My name is Wesley Jones, and I started CrossFit in September of 2013. I am writing this after 1 full year of CrossFit. I looked over Cliff’s testimonials an noticed that there was no one my age and wanted to give my perspective. I have made incredible gains in this last year, but in order to fully understand what CrossFit has meant to me I have to let you know what my fitness looked like before this last year.

 

   I grew up in Northern California and I played sports in high school, but I never really took my fitness seriously. I’d be in good shape during football season or during wrestling but after those seasons were over so was exercise. My diet mainly consisted of fast and processed food because it tasted good, was easy, and cheap.

 

    When high school ended, I decided to join the Air Force after 9/11 and really had to come to grips with my fitness and diet, as I needed to meet a weight and fitness standard to join the Air Force. I was able to meet my goal and was in great physical shape after basic training, but once that was over I quickly fell back into old habits. My fitness and weight would get better when it came time for a fitness test and then would quickly decline and this pattern continued for the next 5 years.

 

I left the Air Force in 2008 and moved to Rockwall and started a family with my wife not long afterward. Over the next few years my weight would fluctuate but my fitness was terrible. After the birth of our second child in February 2011 is when I realized I needed a change, I had ballooned to 255 lbs. all my pants were either way too tight or didn’t fit at all, in fact my wife had started to replace all my dress shirts in my closet because they were all too tight. So I signed up for the Tough Mudder, started doing P90X, and running. While I was able to improve my fitness my diet was still really bad, it consisted of cold cereal in the morning, something quick in the afternoon (from either fast food to gas station food) and an ok dinner at night while having 2-3 sodas along with a Monster Energy drink everyday.  I would start with the at home workout and then get sick after a month as my body was just drained and couldn’t fight off anything. I thought as long as I could get through a workout it didn’t matter what I ate.

 

            So right before my 30th birthday, I decided that I was going to give Insanity a go and sure enough the same thing happened, I got sick and had to stop. I entered another summer defeated and overweight wondering if I would ever get a hold of this. In July of 2013, my wife had signed up for a training course in Dallas and was carpooling with another teacher. They needed to be back by a certain time and wouldn’t ride together some days because Kristin needed to be at CrossFit. This sounded a little crazy to me but I started thinking maybe this is something I needed to try. Sure enough after a few weeks the course was over and all the teachers were meeting for happy hour and I met Kristin and her husband Davin Marceau along with Jenna and Adam Vineyard. After talking with Adam and Davin for a few hours about CrossFit and with their encouragement I knew this was something that I had to try.

 

            My first day I was a little nervous, but I was going on a Saturday in case I killed myself.  I had eaten nothing (big no-no) and after barely starting, I almost threw up. This is when I realized that if I was going to do this, I needed to get serious not only in the physical commitment but with my diet as well.

 

            In the first month I went Paleo crazy but in the coming months decided to make sure that I eat clean and allow myself a few cheat meals. I also cut soda out to maybe one a month as well as eliminated energy drinks for good. All of this was hard for the first few weeks but has paid tremendous dividends. Now don’t get me wrong I love beer and there is no way I am cutting that out for good and sweets are still my kryptonite. The main point is that my body no longer quits on me because I have maintained discipline in my diet.

 

            I started out slow but made some mistakes along the way, mainly from trying to do too much too soon. Scaling your weight and talking with the trainers daily will prevent you from making those mistakes. Scaling your weight back isn’t stupid or makes you weak; it is smart and will make you strong. In fact it took me almost 3 months before I could do a WOD as prescribed or RX, some it has taken longer but there are still some WOD’s that I still scale.

 

            I never really went into CrossFit with a certain weight expectation or specific goals but wanted to make sure that I made permanent changes to my fitness and my diet. This all came to a culmination when we had a group come in and measure Body Fat percentage as well as a series of other measurements. In the first few months, I had dropped from about 230 down to around 210 but had been at 205 for the next 6 months. When I received my test results I found that my Body Fat percentage was at 16% and that I was now carrying 173 lbs. of muscle. I couldn’t contain my excitement, even though my results were not on the traditional weight scale they were tangible enough for me to know that I am where I was meant to be. I am 12 years older than when I finished Basic Training but I could out lift and out run my younger self any day.

