I’ve never have been an athlete, the best description of me has always been “Band Nerd” with all that implies. I’ve always been “heavy”, but in the fall of 2011 I found myself out of breath just trying to tie my shoes. I was north of 300 lbs. I’d tried to work out at the gym many times before, but I didn’t really know what I was doing and always quickly lost motivation.
One day I stopped at red-light behind a truck with a Rotary Strength & Conditioning sticker on it. The next day I called, that evening I attended my first class. I nearly blacked out 3 times during my first class, I was in that bad a condition. I really don’t think Jason thought I’d ever come back. But I did. I came back again, and again, and again. I was hooked instantly. I loved the work.
Within a year I had lost 50lbs, but packed on a lot of muscle. I’d gone from being cut off 6 minutes into any WOD, to being able to do most Rx.
My life outside the box was also improving. I felt better, I worked better, taking my dog for a walk was better, I slept better, and I was a better husband. It shocked me how much better my life became because I was truly healthier. It became my personal mantra to do everything a little better. To do this Rep better than the last, to push myself in this WOD a little better than yesterday,eat a little better today than yesterday, to perform a little better at work this week than last, to be a better husband & father.
In the nearly 4 years of being an active member at Crossfit Eastern Shore I’ve developed wonderful, long lasting friendships that extend way beyond the walls of the box. Every day I come in and see my friends. Every day we work together to become better people. Some days they help me, some days I help them. That’s community.
I still don’t feel I have the right to call myself an athlete. I’ll certainly never make it to Carson, unless it’s as a spectator. But every day when I leave the box I know I’m a better person than when I walked in.