I started my CrossFit journey because of a Groupon offer in August of 2012. I had heard about CrossFit and even looked at websites a few times but never really thought about doing it. I was scared that it was going to be like a bad gym class. Ever since high school, I hated working out. The only thing I enjoyed doing in terms of exercise was running. Prior to joining CrossFit, my running pace was an 11 to 12 minute mile. I did not think it was possible for me to run any faster or even have a fit body.
During the first three months of CrossFit, my weight started to creep down and my body was slowly toning up. My running started to improve. The results have been absolutely amazing. I have dramatically improved my overall fitness and have completely transformed my body. I am now in the best shape of my life. I can even do a handstand push-up now!
After doing CrossFit for seven months, I decided to do a before and after picture to see how much I’ve really improved. I’ve dropped 30 lbs and currently weigh 150lbs. My waist-size reduced from 32 to 29. My strength in running times has also dramatically improved. I can now run at a 9 minute mile pace, and I finished my latest half-marathon in 2 hours and 5 seconds.
I’m really grateful for the training and the awesome trainers at CrossFit Code Red!
I have been active in Krav Maga for most of 2011 and was looking for a class that would help me increase my endurance and strength. At age 64, I was curious if that combination was still possible. I can say with certainty that increases in endurance and strength are very possible though CrossFit training.
When I first started I was the oldest in class by more than a decade and there was some serious huffing and puffing in the 12 to 30 minute workouts twice a week. But, after 3 months of training I really look forward to every class and the new challenges. As a result of the efforts, I started to change my eating habits and with the guidance of the CrossFit Code Red staff, I have lost 25 pounds in the last 3 months alone and feel like I have turned the clock back 10 years.
I cannot say enough about the CrossFit Code Red staff and their friendly support in becoming a healthier person. This same encouragement carries over to the support each of the trainees gives to one another. CrossFit is a good fit for anyone looking to increase their energy, endurance and strength.
I’d heard of CrossFit but I always thought that you had to be young and in great shape just to begin CrossFit. Then a friend talked me into to trying it with CrossFit Code Red and I found that my preconceived notion was wrong. Anyone can train with at CrossFit Code Red. I’m 61 years old and I’ve been training for about 4 months and I feel like I’m now in the best shape of my life. The workouts are short and intense and work your whole body. CrossFit Code Red will tailor the workout to fit your level of conditioning. If you’re hesitant about starting like I was, just take that first step and start. Give it a month and you’ll be amazed at what you can do and how good you’ll feel.
After concluding my military service, I, like most, started to get soft on my exercise habits. Within 6 months back problems started to surface due to lack of core conditioning. I was diagnosed with a torn disk and ligament in my lower back and spent the next 8 years trying to minimize pain through random adherence to exercise, physical therapy, and pain killers. I eventually stopped weight lifting and running because my back was constantly in pain.
During my first couple weeks of CrossFit I began noticing changes in just 2 classes a week. One of the beautiful things about CrossFit is the way the programming manipulates the different energy pathways without repetitive routines, making plateauing nearly impossible. I would also like to note that because CrossFit’s foundation is constantly varied, functional movements that originate from the core, I have greatly improved my lower back health and I am currently functioning at a level of activity and comfort that I never thought would be possible 8 months ago. Last month I achieved one of my goals of completing a Tough Mudder (12 mile obstacle course put together by former British Special Forces).
If your only hesitation for experiencing CrossFit is that excuse “I need to be in better shape to try that…” do yourself a favor and just do it. Whatever perceived fitness level you feel you should be at to start CrossFit will be attained in a fraction of the time through CrossFit. The staff at CrossFit Code Red is fantastic at getting the un-initiated started. Even when I have been injured the staff has been able to find alternative exercises that allowed me to gain from the workout while keeping my injury safe.
The Code Red family is a great group of people from all walks of life that come together to be healthy and have fun at the same time. From nutrition classes and challenges, mud runs, obstacle courses, 5Ks, 1/2 marathons, to throwing javelins in the park, everyone comes together in a positive environment and has a great time. Of all that I have gained to date, I would say that the nutrition information and habits I have gained and developed as a result of not only the classes and challenges, but interacting with other athletes/members will have the biggest impact on my life going forward.
My only regret is not having started sooner.
I have always liked working out and have been a member of one gym or another since high school. However, I often became complacent in my workouts and eventually settled for the elliptical machine – 30 minutes a day a few times a week. That, coupled with a poor diet, led me to slowly gain weight over the course of my mid 20’s. Before I knew it, I was about to turn 30 and 20 pounds heavier than I should have been.
I began training for a half marathon and cleaned up my diet. Though it was tough at first (huffing and puffing through one 10 minute mile…) I got hooked on running and poured my energy into training for full marathons with the intent of running a Boston Qualifying time. Once I accomplished that goal (18 months and 3 marathons later), I realized that without a clear focus, exercise became mundane and I felt burned out on running.
I started back at my local gym again, but no amount of lifting, stationary bike or aerobics classes made me feel the way a long training run had. So, I decided to try CrossFit at CrossFit Code Red and I couldn’t be happier. The shock to my body from doing new and varied exercises every workout, coupled with the information I have learned about nutrition, has allowed me to see relatively quick and positive changes in my level of overall fitness. Though I have only been at CrossFit a few months, I feel stronger, more confident and in better shape than when I was running 40+ miles per week.
And, one would be remiss to discuss the benefits of Code Red without mentioning the coaches. They are welcoming, supportive and always make a point to modify any workout for your skill level, if you are feeling sore, or nursing an injury. They have truly created a community of support at this gym, and the relationships you’ll form at CrossFit: Code Red won’t end when class is over. Many of us have met on weekends to compete in local events as a team and we wear our CFCR shirts proudly.
No matter what your current level of fitness, do yourself a favor and try CFCR. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish and how it will make you feel.