When people hear “CrossFit”, they tend to picture a mountain of man who is completely shredded and able to bench press a bus.
But the truth is, CrossFit devotees come from all walks of life and are all shapes and sizes. We are all working towards physical perfection but the real fun is in the journey.
To get you inspired, here are a few real-life CrossFit member stories and tips on how to keep the pounds off.
CrossFitter Gerald Andres told website mensfitness.com that he managed to lose 20 pounds of fat before putting back on 10 pounds – of muscle!
Gerald’s tip for beginners is to “Push yourself, but focus on carrying a solid pace so you don’t have to take rest breaks in or between movements”
For New Yorker Danielle ‘DK’ Kuehnel, CrossFit heralded a complete change in her life. Having always been overweight, she started Weight Watchers and CrossFit at the same time. Once Danielle started seeing the weight come off, her confidence grew. “I still can’t do any of that stuff!” says Danielle of pull ups, muscle ups and double-unders, “but I’m a lot more fit than I was before and I’m taking better care of my body.”
Danielle recommends keeping a diary of your workouts to track your progression over time and see how you have improved by the numbers.
CrossFit fan turned trainer Ben Sweeney admits he pushed himself too hard when he started CrossFit. Since then he has well and truly made up for it with his advice to put safety first.
“Always chose a weight with which you can complete the workout with proper form. If the workout is meant to be a fast one, make sure you scale your weights. Otherwise you won’t get the results you want and you’ll wind up getting hurt.”
Then there’s the incredible story of Jeremy Jouette, who combined CrossFit and a paleo diet to lose 170lbs. He admits he felt self loathing, miserable and like “complete and utter garbage” before he finally became determined to make a change for the better.
According to Jeremy what’s important in achieving weight loss success is having the support of people who are going to support your nutritional choices and help steer you away from bad decisions.
Before CrossFit, Christine Pereira felt like her body didn’t match her insides and like “everything was impossible”. After dropping from over 200 lbs, she is more secure in herself and describes herself as a happier, more positive person.
Christine’s secret to success is not in trying to finish first, but always finishing strong. She says the key is to be consistent and not give up on yourself.
Finally, 26 year old Courtney Nottebart made the switch to CrossFit after realizing she wasn’t getting the results she wanted from a traditional gym. She credits the training program as “pivotal” to her weight loss success.
Attending CrossFit training sessions regularly, varying her workouts and combining her training with a focus on ‘clean’ foods have led to Courtney dropping over 75 pounds.