What were your goals when you started training?
I used to be very overweight and would get winded going up the stairs. I set a goal to try CrossFit for two months to see if I could do it. Of course I got addicted and have been doing it for six years now. (I know I should be better after all that time, but don’t judge!). At that time, I had thinned down and wanted to get stronger and generally more fit so I wouldn’t drop dead at a youngish age.
and what are they now?
I’m still trying to get stronger and would love to clean 100 kg, snatch 75 kg, and squat 150 kg. Handstand walks and HSPUs are still elusive, but something I’d love to get. (It just occurred to me that I had very general goals when I started and now have very specific ones.)
What do you like about CrossFit Wandsworth ?
The community. Going to CFW is the high point of my day and I’ve developed some great friendships there that extend outside of the gym. I’d never work as hard as I do – or with the variety – if I trained on my own. In fact, I’d probably revert to getting fat and lazy.
How has our training program affected your life ?
It definitely pushes me harder than I would on my own and I do things I wouldn’t do on my own. I’m much more willing to try things even if I might look foolish. I find that I still look at the WOD and the whiteboard on rest days and feel like I’m missing out when I don’t go. Outside the gym, I don’t think twice about carrying heavy things for long distances or running up the stairs. It’s also made me want to be a strong old man that can do things for myself rather than rely on others.
What would you say to someone like yourself who was thinking about joining a CrossFit gym?
Just do it. The hardest thing is stepping through the door. Once you’re there, people are welcoming and supportive. Don’t worry about what others are doing; your coach will help you find movements that are safe and challenging for you. You’re there to make yourself stronger and healthier and no matter what you’re doing, it’s better than watching TV.