This is a bit long, but it tells the whole story…
It was towards the end of tax season, and I was on my way home after another 13 hour day when the pains in my chest started. I was naturally under a lot of stress, but this was different. My father had heart issues. My grandfather had heart issues. My uncle had heart issues. And here I was , weighing 270 lbs and worried about a heart attack. Something had to give.
I’m happy to say I didn’t have one. In June, I made a decision to make some changes. It started with my diet. I started exercising, at your typical big box corporate gym. I was an athlete once, so I knew a little about a little bit. 10 minutes the first day, 12 minutes the second day, so on and so forth. I started to see results, but I wanted more. Then my life changed.
An old college friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit Soul. I started by taking the free Saturday classes, and there quickly came a point where no matter how hard I worked at GloboGym, I wasn’t getting out of it what I got on Saturdays. Beyond that, the sense of family and encouragement we receive here is unparalleled. So, I made the very easy decision to join Soul full time.
I wake up at 5:30 every day for our 7 am class. Today in particular, I shattered my back squat personal record by 50 lbs. Fifty. Which is about the same amount of weight I’ve lost since that day I thought I was going to die.
I’ve been a notoriously horrible eater and I had become sedentary as I got into my late 30s. I’m here to tell you that if I can turn my life around, anyone can, and I owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to Team Soul.
I joined CrossFit Soul a little under a year ago to better focus on my Olympic lifting. Little did I know that joining Soul would completely change the way I look at training and what it means to be an athlete. The community and coaches here are unlike anything I’ve been apart of before. There is every level of athlete to be seen training here together, from the elite Games athletes to the novice rookie that wants to make a positive change in their life.
One of the special things about Soul is the absolute wealth of knowledge here. The coaches here have extensive knowledge in weightlifting, gymnastics, conditioning, and nutrition all in addition to CrossFit certifications. The atmosphere here has allowed and encouraged me to continually improve not only my Olympic lifting but all aspects of my training. I consider myself a part of a truly great environment for someone who takes their training seriously but also loves the release working out provides against the stress of everyday life.
I have never been what you could call an athlete. The only experience that I had to exercising was a few years ago in the traditional GYM format. I recently gave birth to my beautiful daughter and needless to say, the amount of joy and happiness that she brought to my life equates to how out of shape I was after all this process and sedentary life style.
I was introduced to Crossfit during my pregnancy, but never really made the move to join any box. It was until after my baby was born that I decided to start Crossfit and after looking a few different options, Crossfit Soul was the best I could find. Today I can say my instinct and feeling about Crossfit Soul was correct.
My daughter is nine months and in less than that, Crossfit Soul has helped me to achieve the physical results you see in the picture. Most importantly, through their professionalism and great community I have been able to overcome other roadblocks at a more personal level.
I can say I’m a better person every day and can’t wait for 8pm every day to see what tomorrows workout will be! Crossfit Soul has changed my life. Make the move today and give them a try, take it from someone that was very hesitant to even try it and now is loving it every step of way.