My heaviest weight was 170 lbs, which at 5’ 2” (ish) is grossly unhealthy! I felt sluggish and lazy, and small movement was tiresome. I finally went to a “Welcome Session” at CFM after reading an article about CrossFit in our local newspaper. Scott could not have been more kind and patient as I began! I was “working out” with athletes who were lifting much heavier weights than I was and were finishing the WODs faster. Heck, I wasn’t even able to finish WODs at first! I admit I did not attend consistently for the 6-8 months! But I always talked positively about CrossFit. I knew I loved the variety of the workouts and the accomplished feeling of getting through a WOD. Once I made up my mind to commit, I never looked back. I’ve been consistently attending (5-6 days/week) CFM since November of 2012 and have lost 35 pounds! What’s been amazing is that I no longer worry about my weight. We run 5Ks, Pat’s Run, Mud Runs…we hike. We are active! I love how clothes fit me and I love that I can now claim a favorite body part – strong arms and shoulders! I love the friends I’ve come to know here. This is my family, my community. We are active together and love to socialize. I would not have stuck with CrossFit, if the people weren’t so wonderful! I’m a social creature, and I’ve loved every minute. The other great thing about CrossFit is the intensity of the WODs. I don’t have to go to the gym for 2 hours a day! I feel like I’m not giving justice to CrossFit or Scott and Kelly, because I could go on and on, but all I can say is give CrossFit a try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It’s hard work, but so worth it. I’m so grateful!
John: The last recorded weight I “kept” track of was over a year ago at 206 lbs. I might have actually topped out at 214 but did not annotate that anywhere (with good reason). Needless to say, what I had been “doing” wasn’t working because even though I may have lost weight, it eventually crept up and surpassed my last peak. With CrossFit, I am down 20 plus pounds and am stronger than I’ve been since lifting in high school!
I (like many others before me) joined CrossFit for a multitude of reasons. First, my lovely bride Dornan, loved every minute of it since becoming a member several months prior. Second, we were paying for a gym membership we were never using and I now saw Dornan “using” her new venture. Third, the variety in workouts keeps my body in flux (which is a good thing) that staves off boredom and always gives me something to look forward to. Fourth, Scott, Kelly (owners), and the gang are not only great coaches full of knowledge but they support and motivate each and every one of us each and every day. They are extremely attentive to everyone’s needs (mine in particular with a bad back AND an injured shoulder). Fifth, I am developing many terrific friendships with a group of people from all walks of life that have one major thing in common, WODs. There is a universal want to push each other, support one another, and strive to do just a bit better than the last time we worked out (whether it was this morning, yesterday, or last week). I could continue this list but suffice it to say, “CrossFit Maricopa ROCKS!!!”
Ultimately, I have accomplished many things. One of which is that I have crossed off numerous tasks from my “I can’t” list my wife used to keep on me (I can’t…do push presses, cleans, run (5K or Pat’s Run), burpees, swings, ring rows, push-ups, etc.). Weight loss, I think, is simply a fringe benefit to making my body stronger and more adaptable than it has been since college. I could not have done any of this without the support of my loving wife Dornan, the encouragement and attentive design of Scott Bradley and team, and the loving family of CFM who continue to bring out the best in me in all situations. Since starting CFM, many folks have noticed a difference in my appearance and have said, “What are you doing?” In a nutshell I tell them these four words, “CrossFit and Paleo!” Paleo will have to be another article on another day! Can’t wait to see you in the BOX J
John & Dornan McGuire