Little did I know back in March 2013, how Cross Fit would affect my life. My friend in South Florida has competed in the Cross Fit games multiple times and recommended it for months, but at the time there was not a convenient location for me. When I heard the news of the Sweat Factory opening, I decided to finally take the plunge. My history consists of a never-ending battle with weight, like many other people.
I had been successful with weight loss after my last child 6 years ago, dropping 50 lbs, utilizing pure lifestyle changes. However, 40 brought more than just a few wrinkles…more of a slow and steady weight gain, despite watching calories and regular running. I knew I needed a change in order to get back on track for what I had worked so hard 6 years ago. I was a little intimidated on that first day at the Sweat Factory, particularly because I had never been a “weight lifter”. That intimidation quickly dissipated after I met so many amazing people within the first few weeks. This was different than any other gym to which I had ever been.
This was a place for every one…of all ages, all shapes, all sizes, regardless of their fitness history. I was amazed as the weeks went by, not only how encouraging the coaches were, but also how encouraging my fellow trainees were! The gyms I had been to have always been filled with “quiet” people who would “look” at everyone but never offered to help let alone motivate or encourage. So, I was amazed with the people, but what about the results?
Well, I’m happy to say at 41 years old and after 6 months of Cross Fit, I am in the best shape that I have ever been in. I never realized the actual results until Clint started showing me pictures of myself performing “under the fence” push ups and head stand push ups. I also decided to do a nutritional cleanse in addition to my Cross Fit routine to take my fitness and health to the next step, tracking pictures of myself along the way. It was at the 60-day mark, I realized how powerful those pictures were. Just recently did I actually gain the confidence to share my before and after photos with more people. The Sweat Factory is a great place to work out, but more importantly, it’s a great place to find out how strong you REALLY are. When you think you can’t do that last push up, pull-up, or the dreaded burpee, you find the strength to do it because of the encouragement of the entire CF team. Clint and Maci along with all of the other coaches, have inspired me to do better and be better every single day.
My Cross Fit workouts don’t end at “the box”, but continue even when I am at home or traveling, because of the encouragement I receive there. This is not just a gym, but a family…one that has encouraged and convinced me that I have what it takes to conquer the “I’m not strong enough” fears about taking my fitness and health to the next level. Thank you, Maci and Clint, & all my CF peeps!