I tried everything from regular gyms, pilates, spin, yoga, bar, etc. but the workouts always became monotonous, and I would get bored after 3-6 months. I became interested in CrossFit because I wanted to incorporate more weights into my workout. So, I showed up hoping that CrossFit would be "the one." As of January 2016, it has been 1 year and 11 months.
I came to my first Fundamentals class 15 minutes early, and stood there watching a Mixed Levels class in action. Needless to say, I was very intimidated. How was I going to keep up with this super intense, fit group? I quickly learned that there was nothing to fear -- every workout is designed to be scalable to each individual's fitness level.
I literally couldn't do a single "real" pushup to save my life when I first started. One year of CrossFit later, I am able to do 10 pushups (and counting) in a row! Pull-ups are next on my list -- I just want to be able to do ONE.
About one year into CrossFit, I remember working up to my 1-Rep-Max Snatch. After many failed attempts, I was tired and had already mentally given up, but the coach and some other members kept encouraging me. More driven by trying not to embarrass myself, I attempted again and surprised myself by actually snatching a whopping 55 lbs. Baby weight compared to what others were lifting but for me, it was a pivotal moment -- a sign that slowly but surely, I was making progress.
I wasn't getting any serious results with just going to your typical gym (24 hour fitness) so I decided to try out Crossfit and found SRX had a really competitive rate.
I still remember my first time stepping inside SRX. The current class had all the athletes doing clean and jerks and I was like, "I don't think I'll be able to do that because I've never done any Olympic lifts at the gym (just your standard meat head movements: bench press, lat pulldowns, bicep/tricep curls and so forth).
All the coaches here at SRX are awesome, very highly skilled at their craft and they go above and beyond to help you out in anyway. They worked on correcting all my lifting forms and showed me how to do them properly.
Fast forward to the present day and SRX has me drinking the CrossFit kool-aid. I'll never subject myself to a traditional gym again. Now, every time I look inside of those gyms, I just say to myself "everyone in there looks so board doing the same old workout every day."
At StrengthRx, it's a brand new workout every day and the programming is constantly changing to keep your body challenged and I love it.
I'm most proud of actually venturing off and trying Crossfit at SRX. I'm in the best shape of my LIFE and I'll credit all that to SRX. They taught me the importance of nutrition and exercise. My next goal is to do a muscle-up.
My favorite SRX moment would have to be finishing first in a WOD against all the top athletes. I also beat Justin (SRX coach and owner) in a couple of WOD's!
I wanted to join CrossFit for quite awhile. I have a very good friend who was doing it for years, now she works for CrossFit, and she inspired me.
My first impression was that I would be the most out of shape and oldest person there. Although, this might still be true, it doesn't really matter. I complete the WODs (Workouts of the Day) with accommodations to match my level of fitness and the coaches are nothing but encouraging and supportive, while pushing me to my limit, and I have seen growth!
I am most proud of my small accomplishments. I went from having to do ring rows instead of pull-ups, to using the blue band, and now the green band. I can do 100 double-unders (not in a row). I started box jumping first on the red stool, then on the 16-inch box. Now I'm at 20 inches like everyone else, and I am consistently adding weight on the bar. I am super proud of my calloused hands that are a reminder of the hard work.
My goal is to "RX" (do the prescribed weights and movements) at least one workout. I will do it eventually!
I enjoy the diverse personalities of the coaches and the people in the classes. It's most often the best part of my day.
When I started CrossFit, I had been a Pilates teacher but gained a little extra weight because I took six months off due to an injury. In short, I was chubby.
CrossFit is tough. But fast. A great workout that works your entire body incredibly well and delivers results. It's not for the faint of heart, though. I struggle most with Olympic lifting because form is everything.
I have two hernias; an Umbilical hernia and a small hernia in my lower abdomen that I was worried about making worse. Due to the method CrossFit uses, not only did I not notice my hernias but also I strengthened my core so much that they don't bother me at all.
