In March of 2009 my doctor told me my cholesterol was back on the rise and my triglycerides has jumped 143 points. I was terrified and knew something drastic had to change. I had been working for 2 years to keep my cholesterol down and was unable to get the changes I needed. I was going to the gym regularly but not getting a thorough enough workout. I was craving a bigger challenge and desperately needed to see a physical change.
I joined CrossFit Central in August of 2009 and never looked back. I knew immediately the intense workouts were just the extra push I was craving.
(editor’s note: according to the American Hear Association, the average American male has the following cholestorol reading: cholesterol = 212, HDL = 45, LDL = 115, Triglycerides = 144)
After 2+ years with CrossFit Central, I am in better shape approaching 40 years of age than I was at 35. I can see physical improvements but the most important are my blood work results. In January of 2010 my cholesterol was down to 186 and my triglyercides saw a huge drop to 81. I was excited but had experienced improvements before but was unable to maintain them. In April of 2011 my tests were the best yet. My cholesterol is a low 176 and triglycerides are 72—best report yet!
I love that the workouts make me push myself mentally. I work as a mortgage broker which can be extremely stressful. During the day, I always think back to my last WOD when I face a tough mental challenge and it helps me to meet it head on. I leave my stress on the gym floor and my work at the office so that I can spend time with my wife and young daughter. My wife, Jessica, always says that “exercise is medicine” and she’s right!
My cholesterol is down 87 points & triglycerides are down 265 points