“Also, I went to CrossFit XXX this past Saturday. The reception I received there was in stark contrast to everything CrossFit Bel Air-ish! Not one person said hello or offered me any guidance when I walked in. I literally stood to the side awkwardly for 5 minutes before finally balls-ing up and introducing my own damned self and asking just what exactly I should be doing. The trainer did lead us all in some warm ups and did explain the wod, but her enthusiasm was more than lacking and I found the general energy to be less than energizing. Far less.
I got a decent work out in, but I was really surprised at how little this particular box had to offer. There was really no camaraderie whatsoever. It seemed to be a group of individuals, none of whom knew each other. Very strange.
It reminded me how lucky I feel to have found such a great place in CrossFit Bel Air. You’ve created a really nice environment and it shows in the friendships that have formed (as well as the prs being set on a regular basis). Thanks to you and your crew for opening such a great box. I missed it while I was away!” – Robin
“How can I put into words the glowing accolades and praise that I feel deserves to be heaped upon CrossFit Bel Air? No matter what I say it will pale in comparison to what they deserve, but I will give it a shot.
Let me start by saying that I come from a previous history of athletics. I was involved in Martial Arts from the age of 4 through my early 20s. I taught Kempo for over 12 years and then after graduating college I played some semi-pro football just for the fun of it while pursuing my engineering career. I was never much of a “gym rat” and never “enjoyed” going to the gym, so when I stopped the football gig a few years ago in my late 20s, I basically gained a bunch of weight, became increasingly out of shape and generally was not pleased with both my physical condition, appearance and the available options to potentially get me back on track. No matter what I tried it simply did not seem to invigorate me and I lost interest quickly and the results never came.
Fast forward to this past year when my best friend became immersed in the CrossFit culture when he moved up near Philadelphia. I was visiting him and went to a “coaches’ meeting” with the coaches from his box, simply tagging along on a meeting they had. Hearing everything they had to say and seeing the deep bonds and camaraderie they shared, I started wondering if it was worth looking into. Before I left that meeting, they were all asking me “When are you going to start?” and “What are you waiting for?” To put it simply, I was intimidated by the workouts they discussed, the level of fitness they all possessed and the feeling that this would be another failed venture.
I promised my best friend that I would at least give the local boxes a look to see if it was for me or not. I am glad that I did!
Take it from me, when you read the “Tips Before Starting CrossFit” on the webpage, the very first one is 100% true: “You don’t need to get in “shape” before you start CrossFit.”
When I began on Memorial Day (May 28, 2012) I checked in at 6’3” 303 lbs and could barely finish 3 rounds of the 5 round workout. I had to scale back every movement. I had to start from scratch and learn the elements involved in every single exercise. I struggled to run the 400 meters without stopping. To put it simply, I was not the 5’8” 170 lb “typical” CrossFit competitor that you see on the National Competitions on ESPN. None of that mattered. The coaches worked with me day after day to slowly improve and I dedicated myself to just “showing up.” That is the first and the hardest step. Once you take it, you will never look back.
As I write this today (July 25, 2012), my life is changing across the board. I am going to the box a minimum of four times per week and I am often there five days a week. I am doing workouts as prescribed (with the exception of still struggling through pull-ups with my big body- but I am making progress) and I am already seeing tangible results. I am down to 286 lbs, which is the lightest I have been since my football days. The greatest testament to how well CrossFit is working for me is the fact that I look forward to going there every single day! This is not like when I labored through going to the gym. I genuinely want to be there. I look forward to it all day. The people there are extraordinary. They are remarkably encouraging, exceptionally engaging, unbelievably accepting and every single member is seemingly always willing to lend a helping hand and cheer you on. I simply could not have asked for a better place to start down a path towards a “better me.”
So if you are even remotely considering a new avenue to challenge yourself physically and mentally I strongly encourage you to come out to CrossFit Bel Air. The culture and collection of talent and members that Don has assembled and that Brian, Andy, Carrie, Shannon, Teddy, Mike and others are providing on a day to day basis is nothing short of remarkable. Drop by and give it a go. I can honestly say without any gimmick that “If I can do it, you can do it.”
If you do stop in, I’ll be the big guy working out hard and sweating profusely in an effort to re-invent myself with everyone’s help. I’ll also be one of the first to welcome you and work out daily with you. There used to be an old saying we preached when teaching Kempo where my instructor used to always harp that “You cannot have “can’t” without “can”. Can’t is simply Can with a T.” CrossFit Bel Air is the first place I have encountered since my younger days that made me actually believe this again.” – Tom
“It’s incredible the progress I have made over the past year. Averaged almost 17 mph over a hilly course. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could be at this level especially at my age. On some hills I could not see my brother in law in my rearview mirror. Even though he may not be at his best there were other riders I blew past.
Thank you. You’re the best.” – Ken
“Thank you sir. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your coaching. I was well prepared for this course physically which helped keep the stress level down significantly. I got the highest PT score I have ever had a few days ago; 280 with a 14:35 2-mile run time. I was impressed.” – Mike
“After a year-long push to shed over 70 lbs, I had stopped making progress at a conventional gym and had no idea how to get back on track. That’s when my friend Andy King suggested that I give CrossFit a try. About 8 weeks ago, I attended one of the Saturday open WOD’s, and was immediately hooked. Every WOD pushes me to the limits of my strength and endurance. I had initially joined expecting to kick-start my weight-loss again, but have actually put on 7 pounds of lean muscle mass while reducing my body fat by 2%.
I’m spending less time in the gym than at any other point in my life (an average of 45 minutes a session 3-4 times per week), yet I’m seeing (and more importantly feeling) physical changes that have previously taken hours a day in a conventional gym, and twice the amount of time to achieve. Each WOD pushes me to the limits of my strength and endurance. The trainers scale the work to my ability, and clearly know what works. When I started 8 weeks ago, I could barely do 10 box jumps. Now, I’m knocking out 35-40 in a minute, and feel like I can do more every time I see the box jumps show up in a WOD.
I credit the knowledgeable staff of CrossFit Bel Air with all of my progress over the last 8 weeks. Their strict attention to form and proper execution of all exercises has been integral to my improvement in every area; ensuring that I get the maximum personal benefit from every WOD at my own pace, while improving my capacity to do more with each successive workout. I work smarter AND harder than ever before, and I’d recommend CrossFit Bel Air to anyone with similar fitness goals.” – Robert
Thank you sir. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your coaching. I was well prepared for this course physically which helped keep the stress level down significantly. I got the highest PT score I have ever had a few days ago; 280 with a 14:35 2-mile run time. I was impressed.” – Mike
“ Best part of today, my press max attempt was the same weight but actually felt easier and I weigh 22 pounds less than last time I did that movement!
Weight loss and maintaining strength is one huge bonus so far of CrossFit!” – Andy
“Just wanted to let you know the progress that CrossFit has helped me with… I’m down a total of 25 lbs and my blood pressure, which I was on medication for, is in the normal range.. Without the medication!! Thanks guys!!” – Kurt