Whether you're reading this thinking about whether or not CrossFit is right for you, or you're a seasoned vet trying to find a new gym, at one point in you're life you could have been like me and hated the thought of working out, but really needed to do SOMETHING. Whether you're trying to lose weight, mitigate stress, or just get out and be active, sometimes a change is necessary.
I came to CFCH without being active for more than a year (minus a few beer-ridden golf games here and there), and hadn't lifted a weight since college (I'm 27 now). I played 3 sports in high school, was an avid hiker and played all types of pick-up sports in college, and despite my poor eating and drinking habits, always seemed to stay in pretty good shape. So naturally there would be no way my metabolism would slow down and I'd always stay in decent shape, right? You don't need Einstein to figure that one out. I weighed myself about 7 months before my wedding, and came in at 205 lbs (30 lbs heavier than I had remembered weighing). That shocked me enough to try anything I could, no matter how much I hated it. I tried running, no luck. I joined an indoor soccer league, and that was a MAJOR fail. Gym memberships are over priced, and I needed a personal trainer that would literally kick my butt and no doubt be exorbitantly priced. I was even coaxed into a few Yoga classes by the "boss", but that ranked pretty high on my embarrassing scale in more than a few ways.
A friend of mine started telling me he went to CrossFIt every morning at 5 a.m.. He told me about the work outs, how intense they were, and how much he loved it. I immediately thought he was masochistic and weird. I also thought there's no way in hell I'd be able to not only get up that early in the morning, but be able to function enough to be around heavy weights, much less lift them, or myself. Regardless I looked for Crossfit gyms around my house, and sure enough two places showed up, and one was CrossFit Central Houston. I called the first one and got the answering machine. I then called Teresa and she picked up and we had a great conversation, so I scheduled my first On Ramp appointment. Just under three months later I've lost 21 of the 30 pounds, and attend the 6 A.M. class (among other times they have available) at least 3 times a week, trying to push it to 4 with aspirations of getting to 5. I improve nearly every class. The other classmates are encouraging and friendly. Teresa and Phil are amazing coaches, teachers, trainers, and people. They are sincerely dedicated to all of the students' well-being and growth. My advice to anyone that's thinking about making a change is to come try CFCH, because Phil and Teresa have the teaching ability and tools to help you achieve whatever it is you're looking for.
I wanted to share my story about CrossFit Central Houston and the awesome job Phil and Teresa are doing. My name is Frank Rodriguez and I started Crossfit 04/13 weighing 310 lbs. As of 06/14 I'm am down to 270 lbs (YES 40lbs and counting!!!). As both of them preach, nutrition goes hand in hand with exercise. The workouts are hard, but there is only one way to burn calories. The attitude in the "box" is very positive, and if you are not where you need to be physically then they will help you adjust so you can get the most out of your workouts.
I am faster, stronger, lighter, and fitter than I was when I first started.
Thank you Phil and Teresa for pushing me to be healthy and fit!