I saw the CFMH sign on the rail trail many times as I passed by on my runs, and became intrigued when after seeing a group of crossfitters rolling huge tires in front of me as they cheered each other on. After months of talking about it, I finally sent an email to Justin telling him I was ready to start (the first week of January – so cliché). Just a few months after joining CFMH, I shaved more than 1 minute/mile off of my half marathon time. I had been running for three years, and the only thing I had done differently was attend crossfit a few times a week. I firmly believe that the quick bursts of crossfit workouts, incorporating weight lifting and cardio, have made me a faster runner and helped me to maintain my recent major weight loss without strict portion control. The supportive family atmosphere is not something you will ever find at a traditional gym – no one has ever told me ‘good job’ or cheered me on at Planet Fitness. At CFMH you will do things that a traditional gym can’t offer, things you never dreamed you would be able to do – handstand pushups, throwing a 14 pound ball in the air, continuous jumping onto a 20 inch high box, 400m dashes, and swinging kettlebells. Sometimes you might feel like you’ll vomit, but strangely, you will consider that a good thing! Running will always be my first love but crossfit makes me better at it. I’m so grateful to be a part of CFMH.
I just want to echo what Chris said about CFMH. Justin was awesome and super quick to respond to my email to come in as a drop in. I’m in town for the holiday from Crossfit Reston. When I came in it felt like I was back in Reston. I was greeted by Justin and then introduced to Ryan and a few others. Great box, great coaches, and an awesome group of people. I’ll be sure to see you guys again at Christmas !
So it’s been exactly one year since I started at CFMH. On day one we did a 12 minute version of Cindy and I used a green AND blue band to do my pullups. Last night (even though I came in dead last in the whole box!) I did all 55 pullups with no assistance, and prior to that, in the skill, PRed on a split jerk with 175 lbs. There are SO many things I can do now that I couldn’t do 3 months, 6 months or a year ago and my body is stronger than ever. I just wanted to take a moment to give a big thank you to Justin and all the coaches and lots of love to everyone CFMH
Two years ago, I couldn't do a rope climb. I was afraid to put more than 55lbs on my barbell because I didn't think I was strong enough. I didn't know how to pace myself on the rower. One year ago, I couldn't do a single pull up. I could back squat 155lbs. I was excited when my clean hit 100lbs. My deadlift was a heavy 270lbs. Currently, I can do multiple rope climbs in a WOD. I row 500 meters in well under 2 minutes. I can do 50+ pull ups in a workout. My back squat is 200lbs. My clean is 155lbs. My deadlift is 310lbs. There are no words to explain what CrossFit has done for me. I am stronger, physically and mentally. I'm more confident. I have learned how to love me again. And damn it, I am pretty badass. I have met some amazing people and formed close friendships again. I have been allowed to be myself without judgement. Thank you will never be enough for the person who convinced me to join, the coaches (George Prisco, Tracey Jordan Baker, Levia Sullivan, Mike Canino - and you too, Justin Stauss) who believe in me when I have trouble believing in myself, and the community of ridiculously awesome people.
Often, Moms are so busy taking care of their kids, we forget that we matter too. We forget that if we don’t take care of ourselves (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc), we won’t be able to take care of anyone else. Two and a half years ago, I was there. I was out of shape, had no social life, and rarely did anything for myself because I was so focused on keeping my kids happy and healthy that I forgot about me. And one morning, I woke up and said: “fuck this!” I set out to lose weight and eat healthier. I managed to lose about 60lbs walking, and eventually switched to running. I started to plateau, and with 2 months of poking and prodding, Nicholas D'Angelo convinced me to watch a class at CrossFit MidHudson. I signed up for an intro class. That first class, with George Prisco coaching, was all that I needed to persuade me to sign up. The community at CrossFit Mid Hudson is like nothing I’ve ever been a part of before. We aren’t just people who work out in the same building like you find in most gyms. We are a family. We encourage each other, coach each other, are proud of each other and are genuinely happy for each and every accomplishment each member makes. I am the most me I have been in a very long time, and I attribute that to CrossFit.