In August 2009, after about a year layoff from doing any form of working out, I realized how out of shape I was and was ready to do something about it. I started going to the gym a few days per week doing the same things I’d always done since college… the elliptical runs, weight machines, and bench press. After two months of this and seeing minimal results, I was completely bored and tired with my routine and ready to call it quits.
Around the same time, my best friend from Atlanta came to visit and starting telling me about CrossFit. He emphasized how it was different from anything he’d ever seen or done. Said they mixed Cardio with Olympic weightlifting. Finally, He told me that most workouts lasted 20 minutes or less. Since most of my workouts consisted of 30 minutes of running and another 20 minutes of weight training, a workout that only lasted 20 minutes seemed too easy. The next day we went to my gym so I could attempt my first CrossFit WOD…”Cindy”. For the uninitiated, “Cindy” consists of one round of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 Air Squats, done continuously for 20 minutes. After it was over I had made it through less than 8 rounds, was out of breath, beat down, and completely hooked. For the Next month I would get the WOD from my friend’s gym’s website, watch videos on how to perform the movements, and then complete the workout with limited equipment that I had in my garage.
Finally in December 2009 I found and joined Crossfit Eastern Shore, went through the 2 week Fundamentals Course, and have been a member ever since. For the Past 3 years I’ve had the privilege of being coached by some of the most caring, motivating, and instructionally sound coaches I’ve ever known. I’ve made great friends and have become part of a community and family that I truly treasure. And to top it off, I’ve gotten in the best shape of my Life. In August 2009, I weighted around 220 lbs. After deciding to combine my WOD’s with the Paleo Diet, I’ve reached and maintained my “fighting” weight of 185 lbs. As far as “Cindy” goes, my personal best has increased to 17 rounds, and at 40 years old, I’m looking forward to keeping up with all the “young guns” at the box for years to come.