In high school, I played football and I wrestled and ate everything in sight. I was always a fit guy in high school, but then I went to college and quit playing sports. One day I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. I coach a little league football team and I preach getting in shape and doing you best, and I realized that I wasn’t doing my best. That is when I found Crossfit Bluegrass. I remember walking into the gym on my first day thinking, “What in the world am I getting myself into”. Being a reserved guy when I first meet people or try something new, my plan was to keep to myself and just do the workout. That didn’t happen at all.
As soon as I signed the release waiver, I felt like I was instantly sworn into a family like I had never known before. Other places you go, you sign up and you are on your own. Here, I was introduced to other athletes, coaches, and friends. That was when I began to realize that this place was special. My first official WOD was brutal, and I was not even close to RXing it. But after the workout, several athletes and the coach came up and said I did a great job and can’t wait to see you again. That gave me all the courage and confidence to come back for more. After my first week, I could barely move my arms, but being determined, I still came back. It is not so much the workout, or the location that makes this place special, but it is the family and the commitment to one another. When someone doesn’t show up for a WOD, it is usually chaos trying to figure out where they are.
Recently, it has been a challenge to make it with my schedule and being busy all the time, but when I do come, it is like I never left. I show up and all of us catch up on our lives, and then bust our butts for an hour of a great workout. I have the support of everyone in the community at my back and I have their backs. It pushes me to get better. At Crossfit Bluegrass it is a home for athletes of all talent levels to come in and have fun doing a brutal workout. Even the worst workouts have been the most fun with the people at this box. Along with the workouts, there are classes to teach us to be healthier individuals. It is a great place with amazing resources to help anyone who joins.
When I first came to Crossfit Bluegrass I was weighing 220 pounds of fat. After a year and a half of working out, I am 215 pounds, but that weight has transitioned to muscle. I look better, I feel better, and I know I am living a better life. I have been able to achieve new personal records on lifts like deadlifts and squats that I didn’t have even in high school. I use to try so hard to get pull-ups, but I never could do more than 1-2 at a time. Crossfit has me doing muscle-ups now, 1-2 at a time. The help of all of the coaches made this possible. I will never forget my first muscle-up or any of the personal records I got. I won’t forget it because there were other athletes cheering me on and other coaches there to support me as well. My goals I want to complete in the future are getting more consistent at double-unders and one day being able to do handstand walks. The best part about these goals I have and all goals in the past I have, I know I am not doing it alone.
People sometimes joke with me and say, “Are you one of those Crossfit junkies that post everything you do online and can’t shut up about it?” And to them I simply say, “Yes.” But there is something they just don’t get. That something is what you realize when you sign up and do your first class. Crossfit isn’t just some high intensity workout program. Crossfit is a family of people who love and trust each other. It is a family dedicated to helping you become the best version of yourself. A family dedicated to making you feel good about the way you look, feel, and getting you healthy. I am, and forever will be, Crossfit Proud.