Before I start, I just wanted to say how much I admire what you and the other coaches have built and continue to build every day. It would have been enough to have just started a gym, but you did the harder thing – though you all make it look effortless – and also built a supportive community that encourages us to be better physically than we were the day before. I am truly proud to be part of it, and would be happy to help you guys in whatever way I can.
As for what I did before CrossFit: nothing. I didn’t exercise with any sort of regularity at all, but I’d occasionally join a gym with a friend or my partner. I’d stop going eventually, mostly out of boredom and that nothing ever really encouraged me to keep going. My partner eventually convinced me to try CrossFit with him, and I was hesitant at first, but was immediately hooked during the first 3 training classes. CrossFit requires that you be both mentally and physically engaged. Being a software developer, I really like the precision and concentration needed to execute proper form.
And while there was, ahem, a lot of room for improvement at beginning and still some now, I can feel myself improving the more often I go: I can lift more, run further, do more sit-ups, and I recover from a workout much faster. All the while, the coaches have encouraged me to continue to improve. I’ve been exercising consistently now for 6 months, which is the longest time I’ve ever done any kind of physical activity.
You were joking with us when you put the 1-mile sled pull on the board Saturday morning, but I didn’t know that at first. I know that if I had seen that when I first joined, I would have thought, “There’s no way I can do that.” But I’ve improved – I mean, I pushed and pulled a 100-pound sled at the competition I joined. And on Saturday I honestly thought instead, “Well, let’s give it a try,” and that attitude change makes all the difference in the world.