Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
That is what I told myself 6 months ago on my way to my Crossfit Fire intro class. I weighed 345 lbs and was squeezing into 2XL clothing. I graduated high school at 235 lbs, and my weight shot skyward. Over the next 15 years, I lost a little weight here and gained a little weight there. I belonged to several different gyms, and also did solo workouts as I tried to get my weight under control. I couldn’t find anything to stick. I knew I needed to lose weight, but didn’t have the motivation to do it.
In April of 2010, I was introduced to Crossfit Fire by my friend Chris. He told me he had started working out at this place and was getting pretty good results. He reminded me that I have three kids and need to get serious about weight loss. I listened to what he had to say and told him I’d look into it. After losing his patience, Chris signed me up for the intro class and introduced me to Zach Mitchell, the morning coach. I told Zach the program sounds great, but I was worried about being so far out of shape that I would have a heart attack. Zach assured me they hadn’t lost anyone yet, and that they can customize the daily workout for anyone. Reluctantly, I agreed to go to the intro.
On April 24, 2010, I walked into the Fort for the first time. Although it did not look like any gym I had been in before, I had that same feeling walking up to it. Everywhere I looked there were people in great shape finishing up with their Team Saturday workout. My self conscience mind was telling me that people were looking at me thinking that this guy is too fat to workout with us. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I was introduced to Bill and Jennie, who were very welcoming. Jennie took me through a workout assuring me that I would be exhausted after 10 minutes of working with her. She was right. The workout was quick and intense. I had a feeling of pride simply because I finished it. After the workout, Jennie took a few minutes to talk about nutrition. This was a first for me at a gym. When she asked me where I gained all of my weight, I replied that I gained most of it in my stomach. She laughed and told me I gained all my weight in the kitchen, and that’s where I needed to lose it. This statement has been the cornerstone of my weight loss success. Bill and Jennie gave me the finer points of the Paleo Diet and signed me up for my ramp-up class. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and haven’t looked back.
Six months later I am tipping the scale at 228 pounds, about where I was as a junior in high school. More importantly, I often find myself running around the yard with my kids. In 6 months, Crossfit Fire has helped me achieve the impossible. I am stronger and faster than ever, and for the first time, my weight is actually going down. I’ve always known I could lose weight through diet and exercise. It took the people at Crossfit Fire to complete the equation. The coaching is excellent and the peer support is second to none. Thinking back to my first day, those people weren’t looking at me because I was too fat to workout with them, they were looking at me thinking here is a guy who can use our help. The support I get from the members at Crossfit Fire renders me speechless. Whether it’s advice to refine a technique or just getting through a workout, people are always looking out for each other. This is what makes Crossfit Fire different from every other gym out there. No one will do the work for you, but everyone will stand next to you and get you through it.
I owe a heartfelt thank you to Bill, Jennie, Zach and all the members of Crossfit Fire for helping me get into a new chapter in my life. I look forward to a long healthy future at Crossfit Fire.
- Ryan Fain
Before I found CrossFit, I was never into working out. The idea of lifting weights was totally foreign to me, I thought “only BOYS do that!” I couldn’t have been more wrong!
In only 11 months I went from a size 12, to a size 4. I’m stronger, faster, and more fit than I have been in my whole life. I’m proud to say that CrossFit has made me more fit at 30 than I was at 18!
Being an athlete while growing up, I loved to compete. As I got older the only game I could find to compete in was golf. As my golf scores went down my weight went up. As the weight went up my energy went down along with my self confidence. A friend told me about CrossFit Fire and I kind of brushed it aside. Then another friend told me about it and talked me into giving it a shot. I'm so happy I listened! Since I started at Cross Fit Fire, My weight is down, my energy is up, I'm a much happier person and I've never been stronger! Joining CrossFit Fire is one of the best things I have ever done! Thank you for helping dig me out of my rut........thank you.
