Fort Mill CrossFit Testimonial by John Rea
JOHN REA – Testimonial
Well, I’ve been working out with FMCF 4-6 times a week since October 19th, 2013 (no two a days yet Ha ha ha) but for about a month. I’ve been doing unassisted pull ups so I think it’s time that I write a testimony for Bob Piotrowski and his staff at FMCF.
(Insert Raucous laughter) I am a regular softball player. I’ve lost weight before with a trainer, with unhealthy “herbal supplements” and I first encountered my own ribs when I wrestled in High School. I drive for a living so, I’m on the road all day and that means fast food and sedentary days. I was around 200 pounds and I’m 5’ 8” and 45. I wanted to improve my performance on the ball field and also I was tired of looking the way I did.
I knew going in that I was at the bottom of a very steep hill, and that it was going to get worse before it ever got better but the very first orientation I went to, I pulled a hamstring (It was giving me problems prior)! Everything was (gahhhhh!). It seemed like the warm ups should have been the workouts!!! On top of that, I felt like things should have been scaled more. Please do not misunderstand; they do scale things but you have to learn to trust the trainers, they know what they are doing. By all means speak up, but the point I am making here is that (in whiner world) it seemed that I got ramped up all too quickly as it was happening but looking back, they knew what they were asking me to do. I remember doing a Saturday WOD (it was a fund raiser) in December and thinking about how much fitter almost everyone was at the gym. It was not fun being the last one to finish.
Finding a stride:
There’s a never a way “out” only overcoming or opting out. For me, I guess my “turn around” started during a WOD where we were doing toes to bar (you’ll find out later) and instead of doing the level-1 mod, I Rx’ed that part of it. I can’t speak for others but when you are ‘at the bottom of the hill’ you find one thing you can Rx and start broadening your horizons. It helped me that there were a couple of guys that I started with that I could use to gauge my progress. If ‘C’ started using a blue wall ball, (you’ll find out) then I started. If someone else I knew from my orientation class used a bigger kettle bell, I had to as well.
Well, around this time Trainer Nic, casually mentioned to me that if I wanted to lose weight, I needed to run. I started running at the gym. It made sense to run when I was already exhausted (striking when the iron was hot, so to speak). I figured it would help with my endurance and I was tired of feeling like I wanted to puke. So goober (that’s me) started running. Instead of rowing for my warm up, I ran (in part because it was faster). I started asking people to show me stuff. I ran, even more. They started an ad hoc 8 o’clock ab work out. I started doing that when I could. I started growing this ridiculous mane under my nose until I reached a fitness goal.
Hmm, well I can’t Rx everything yet but I usually Rx 30%-50% of the WODs. I’m still a running fool. I wonder if I’m not pushing myself hard enough but, let me tell you, there’s fresh air at the top and nothing beats the feeling you get from completing a work out. I actually have a lot of fun and I get mad when I have to miss because of work. I stay late; I get there early when I can. I do extra stuff. If you like being active, if you like Christian fellowship, if you like a gym with all shapes and sizes, you should come on down. It’s definitely a lifestyle. One friend told me they did CrossFit, they got tired of being the lowest in the class, but when they went back to another gym the trainer had to make everything harder for them!! So, they ended up having to go back to CrossFit! Everyone at the gym is nice and a lot of them were ex couch potatoes. I’ve lost 20 pounds, not including “swapping” (exchanging fat for lean muscle), I get compliments all the time and also am no longer shy about going shirtless. It’s really amazing the changes in how you feel and how your body reacts. I have a ton of energy now. Well, wrapping up, I’ve been there, I’m not a trainer but I will help you however I can. God Bless You.
Be appreciative and thankful
Ask twice, lift once
Give yourself enough time to warm up
Listen and Pay attention
Build up your strengths, attack your weaknesses
Lighten Up, Francis
The more you put in, the more you get out. I’m still re-learning this.