Eric wondered if he was too old for CrossFit after a friend told him about it.
“It was pretty simple really, I was getting ready to turn forty, no energy and 50 lb. overweight,” he says about his fit motivation. “I was always active younger but life slips up on ya.”
He called around, left messages and waited. Coach Vest called him back and offered him a first time CrossFit experience. From that conversation, he knew he had to take the next and most difficult step; Starting.
Those first few months were hard, and Eric says he wasn’t as dedicated as he should have been. That first day soreness is more like everyday pain when you don’t go all-in.
“I wasn’t committed to it at first like I should have been,” he says. “Two maybe three times a week for the first few months. I was getting results, feeling great, but knew I needed to do more. Sandy asked me to be on her team at ‘Back at the Ranch’ last year and I went. It was an amazing experience. After that I stepped it up to at least three, sometimes four days a week. Started Paleo and lost 38 of the 50 lb. that was holding me back.”
These days Eric hits four or more classes each week. He leaves a workout with nothing left, he cheers when others are left on the floor working long after he’s finished.
“I have the energy to do any activity with my kids and the work around the house that I always dreaded because of fatigue is getting knocked out (which makes my wife very happy),” he says. “Spiritually is probably the most important for me, after my morning WOD, I feel my mind is clear for the day and God can work in my life. It’s me time in the mornings and I love it.”
Not only are the workouts productive, but the community is addictive.
“Practice CrossFit people have become my family,” he says. “The support is amazing, and the trainers are always pushing you to your max potential. I thank God everyday for my CrossFit family and how they have changed my life over the past year.”
by: Cindy Young