Real People, Real Results!
While I was already on my way to my weight loss goals when I started working out at One Nation, the workout regimen and nutrition program really accelerated my progress. I started on the Paleo diet due to the One Nation nutrition challenge, something that I don’t think I ever would have started without the guidance of Meag and the rest of the coaches. Sure, actual physical work is the basis for CrossFit but I seriously under estimated the affect that nutrition can have on my body. It’s also nice to know that I have the input of the coaches to keep me on track and focused to sustain my nutrition goals.
I actually started with CF1N back in February 2016. But I had all the same trepidation you probably are having right now: It looks hard. It is expensive. I am going to get hurt. I have lifted since high school. I have done 2 marathons. I ate kale and actually did not hate it. But even in doing so I was still a heavy guy. After a while I began to quit. I just said “I am a fat guy and that’s just it”. But in late 2015 I had that moment. You know the “Enough is Enough” moment. Technically I had several all at once – I had a wedding coming up and my father was diagnosed with Cancer and had preexisting Diabetes (he is all good now don’t worry there is a happy ending here). I was clocking in at about 285lb and was pretty sure I was entering early stages of depression. So all the same trepidation that you and I were both having suddenly became moot. I needed something that was going to be hard. I could stay in a couple of weeknights and lay off the beers to save some money. And I was already hurting myself with my health so what did I have to lose?
So going back: why October 16th? That was the day I got my first Pull Up. EVER. In my whole life. remember how I told you I have been lifting since high school? Well my dirty little secret is that I could never do a pull up. and after awhile I quit trying. I just assumed it was going to be one of those things that I never will do. CF (and One Nation by that extension) pushes you. The coaches believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself and after awhile you will start to believe in yourself too.
I have hit my one year anniversary at CF1N (as of 2/18) and I can say this to you: I have lost 60lbs. I can fit in cool pants again. I have made significant changes to my life that have not only affected me but everyone around me. My parents go to the gym and eat SIGNIFICANTLY healthier. My coworkers who at first thought I was weird with all of my Tupperware containers and shakers now support me and actually Zone Diet with me. Collectively my team of coworkers have lost about 100lbs as well. My wife lost 20lbs. CF doesn’t just change you; It has the power to change everyone around you.
Make the investment in yourself financially and mentally. I am worth it. You are worth it. CF1N helped teach me that and I have nothing but love for all the people there.
Crossfit? Me? Are you kidding! My son, daughter in-law and daughter were all enthusiastic Crossfitters. They wanted me to try it because they cared about me and wanted me to be as mobile and strong as possible as I aged. They explained it is all about learning the proper mechanics of movement that we have lost in our sedentary, TV watching, desk sitting lives. My son, an Army Ranger, researched Crossfit gyms in my area and determined that One Nation had superior coaching. It’s critical to have knowledgeable experienced coaches!
While I was active and did not consider myself “unfit” I am “old”, so my first reaction was FEAR! I didn’t think I would be able to keep up with the image I had of Crossfitters -young and jacked. I had been experiencing reoccurring back pain from two bulging disks for a couple of years and did not want to risk further injury.
My children did not give up encouraging me to try. I received weekly phone calls gently asking if I had contacted Crossfit. In the end it was a video my son sent of a man who was overweight and out of shape, who fell and couldn’t get up, and committed to a life change by joining Crossfit. This video finally convinced me that if he could do it, I could it. This is one of the attractions of Crossfit, mutual support and inspiration. It is not a one size fits all program. The exercises are modified to fit your ability and everyone is encouraged and supported by others. Within the same class there are people of varying ages, shapes and conditions.
To avoid failure I set a realistic goal of three classes per week. After several months I was experiencing more success and seeing changes in my physique. At ten months I tried their nutrition challenge of eliminating five things from my diet, simple and focused. At the end of the eight week challenge I had lost 15 pounds and I saw a huge change in my body and my ability to perform.
I announced during my initial on ramp assessment, “I hate gyms, I hate loud music and I’m not lifting those barbells”. Imagine a year and a half later, with a commitment to only three hours of exercise a week and to eliminating a few things from my diet, I have never felt stronger, healthier or younger. My back doesn’t hurt anymore because I have developed core strength. I love my gym, I lift barbells and do rope climbs, but I’m still not crazy about loud music. I’m a grandmother, I have gray hair, I’m 60, and if I can do it, you can do it!!
JEFF and JENN
Jeff joined ONE Nation in early 2016 and Jen started the following September. We are incredibly happy with the community, the culture, and of course, the workouts. We each have played various team sports throughout our lives and have always considered ourselves athletic, but Crossfit has taken us to higher levels, which is pretty exciting at our age! Jeff still plays hockey and Jen plays racquet sports, which can be hard on the body, but Crossfit has made a big difference in our strength and flexibility. Who knew we would be trading success stories about barbells and handstands and high intensity cardio in our fifties? We have made great progress and have always felt supported in our scaled workouts. We are officially “addicted” to Crossfit – we love the diversity of movement, the challenges, and the camaraderie. We are so appreciative of the incredible team at One Nation for their positive and supportive approach in making workouts fun. Everyone is encouraged to go at a pace that works for them. And every workout results in an “endorphin high” that makes for a great day. It’s this great feeling that drives us during the workout and makes Crossfit a highlight and a priority for us. I guess the depth of our appreciation can best be captured by the fact that we invent our own Crossfit workouts when we are deep in the Adirondack woods with no Crossfit nearby. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
- it represents exactly one year since I joined the CrossFit Family at One Nation
- I have achieved my goal weight.
- Variety; there’s a different workout every day
- Scaling; if you can’t do the movement as prescribed, there are always options so that everyone can participate and still get a great workout.
- Community; everybody is extremely friendly and care about you, praising your successes and helping you when you’re not having the best day. I love this about CrossFit and especially OneNation (the box I am a member of)