Written by Mark Khamboonphet of Royse City, TX
I started CrossFit in mid April of 2009 and now it's the only way I will ever workout. I use to be like everyone else in the gym spending an hour on weights and an hour on cardio. It took forever see results and was hard to stay motivated. In 2008, I got my appendix removed and also got an abdominal hernia. I wasn't able to run or lift anything over 15lbs for almost 5 months so I sat on my couch and gained 30 lbs. When I was cleared to start working out again, I couldn't find the motivation to go to the gym regularly. Then one day my friend told me about CrossFit and I got very interested. It took one free class and I was sold. I signed up right after the class.
Today, I’m a CrossFit regular. I try to go workout everyday and feel guilty if I don’t go because I enjoy it so much. It’s seriously addicting. I lost 12lbs in my first month of working out at CrossFit Rockwall. I then lost another 19lbs during our diet challenge and a few pounds after the challenge was over which brings my total to 33lbs. I’m now 7lbs from my high school weight. I also lost a total of 8% body fat and 6 inches off my waist. I think it would have taken me well over a year in the regular gym to get these results. I feel better and look better than I have in a long time. I’m almost as strong as I was in high school. I’m deadlifting almost 400lbs. I’m doing handstand push-ups which I didn’t think would ever be possible. CrossFit has improved all the sports I play which include football, basketball, tennis, skateboarding and snowboarding. CrossFit training just translates so well into everything I do on a regular basis.
CrossFit isn’t a typical gym and you don’t get typical results. You can become stronger, fitter, and faster in less time than most gyms. We don’t work out in front of mirrors and run on treadmills then finish up with protein shakes. Instead we do pull ups, push-ups, burpees, ring dips, and barbell lifts for time! Every day is different so there is no plateau effect. CrossFit teaches you to push your body as hard as you can. At the end of all the workouts I normally feel dead tired but have a great sense of accomplishment for finishing the workout. If you want to push and challenge yourself, CrossFit is for you.