I was sitting around after my second daughter headed off to college 3 and ½ years ago and I decided I needed to add a new activity into my life. It was in the Fall and I needed something to do in the off season from my tennis leagues. I felt like I was becoming a couch potato and frequently needed chiropractic adjustments to loosen up my neck and shoulders.
I found CutThroat CF while on a trail ride behind the facility and looked it up. I knew a few guys that worked out at CF boxes and thought I should give it a try. I came in on a Saturday and the workout happened to be “Filthy 50”. I didn’t come close to finishing the workout inside the time cap and I recall my legs being incredibly tight for most of the next week. To Katie’s surprise, after a week of recuperation and deciding if I could fit the class time offerings into my schedule, I decided to make a go of it.
Early on, while I was trying to build up to a rudimentary skill level, I was frequently improving my weights, reps and performance. This is not to say I was very good. I can’t recall a specific early bright spot. It was likely when I first completed a WOD with pull ups without scaling. I believe that was before some other notable improvements such as my first rope climb and reaching a deadlift of 350.
Currently I’ve been doing some extra skill and progression training for muscle ups. I’d like to think I’m close to getting a muscle up on the bar.
I’ve had many good early morning workouts. I will call out the “Murph” workout on Memorial Day 2017 as special. I like the camaraderie, the patriotic tone of that workout ever year and 2017 was the first time I finished the workout in the time cap. I also look forward to the Open workouts. I still can’t do them all Rx and I’m okay with that.
Along with the improvements during the workouts, I want to add how CrossFit has helped my life in total. I’ve taken 3 inches off my waist line. I’ve dropped 18 pounds in total weight while I’ve increased my muscle mass. My cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure are all better. (I want to add that exercise can’t take all the credit. I’ve ingrained some dietary improvements from nutrition programs I’ve completed with Brian and Katie.) And while I do occasionally still get a chiropractic adjustment, it’s not for a lack of exercise nor simply a buildup of tension.