I remember a defining point sometime during Hell Week, (thanks for that Rick) that I wasn’t just surviving the workouts anymore, I was starting to be able to push. I figured, if I can do those workouts, I’ll be okay. I started to relish showing up to workouts that looked impossible and trying my very best, even though I was terrified, and being surprised at what I could do.
I haven’t just changed physically in the past year, dropping 30 lbs. and two pants sizes. I’ve gained something more valuable than that — confidence and willpower. Knowing I can reach that dark zone and keep working is an incredible feeling. That hasn’t only helped in the gym, but in my personal and professional life as well. Conquering my daily fear of the unknown and unknowable. Acknowledging that I can be strong, and that’s okay.
The support from a lifting partner to “pick that shit up” or from my bf to “get your ass out of bed you’re going to be late” helped me get through the tough days of no motivation and perpetual soreness. Now, I have very few days like that thanks to the incredible people at CFP. I have made irreplaceable friends, who without them I would not have made it this far. I wouldn’t trade this for anything.
So, thank you to everyone 🙂
I honestly thought I was going to at least pass out one year ago today. No joke. I truly believe this is where my extreme dislike of rowing comes from! I cannot recall the distance, but it was obnoxious … I am inclined to say it was a 2,000K row. But Holly Leonard jumped on the rower next to me and didn’t let me quit.
I had never really lifted before I had my first class at CFP. I have gone from lifting an empty bar and being afraid to add 10 lbs. on to it to having more strength and muscle definition than ever before and loving box jumps! Thanks to Holly and Lean Machine, I fixed a HUGE amount of stomach problems that I have been having for years!! Yes they are still there, but massively decreased. I am almost convinced that bathing suits aren’t 100% bad, and though I still get freaked out by CrossFit competitions, I have done one (thanks for being my first partner, Chell!!) and there looks to be another on the horizon.
It goes without saying that CFP is amazing!! Thank you to Holly for making me WANT to do this, Lynne for being a rock star and wishing she got more emails from me, my CFP BFF partner-in-crime Jessica Perkins for laughing and swearing with me (it’s cool, you can start going to 6 a.m. … whatever…), and ALL the CFP badasses!!!!! We’re such a great little Peabody community 🙂
Lean Machine: 30 Day Fat Loss changed the way I look at food, training in the gym, and my opinion of what my body should look and feel like. I took this challenge on to battle my high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress eating, weight struggles, excessive alcohol intake and how I perceived myself at 37 years old.
Over the summer I was introduced to the term “Dad bod.” A Dad bod was explained to me as “A guy who has kids and was once in shape and still has guns that can crush beer cans but also has a belly that says ‘I drank those beers, and I can eat 6 slices of pizza in one seating.’”
I laughed at first but then that smile slowly changed to a look of horror. Out loud I screamed “OH S***, I HAVE A DAD BOD! How did this happen?!”
I told my wife “I’m calling CFP, I don’t care what it costs. I don’t care how early I need to be up to go. I don’t care how intimidated I am. I’m changing my life.” Five months later, and I have kept my word.
CrossFit Peabody and the Lean Machine program has taught me to question what I have been putting in my body and how it benefits me or how it affects me negatively. CFP has propelled me into being a stronger person, a person who had once thought he was past his time of being fit.
This is my Dad bod now and I feel 10 years younger.
Coaches and all the CFP athletes…. Thank you.