My name is Hayden Hall and I am 25 years old. This is my journey…
Growing up I was always “the bigger girl” but being a softball catcher… that was acceptable. I was an athlete, so no one ever said anything about my weight. I loved to workout and I lifted as much as most of the guys, although I was always one of the slowest runners. Let’s be honest, I HATED running.
I got married in October 2016, and began getting more serious about working out. I attended Crossfit College Park 3-4 times a week to “sweat for the wedding.” You know… what all girls my age always does before their wedding.
Although… my food habits NEVER changed. I could have worked out 7 days a week for 5 hours and still not burned off as many calories as I was eating.
I got married and those habits didn’t change… they got worse! I gained 30 pounds before I knew it. We enjoying eating pizza and mac and cheese, lots and lots of it!
A couple of months after my wedding, I went in for a regular doctor check up and got a reality check… I was overweight and needed to do something about it quickly if I was going to love living life and eventually one day have children.
If you’re like me… I LOVE food. It always seems to find a way to sneak into my life. My entire life revolved around food. I would plan a whole day or week around what time or where I was going to eat. It consumed my mind.
Then I heard about quick weight loss from a friend, and trust me… I had tried it all! This was and continues to be the best solution for me. l get to eat lots of protein, vegetables, and some starches. (YAY!)
I continue to motivate myself using the mindset, “how am I fueling my body today?” This process starts at the grocery shopping phase all the way to prepping my meals. (trust me this was a HUGE change for me). I began to use the Kroger Clicklist feature at our local grocery store, so I wasn’t tempted by all the YUMMY foods on the isle. I only ordered what I knew I could eat.
Once I got my eating habits under control and I started to feel better… I completely “drank the Crossfit kool-aid.” I got very serious about my workouts and committed myself to placing at the annual Crossfit College Park competition, Graveyard Games. There was NO turning back! I even began to enjoy running (shocker).
Once you commit to embrace this family and sink into the community… you won’t regret it. It’s life changing. You will find lifelong friends who will become your motivational supporters and biggest fans.
Even if you’re like me and love to work or you hate every second just thinking about sweating… come give it a try! What do you have to lose?
We have modifications for each workout and can accommodate any situation… no matter if you are “world’s strongest” or “couch potato.” Get up and move! Don’t be scared to come in and visit.
My 2017 goals: consistently come to Crossfit 3 times a week, weight loss, 12:00 mile, and placing in the Graveyard Games.
I CRUSHED my goals for this year and can’t wait to see where I go in 2018.
As much as I want to motivate you… I also have to motivate myself. I am 13 pounds away from my goal to loose 100 pounds. I must continue to fuel by body with the right food and continue to be committed to my Crossfit family. Thank you to my parents, husband, and family for pushing me to be my best. I love each of you very much.
Along this journey we (together) can only become better athletes and people. Don’t let anything stop you… take each goal “one step at a time” and always count your mini-victories!
I hope to meet you along my journey! Welcome to the family 🙂
I’d been doing long distance running for a couple of years and hurt my hip over training for a half marathon. A friend kept encouraging me to go to Crossfit and I finally stopped in and talked to Nic. I wanted to be stronger. I kept thinking that I needed to be in a position to physically help my husband or parents some day…carry them, hold them, help them walk…and I wasn’t strong enough to do any of that.
It’s three years later, with many gains and goals met, some set backs here and there, but ultimately I found a place I could get stronger mentally and physically. I also made some amazing friends along the way.
When my dad was hospitalized for cancer in February 2016, he couldn’t get out of bed and needed me to lift him. And I did – all 145 pounds of him. And Nic was the first person I texted to let him know that the day I’d been preparing for had arrived and I succeeded. Then, in my first time of real need, this little group of Crossfit junkies came to the aid of me and my family in such a big way that I’ll be forever grateful.
Crossfit College Park will help you meet your goals. Stronger and better. Every day.
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!