able to demonstrate and work out with them when I need to. They have told me they appreciate it and that it makes them work harder because I’m going through it too. I stress the importance of proper form when strength training. You reminded me of this. I am a BETTER COACH because of you!!!
Thank you all, for everything YOU have done for me! I know showing up is half the battle…but if it wasn’t for great coaches like you all, I wouldn’t bother showing up. I’d still be in the gym doing Zumba and wandering around the machines, wondering what I should do. Thanks for pushing me to be better! You are truly appreciated!
“I started CrossFit at the end of April. I didn’t know anything about CrossFit except the few conversations I had with coach Misty during our karate class next door at Tumbling stars. I made the commitment in April to try CrossFit for 2 months to try and get back into basketball shape. After the first week of CrossFit I wanted to quit! I never hurt so bad ! I could barely walk up and down my stairs at home. After the soreness went away ( a couple of weeks later) I continued on my mission of being in better shape! Here it is 6 months later and I can do all kinds of things I never imagined I could do. I can do pull ups, power clean 215#, push ups, deadlift over 300#, and run a 8 minute mile. Once I started seeing results I was hooked. I am able to play basketball again without getting winded and I don’t get as tired while volunteering on my emergency response team at work. CrossFit has made a world of difference in the way I feel! I give thanks to all the coaches who have helped me get to where I am now-Coach Marcus, Josh, Misty, and Andrew!
Before and After
I started not only CrossFIt, but watching my diet in November of this year. I had played sports for my entire life, but after college and a pretty bad injury I let myself get to a point I’d never been before. When my scale was creeping up to 200 pounds I realized I absolutely had to do something. Being in sports I never had to actually create my own workout; I always had a coach to tell me what to do and motivate me, so I had no idea where to even start. I tried CrossFit ISI when they first opened, and my very first workout I joined the “Pukey Club” within the first 7 minutes and didn’t go back (thanks Josh!)… but I knew this was where I needed to be. CrossFit was like being on a team again, with coaches motivating (in whatever way necessary!) and having people there to encourage you as they are doing the same workout/dying with you!! I didn’t do any fancy diet, no diet pills or supplements. I just cut out the sodas and fast food and replaced them with water and veggies. I started doing CrossFit 2 or 3 times a week and running in between. Yes, the first 2 weeks were BRUTAL, muscles were more sore than they had ever been, but I started seeing results and I got addicted! It is now the end of March and I’ve lost 45 pounds and feel amazing, even considering this whole bathing suit thing this summer!!!