Cheaper Than Therapy- A CrossFit Transformation Story

Cheaper Than Therapy- A CrossFit Transformation Story

Cheaper Than Therapy

A Crossfit Transformation Story

By: Angie Bryant a reformed athlete

“There’s something wrong with me”; I lashed out at my husband.  After having what I would describe as a series of terrible, no good, very bad days, I finally broke down.  I had come to realize that I was “off”.  There was something not normal in my life, like something had died inside me.  I flip-flopped between depression, melancholy, avoidance (also known as denial) and feelings of being overwhelmed.  I was nearing my fortieth birthday and it was like a switch was flipped and my life went into chaos.  I gave my husband a long speech about I either needed to see a doctor and get medication, or I needed a change of lifestyle and do something for myself like get back to the gym.  So it was decided. I could try going back to the gym because it was cheaper than therapy.  This is where my crossfit story began.

But first, here’s a little background about how I knew that the gym is what I was missing. I had always loved playing sports and competing.  From elementary school on I had played in a variety of sports.  I even lettered in three during my high school years: volleyball, basketball and track and field with Track being the first sport I loved and excelled.  I was so dedicated to running and training that I even worked during my last two summers of high school to train for the Junior Olympics.  I made it all the way to Nationals both years.  I continued running and training in college and was able to get back to volleyball, as well, while I worked on my Art education degree.  I loved everything about sports and competing.  I enjoyed learning more and more from my coaches and was always trying to improve my results and myself for them.  They motivated me to work harder and get stronger.  Even as an elementary student I was always racing the boys at recess and could never sit still.  I needed to be active, and when I was playing sports I felt whole. It kept me level headed (most of the time).  I didn’t know what it did to me biologically just that it made me happy.  Only as an adult had I figured out that exercising helped me mentally, physically, and emotionally. It kept me “sane”; it kept me goal-oriented; it kept me confident; it kept me healthy; it kept me focused; it kept me motivated; it built me.   Sports and my faith carried me through some really hard times.  It wasn’t until I started crossfit that I put this together.

Before I got back into the gym I had quit all exercising.  As the real world hit and I had to go do adult things, I dropped the sports and activities because life was just too busy to fit it in.  I finished college with my Bachelor’s degree in Art Education; I did try my hand at a couple of assistant coaching positions hoping that would keep me active.  I loved being able to pour into my students and helping them reach their potential, but I wasn’t pouring into myself.  Then life continued to roll on and change.  Getting married and moving away from friends and family, I continued teaching and coaching a little here and there, but not making time for exercise myself.  I knew it was important but didn’t make it a priority.  Then before I knew it five years passed and we had our first child and I gained a significant amount of weight and my focus was yet again not on me but my newborn son.  Then two years later came the second one, and I was no longer teaching big kids but preschoolers and toddlers.  Still pouring myself out and not filling up.  I soon added homeschooling and children’s ministry to my resume and stayed so busy that there was never any time for healthy living and exercise.  After my kids had grown up some more I made a few more attempts at exercising and getting my weight off, and I did succeed for a little while, but as usual, it was me leading the group and I reached burn out pretty fast.  I had been doing so much for everyone else that I had nothing left.  That is when I had that midnight cry with my husband asking for some relief.  I told him that I either needed a doctor or I needed the gym.   So we decided that we could try the gym, and if in a few months nothing changes then we see a doctor.  So I found a local CrossFit gym.

Why did I choose CrossFit and not a chain gym?  I knew from my previous athletic background that I thrived on intense coaching and one on one instruction. And I also knew a friend and her husband had just opened a new box in our area and I wanted to give it a try. I came in for my first trial workout and thought I was going to die, but I walked out of there knowing I’d be back.  I had found my people and I had found my thing.  I may not always like the workouts, but I am never disappointed when I have finished them.  The guidance and skill-building from the coaches helped me gain the confidence that I had lost. I stayed at that gym for over a year and half, and as life would have it we had to make a change. So we made a huge jump and moved our family away from all we had known for the last 15 years.   And life happened and I took some time off from the gym, but I was going to get back into a box in our new town and this time I’d take my family with me.  And as a mutual decision (as a result I think of the results I had had at my previous gym) my husband and I looked for a gym we could all join as a family.

And that is how we found CrossFit PTC. It was the only box in our area that had a character-driven, level-based training program for both of my boys and an excellent staff of coaches who could help my nonathletic husband gain the confidence and training he needed to get his fitness on track.  We have gained so much more than muscles and PRs at this gym.  We are learning about nutrition and healthier choices, and we are challenged all the time to try new things.  I have even set new goals and worked on getting better at all the things that I was afraid to do before. I decided in 2018 I would compete in two competitions, and I did that.  I made some great improvements in my form in many of the lifts and gymnastics movements, and I’ve set some new PRs.  Life has now felt like it has settled down quite nicely, even my husband and my kids have gained confidence and healthy lifestyles as a result of joining this CrossFit journey with me.

I’ve been so impressed with the children and teens programming at our gym that I wanted to know more, and since I have a love and joy for teaching and coaching kids I decided that I’d like to get my level 1 certification (plus it would allow me to learn even more about CrossFit and help me improve my own skills at the same time).  I want kids and teens to have the confidence and self-esteem that I had growing up as a result of the fine coaching I had. I want kids to know they can be successful and productive members of society. I want to further the reach of this great fitness program and help kids and their parents find ways of staying healthy and happy together. If our family was able to do it then they could too.

Why would anyone want me to be his or her coach? I’d hope they would see that I cared about them and wanted to help them succeed and improve their overall outlook on life.  I would want them to see that anything is possible with a dream and a plan.  We could reach their goals together.  I would want them to feel as though I am right there with them fighting the fight of aging and battling with them against the negative self-talk that wants to defeat us.   Am I going to be a perfect coach? Probably not.  Will I be completely organized and efficient all the time?  I will try my best.  Will I be intimidated by some of the tasks that are required of me?  Indeed I will, but any task worth doing is going to have its scary moments we have to fight through.  Hopefully, I will have the knowledge and wisdom to know when to ask for help and tackle the issues and problems as they come.  I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life.  I am always willing to try something new.  I like the challenge.  I will work hard at doing this job and work to make this fitness movement and my CrossFit PTC family proud.

 

Vanessa Kennedy

Vanessa Kennedy

“I love this place and highly recommend it for everyone regardless of age or level of fitness. Working out here is like working out with family. It’s always full of fun and encouragement; the expert coaches make sure push yourself without hurting yourself. Go ahead…drink the Koolaid!” – Vanessa Kennedy

 

Wallis Shoppy

Wallis Shoppy

 

“Great time today with Crossfit PTC friends. Lots of encouragement all around. Coaches and programming are excellent and they are always working to make you better. So glad to be a part of the CF PTC community. Looking forward to 19.3!!”

 

Karlye

 

“3 years ago I joined CFPTC. I was low on energy, I was in fair shape, and I was on a few different medications for anxiety and asthma. 
CFPTC has become my second home. I love this gym. We have amazing coaching, amazing members, and a positive environment. I’m now in the best shape I’ve ever been in, my energy is through the roof, and I’m off of all my medications. 
I’m so very grateful for my decision to join CF, and I’m so very grateful for the coaching at CFPTC. If you’re looking for something to get in shape and have some fun doing it, come check out CFPTC” – Karlye

 

Mike Brown’s Story

Mike Brown’s Story

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…

Linda Wright’s Story

Linda Wright’s Story

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.