In October 2013, I was diagnosed with excessively high “bad” cholesterol during my employment physical. At the time of my physical I had also been weighed, coming in at 5’11, 275lbs. At each work physical for the last 6 years I had made significant gains in weight. My overall daily physical activity was nearly nonexistent, and I had back problems due to obesity and poor core strength. At 34 years old, I was considerably less healthy than I needed to be.
I was at the end of my rope, fearing a heart attack was in my future, so I started looking for a gym. A friend, Dario, recommended CrossFit College Park. He said that all of the coaches were amazing and supportive. I liked the idea that each day the workout was planned and coached. Because of Dario, I made the choice to try it out.
On my first trial workout, I got sick and was unable to complete the assessment due to the difficulty. I remember leaving and asking Coach Nic if I would be able to come back. Nic assured me that I would make progress and invited me back to try again.
The next couple months were hard. The workout of the day (WOD) was never easy. I had to really push myself and get used to finishing every workout last. As time went on I got stronger and developed more endurance, things got tolerable (never easy). Time and persistence has taught me that my physical abilities are greater than I ever imagined.
Today, 5 months into training, I have lost nearly 40lbs. On top of my weight loss, I have gained muscle, and I am a happier, healthier person.
Thanks to the trainers at CrossFit, specifically Nic, Mitch, Mike and Julie, I am no longer on medication for high cholesterol, my back feels great and my body and soul are in a much better place.
I would also like to acknowledge the non-judgmental family environment of the gym. CrossFit College Park has a culture of caring. Everyone is a friend, everyone wants you to succeed. I have always felt welcomed by each and every member.
If my story sounds familiar, try Crossfit College Park, you will not regret it! I will be there to support you!
In Jan 2012 I walked in the door of Crossfit College Park, needless to say , I was scared to death! I had, like many years prior, decided that I was going to get healthy and lose weight. When I walked in the door there were people doing pull ups, handstands, and some of them were even hanging from the ceiling! I started to laugh and almost left… Until one of the trainers, Mitch, stopped me. I was terrified, thinking there was no way I would be able to do this! After meeting some of these crazy crossfitters & instantly feeling encouraged, I said what the heck do I have to lose! It was seriously one of the best decisions I ever made for myself! I’m not going to lie, there were mornings that I could barely move because I was using muscles I didn’t even know were there! Now after a year and a half of hard work, I AM one of those crazy people I saw on the first day! I’ve lost 53lbs and 14.5 total inches! It is amazing how my body has changed. I love pushing myself and setting new goals every month! ( it’s amazing the things your body can do when you give it a chance!) I feel & look better than I ever did in my twenties. I absolutely LOVE my crossfit family for all their encouragement along the way! I can honestly say that they changed my life!