My husband and I started CrossFit in February 2009. I had recently had my second baby and gained a solid 40lbs. I exercised at a gym, using all the different machines, but could not get rid of the baby weight. I remember feeling so defeated and overwhelmed thinking how far I had let myself go. A friend of my husbands recommended CrossFit after he had been doing it for a couple of months in St. Charles. He told us about his typical day of strength/weight training followed by a short but aggressive workout. I can remember him leaving our house and thinking he was completely crazy. There really was just no way I was going to be deadlifting more than my body weight.I am just shy of a year at The Fort, and I can honestly say the past 10 months have changed my life. I owe a thank you, more than words could ever express, to Bill and Jennie. They are two great coaches that have done more than help me lose some weight. As much as that is a great accomplishment for me, it is more about building confidence and an inner strength. Bill and Jennie have poured their heart and soul into CrossFit Fire, and it shows through their dedication at The Fort. For me, CrossFit is not something that is easily explained to people. You just have to get out there and try it!Weight lost to date is 35lbs., and I can deadlift my body weightMuch love to The Fort and all of its members! Thanks for always pushing me just a little bit further.
"This is not a diet, its a lifestyle," this is what I kept saying to myself everyday while doing the Better Body Challange. My name is Dani and I started Crossfit in Oct 2009, but really started going on a reg basic in Jan 2010. When I stated at the Fort I was 163lbs, I was scared, yet excited at the same time. I have worked out at different gyms before this but they just didnt do anything for me. The fort is a place where you can go to workout and have a good time while you're doing it; its actually something that I look foward to doing after work everyday.
In Feb when we started the Better Body Challenge, I was so embarassed to take my shirt off in front of people to take my pictures, I was even embarassed to wear short shorts. When it was time for the "after" pictures I was so excited to take off my shirt so everyone could see the results. During the first couple weeks of eating Bill's version of Paleo and completely cutting out all grains and carbs, I had lost over 10lbs. I was so excited that I told myself that this is it, this is going to be the time that I finally lose the weight and keep it off. I ate paleo for 90 days, did I cheat? Of couse I did. Did I ever want to quit? NO!! After the first month of eating foods that I never thought I would ever eat and staying away from junk food, I for the first time felt good about the way I was starting to look, I had so much energy everyday, I was happy all the time, my cranky crabbiness went away, and I was exctied to do it all over the next day. My total weight loss was 28lbs. Thats more then some people can lose in an entire year. I went from wearing a size 12 jean to fitting into my size 6 favorite jeans form H.S. I even just bought my bridal shower dress in a size 4. Just knowing that I could fit into a size 4 means this was all worth it.
After the BBC was over I re-measured from the first measurment in feb and went from a chest size 37" to a 34 1/4", a waste size 36 1/2 to a 30 1/8, hip size 40 to 36 1/2 and a butt size 42 3/4 to a 39 1/2. If you add up all the inches that I lost it would be A LOT. I am so proud of myself and really I can say I owe it all to Bill and Jennie my awesome trainers who sat after class with us to talk about different foods or answer questions, and to all the other BBC participants for making this such a fun experience. Usually people dont think that it's fun to workout, but when we workout at the Fort we have a blast, we laugh, we joke, and we make the best of it. I love the Fort and wouldn't give it up for the world. It has become my new family:)
I think the pictures speak for themselves, and I cannot believe the progress in only three months (and only one hour a day, 5 days a week). My colleagues at work actually commented that my pictures looked like an ad from a magazine or infomercial. I couldn’t have done it without Bill, Jennie, and Zach!!! I would also like to thank all the CrossForters who constantly push and cheer me on each and every day! You won’t ever see this kind of support at a Globo Gym!
To conclude, let me go on the record as saying that CrossFit is the future of working out and becoming fit in America and around the world! People just don’t know it yet or have the courage to try it! My brother, a former college athlete (and I love him to death), has yet to even set foot in CFF because I know he is afraid of the metabolic conditioning. Some day, I hope he can experience the excitement, competition, and camaraderie that goes on at the Fort each day, because it is something that has really changed my life for the better!
I consider CrossFit a sport, but the unique thing is; it has not become commercialized. There are no fancy marketing schemes, just results.
And these results are what will keep me coming back forever!
I’m turning 40 this year and thanks to Bill and Jennie, I’m in the best shape of my life. Bill’s nutritional advice was a revelation that has completely changed my diet, lifestyle and looks. I’m leaner than ever with little effort and feel better. I’m rarely sick anymore. I also spend a lot more time in the kitchen putting together all sorts of inventive and delicious meals. I’ve made major improvements in strength, endurance and speed but continue to strive for more and with the programming at the Fort, I’m sure I’ll continue to push past my goals to attain levels of fitness that would have been unimaginable before coming to Crossfit Fire. Thanks Bill and Jennie for all you do!