 

            If I have one regret it is not getting started sooner, I knew about CrossFit but I was the one continuing to hold myself back. You can be nervous but don’t be afraid, as we all need to start somewhere regardless of where that is. If you’re on the fence give Cliff a call and schedule a free workout, if you come to the 4:15 pm class during the week you can even talk to me while you’re there. If there is one suggestion I can give you, it is don’t look at this as a 60-90 day thing, this is a complete and total lifestyle change and with the Crossfit community at Crossfit Heath, you can accomplish your goals.

 

 

 

My name is Camille Wallace & there’s nothing worse than being overweight quitter. My weight problem began at 13 years old and continued throughout my 20’s and 30’s. I have been on numerous fad diets and have had many gym memberships.  They were short lived and as far as the gym memberships, well if turns out you have to go to the gym in order for it to work. Who knew? In February 2012, after much prodding by a couple of co-workers I stepped into CrossFit Heath scared out of my mind! People were drenched with sweat, rolling around on the floor and scariest of all, SKINNY! No way would I ever fit in here! My first day, I could barely get through the warm-up. I was embarrassed that after 5 years out the Air force I had allowed myself to get so out of shape that I couldn’t even make it through 3 rounds of push-ups, pull-ups, rowing and sit-ups without wanting to throw up. After that workout (warm-up to cross fitters) I was determined to get into shape. I continued to go for two more days and then my world fell apart. CrossFit was put on the back burner.

 

Fast forward to August 20th, I was now 36, newly single and was about to weigh more than I ever had. It was time for change. That change was CrossFit. I’m ADDICTED! CrossFit is the new CRACK. I have to have it! I now change plans or cancel if it interferes with my workout. If I know that I didn’t do 100% of my ability in a WOD I feel guilty. I still have a LONG way to go, but I have NO doubt that Cliff, Nicole and the other amazing CrossFit Heath trainers will guide me on my journey to become the CrossFit athlete that I hope to be.

 

            If I have one regret it is not getting started sooner, I knew about CrossFit but I was the one continuing to hold myself back. You can be nervous but don’t be afraid, as we all need to start somewhere regardless of where that is. If you’re on the fence give Cliff a call and schedule a free workout, if you come to the 4:15 pm class during the week you can even talk to me while you’re there. If there is one suggestion I can give you, it is don’t look at this as a 60-90 day thing, this is a complete and total lifestyle change and with the Crossfit community at Crossfit Heath, you can accomplish your goals.

 

 

 

Cross Fit Heath is much more than a workout facility  - it is a proven method that really does produce measurable results!  I was very skeptical at first to say the least, but at the urgency of my doctor I committed to give it a try. I just knew that after my six weeks trial of workouts my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers would not improve much and I could then quit.  WRONG ! All my blood work improved by over 20% and I am still at it over one and a half years later! I feel so much better and stronger. My knees and joints don't hurt like they used to.   Even at the age of 55 -you really can change your lifestyle and physique if you just stick with Cross Fit.  Thank You Cliff and all the instructors at Cross Fit Heath for the techniques and constant encouragement.

 

Gene Aube

 

 

 

TESTIMONIES

 

I turned 50 a couple of years ago and I knew that I need to make some changes.  But I wasn’t ready.  Every year I’d go for a physical and the doctor would repeat the same sage advice.  Diet, exercise, drink less, etc.  You know the routine; in one ear and out the other.  All I really wanted to know was, “am I going to make it another year?”  Check.  See you next year doc …

 

Apparently I’ve been blessed with good genes, because I’ve lived a fairly sedentary lifestyle, ate a high fat, high carb diet for years, and exercised, well, rarely.  In fact the last time that I exercised was about 20 years ago.  I ran with a Methodist preacher friend of mine who moved away.  When he moved that was the end of the running; and the end of my exercise.

