We’re only successful when you’re successful
Here’s our chance to share the hard work and results our athletes have achieved.
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- John, Courtney and their 3 young CrossFitters
- Seannon Nichols
- Antoniou Family (Tony, Deb, Zachary, Mia & Emma)
Year End CrossFit Success Story Update.
The last time I wrote my success story I was six months into my health journey and little did I know by year end I would have surpassed my expectations. CrossFit has completely transformed my way of living, changing my life for the better in every possible way. From my relationship with food to how approach each day with a improved mindset.
I am astonished that I have already completed a full year of CrossFit. My past version of myself would not recognize me today. My strength and fortitude that I have today would seem impossible to my old self. The biggest challenge of CrossFit (and there are many) is the mental toughness you must cultivate daily. Every day you step into the gym, your mind and body are telling you that you “can’t” or “too weak” or “too tired” and the list goes on. You have to have the ability to fight and squash this negative inner being and this is the hardest part of CrossFit. This fight is tough and relentless but you come out a better person, you find yourself accomplishing tasks and lifting weights that you would have never imaged. CrossFit is an elegant balance of mental fortitude and physical perseverance.
However, one of the best things about CrossFit is that you are constantly having what I call Burpee moments.
A Burpee moment is when you finish a movement, achieve a weight, or overall accomplishment, you honestly believed, with every fiber of your being, was gonna kill you. I coined this after completing the 2016 CrossFit Workout 16.5, the last of five workouts, which had about 90 Burpees in it. I had never done that many before and I was about 40 pounds heavier than I am now. Finishing that workout with 6 minutes to spare was the greatest feeling in the world. I didn’t think I could do it but I did. I thought my lungs were going to explode while every muscle felt like it would disintegrate at any moment, but of course this did not happen. After I caught my breath I was the happiest and proudest I have ever been. The competitor in me was immensely proud of my triumph. It helped my mental attitude towards all the subsequent workouts I don’t think I can do, which, by the way, still happen all the time.
Even after a year in, when I see a WOD with a ton of Burpees or a movement I think I will never be able to do (muscle-ups or an ample amount of running) I say to myself “At least it’s not the open workout with all those burpees and even if it is you completed that you can do this.”
My accomplishments in the past year encourage me daily. I know each day I am stronger, faster, better than the day before, I am better than yesterday. I can do anything I am willing to work for. Knowing that allows me to ignore that voice in my head who tells me to give up on the workouts, diet, and all of it.
That voice is pretty quiet now. My inner dialogue tells me to keep achieving. Forget the fear and doubt and strive to do more and be better.
I can’t believe what I can do. I am now able to do a few kipping pull-ups in a row, handstand holds, box jumps, and much more. During this past year I have completed and placed in 2 competitions. I finished in the 50 percentile of the CrossFit Open and finished 1st in my division at an in-house competition. I am Olympic and power weightlifting within a range of 135-295lbs (depending on the lift.) CrossFit changed my life and my ability to trust and believe in my body’s ability to do whatever I want it to by training hard and not giving up on myself.
There has been so many people behind me giving me the strength to move forward and never stop pushing myself to accomplish my goals. My CrossFit family, especially the coaches and my personal trainer and friend Lauren C, at Dale Mabry CrossFit helped me achieve my goals in a safe and nurtured environment that helped me do things I didn’t even know I wanted or was capable of.
I want to especially thank my friends who have to hear me talk about CrossFit 24/7.
After being part of DMC since July of 2015, switching to Paleo, and due to everyone’s support, I have lost 70lbs and 25% of my body fat while gaining 45lbs of lean body mass. I have also dropped 10 pants sizes and 3-4 shirt sizes. I am now smaller and more fit than I was my senior year of high school. However, I am certainly not done with my transformation. I will never be done. I am a constant gardener of my mind and body and I’ve never been happier. I keep on by telling myself “Slow progress is better than no progress.”
I am so glad I am doing this journey gradually and the healthy way. I am forever evolving myself while slowly but surely being the athlete and person who never stops striving for more. One day I will achieve my current goals and then make new ones.
