Thank you to Mike for writing this success story. At 54 years old, he is a perfect example of why CrossFit is for everyone. Thanks to Mike for inspiring our community!
"Two years ago, I started bootcamp at CrossFit Webster. Overweight and out of shape, I didn't fully realize how out of shape and overweight I had allowed myself to get, but I knew that I needed to make some changes in my life or face the same health consequences that I see in my patients everyday.
I had heard of CrossFit, but had no idea what to expect. I was encouraged to check it out and con honestly say that it has changed my life. When I started bootcamp, I could not sustain one minute of anything. I couldn't even sustain a 200 meter run around the building and I had absolutely no mobility.
After a couple of months of bootcamp, I made the move to CrossFit classes. I was 53 years old when I started. Before I started CrossFit, I would have never guessed that at the age of 53 I would run my first Tough Mudder race and days before my 54th birthday, I would run and complete a sprint triathlon. Without CrossFit, neither of these things would have ever been even a consideration for me.
Since starting, I have lost 30 pounds and dropped 4 inches from my waist. I had gotten to the point that I was wearing pants with an expandable waistband and a belt that was on its last notch before CrossFit, so four inches is probably a modest estimate. I have completely transformed my body shape and now have added five pounds of muscle mass back.
I continue to get in better shape and gain mobility everyday. I have had and continue to have struggles with movements and mobility, but I refuse to give up and thankfully, not one single trainer has given up on me either. There is always encouragement and correction and great solutions to help me get better every day. I continue to work on every detail -- curse you double-unders, pistols, handstands and muscle ups! One day, I will have them!
Many people think that CrossFit is for the young, athletic type only. I will argue that is is for anyone and maybe more important for those that reach middle age. CrossFit keeps you young, strong and mobile. It helps you be more agile, strong and balanced. CrossFit will keep you fit for life.
Thank you to every single trainer who helps every day to help me achieve my goals. Thank you to all of the members of CrossFit Webster who form such a great community and make every WOD painfully enjoyable. I am not a great athlete and will probably never win a competition, but that is not my goal. My goal is to be the best that I can be and try to get better every day."
You can do this too! Come in for a free trial of our bootcamp class.
I have played guitar since I was in high school. And as anyone who attends any of the classes I teach at Flower City CrossFit or CrossFit Webster knows, I am a huge fan of rock music. If you are as big a fan of rock music as I am, you undoubtably read lots of articles about it, follow bands/musicians on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, etc. Whenever I see images of concerts, I always get a kick out of the crazy faces that rock guitarists (in particular) make.
Over the years of running CrossFit gyms, we have taken literally thousands and thousands of pictures of amazing people pushing themselves to the limit. Many times I have been stricken by a fleeting thought of how similar the faces that athletes make at the point of maximal effort are to the faces of rock guitarists mid-solo.
So, this week I programmed the following workout for our CrossFit Endurance (CFE) classes:
20 Minute AMRAP:
Bodyweight Deadlift static hold
Run 400 meters
Every time you drop the bar, run 400 meters. Oh, and the bar should be either an axle bar, or a regular barbell with fat grips on it.
As usual we were taking pictures at some of the classes, and as soon as I saw the images I was struck by how similar the faces people were making are to the faces made by rock guitarists.
A few hours and several photoshop sessions later, the Deadlift Rockstars were born. I hope you enjoy these as much as our members have! - Jeff
We are CLOSED Saturday, July 4th, but all other classes are on for Friday and Sunday. The WOD for Saturday is a 5K run. Get some!
Enjoy your holiday weekend!
CrossFit Kids is for ages 4-17 years old. 4-year-olds must be able to interact in the class independently (but parents can watch from the side of the room). For more information about CrossFit Kids, read our general information page.
For the summer session, the younger kids will be at Flower City CrossFit on Thursdays from 6-7 pm and the teens will be at CrossFit Webster on Tues/Thurs nights from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
This was a 5K Run on the runway at the airport with eight CrossFit gyms managing stations with mini-WODs along the course.
Thank you to Trina for writing a success story for us. Our community is so inspired by this amazing woman! You can do it too!
In her words: "I was never really the athletic type growing up. Group sports weren’t for me and I always viewed exercise as a chore, which never made it enjoyable. I tried a lot of different gyms and workouts over the years. Aside from yoga, nothing excited me enough to keep at it consistently.
In July 2013, I was a member at a gym but wasn’t getting the results that I wanted and was getting bored with it again. A friend finally convinced me to try a bootcamp class at CrossFit Webster. It was one of the most challenging workouts I had ever done. I was exhausted by the end of it and sore for days after. But I knew I had finally found what I needed to get back into shape.
I took bootcamp classes for a little over three months before finally making the switch to CrossFit classes. I was unsure about it to say the least. Things such as lifting barbells, doing pull-ups and attempting double-unders were all very intimidating to me, but I knew that I needed to make the switch and keep challenging myself. It was time to step out of my comfort zone that was clearly getting me nowhere.
I started with just two classes per week but soon found myself wanting to go more often, so I switched to an unlimited membership. I was seeing amazing results in how my clothes fit and my energy levels. I started eating cleaner and then started to follow a Paleo lifestyle. I was also weaving my way into a tight knit community of men and women who welcomed me with open arms.
CrossFit has brought great things to my life. In almost two years I have lost 40 pounds, I am in the best shape ever, I have a better relationship with food and exercise, the trainers are fantastic, and I have made some really incredible friends along the way.
I can’t imagine going anywhere else for a 5am workout and enjoying it as much as I do!"