I’m originally from Londonderry, New Hampshire, spent 10 years in Washington DC, and moved back to the New England area in 2009. Before joining Steel Fox Crossfit, my typical workout routine focused on traditional weightlifting and running. I was reasonably active, finishing the Marine Corps marathon in 2008.
Then, from 2010 to 2015 my focus shifted from exercise to recovering from cancer and starting a family with my wife, Megan. By 2015 I found myself 35 pounds heavier, breathless walking up stairs, constantly tired, and with aches and pains that rarely subsided.
I tried getting back into shape on my own. Nothing worked. I needed a dramatic change.
I joined Steel Fox Crossfit 28 months ago in Sept 2015, nearly a year after my twin boys were born. I did not want to be the tired, achy Dad and husband that I had become. I wanted to run around with my kids and set myself up to be active for the rest of my life.
The varied, functional, & high intensity (not a marathon) workout approach of Crossfit was appealing. The culty, “crossfit-bro” reputation was not. After meeting with the owner, Rita, and doing a workout with some members, I realized my perception of Crossfit was very far off. All the members were working on their own improvement plan, and, were friendly and encouraging. They were by no means “crossfit-bros”.
After the first 3 weeks, I had to walk up stairs backwards because my legs would scream hours after the workouts. In my 4th week, I was introduced to Fran, one of the foundational Crossfit workouts: 45 pull ups and 45 reps of 95 pound Thrusters, in sets of 21-15-9.
I couldn't do a single pull up. I couldn’t do a single pull up with a thick 2 inch green band. I couldn't go past parallel in a squat. I couldn't squat and press (a Thruster) more than 75 pounds. I scaled Fran down to ring rows and 55 pound thrusters into a partial squat. The experience, humbling, left a lasting impression.
10 months later my squat was proper.
15 months later my thrusters were at 95 pounds.
20 months later I did my first strict pull up.
26 months later I completed Fran Rx (no scaling down) in 9 mins.
I typically attend the 5:30am class, but have had the opportunity to take classes at other times too. Meeting different people and getting to know more of the members has been an unexpected and wonderful benefit.
And that’s the best part. The people. The community of people at Steel Fox Crossfit is the #1 reason I workout here. The people are motivating, inspiring, humble, and, of course, a little competitive. Without this community I would have certainly given up and gone back to my old habits.
Now, I have goals to keep me on track. Short term, the goal is to complete all of the 20+ foundational Crossfit workouts, aka the “Girl WODs”. The long term goal is to improve my flexibility and mobility so Megan and I are able to keep up with our three amazing kids as their interest in soccer, swimming, and other activities increases.