I started my journey at CrossFit Bel Air (CFBA) almost 2.5 years ago. The facilities, coaching, and programming are top notch. But what makes CFBA unique for myself, is the CULTURE! It has not only changed my life in so many amazing ways, but I have made life long friends who have the same goals in life, to get better each day and push our limits while stepping outside our comfort zone. This is what makes CFBA awesome. I used to be a 37 year old out of shape fat guy with major medical issues, I can write today and say I am no longer ashamed of where I have been, where I am at and I am proud both mentally and physically of where I am going. Being able to run 100M sprints after a long day with your kids and being the only one who wants to continue is a feeling one can’t describe. Whether it’s playing soccer, beach football, biking, camping, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, hiking, or any quality time spent with the family, it makes every minute spent at the box priceless. CrossFit is not for everyone, but if you are going to try it, no matter where you are in your physical journey, I recommend giving it a go at CFBA. It will change your life. As someone who was considered obese by medical definition, I can now fit into college sized clothes again, am off about five prescribed medications and wake up every morning ready to conquer today’s challenges with a sense of pride I have not had in many years. Don’t let the ‘cost’ of CrossFit deter you, it’s worth every penny and more! Andy, Chris, and all the coaches are there every step of the journey with you, along with the entire community at CFBA, pushing you to the next level. Learn to live again, take the hardest step, which is through the doors…you won’t regret it.
I first heard about CFBA from my wife a few years ago. She joined first, and then told me I should give it a try to see if I would like it.
So I did. I went, met Andrew King, and gave it a shot. I knew, by the end of my first day, CFBA was for me. No one knew me…not any of the coaches or members… I was brand new with the CrossFit thing. Yet everyone motivated me that first day!
I listened to Andy, and how he preached perfect form and his encouragement to keep working hard. After the first week I started listening to members talk about eating healthy and taking care of there bodies.
With that said, I figured if I ate better it could help me perform better and maybe loose a few pounds. When I started training at CFBA I weighed 230 lbs. Now I weigh 196 lbs. I didn’t realize I had this weight to loose!
Besides having to purchase new clothes, this was pretty cool. I started to physical results also. I start doing pull-ups with assistance, lifted light barbell weights, and spent time learning the Olympic lifts (e.g. Clean, Snatch, Jerk), as well as strength movements such as the deadlift and squat (especially squatting below parallel!).
Since I started training at CFBA my doctors tell me my Blood Pressure and weight have improved. I feel better. I show up to the gym and eat better.
Most importantly, my kids notice this and that makes me feel good. Hopefully they then show interest in watching what they put in there body and exercise.
I also think Cross Fit helps me with my job. I feel that my strength and cardio is better witch can only help me in the Fire Dept. There is still a lot of room for improvement on my end though, and I realize that.
Now, onto the people at CFBA. Everyone I have met, from Andy on to each coach and member, everyone has motivated me. It’s like another family. Together we get through tough workouts, accomplish goals, and sometimes more than others feel the soreness the next day.
My favorite aspects of CFBA is coaching, and the people that have supported me. I went from not being able to do a pull up without a band, to now every once and a while, I can do a muscle up.
I Trust The Process.
I was originally hearing from Friends about CrossFit Bel Air and they thought I might enjoy it. Up until that point, my approach to fitness and nutrition had not been goal oriented. I would go for runs, work out at a gym, but there was no strategy behind things. CrossFit Bel Air offered me a structure (both in terms of time and exercise), variation and group misery/support.
My experience at CFBA was and continues to be outstanding. The entire culture created by CFBA coaches and members has been one of support and encouragement. From my early days, the coaches provided high quality training, but did so politely and were never intimidating. This helped me progress through all the Key CrossFit skills, enabling me to become more proficient in my workouts and ultimately make me a fitter individual.
From a physical standpoint, my results have been more than I would have ever thought possible. My fitness level is better now than it’s ever been in my life. I continue to establish new PRs and develop new capabilities (finally got ring and bar muscle ups). But I also think a result has been around the motivation of others. Because of what I’ve achieved, I’m often asked about where I work out, what I do, etc. And those conversations have caused others to come in and give CrossFit a try.
CFBA’S culture is amazing. While I can workout by myself, I’m much happier coming in and being with other members and coaches to either workout or help coach. If it wasn’t for the culture at CFBA, I probably wouldn’t have continued regardless of the results I was seeing.