About 3 months before I started at CrossFit PTC I had very low energy and at one point I would get short of breath climbing stairs or playing with my kids. I wasn’t super healthy either I weighed 183 lbs and had 21% Body Fat. To top it off I had been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and was put on medication. I felt miserable!
I hired a Semi-Personal Trainer who started me on my fitness journey. I had never so much as set foot in a gym or participated in any type of organized fitness program before that…ever. Through the trainer I had become more active and lost a significant amount of weight but I wanted to get stronger. I began searching for a fitness program that would fit my goals. A coworker would often share how CrossFit had helped him become fitter and stronger than he had ever been so naturally I began researching local boxes. I hesitated to take that first step into the gym. It was really a lack of confidence. I took the leap and with the help of our CrossFit PTC community who welcomed people of all fitness levels and encouraged you to keep getting better I began the journey toward my goals. Ric instantly made me feel welcome and confident during my assessment and all the coaches do a really great job integrating you in the community and scaling movements to your abilities.
I have now been a member of CrossFit PTC for 2 years. I am the fittest I have ever been and am highly motivated to sustain my fitness and nutrition. My current weight is 170lbs and I now have 10.6% body fat. I have been off BP meds for 18 months! It is great to be surrounded by likeminded people and be with them every day, I really enjoy our group! I can perform movements today that seemed impossible just 12 months ago; Pistols, HSPU, BMU’s and RMU’s and am currently working towards Handstand Walking…
Recently, I was spending time with my 5 year old grandson and we were talking about exercising and being healthy. He asked me if I ever exercised. When I told him that I go to the gym and run, do pushups, sit ups etc., he said “Nana, you can still do all those things?” I was so happy to be able to tell him that I do.
Prior to January 2016, I had exercised sporadically, at best, for many years. My focus was always on raising my children and working (sometimes two jobs), which left little time for me. My weight had fluctuated up and down 15-20 pounds for years and attempts to get a handle on my poor eating habits seemed futile. I was stressed and tired.
Funny thing happens when your 3rd and youngest child leaves for college.You suddenly have an abundance of time to focus inward. In the summer of 2015, after finishing my second round of physical therapy for an arthritic and damaged shoulder, I decided it was time to do something to improve my health and strength. Thankfully, my dear friends and employers announced to me in December that they had signed us up for Boot Camp at CrossFit PTC.
Intimidated is an understatement, I was so scared to take that first step! I remember feeling so out of shape and sore during the first week of camp. My shoulder injury made me nervous but the coaches were always helpful with alternative movements. I wondered if I would be able to complete some of the workouts, but the coaches were so encouraging as were all of the other campers. At some point, you begin to realize you’re all there for the same purpose and the intimidation is gone. I began to look forward to the 6 am workouts. After completing two 6-week boot camps, I officially joined the CrossFit PTC family.
Fast forward 2 years, I am in better shape than I have been in since my early thirties. I have made countless friends with whom I’ve shared many laughs and much sweat and I’ve enjoyed getting to know all of the amazing coaches! There are many milestones I would still like to reach but I know I’ve come so far. My shoulder is much stronger than it was when I started and my overall strength and endurance have improved. My promise to myself is to continue to strive for better health and strength and I can’t think of better people or a better place to do that than with CrossFit PTC.
Hello, my name is Karen Sagon and I am addicted to Shred at CrossFit PTC, lol. The statement is true and here is my story. I have always been active and playing sports is part of who I am. At the age of 50, I had a major 3 hour rotator cuff surgery to repair three severed and retracted tendons. After my surgery, it was my commitment to get in good physical shape. I did not want to be that 50 year old person who had a hard time getting up, complained about aching knees, and spent the last part of life inactive and unhappy. After a strong rehabilitation program and stem cell therapy at Ageless Wellness Center, my journey with CrossFit PTC began with their Fit 4 Life program. I was able to talk a couple of friends into starting the “healthy journey” with me. It was slow progress in the beginning but I wouldn’t change it for anything. After the first bootcamp, we joined up for the another round because we certainly did not want to lose the progress we had gained. After the 2nd bootcamp, I joined the CrossFit PTC Shred class, which is where I go 3-4 days a week now. It’s the perfect class for me because of my surgery I am limited to full body pulls and ring dips. The instructors are so wonderful to find alternative exercises for those who need it. Joining CrossFit PTC has been one of my most important and life changing decisions. I have not only gained muscles and lost weight, but I have gained life long friends I now feel like are family…Linda Wright, Tina Bullard, and instructors Jen Nicosia and Andrea Bauer and so many more I should add to the list. My advice to those who are thinking about joining: Allow yourself to be a beginner, no one starts at the top and time will fly. I cannot believe it’s been 2 years for me. I am 40lbs lighter, so much stronger, and I continue every day to improve. Thank you CrossFit PTC family. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
I had been joining and quitting local gyms for at least 10 years. I would do better when there was some type of program where I received some instruction and coaching. Those programs never lasted very long and I would be left just showing up at the gym and trying to figure out what to do next. I purchased several workout programs online and would stick with them for a while but they always involved weight machines and I am not a very good self motivator. I had just gotten back from a week in St. John with good friends. I had not been doing any type of exercise program for at least 6 months. I think I weighed somewhere around 235 and felt miserable. Looking back at pictures from that vacation I did not like the way I looked. On Sunday September 13, 2015 I was watching 60 Minutes, they were showing a rerun of King of CrossFit with Greg Glassman. I told myself this is something I could do so I googled the CrossFit boxes in Peachtree City and called CrossFit PTC the next morning and set up an appointment to stop by and find out more.
