Success Stories

Nick wins by losing big weight

Nick recently took part in CrossFit SOFLA’s Constant Pursuit Food and Fitness Challenge. Well…he didn’t just take part…he sort of won it.

He lost over 10 pounds and more than 4 inches. He also had a major lifestyle shift, which is really the whole point of the challenge in the first place. He created habits that will help him well after the challenge is said and done, habits that will keep him going strong.

We checked in with Nick to find out how this year’s challenge and how his journey through CrossFit has changed his life for the better. He wrote this…

“Ever since I can remember, I was always a fat kid (I weighed 235 pounds at 14 yrs old). I got into health and fitness around 18, started working at GNC and lost a good amount of weight and got in decent shape. Life took over and I ballooned back up to 235, went back down…up…down…

Since joining CrossFit in January, I have lost over 15 pounds and over 8% body fat, causing me to have to buy new clothes. I have gained a good amount of muscle, filling out my shoulders/chest and seeing definition in my arms and legs. I’ve gained a good amount of friends. I sleep better. I have reduced my lower back pain. I have more energy throughout the day. The change that I think I love the most is how much I look forward to getting better every day, which is a big difference from my past self. 

I am stronger and more fit than I can ever remember. But I also now have a drive to be better, in every aspect of life. I have a more positive mental attitude and more confidence. I can honestly say, walking into CrossFit SOFLA is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my health.”

Here at SOFLA, we can’t say enough about Nick and his amazing progress. We are so proud of what he has done and his attitude to constantly pursue improvement. The next time you see him, give him a double high five…we think it’s pretty well deserved.




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Marlene: Queen of Consistency

“We are what we repeatedly do.” -Aristotle

If there is one thing that we know creates greatness in the gym, it is consistency. Those who come in and give it everything they’ve got on that day are those that progress the furthest. They are the ones that are the inspiration.

Marlene is one of those people. 

She began CrossFit in May of 2014, and since then, has attended over 200 CrossFit WODs. That’s right. You heard us correctly. Over 200 WODs. That means that Marlene, on average, has come to the gym 2-3x per week for the last 19 months. It’s not a wonder she doesn’t even look like the same person anymore.

Oh. Side note: she also runs a the World of Beer Run Club, attends 5k’s, and has just recently completed her first obstacle run. So you can add a bunch more training sessions to that number that didn’t go down at SOFLA.

There are about a billion recommendations that a trainer can make to his/her athletes, but THE ONE THING that matters most is that you get consistency and keep it.

Give Marlene a fist bump when you see her next. And don’t worry…you’ll see her. She’s always at the gym.




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Starting CrossFit | Overcoming

My name is Mike and I am a CrossFitter now.  You may have seen me before lying in a heap on the floor at 5:30 AM.  It has become a way of life and a pillar for my routine.  How did it get to be this way?

Overcoming

Of course, I struggle with overcoming my weaknesses. I still get beat every day by people who are better at certain things than I am, but I am learning to train my body and mind to not be discouraged and to bring my expectations under control. Starting CrossFit showed me that there are still weaknesses, still self-doubts, fears, etc., but also that those weaknesses need to be acknowledged, challenged and defeated. I have to constantly remind myself that I am not really competing against others, but instead I am really only competing against myself to push the limits of my own mind and body.

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
–Aristotle

Read Mike’s previous posts:

Darkness

Failure

Victory

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Food and Fitness Challenge

Leo’s Constant Pursuit Challenge Success Story

In 2014, Leo decided to go on our 6 week challenge journey.

He was committed. He was determined. He was dedicated.

The intangibles that were changed were incredible. He felt fitter, more energetic, slept better, and was happier than when he started.

The tangibles were remarkable, too.

He lost 11 pounds. In 6 weeks.

He shed 9 inches. Also in just 6 weeks.

What is possible in 42 days? Anything. Anything is possible.

Let us help you become the fittest version of yourself.

 

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Starting CrossFit – Victory

My name is Mike and I am a CrossFitter now.  You may have seen me before lying in a heap on the floor at 5:30 AM.  It has become a way of life and a pillar for my routine.  How did it get to be this way?

Victory

It had been six months since starting CrossFit, and I decided to sign up for the 2015 CrossFit Open because I thought it would be interesting to see how I would stack up. If anything, it would provide a quantifiable benchmark for the future. I would get excited on Thursday nights for the workout reveal online with equal parts fear of not being able to do it, and hope for a workout I could do well in. When the 15.3 workout was revealed, I was pretty discouraged. I saw that the first part of the workout was something that I “for sure” could not do: muscle-ups. I went into the gym the next morning with an attempt to practice the muscle-up and Josh worked with me for a full hour. He assured me that I had the requisite strength to complete one. After a full hour of being there, I still could not complete even one.

