“You put in the effort...you get the results...well done, Dani!” This was the response I received, when my coach first seen my before and after pictures of CrossFit, and there couldn’t be any more truth to it. There are absolutely no ‘secrets’ to getting that body you have always wanted. You must put forth the effort. There is no magic pill, and there definitely isn’t a 30-day challenge that is going to get you where you want to be.
My story started, when I finally got fed up with the way I was feeling and looking. I didn’t like the person looking back at me in the mirror. I tried all summer to run and go to the weight room, but invariably I would always find something better to do. I had no determination, and knew that I needed to do something different. I had a few friends that did CrossFit, so I kind of had an idea of what it was about, but I never thought it would be for me.
One weekend I had finally had enough, and decided that that Monday, (7/29/13), I was going to walk into CrossFit785 and see what it was all about. And that is exactly what I did. The first thing I noticed was the friendly, but competitive atmosphere. Everyone pushing each other, coaches calling everyone by name, and people quick to introduce themselves and welcome me. It was a family, and I knew right then it was just the place for me.
Nervous, but excited, I started that night in the mandatory skills class. I remember being totally and completely out of shape, when I first learned what ‘Tabata’ was all about. The coaches pushed me like I had been there for years, and congratulated me for getting through my very first ‘WOD.’ It didn’t take me long to realize that these people really cared about my success at 785, and that they would go to extremes to help me achieve anything.
I would recommend CrossFit785 to anyone and everyone. Of all ages and all weight ranges. Anyone can do it. And the best thing about it is, you will never have to do it alone!
Collin started with us in May of 2010 weighing 273lbs. Collin said to me that he was tired of being the fat kid. Nothing but CrossFit and a little better diet has changed Collin's life. I remember my Father saying to me as we were running out in the 100 degree Kansas weather back in June, "this kid is never going to keep this up." My Father saw Collin again about 5 months later and had nothing but high fives and praise for Collin, he was very proud as if Collin was his third son. Collin earned every pound that he no longer has to carry around, never complained, and never quit. He now weighs around 190. It is a much stronger and much more functional 190. On Dec. 6 Collin got his first and second unassisted pullups of his life, for those of you that think that isint that big of a deal, go do some pullups. We are very happy to have Collin still with us at CF785. He is the first of many success stories that will follow. Collin is a prime example of what hard work, dedication, and consistency can do for you.
You know... I just wanted to say that CrossFit785 has been the best decision I ever made. I would recommend it to everyone----- 200 pounds over to pregnant to just your average Joe. I finally broke 100 on my back-squat the other day which may not sound like a big deal, but with my previous back problems (Now a thing of the past!) that's 100 pounds more than when I began!!! So instead of spending m
oney on the chiropractor, I go to CrossFit. I'm 45 pounds more on my OH squat, hell I can do a squat the right way!! I can do a box jump (I busted my ass the first time). I can do a man push-up. Next goal: unassisted pull-up. Most of all, I can finish every workout and one day at a time I will reach goals I never thought I could have!! Heidi R.
So on one of the random CrossFit pages on Facebook they asked what one advantage you would want to have out of 5 options. One through four were awesome choices, like a 5-minute mile time, or 3x body weight deadlifts, but I chose #5. That was a community that knew easy wouldn't suffice. This was my (lengthy) response about my choice.
"I would definitely choose #5. There's no way I would be where I am today physically and emotionally if it weren't for the people at CrossFit 785.
Working out used to be a chore, and I dreaded going to the gym everyday. I gained a good amount of weight over my fiance's deployment. In addition to being upset about him being gone, I was very unhappy about how I looked. My workout clothes didn't even fit, so I had kind of given up on being happy with my appearance.
When Brian got back from deployment he encouraged me to try CrossFit. I was very tentative about going to a place where "elite" athletes trained. All I knew about CrossFit was what I saw during the CrossFit Games. These people were ridiculous, and what they could do with their bodies was amazing. How would I be able to do any of these exercises? I've always just been the fat girl, and you want me to workout with these athletes?
It took one workout for me to understand what CrossFit could do for me, and to realize how much I needed it in my life. It was maybe my third workout at 785, and I was still pissed at the world because I was fat and depressed. My fiancé encouraged me to go anyway, saying it would make me feel better. I was rude to the coaches, I bitched the entire time before we started the wod, and made it very known I had no desire to be there.
Probably 30 minutes later when I was done with the workout, I was exhausted, but I was happy. I finished a really difficult CrossFit workout. Yeah, I only used the bar, and my form was crap, but I pushed myself harder than I thought possible. The coaches didn't care that I was a nightmare only minutes before. They encouraged me and didn't let me quit the entire workout. They wanted to help me and to see me do well. These people I barely knew actually wanted to see me succeed. They didn't see me as the fat girl, they saw me as an athlete. They pushed me regardless of my weight, and didn't let the negative thoughts I had about myself hold me back.
I've been doing CrossFit for about 5 months now. I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm no longer the fat girl, I'm the girl that does CrossFit. I'm not self conscious anymore, and I'm not scared that people are always judging me and my body. I can do things now that I never thought chubby old me could achieve.
My entire view on life is different now because people I barely knew took an interest in me. From day one everyone at CrossFit785 has encouraged me. They don't let me quit, and they make me push myself harder than I thought I could. They don't let you make excuses, and they live by the motto "rest later". Every day when you walk down the stairs to the dungeon (as we fondly call it) you see in huge writing "get your mind right". Regardless of how my day has went, or the mood I'm in, when I walk down those stairs I'm an athlete. I'm about to do work. I'm about to push my body and mold it into something better. I'm about to be surrounded by people that care about me and how I perform. I'm surrounded by friends I've made in only a matter of months. People I know from CrossFit, but that I want in my life because of how genuine and wonderful they all are.
I don't know if all CrossFit gyms are like this, but for the sake of the community I hope they all are just as encouraging and welcoming. I was just an overweight, unhappy girl when I walked into 785. Now I'm an athlete that loves to see how hard I can push myself everyday. I didn't do that on my own. I used to be afraid of people, and the mean things they would say about me and my weight. I know now that when you're surrounded by truly good and caring people, you can accomplish anything. It may sound cheesy, but I've experienced it and I live it every single day." COURTNEY C.