Andrew G’s Crossfit Experience
For the majority of my life I have been part of or a member of a team. I have played and competed in almost every mainstream sport, except football. In high school swimming became my main focus. After graduating high school I went to University of Pittsburgh and was a member of their swimming and diving team. After just one year I left Pittsburgh and spent some time at home before transferring to UNCW in fall 2010 as a student athlete and member of their swim and dive team.
Lifting weights and cross training (running, calisthenics, abs) is a big part of any successful athlete, especially a swimmer. In January 2012, about 2 months after my college and presumably entire swim career came to an end, I finally pulled the trigger and decided to join a Crossfit gym. I knew a little bit about the concept and principles behind Crossfit workouts but not too many details or philosophies in depth. My initial plan was to check out a handful of area Crossfit gyms to get a sense of where I may like to get my start. That plan quickly changed after coming to Crossfit Wilmington first. I almost immediately decided to come back later that night to start the intro classes after speaking with Josh for just ten minutes. This is a decision that has truly changed my life for the better.
After years of traditional workouts I wanted and needed something new to keep my interest. Also something that was going to be challenging and get me back in shape like I was when I was swimming 6+ miles 6 days a week. When I was in the best shape of my life I was around 170 lbs, 6 feet tall, and maybe 8% body fat (the only body fat test I’ve had was with calipers). In the fall of 2011 I was not in the best shape of my life but still around 180 lbs and probably 12 or 13% BF (that’s a big guess since it has been years since my last BF test). Move forward to January 2012, when I started at CFW, I was 206 lbs and who knows what percent BF, let’s just say I was getting thick. I had not worked out once in two months, except for 12-ounce curls, and my swimmer diet was still in full swing.
It has now been 6 months since I joined CFW and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to become a member of CFW. As of July 21st, I weigh 179.4 lbs and am by far stronger than I have ever been. My experience at CFW is not just about weight loss either. It is also about strength, both mental and physical. I can remember not long ago thinking to myself “There is no way I will ever push 135 lbs over my head”. I am happy to say that I was able to do that less than 2 months into crossfit and just the other day clean and jerked 175lbs for a heavy single. Although there are plenty of other significant strength and performance gains I have made over the last 6 months I think the more important ones are the mental strength gains. I know that I am not the only person who can say that CFW has changed their mentality towards personal health.
Since joining CFW I have cut back on consuming alcohol drastically and changed my diet. I can probably be considered 50% paleo (if that’s possible), which is a lot for me since I ate dairy and carbs with literally 99% of my meals 6 months ago. It certainly has not been an easy transition but totally worth it. I would like to thank Tony and Tanner for writing and sharing the daily articles and posts on the CFW website. They have provided me with a wealth of new knowledge that I otherwise would have never gotten. Also, thank you to all the trainers and members who make coming in to do WODs a lot of fun. I am convinced that CFW is a world class gym and I couldn’t be happier to be a miniscule part of that.
I feel like I could go on forever about my experiences before and after joining CFW but I will end it here. CFW is a special place and although I won’t be in Wilmington forever I will remember where my life changed forever.
Thank you Crossfit Wilmington!
Left, Andrew 2 weeks before joining CFW, 206lbs and “thick.” Right, Andrew 179 lbs and as strong as he’s ever been. Congrats on your success Andrew, keep working hard!