In the past I had tried many traditional gyms, where you walk in and the staff do not even have the courtesy to look up at you, they scan a card and you plug in your headphones and force yourself to stay motivated. As a result I never dedicated myself and always made excuses as to why I did not have time to go work out.
I started school, six hours a day five days a week. I was completely sedentary and the only exercise I got was walking up and down the stairs to occasionally smoke a cigarette. Towards the end of my schooling I started feeling sick, I always felt like I was in a cloud, I could not retain and recall information as well, my ankles hurt and occasionally swelled. I no longer wanted to go out with my friends, I always made excuses on why I could not go. Shortly after feeling sick, I found myself in the emergency room and that’s when reality finally hit me, I am 22 years old and being told by multiple doctors I was at risk for developing diabetes and high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I was considered pre-diabetic.
That’s when I realized I needed a life style change, I needed to fight for my life. That’s when my mother introduced me to Crossfit Lethal. I was nervous and embarrassed of myself when I first walked in. Immediately some members of the gym approached me and told me I would do great and for me not to give up, I felt instant relief. The first couple of days I hid in the back of the class hoping our trainer would not notice me but he would and he would motivate me and push me when all I wanted to do was give up. The environment and especially the members are beyond amazing nothing but positivity and very genuine. One day one of the trainers pulled me aside before class started to talk to me about my smoking habits, for someone you barely know to express an interest and effort in your health really meant a lot to me. I honestly feel like they are my second family, my CrossFit family.
I have been attending Crossfit Lethal for about a month and half, I recently had a follow up appointment and I’ve lost 15lbs and dropped 4 pant sizes, I feel so much more different I no longer feel sick or tired, I am also no longer being considered pre diabetic. CrossFit Lethal is so much more than just another gym, it is the great trainers and the great people. Its family. It will hurt and take time, dedication and willpower, but I promise you it is worth it!
Initially, I was scared. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve tried working out at gyms before, but I was that person with a million and one excuses as to why I couldn’t regularly go workout. But then I realized that all along there was only one excuse and it was ME!
My first day, I was extremely nervous and anxiety hit and I almost didn't show up. I had heard about Crossfit before but I had that mentality that I could NEVER do it. Now, I’m so glad that I overcame my anxiety because it's been one of the best thing I could have ever done for myself.
I’m not going to lie, that first week was hard … really hard. But I’ve stuck to it, and as the weeks have passed, I've learned that I'm a lot stronger than I thought, both mentally and physically. The entire coaching staff is amazing. They are positive and very encouraging, always motivating me to push myself just a little bit harder. I’ve also realized that there are good days and bad days when it comes to working out. And on those bad days, when I feel like maybe giving up, I remind myself how far I have come. I know that it doesn't get easier, you just get better.
I started my crossfit journey June 2014 and it is the best decision I have made. Early 2014 I was at my heaviest and I couldn't look in the mirror without wanting to cry. I knew I had to do something so I started looking for something that would really help me. I heard about crossfit and what amazing results you can get and I was psyched about doing it. My main goal was to lose some weight. What I've gained from Forged Bodies is so much more. I was in a toxic and abusive relationship and I was able to completely remove myself from that because through crossfit I realized that I am capable of so much more than I thought. I gained a new sense of self respect and self love that I did not have before. When I can deadlift over 200 lbs I don't need someone to tell me I'm awesome. I know I am. As of right now I have dropped about 7 pant sizes. Which is pretty awesome and exciting. But it's no longer my focus and this is the first time in my life that I no longer care about my weight. I am much more happier and excited when I add weight to my bar than when I lose weight. I am forever grateful to Forged Bodies, the coaches, and the community