Don’t wish for the body you want, work for the person you know you are. Don’t let your mind impede your inner strength. You can do anything.
My husband John and I have been involved in Crossfit for several years, on and off. John began doing Crossfit on his own back in 2008 when we were in Okinawa, Japan. He tells me that the routine of international bench press day on Monday, back and bis on Wednesday and legs on Friday was getting old. We joined our first box in Virginia Beach in 2009 thanks to John’s persuading and I quickly found the daily variety and the community of the box something that I really enjoyed and looked forward to everyday.
Being in the military, we moved almost yearly and after 3 kids in less than 4 years, we had difficulty finding a Crossfit gym that would work for our schedule and busy family. There was that cool gym we went to in Philly that was in a rehabbed textile mill, but then there was the meathead box that scared me away in DC. John is pretty flexible but I have always been picky with the box personality and coaching staff. Combined with most boxes not catering to young parents, it had been years since we consistently had a box that we enjoyed. Dang babies.
We found DMC in January 2016. We thought we had found our answer with an athletic club within walking distance of home that had a functional fitness area and a childcare option(!). We quickly became disappointed that our children would watch TV the entire time we were working out, however. We were always on the look-out for gyms that had childcare options for our 3 young children and John happened upon DMC while searching for the end of the internet on a slow day at work. After keying in on the Crossfit Kids programming, he called up Rob and quickly concluded it was worth a shot. I was hesitant to even check the box out because it had been years since I had done Crossfit and I had a lot of work to do on my fitness after years of not having a routine and multiple pregnancies. I was worried about being intimidated as some boxes have programming not scaled for new clients and was worried about my young children’s ability to participate in a group class.
Starting my first class, Sunny welcomed me and promised there would be no meatheads swapping spit before big PRs. I thought that might have been something cool to see, but was happier that she was there to meet me where I was with my current level of fitness. She appropriately scaled the work outs for me and kept me challenged but not overwhelmed. The major benefit of DMC was that my 9 month old was welcome to come with me. She has a front row seat to our workouts, either on a mat or in a stroller depending on the equipment we are tossing around that day. In a few short weeks, I noticed a difference in my overall health and strength and am now being challenged by the coaches to continue to improve and advance myself.
For the 4 year old and the 2.5 year old, they attend the Crossfit Kids class 3 days a week. They love Coach Lauren, who has the very difficult job of engaging multiple toddlers and young children for an entire hour! The class has a lot of variety and the kids have begun learning skills such as squatting, jumping rope, and swinging on the monkey bars. Our 4 year old asks each morning, “is today a Crossfit day?” He plans his day around Crossfit and we love that they are learning skills while playing. Our 2.5 year old has a shorter attention span but Coach Lauren will keep her moving and engaged, and if nothing else, will give her piggy-back rides to keep her with the class. It helps that out 2.5 year old is the cutest kid in the class.
There is an adult class at the same time as the kids’ class, so my husband John is able to work-out while the kids are burning their energy. As a busy family, we appreciate that there are so many adult class time options. We have been very happy being part of the DMC family!
Antoniou Family (Tony, Deb, Zachary, Mia & Emma)
The DMC Family is happy to officially announce our First Success Story. We have so many success stories daily but we wanted to take the time to highlight Tony and his crew!
From Antoniou Family:
We are so excited to be a part of the Dale Mabry Crossfit (DMC) family!
Our interest in Crossfit started when we witnessed several friends get into tremendous shape after starting the workouts. We started researching crossfit in our area & stumbled upon the Kids crossfit class at DMC. Our intention was to keep the kids in shape while they had a few weeks off from their respective sports seasons. Tony showed up for a free trial class with our son, Zachary, and was really impressed with the facility and coaching style. Not long after his arrival, he was invited to join the class & gave it a try. We haven’t stopped yet! The girls started taking kids crossfit after school…..and are loving every minute of it. Exercising really can be fun! After some encouragement, Deb joined as well. Although the workouts are challenging, she can scale them down to fit her needs. We love coming home & sharing our DMC workout stories with each other!