When I started at SRX I was near 200 pounds with around 18-20 percent body fat. I'm now at 8-9 percent. I'm proud of my body. And on the months I work hard, I actually look like one of those Spartans now ... minus the makeup for fake abs.
A lot of people see CrossFit as a sport and ask us to compete but as a young man, I spent much of my life competing so that isn't where I find my happiness ... I just love coming to class and training hard.
My next goal is to finally get a good front rack position. It's my Achilles heel. My favorite moments have been when I did my first ring muscle up and when I push-pressed 220 pounds. I surprised myself both times.
Another great moment for me was that one day, while working out, I walked past a mirror and saw myself and I didn't recognize who looked back at me. I've always worked out with my shirt off, even with a belly and now I looked and there was a beast in the mirror. That was a funny yet gratifying feeling of personal achievement!
CrossFit was something I always wanted to try. I first heard about it through friends and it sparked an interest. I played football in college and was familiar with the lifts so I figured, why not? It became a nice challenge of pushing myself to see if I could get my body back to where it was as a 20-yr-old football player. Without disclosing my age, I'm definitely not 20 anymore.
My first impression was soreness and pain. It hurt, it was new, and I was very sore. At the same time, it was a spark of inspiration. The coaches at StrengthRX really push you to have perfect technique and watching all the experienced CrossFitters in class inspired me to keep learning and pushing myself. But boy was I sore for months. Did I mention how sore I was?
It's great being accepted into the wonderful community we have at the gym, knowing everyone has each other's backs. Also, getting my [personal records] back and surpassing what I was doing as a 20-yr-old football player feels great. This old man still has it!
Personally, there are still some things I'm working on. In the short term, through the holiday season, I'm watching what I eat on a consistent basis and drinking less. Coming from a Hispanic family, the turkey and tamales on Thanksgiving are just so good. In the long term ... Watching what I eat on a consistent basis and less drinking. Even when it's not the holidays, the tamales and tequila are still so good.
My favorite memory is the first in-house competition at SRX. It was such a blast and felt great to finally have a competition at our gym. So many people showed up and supported and I loved watching us come together to compete and have fun. We might not be as huge as other gyms in town but we are damn fierce. Did I mention my team won?
To be honest, what brought me to StrengthRx CrossFit was their old intro month special. I wanted a way to get back into my rightful place of fitness after a long holiday season of treating myself to lots of sugary treats and heavy meals, followed by very little, to zero, physical activity. CrossFit was new to me but I had been to a few boot camp style classes and felt that I needed something more. So there wasn't much to lose (besides a few calories) so I took the opportunity to learn something new at an affordable price.
My first impression of StrengthRx was "this place is going to kick my butt!" Okay, perhaps that was my second impression. My first impression was the place was welcoming to people of all shapes, sizes and abilities, considering I walked through the door for my initial workout on a Saturday morning and was completely out of shape. However, I was welcomed and encouraged to do the best I could -- and told that it didn't matter how I did compared to the other members, but that I would be pushed to improve on my own performances. That is the only competition I need, as I am routinely my biggest critic.
My biggest accomplishment through StrengthRx has been my overall health progression. I can tell that I definitely shifted things around and gained muscle in places that previously didn't have muscle.
I have a few fitness goals for 2016, but for now I am working on doing one pull-up. Yes, ONE. It all starts with the first one. I can do plenty with the assistance of a band, but the goal is to start getting them done without the band.
I can't say that I have an exact favorite moment only because it's like EVERY workout is a favorite moment, but my favorite aspect of StrengthRx is the people! The coaches are truly engaged in the development of the members, and everyone is rooting for you to become your best. I come back because I know after every workout, no matter how grueling, I am a little bit better than before.
I became increasingly bored doing the same exercises at my conventional gym, so I looked for an alternative way to stay fit. I wanted something with more structure and variety that I could also squeeze into my busy work schedule. A friend recommended CrossFit and I was hooked.
