What is your sports/fitness background?
I’ve been overweight basically my whole life so my sports/fitness background consists of sporadic/inconsistent gym routines focused on cardio, some of which were successful for a period but fizzled out eventually.
What are your fitness goals?
About 3 years ago I dropped the majority of my weight through diet control but the downside was that along with a lot of fat, I also lost a lot of muscle. I was not in any kind of regular fitness routine. It dawned on me one day (due not solely but in part by prodding by my doctor to work on strength training) that I needed to make a change. I was pre-sold on CrossFit, having seen real mind/body transformations among friends who’d gotten into it. That’s what I was looking for – something I would stick with long-term, building strength, adding lean muscle and knocking down the odds that I gain the weight back.
What do you see as your greatest improvement?
It’s early. I’m still really weak and know I have a lot of hard work in front of me to build up to a level I can be proud of. But adding 2.6 pounds of muscle in the first 4 months was gratifying. Generally I’m already enjoying conditioning gains from the hard workouts – I ran my first 5k on a whim in decent time and yesterday I climbed 500 stairs in one go (waterfall tour in Costa Rica!). Both of these would have been unimaginable to me before all this.
What is your favorite and least favorite workout?
Andy. First and only hero workout so far. Super hard and I had to do it scaled, but gave me a sense of accomplishment after I got through it. Worst workout: anything with squat cleans or thrusters. My squat game is weak, so these murder me.
How has your experience at EC Health and Fitness affected your life?
A combination of confidence and the freedom of being more fit. My view of myself has shifted from being a guy who’s out of shape to a guy who can handle a challenge. So I’m accepting -and seeking out – more challenges! I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m surprising myself with what I can push through.
What’s your favorite ECHF memory so far?
It’s hard to boil it down to 1, but the camaraderie of the 6:30 crew just really works. I’m usually slower than these other athletes so will be finishing my last set of a hard metcon when they’re done and they’ll cheer me on. You wouldn’t think so, but that really has an amazing motivating effect. When I feel like dying but hear people rooting me on it can give me a last little push that I need. That’s one of the really important aspects of this being a community that makes this all work.
In 1 word, summarize your ECHF experience.
Community. The combination of you coaches and my other crew members pushing, caring, and holding one another accountable is the difference between a routine that will change me and one I’d have already given up on.