I began working out at CrossFit Chicago a little over a year ago and it has changed my life for so many reasons. There are many people in this community that feel the same way. From the first moment I walked into the gym, the energy and encouragement hooked me. I couldn’t believe it; everyone wanted me to get better. As a high school athlete, this teamwork is something I never found anywhere else.
Walking into the gym for the first time was admitedly intimidating. Watching the intensity of the workouts, seeing weights fly overhead and hit the ground with the bounce was a bit overwhelming. My first day at CrossFit Chicago I did about three pull-ups and fifteen pushups. Within months I was able to complete WODs that have over seventy-five pull-ups and over one hundred pushups!
My health has changed significantly since I joined CrossFit Chicago. When I started I was 35 pounds heavier than I am now. My bad cholesterol was high and my good cholesterol was low. I was stressed out and had trouble sleeping. The high paced cardio lifting has helped me lose weight and redirect my health. At a recent doctor’s appointment, my good cholesterol had come up and my bad cholesterol had plummeted. My doctor said “I don’t know what your doing but keep doing it!”
I know that my story is like everyone else’s, but this is how you know it’s real. Getting in shape takes time, willpower, good food and training. CrossFit Chicago is what got me there and will continue to make me better.