I have been an athlete my whole life, but in the past 8 years I was diagnosed with two serious chronic medical conditions. Since the first diagnosis, I struggled to maintain my previous level of fitness and athletic performance. Although I trained regularly, my health and my age (I am nearly 54) led to an obvious decline, and nothing I could do slowed it down at all. Or so I thought. In October 2015, I found Crossfit C2L, and the results have been remarkable. Even though I underwent surgery for one of my medical conditions in January 2016, my fitness is at its highest level in years. It is even possible that I am in the best shape of my life, as I can do things I had never been able to do before.
Of course, the first-rate instruction and support in CrossFit, weightlifting, and Obstacle Course Race training that the C2L coaches provide daily are largely responsible for this. But there is another element that might be just as important. C2L has built an amazing community of athletes and coaches. I love coming to C2L to push myself to levels I never thought possible again in the company of people I consider my family and very good friends. Coaches John, Sarah, Sean, Rachel, Ben, Derek, and Yogi, I can’t thank you enough for your roles in my development as an athlete and a member of the C2L community. I feel as if you have given me back an essential part of my life that I had thought was gone forever.
I came to Crossfit C2L shortly after getting out of a 8 year relationship. I was in my 30’s living at home with my parents while binge drinking & eating as often as possible. I was out of shape, heartbroken and utterly depressed. My best friend saw I needed a change and encouraged me to try out C2L.
I had zero interest or knowledge in Crossfit, but wanted to spend time with her, so I reluctantly agreed. In the back of my mind, I believed that if I got skinny and lost weight, maybe my personal situation would change. But that didn’t happened. Instead, I was met by a community of athletes who were looking to grow and encouraged me to do the same. They had no knowledge of my personal struggles while they were cheering me on with a 15lb starter bar. In the beginning, I was an extremely slow runner, had zero endurance, I didn’t know anything about weightlifting and my idea of Obstacle Course Racing was walking through the woods with a beer. But with the help of the community and coaches, I started learning and growing both physically and mentally every day.
It wasn’t long before my focus began shifting and I started seeing the results. That 15 lb starter bar I began with turned into over 100lbs I could handle with no problem (and deadlifting over 200lbs). My self esteem and confidence went through the roof as I started doing things I never thought I was capable of. Yet there I was conquering pull-ups, rope climbs, toes-to-bar, olympic weight lifting and even running in 5k’s without stopping. It completely changed my mindset for my personal and professional life as well. My business has taken off and I have since entered the $10 Million Presidents Club at my company. I bought my very own home and am also in the process of purchasing investment properties. No longer am I focused on getting skinny, but instead, I look forward to the weight I’m adding to the barbell. I’m happier, healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been in my entire life. Not too bad…especially considering it’s only been 1 year. I would encourage anyone who is even thinking about starting Crossfit to give us a try. I’m proud to be a part of this community and I look forward to what the future holds!
I have been a member @ C2L for just about a year. My brother has been doing Crossfit for years and he kept telling me to try it. I remember my response being “no, I can’t do that stuff”. Here I am one year later loving the journey I’m on and doing all those things I thought I couldn’t do.
Participating in Crossfit and being a part of the C2L community has changed me in many ways that when I started I didn’t expect. I have seen a change in my body’s appearance, flexibility and most definitely strength. I have pushed myself physically and mentally. When I felt like I couldn’t keep going, the other athletes and coaches at C2L supported me the whole way through. It is truly amazing and has been a blessing for me. I have realized that anything truly is possible, and that you are stronger than you think you are.