You hear jokes about CrossFit being some weird fitness cult. To the contrary I've discovered a community of really interesting, passionate, supportive people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of them have become good friends outside the gym.
I was also warned that injuries could be more prevalent. In my experience, CrossFit has actually reduced my rate of injury by teaching me the proper techniques for lifts, many of which I had been doing incorrectly for years. The knowledgeable and experienced instructors at StrengthRx go out of their way to stress proper form and safety.
Apart from when I played hockey back in high school, I'm in the best shape of my life ... And I'm no spring chicken. I owe that to StrengthRx.
My biggest goal is to improve my flexibility by devoting more time to stretching and rolling out. It makes a world of difference, increasing strength and reducing injury and soreness.
My favorite moment was the co-ed partner competition that was hosted at the gym. There's nothing quite as satisfying as a sweaty work out with friends followed by a beer and pizza party.
Before I found StrengthRx, I was a new resident of the east side with an addiction to Groupon, using them to go from facility to facility checking different classes out around town and getting my fitness on. Sitting on an unused unlimited month at StrengthRx, I got an email notifying that my thirty-day long special was about to expire so I figured it was time to pull the trigger and check things out.
I never intended to do CrossFit because it had such bad wrap. But from the moment I walked into SRX, I was impressed with the level of training and the attention to detail. I also felt met exactly where I was; a fifty-two year old man in fairly decent shape, but far from athletic.
After completing my fundamentals, I was nervous as I walked in to do my very first WOD (Workout of the Day). Overhead squats were part of the workout and not only had I never done them, I couldn't imagine my body holding weight over my head like that and THEN dropping into a squat. I freaked, but the coach instantly told me to simply do back squats instead.
Another time early on, another member commented on the fact that I was working with no weight on the bar. From across the gym, I hear the coach saying, "No, he's smart, he's working the form before adding the weight." I was so relieved to know that this was the commitment of the gym I found myself in. Three weeks into my month, I handed over my credit card when the hour was over.
I am most proud of the changes in my body, both from the inside out and the outside in. I look great aesthetically, but I also feel strong and fit. Occasionally, I am the one in class to be asked to demonstrate proper form; those moments are so great!
I am about 20 years older, on average, than almost everybody at the gym. Every once in a while I notice that I'm kicking some thirty-year-old's ass ... that feels pretty good. Oh, and maybe the 2015 Spirit Award that I won! I guess I have spirit.
There are several things I'm still working on: Mastering double-unders, doing toes-to-bar without swinging like a pendulum, getting my form down on snatches so I can actually drop into a squat in one movement instead of two. Oh yeah, winning the next competition. There have been a whole lot of donuts lately.
My favorite memory was when I was about to do a WOD that included a fairly difficult move combining pull-ups and toes-to-bar; ten of them in a row for three rounds. I planned to modify this movement until another member who has been working out at SRX about the same amount of time as me gave me a bit of a hard time about this, insisting (loudly) that I could, indeed, do this. When I was successful, he made such a big deal about it in a pretty public way. I got to feel the accomplishment and share it with the community -- that is one of the best things about SRX.
It had always been a goal of mine to give CrossFit a try. After a group of friends discovered StrengthRx two years prior, they referred me. It's been the best deal I've ever found.
I was a little intimidated at first. That's to be expected with a new fitness regimen that I wasn't yet used to. But all of the trainers at StrengthRx are extremely friendly. They helped me get affiliated with all the equipment and movements quickly. I am now a regular and I look forward to class every day.
I am proud of my improved physique, but even more of the overall confidence boost that I've gained at StrengthRx. My goal is to maintain my gains, while contining to push myself to the next level, and perhaps even partake in a competition one day.
I have so many great memories at SRX that it's hard to choose just one. All in all, I just have a great time at the box. We have so much fun together -- as crazy as that sounds with all the high intensity training going on -- and it's great to feel part of a community while at the same time getting a great workout.