That night, which was the night of the Open workout, I went back not exactly sure what I was going to do, but I had a goal of attempting to get just one muscle-up, even if it took the entire 14 minute time limit of the workout to accomplish. I remember warming up wondering if it was going to happen or not, and then I made a decision that I feel was a direct result of my training (the mental side). I was going for broke. In the past, I would have accepted defeat before I even started, something that is a constant battle for me even now. Here is an example of gaining victory over that: The person that was to be my judge for the workout, David, asked me, right before we were going to start, if I thought I could do it. The first reaction in my mind was to think that it was unlikely because I had never done it before, but before I knew it, my mouth opened and I said to him, “Yes.” Then he asked me how many did I think I could get and I said, “All seven.” He looked at me and nodded his head in approval. I already won.

When it was my turn to do the workout, I stepped up to the rings and performed my very first muscle-up! I jumped down and let out a roar of victory that I haven’t done in probably 20 years and almost tackled my coach, Josh (a happy tackle, of course!!). I accomplished something that I didn’t think I could do and it was incredible! And after that, I did another one. And another one. I ended up getting all seven required to move on to the next part of the workout! Even if I didn’t get one single muscle-up, I had already won because I conquered my mind.

Victory!

Note from the gym: 
Mike went on to place first in the gym for the 2015 CrossFit Games Open

Read Mike’s previous posts:

Darkness

Failure

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Starting CrossFit – Failure

On Thursday August 7, 2014 Mike walked into CrossFit SOFLA for his first class. A lot has changed for Mike since that hot summer day. A few months into joining us, we asked Mike to write about his experience.

Failure

Starting CrossFit - Failure

Starting CrossFit gave this word a new meaning for me.  For many years, I had a different idea of what that word meant.  I had sort of sunk into a feeling of myself that I was a failure because I felt my illness had stolen a lot from me:  my personality, vitality, hope, self-worth, attitude, confidence, outlook on life, among many other things.  Did I even have anything to offer anymore?  Many mornings I would step into the gym and I would fail.  Everyone there would beat me and I thought yet again here is something that reinforces my own thinking that I was a failure.  I actually have to be honest to say that I would have tears as I drove to the gym to work out knowing that I would probably suck yet again and wasn’t even sure if I could complete the workout.  I will also admit that I pretty much hated the workouts and I felt like I was being tortured.  But I kept showing up and something started to change in me.  I stopped worrying so much about what other people were doing and I started thinking more about just improving myself instead.  Instead of thinking about failing, I started to fall in love with the process of getting better.  Game-changer.  This is the aspect of CrossFit that I didn’t realize or appreciate:  growing the ‘mind muscle’.  I needed this.  Life has a way of kicking you down and then stepping on your neck while you’re down and you need the mental toughness and fortitude to get your butt back up and fight for your life.  I had lost my will to fight, but I was starting to get it back…

Read Mike’s next blog “Victory”

Read Mike’s first post “Darkness”

 

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Starting CrossFit – Darkness

My name is Mike and I am a CrossFitter now.  You may have seen me before lying in a heap on the floor at 5:30 AM.  It has become a way of life and a pillar for my routine.  How did it get to be this way?

Starting-CrossFit

Darkness.

Rewind to about three years ago.  I was suffering tremendously from basically a physical and mental breakdown from most likely many factors:  stressful job, bad diet, young children, genetics of a poor nervous system, over-caffeination, lack of exercise, etc.  I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, IBS, among many others and I had been in and out of many health practitioners’ offices for the better part of the last ten years.  I was the heaviest I had ever been at 240 pounds and had a pretty self-defeating mentality.  To put it simply, I was in a dark place.  I made a decision to try to help myself by eating better and going to a traditional gym.  I started getting stronger and lost a few pounds which was a nice start, but it was just a minor improvement. My brother-in-law had been trying to talk me into starting CrossFit. He invited me to CrossFit SOFLA and kept trying to tell me that it would benefit me, but I basically was okay with my routine. I remember my response was that I didn’t want to “kill myself working out.”  Finally, I relented and made a trip to meet Josh…. As I was driving that first seven minute trip, I had a lot of emotions and pretty much prayed the whole time that I would just survive the workout and that it would be worthwhile. Overthinking and overanalyzing with fear had pretty much been my way of thinking, so this was nothing new.

Yeah, I was pretty much gassed in the warm up….. Then I learned my first CrossFit acronym:  EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute).  18 minutes worth of box jumps and push-ups!  I had determined that I would do my absolute best and get the most out of the workout.  I had gotten pretty good at suffering over the years and I just wanted to give it my all.  I survived and actually did pretty well.  It fired up some of the competitive juices that I hadn’t had in a while and I remember feeling quite the rush that whole day.  It took a little more convincing, but I finally gave in to join the gym the following week and I started on August 27th, 2014.

Read Mike’s next blog “Failure”

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