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My Fitness Journey

I never liked CrossFit. I thought CrossFit was dangerous, silly looking, and for the guys that didn’t want to take lifting seriously. I was so against CrossFit there was a point early in my relationship with my wife that she had to sit me down and tell me that it bothered her how much I bad-mouthed it. I stand by my claim that CrossFit athletes talk way too much about it, but I was bad-mouthing something I had no idea about.

My roommate and I have lifted together for years. We’ve always had a way of pushing each other and sometimes slacking off together, but we’ve always made progress. When I got selected to attend Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) I knew I had to change my workout routine. I started by adding more running. After I added running, my roommate and I decided to throw some high-intensity stuff into our workouts. At first, I hated it. I did not enjoy breathing so heavily in the middle workout that I had not labeled a cardio workout.

The day I fell in love with CrossFit was the day I was introduced to the Netflix documentary “Froning: The Fittest Man in History”. For anyone that does not know who Rich Froning is, he has been crowned by the CrossFit community, and by a lot of other people, as the Fittest Man in History. I know this is a wild claim and he can’t compete with people that came before his him but watching this documentary made me believe it. Rich won four straight CrossFit Games and probably would have won more if not for retiring from individual competition. I’m not sure why, but everything about the documentary made me want to be more like Rich Froning.

My very first CrossFit workout was Fran. For anyone who doesn’t know, Fran is a workout that consists of 21-15-9 reps of Thrusters at 95lbs and pull-ups. It sounded easy to me and I always considered myself to be in great shape, so a piece of cake right? This workout destroyed my life. I had never gotten done with a workout and been so out of breathe before. I couldn’t even complete the workout at the prescribed weight. I scaled the workout back to 65lbs. It took me 7 1/2 minutes to complete this workout. For anyone familar with CrossFit, you understand how terrbile this time was.

I did a few more CrossFit workouts before heading to OCS but I wasn’t able to keep this up at OCS. They had all of our workouts planned for us and it mostly consisted of running. Fast-forward 10 weeks and I was graduating OCS with the best cardio of my life. I decided that I would start my now very young CrossFit journey. I started by doing the workout of the day (WOD) posted on the official CrossFit website whenever I had all of the equipment needed. From there, I started looking deeper into WODs and what they were designed for. I started experimenting with them. For Christmas 2018, my cousin bought me a 43lbs kettlebell. I downloaded an app that would tell me WODs available using just bodyweight and the kettlebell. For months I had been bugging my wife for either a bumper set or to join a CrossFit gym. We decided after Christmas we would be able to buy a bumper set for the basement. I bought the Ethos 205lb bumper set and a half-rack for my basement. Now, I am all in on CrossFit. I am doing at least seven WODs a week. Typically I take two days off a week and cram the seven WODs into the five days of work. I love it!

Since starting CrossFit just a few weeks ago, my deadlift has increased 20lbs, my clean has increased 30lbs, and my barbell bench press has increased 10lbs. My Fran time has gone down by two minutes, my Grace (scaled to 95lbs) was under four minutes, and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. My body is reacting well. My shoulders have gotten bigger and more muscular, my abs look larger, and my glutes have grown tremendously. I have always wanted to gain weight and I have tried seriously a few times to gain weight to no avail. While I know I can chalk most of these failed attempts up to lack of persistence, I am seeing progress very quickly now. I am up 10lbs since graduating OCS in November. I am the heaviest I have been in my life.

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