I had been frequenting a place for strength and conditioning, I got busy with work and just stopped. I wanted to do something because I was 204 lbs. and out of shape. Within a few days of each other, my wife and a friend mentioned a Groupon to this place Root 18 Crossfit. I usually like to do things most people don’t, so I said to my friend if you do it, I will. Well for $39 I went to Root18 42 times and I was hooked. My friend stopped going.
What was your first impression?
My first impression was this is hard, but I loved it. After the first 3 WODs, my body ached and I hoped I could just walk again. I have watched Root18 become a great community, a growing business and I have forged some great bonds with people there.
What was your first “goal”? Did you hit it?
My first real goal was to do handstand push-ups. Next was ring dips and with Greg’s voice in the back of my head, get deeper and touch your shoulders to the rings or it doesn’t count, that goal was completed too.
What are you working on now?
I have forever been working on snatches and still don’t have a muscle up. There is always something to work on, a double body weight back squat, get better at double unders or just to be more inclusive of others.
Lastly, I leave you with this. In my travels I have visited many other Boxes and I don’t think you’ll find better coaching (especially Olympic lifting), a more dedicated group of owners and coaches, better people or a more inviting environment. Every single one of us had various reasons for starting Crossfit or walking through the door at Root18. I think what keeps you there is the bond you now have with people that at one time were complete strangers to you or typically wouldn’t be part of your circle of friends. I hope that encouraging words help someone feel inspired. I take pride in watching Root18 evolve, the members improve their lives, reach their goals or just walk through that door for the first time. For me I have found something in this that makes me strive to be a better person, husband, father and friend.