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Jeff’s Empowerment Story


I am more confident than ever that I can overcome any challenge

prior to crossfit central programs
My life was sedentary, stressful, and adrift. I had very little physical activity beyond walking around the neighborhood. I love backpacking, but even backpacking treks were hard on me because my body wasn’t trained to handle to sudden strenuous exercise. Here I was, in my late 30s, struggling to do even the things I enjoyed while I was sliding slowly down a path of lifetime dependence on blood pressure medications, cholesterol reducers, and, eventually, insulin.

The turning point came during a backpacking trip to Yosemite in California. I backpacked for 100 miles up and down the Sierra Nevada mountains. I had to overcome fear and difficult situations and my own desire to just stop. Somewhere on those trails, I realized that I was capable of being fit, despite how poorly I’d taken care of my body and spirit, if I applied myself and followed through every day.



since taking on crossfit central programs

In one year, I’ve lost over 30 pounds. I’ve had to get a whole new wardrobe after I donated all my “fat clothes” to charity. I now weigh less than I did my senior year of high school and I’m in better shape now too!

I’m getting better in my technique, gradually improving times and increasing weights and intensity. I’m increasing my training at home, and I’ve even started running voluntarily (I used to run only when chased) for 3 miles every weekend. Emotionally, I am more confident than ever that I can overcome any challenge. A year ago, I would never have pictured myself participating in something like the “I Am CrossFit” challenge, let alone completing the workout, and doing so under time.

More than ever before, I understand that each step in this journey is one closer to the goal of living a fit, healthy, more active, and longer life. The image of me as a droopy, injury-prone fat guy has been replaced with an active, healthier and happier me – something that seemed impossible a year ago. Each week, each workout, each rep, each zoned meal, each positive thought is another step forward. CrossFit has helped me understand my diet and routine better, and given me the knowledge and encouragement to challenge myself over those plateaus. I am better “dialed in” to my nutrition and more willing and able to push myself out of a rut or over an obstacle.

It’s also helped me change my perspective on challenging WODs. Instead of thinking, “Oh, I’m never going to get through all this in time,” I’m now focused on keeping moving, maintaining form, not resting too long, trying to go faster, trying to get one more rep in before I decide to stop.

Without question, the folks at CrossFit Central have empowered me to change my life. I no longer sit and daydream about what it would be like if I was fitter, 30 pounds lighter, and healthier. Now I live it. If I can do it, then anyone can do it. All you need is desire and discipline – the rest will take care of itself, one rep at a time, one step at a time, one jump at a time, one pull-up at a time, one zoned meal at a time, one WOD at a time, one day at a time. Just start moving, and keep moving.

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