I saw the CFMH sign on the rail trail many times as I passed by on my runs, and became intrigued when after seeing a group of crossfitters rolling huge tires in front of me as they cheered each other on. After months of talking about it, I finally sent an email to Justin telling him I was ready to start (the first week of January – so cliché). Just a few months after joining CFMH, I shaved more than 1 minute/mile off of my half marathon time. I had been running for three years, and the only thing I had done differently was attend crossfit a few times a week. I firmly believe that the quick bursts of crossfit workouts, incorporating weight lifting and cardio, have made me a faster runner and helped me to maintain my recent major weight loss without strict portion control. The supportive family atmosphere is not something you will ever find at a traditional gym – no one has ever told me ‘good job’ or cheered me on at Planet Fitness. At CFMH you will do things that a traditional gym can’t offer, things you never dreamed you would be able to do – handstand pushups, throwing a 14 pound ball in the air, continuous jumping onto a 20 inch high box, 400m dashes, and swinging kettlebells. Sometimes you might feel like you’ll vomit, but strangely, you will consider that a good thing! Running will always be my first love but crossfit makes me better at it. I’m so grateful to be a part of CFMH.
I just want to echo what Chris said about CFMH. Justin was awesome and super quick to respond to my email to come in as a drop in. I’m in town for the holiday from Crossfit Reston. When I came in it felt like I was back in Reston. I was greeted by Justin and then introduced to Ryan and a few others. Great box, great coaches, and an awesome group of people. I’ll be sure to see you guys again at Christmas !
So it’s been exactly one year since I started at CFMH. On day one we did a 12 minute version of Cindy and I used a green AND blue band to do my pullups. Last night (even though I came in dead last in the whole box!) I did all 55 pullups with no assistance, and prior to that, in the skill, PRed on a split jerk with 175 lbs. There are SO many things I can do now that I couldn’t do 3 months, 6 months or a year ago and my body is stronger than ever. I just wanted to take a moment to give a big thank you to Justin and all the coaches and lots of love to everyone CFMH