A New Found Passion
My love for weightlifting began at age 14. My parents had recently bought me a membership to the Garver YMCA in Columbus, Ohio and I was just old enough to be in the weight room by myself. When I looked around at all the older guys lifting weights, I really admired the hard work and how big they were. I had no idea what program to do or even how to lift weights so naturally I started bench pressing and doing bicep curls. I began to get stronger and bigger and I was hooked.
5 years later, I found the Old School Gym, a bodybuilding and powerlifting gym in Pataskala, Ohio, and instantly fell in love. It was hardcore, grimy, the equipment wasn’t new, but the atmosphere inside was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I began to compete in local powerlifting meets and continued to do so for 6 years. I really enjoyed powerlifting and disliked traditional running and cardio so I never focused on them.
The Day That Changed it All
One day, I was making a sales call for the company I was working for and it brought me in to a local CrossFit gym here in Columbus. The owner said he would sell our products if I worked out with them that day. My competitiveness to make the sale took over and I agreed to workout with them. The workout was “Grace”, it was 30 clean and jerks for time with 135 pounds. I had a 500 pound deadlift at the time so I thought this was going to be a joke, I mean come on…it’s only 135 pounds. 7 minutes later after I completed the 30th rep, I hit my knees and was glued to the floor for about 15 minutes. To say that I was humbled would be a serious understatement. I looked around at guys that weighed 160 pounds and women who were maybe 115 pounds that finished in 3-4 minutes and they were just fine….chatting, talking about their day. I couldn’t believe it.
I was 260 pounds at the time. Eating and lifting heavy were the name of the game for me. As soon as I could lift my self off of the floor after that first CrossFit workout, I knew that I had found a new love. I loved the challenge of the workout, the sweat, the community of people cheering for each other, and most of all the feeling of completing a challenging workout.
What 5 Years of CrossFit Can Do
5 years of CrossFit later, I’m now 198 pounds. I can’t deadlift 500 pounds anymore, but recently deadlifted 455 pounds and that’s just fine with me. CrossFit has literally changed my life. It’s taught me that being healthy and more fit is more important than being fat and strong. I have all the respect in the world for powerlifters. The relentless training, the food, the heavy weights, the competitions….they’re all wonderful. For me, there wasn’t a compromise. I was either going to lift and eat tons of food, or I wasn’t going to compete at all. 5 years in to CrossFit and I can honestly say that I’ve found my new home. Learning new skills and lifts are tons of fun. It’s always a challenge and we can actually quantify if we are getting fitter or not.
CrossFit CMH Reynoldsburg, Ohio
We opened CrossFit CMH in early 2017 with a relentless pursuit of helping people in all walks of life get healthier and live more active lives. We have 16 year olds and 62 year olds, single parents, families, young entrepreneurs, college students, and cancer survivors. People from all different races, sexes, and ages. It’s incredible to see such a diverse community come together to cheer each other on inside of our gym. I’ve witnessed people who couldn’t even get off the floor learn to air squat and even lift weights. I’ve seen members come out of their shell and find a whole new passion through CrossFit.
You’re Time is Right Now!
Honestly, there isn’t a better time than right now to take a step in changing your life for the better. It doesn’t matter what your ability level is, we’re excited to work with you. We scale and modify each workout and tailor it to your ability level so there’s no need to feel intimidated. Check out what our members are saying about CrossFit CMH