How long have you been doing CrossFit/functional fitness?
A little over a year – started Sept 1, 2016
How long have you been at Atlanta Strength & Conditioning and how many days a week do you come in?
A little over a year, started Sept 1, 2016
I attend classes 5-6 days a week
What brought you to our gym instead of any other gym options in the area?
This passionately crazy Italian guy called me back while on vacation and set me up with a terrifyingly muscular female coach for my intro session. This other really muscular male coach that they used for their charming-spokesperson-closing-salesman role set me up with their founder’s plan. You can’t say no when you have a barely comprehensible Italian on the phone, a formidable yet tiny hulk lady having you throw this barbell over your head, and a shirtless male model telling you that this will be your best place for results. Also, this newly formed gym was smaller and had more beginners than other gyms in the area, so it was less daunting and more welcoming.
What kind of lifestyle results have you seen since starting with us?
Once they had me on the kool aid IV drip they call Progenex, I was addicted to the GAINZZZZZZ. I have lost 90 pounds and 6 dress sizes so far, increased my confidence and lessened my insecurities, and eat and feel healthier both before and after workouts for better energy all day. I am stronger, healthier, and happier since starting at Atl S&C.
I love coming in to workout with my peers, at all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned Crossfitter or a brand new member, there are always areas where you can improve and need support from your gym fam. There are so many aspects to Crossfit, the gains and goals you can achieve are endless. Competing against yourself or your classmates and measuring your success every day are why I keep coming back even on those days when I don’t feel like it. I always know I will leave the gym feeling great and accomplished in some way. Crossfit has given me not just physical strength, but mental strength and continued passion for a happier, healthier life.
What was the most challenging obstacle you experienced about starting this lifestyle?
Feeling confident in my existing strength and increased strength as I continue to lift. Going in every day to do movements that intimidate me or just suck in general (like burpees or thrusters, I mean really) is the daily challenge that doesn’t get easier, you just continue to raise the bar and push yourself. Another obstacle is also making it a priority and continuing to make it a priority. I have lost a few friends and sacrificed social events etc because others do not understand my commitment to myself and my health. This isn’t something you just do for a few weeks, you do it for your life.
What advice do you have for someone who is considering starting a new fitness based lifestyle that maybe is intimidated to start?
Start small. You know what your hangups or issues are. Pick one to change at a time and continue until you want to add another one. Whether you want to start with your diet like just eating a full breakfast or just going to the gym every day, pick one and stick with it. It’s not about setting the goal or changing your habits, it’s about how badly you want to succeed and change your life. Scale everything if you want, but do it every day and continue to try every WOD to the best of your ability on that day. Strength and health doesn’t come overnight, you have to work on it every day.