I met with Andrea on September 29th and she told me how CrossFit worked. She did some baseline testing and I remember she had to hold my feet so I could do the few sit-ups that I did. I signed up and came to my first CrossFit class at 8:00AM the next day. I remember being impressed by how friendly everybody was and how they all introduced themselves to me. I am a little shy and took a while warming up to everyone. I knew nothing and remember asking what a WOD was. Like most things I do I jumped in head first and signed up for my first nutrition challenge 2 weeks later. I have done several of their nutrition challenges and would lose weight but always seemed to gain some back when I fell back into old eating habits. My first year after joining CrossFit I had butterflies before almost every workout. I would worry that I would not be able to do the workout or even scale it. I kept coming back seeing small improvements in weight lifting but almost no improvement in gymnastic skills. I was content to scale every workout and finish near the bottom of the whiteboard. I was talked into doing a half Murph the next year bymy CF friends. I scaled it doing ring rows and of course not wearing the vest. I thought I would never get those last few push-ups in. I vowed to do better the next year.
Early in 2017 I was asked to be part of a team that was going to do a competition at South Cobb CrossFit. I was apprehensive at first and did not feel I could keep up with those guys. They convinced me I could benefit the team so I agreed. That was when I started really putting in the extra time to improve my fitness level. I did not want to let the team down. I started coming in early for the workouts and working on GHD sit-ups, rowing and other movements that I would be doing in the competition. I improved in the things I was practicing and feel like I contributed my share to the team. That year I did a full Murph using a band for pull-ups and did not suffer as much through the push-ups as I had the previous year.
Several nutrition challenges later and after much coaching (diet, lifting and gymnastics) from the CrossFit PTC coaches, I have lost 40 lbs and my fitness level has improved drastically. I did my second competition in 2018 which I enjoyed. I have mastered many of the CrossFit skills and with some more classes and time I hope to master them all. The 2 bigs ones left are muscle-ups and hand stand push-ups. I have made many close friends at CrossFit and couldn’t imagine my life without CrossFit PTC. When people ask me why I put myself through these tough workouts I tell them “so I can be at my Granddaughter Lauren’s wedding and not be in a wheelchair”. I owe so much to Ric Thompson and all the coaches at CrossFit PTC. You have made my life so much better.
Before I came to Crossfit PTC I wasn’t doing ANYTHING. I had lost some weight in college but then put it back on yet again. I was feeling unmotivated and defeated. Working out for an hour at a 24 hour gym every day just wasn’t doing anything for me. I was borderline pre-diabetic. I wasn’t happy. Then one day a friend told me to try Fit 4 Life Challenge Peachtree City. I decided to give it a shot. It was HARD. I had never done anything like that before in my life. I had never been that sore. The obstacles I faced were my own mentality. I had to remember mind over matter. I faced these obstacles by winning biggest transformation in my first challenge and decided to keep going. I decided to run a half marathon and that was biggest obstacle so far. I remembered during my training and my race in the words of Coach Andrea “Mind over Matter.” I have been an active member of Crossfit PTC for 2 years now. I did the Fit 4 Life Challenge in 2014 for 4 months and then took a leave absence due to an injury to my foot from running. Now I am feeling amazing. I am no longer borderline pre-diabetic. I can run well. I have great blood pressure. I still have a long way to go but I have hit some major milestones. I was in the 100s for quite a while. My weight has fluctuated here and there but I am determined to reach the ultimate goal weight and health goal. Who knows, maybe I will run a full marathon one day. I am looking forward to one day… and not any time soon… being confident to wear a wedding dress. It has been a fear of mine since watching my younger sister get married to wear one of those dresses. I know I will be satisfied with my weight when I am able to comfortably wear a wedding dress and feel beautiful.
Attached is a favorite picture of me at my lowest weight right before my sister’s wedding and the picture next to it was just 6 months prior with no confidence at all. Just in 6 months I saw this type of transformation and now it is a journey.