 

Oh, I tried over the years … I’ve tried a personal trainer a couple of times; I’ve joined several gyms, some more than once.  But they didn’t really do me much good.  (Note:  You have to go!)  Left to my own devices, exercise just wasn’t on my “to do” list.

 

As I turned 52 I decided to give Crossfit a try because of the changes that I saw in my teenage son.  I didn’t sign up to lose weight, or impress anyone I did it because I had no energy and was tired all of the time.  I was tempting fate with my lack of exercise and diet.  So I walked in one day and asked Cliff if he could help me.  It was a good decision.

 

Crossfit is different.  Here are my top ten reasons to give Crossfit a try:

 

1.     Coaching.  Cliff and his staff are supportive and knowledgeable.

 

2.     Cost.  The last big gym I tried charged about $80 for a personal trainer session.  That’s not affordable for most people.  I get basically the same coaching at Crossfit for one low, monthly price.

 

3.     Camaraderie.  I workout about the same time every day.  The same group of people are there pursuing the same goal; fitness.  Getting to know other people is encouraging.  We encourage each other.

 

4.     Belt Loops and Baggy Pants.  Don’t you just hate people who have lost weight and have baggy pants and cinched up belt loops?  Well that’s me.  My pants don’t fit and I have to cinch up my belt all the way past some well worn spots.  It looks goofy but I wear them like a merit badge!

 

5.     Variety.  Sometimes exercise can get BORING.  You know what I mean?  Not at Crossfit Heath.  Every day there is something different.  Its fun walking in and looking at the board and wondering what the staff has in store for us.  Some days are tougher than others, but every day is different.

 

6.     Ramping Up.  I started s-l-o-w-l-y.  At first I just did the warm-ups.  When I started the workouts I didn’t finish them, or I’d do less reps than my experienced colleagues.  I did what I thought I could do and then I went home.  For the first 2-3 weeks I was sore most of the time.  And I was tired.  I couldn’t run across the street without stopping to rest.  Gradually I got stronger and began to gain confidence.  And at Jackie’s behest, I stopped using the ladies bar!  And then one day I forgot the last time that I didn’t finish.  In fact, stopping wasn’t an option.

 

7.     Muscleheads.  This isn’t Gold’s Gym.  I haven’t seen any body builders.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty buff and strong people at Crossfit, but there aren’t any mirrors on the walls.  People go to Crossfit to get fit; that’s it.  And I’m not the oldest or in the worst shape!

 

8.     Crossfit Challenge.  After a couple of weeks at Crossfit Heath Cliff held a forty-four day “45 Day Crossfit Challenge.”  (I guess that’s some Tech math or something?)  I decided to enter to “kick start” my efforts.  I almost posted a perfect score and lost 24 lbs. in the process.  The Caveman (Paleo) diet works great and I’m a proponent of the low carb lifestyle.  I think Weightwatchers is a good option also, but eating like a bird is not my favorite idea.  If I can pick it, kill it or gather it is pretty easy to remember.

 

9.     Accountability.  I don’t like to miss.  I can’t believe I am even thinking this way!  But I do.  When I’m out of town or have a meeting that causes me to miss, I don’t like it.  There’s just a feeling that I can’t explain.  I want to go, even on Saturdays or Mondays when I know it’s going to be a tough workout.  When I’m done there is just such an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment.

 

10.  Family.  My son goes, and now one of my daughters is starting up.  Crossfit is for everyone in the family!

 

After 90 days at Crossfit, I have leveled off and lost about 20 pounds, I feel great and I have more energy that I have had in years.  I’ve had progressively worsening back issues over the past several years, but since starting Crossfit, my back hasn’t hurt once.  I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ll worry about tomorrow later.  Today I feel great and I sure like it.  Thanks Crossfit Heath!

 

Mark Stubbs

 

 

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