I grew up in what most would consider a “normal” family; Mom and Dad, 1 brother, 1 sister, even a dog and fish. Both of my parents worked, so our meals were often rushed or picked up on the go. I was athletic and played many different sports, but as a kid, true nutrition and exercise were never a priority and my weight and size showcased the results.
When I reached high school, I was tired of being the big kid and I became more focused on football. 2-a-days and lifting weights helped me shed some pounds and get in great physical shape, but the pizza buffet still called my name. In the off-season, I continued to lift and participated in field events, namely shotput, to showcase my strength, though my physique was still not where I wanted it to be.
I went on to college at Kansas State University (Go Cats!) and kept active, lifted weights at the gym, and had a decent metabolism that kept me mostly on track.
After college and working for some time, I got married and started a family. Going to the gym has always been a staple for me. I have always loved pushing myself to get bigger and stronger. I’ve jumped around to several different traditional gyms and always made a priority of working out. It is my release from the day-to-day grind. The problem became as an adult, my metabolism and my lack of will-power got the best of me. It’s easy to grab a burger while out to lunch with co-workers, or have a second helping of whatever the wife has made at home. Over time, even with going to the gym almost daily, my weight and my health were not where I would have liked them to be.
I finally decided it was time to try something new. I took a chance with CrossFitI35 in January of 2013. In the beginning, the weightlifting parts of each WOD really played to my strengths, but the cardio and gymnastics movements were extremely difficult. It was rough trying to finish a workout when you look around the room and half the class is already done. But, it being challenging is what really pushed me. My competitive spirit knew I could do it. Watching athletes of all ages and sizes work their tail off each day is so motivating, and watching my own improvements over the months and years keeps me coming back for more. The variety and the inner competition have me hooked…and it doesn’t hurt that I have lost 50+ pounds. I’ve also used this experience to change some of my bad eating habits. It’s a lot easier to turn down a burger and fries when you’ve pushed yourself to the edge that morning. New friends, challenging work and a focus on diet have led to better fitness.
As a trainer, I’m excited to be able to help out the gym that helped me.