Seven month after moving to LA from Florida, I was looking for a new box to call home. I researched some CrossFit boxes in the area and StrengthRx was listed as one of the "Best CrossFit Gyms In Los Angeles," so I figured I would check it out.
I had a great impression when I first walked through the door. I came for the fundamentals class -- so that the trainers could determine where I stood in regards to form and skill level. Coach Michael Anderson was especially helpful. He made me feel really comfortable the whole time I was there. The other athletes were also very welcoming. After the class, I was even invited to a surprise birthday party that was being held for one of the SRX coaches. I instantly felt at home.
I love that SRX offers not just CrossFit training, but also strength training classes, an Olympic lifting class, and even yoga. It makes the box feel much more rounded and inviting for anyone that may seem intimidated by the word "crossfit."
I am now proud of being strong. I'm proud of the accomplishments I have made in the last three years of CrossFit. I never in a million years would have thought that I could lift 225 lbs or push 135 lbs over my head. It's nice to know that when I want to move or lift heavy things around the house -- or anywhere for that matter -- that I can do so on my own and without always having to call out for help.
My next goal -- go to the CrossFit Games; as a spectator of course! No, seriously, it would have to be handstand push-ups. I am finally able to string along a few strict push-up. Since this is a prerequisite to the handstand push-up, I might as well keep moving forward to the next level.
My favorite SRX memory would have to be RXing "Fran" for the first time in a 6 a.m. class. I was the only female in the class, but the guys didn't leave after they were done with the workout. They stayed there and cheered me on, pushing me until I finished my last pull-up. I had thought of giving up several times, but there was no way they were going to stand for it and neither was coach Michael Anderson.
I had just moved to Hollywood. I'd been a member of two other CrossFit gyms prior and I was looking for a new gym to join. I tried a few other boxes before finally deciding to join StrengthRx.
I was also coming back from an injury during this time and I wanted a place with Open Gym availability to recondition myself and work on my strength and endurance before jumping back in. I also wanted to find a box that had more than just CrossFit, so I liked that SRX also had classes like Strength Training, Olympic Lifting, Yoga and BurnRx.
Their schedule worked well with mine and they also had very competitive rates. My first impression was that StrengthRx reminded me of my first CrossFit box -- small and sociable; a good place to "start over." Everyone was very welcoming and friendly.
To this point, I am most proud of my discipline and dedication to the 40-day challenge. I was able to test myself in new ways both inside and outside of the gym. I also finally pushed past a plateau weight that I had been stuck on for years! I plan to continue the new habits I developed and I will hopefully hit my next target-weight with the barbell.
My next goal is to reach a certain weight and body fat percentage. I also want to improve my gymnastic skill set so that I can RX all movements. A muscle-up would be nice too!
My favorite SRX memory -- all the great people I have met and the friends that I have made at the box, from the coaches to the clients. It's something I look forward to everyday!
One Saturday morning last summer, I happened to catch the CrossFit Games on TV; I told myself then that I should give it a try. Considering most of my friends had been CrossFit training for several years, my intention was to try it for one month -- just for the experience. After my first week at StrengthRx, I was hooked. I really haven't looked back since.
My first impression of SRX -- what a great sense of camaraderie there is in this box! Being a newbie and having complete strangers congratulating me on completing a WOD felt pretty awesome.
I'm most proud of the physical and mental toughness that I've acquired in just the first nine months of training at SRX.
In the beginning, I felt a since of intimidation going into every WOD, but now, with every new skill I learn, I become more and more confident and less intimidated.
And I have already set my next goal. In addition to performing proper techniques with certain lifts and movements, I want to build up my endurance to complete certain workouts in a competitive time.
My favorite memory so far -- randomly, but successfully, performing my first straight-bar muscle up during a kipping clinic, especially considering I had never attempted that movement before in my life.