I have been part of the CrossFit RDU community since May 2013. Looking back, I wish I made the decision to join much, much sooner. I had been a CrossFit skeptic for quite some time. I had friends participating in CrossFit in other parts of NC and throughout the US for years, and all of them told me how great CrossFit was. I worked out in the traditional sense for over 19 years. My routine consisted of lifting 4 days a week and maybe the occasional run or bike ride for my “cardio” workout. I was “that guy” — you see them in the gym all the time. The guy who works his chest and arms and finds every excuse in the book to neglect his legs. That was me. When some of my friends were joining CrossFit gyms, I was always telling them they couldn’t get stronger and you couldn’t build strength that way. I was set in my ways and thought traditional training was THE way to build muscle, get stronger, and have lasting endurance.
In March/April 2013, I became curious about CrossFit and the endurance aspect it proclaimed to provide. I ran a 5K, really struggled with my “wind,” and barely finished in under 27 minutes. As I approached 40, I was also beginning to pay more attention to my heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, etc… as my family history is really bad in all those regards. So, I began researching other training routines, and CrossFit was one of them. I watched YouTube videos of various CrossFit workouts and also snippets of CrossFit Games competitions. I instantly identified with the camaraderie, and the physiques of the athletes appealed to me as well. The other aspects I really liked were the personal coaching and level of attention to proper form and technique and enthusiasm/motivation all the coaches provided. The set class schedules, relatively small class sizes, and the always changing “Workout of the Day” also were big positives for me. After the research, I thought I would give Crossfit RDU a try. I came in and went through all the movements and a few short, sample workouts. I could tell right away my personal endurance would be severely tested, and if I could stick with it, should see results pretty quick. Boy did I ever. I have gone from a 5’11”, 210-pound top-heavy guy, to a more balanced, lean 185 pounds in 4 short months. The enthusiasm/coaching from the noon coaches (Steve, Logan, and Pete) combined with the effort of my other noon CrossFit classmates have really challenged me to go outside my comfort zone, work harder than ever before, embrace the challenging workouts and strive to get stronger and fitter than ever before. Never did I think I would deadlift 400 pounds, do 100 pull-ups in a single workout, or run a sub 6:30 mile again. In 4 months, all of those have been accomplished. Every day I look forward to the workout and to continue striving to become a fitter, healthier person. My one regret was not finding Crossfit RDU years earlier.
I have been through a lot of life-changing experiences over the past couple of years. I was in need of something to make me stronger, both mentally and physically. After watching several videos online, I was introduced and intimidated to try CrossFit because I didn’t think I was “good or strong enough.” After building up the courage, I walked into CrossFit RDU and met Steve, the owner. He sat down with me and explained to me how I could do the workouts scaled, at my own level and that there would be coaches there to help me understand the workouts. I came to the Foundations classes and I was very comfortable and realized that the fear I had in my mind, was only put there by me. I became a member at CrossFit RDU in February 2012, every time I finish a workout here I feel stronger both mentally and physically (just what I need). When I make progress and I am able to set personal records there are few greater feelings. Knowing that I am doing something I was told I can’t or won’t be able to do is far more gratifying than living in fear. I always tell my co-workers, family and friends that if I can do this as a single parent with two kids and work full time, then absolutely anyone can. The coaches and members here are all very positive and knowledgeable. I am truly thankful and amazed at how much guidance I get from both coaching staff and members who come here. I don’t think I could have found a more accepting group of people.