Written by Paul Keeling, of Rockwall, TX
I have to admit, I was a little bit concerned about my ability to succeed at Crossfit. After all, I was soon to be 55 and had a few regular aches and pains. I’ve always done some sort of physical acitivy (football, racquetball, circuit weight training, running, Stairmaster, elliptical), but Crossfit looked like a whole new deal. I soon found out that it was! It’s a new deal, and I can do it!
I’ve lost about 12 pounds. My body composition has improved. Annual medical checkups much improved (heart rate, BP, cholesterol, enzymes) all improved and are exactly where they are supposed to be. I enjoy running more now because my legs and core are stronger. A good nights’ sleep is guaranteed. My strength and flexibility have improved from head to toe, and my cardio fitness level is way ahead of where I was 16 months ago.
My favorite aspect of Crossfit Rockwall is that the workouts are constantly varied. There is no chance to fall into a rut or get bored. I look at the lift and the WOD online the night before so I can get my head around what’s coming the next morning. Also, Crossfit people (coaches and athletes) are simply good people to be around. I look forward to seeing who is going to walk in there each day. Crossfit coaches are knowledgeable and well-trained. They know the physiology and techniques and most importantly, they are good at sharing that knowledge.
The most important thing I’ve learned at Crossfit: “Leave your ego at the door”. It’s actually on the website. I’ve learned that a minor injury does not mean that you can’t workout. I’ve done some substitutions of one exercise for another while recovering from a sore knee. The coaches are very good at finding ways to help me get a good workout while protecting the injury. There is none of that “pushing through the pain”. If you can’t run today then row; can’t jump today, do thrusters.
I have learned a lot about proper lifting technique and I look forward to learning more. There is much more to overall fitness than I imagined and I know I am only part of the way there. After training at Crossfit for 16 months I am more physically confident and capable. I have been saying for months now that “Any day that begins with Crossfit is going to be a good day!”
Recommending Crossfit Rockwall to friends and family is easy because there are so many good things to say. Every person has different reasons for exercising. The CFR program works to improve so many aspects of health and fitness that I believe it can be a good fit for anyone who wants to show up and work at it.
I have never been involved in any other fitness program that resulted in as much positive impact on me as CFR.