The first picture was taken a month or so before I started. I was 44 years old, my weight was around 200 pounds and I never knew when my back was going to go out and I'd be walking around like a pretzel for a week or more.
Within 3 months of starting at CrossFit KOA people started asking me what I was doing because the change in my appearance was so dramatic. My weight was down to 178 pounds and I'd taken 4 inches off my waist. Now I've been a member for almost a year and I can deadlift over 300 pounds, do pullups and climb ropes. People are routinely shocked when I tell them I'm 45 years old.
For most of my life, I was an athlete or at the very least involved in athletics. At the age of 25, I realized my life had changed; I weighed 300 plus pounds and was generally out of shape despite though going to Retro fitness or other gyms. I finally realized I needed to do something to change my life. I started researching fitness online andasked a few of my friends what they were doing, and I eventually stumbled across Crossfit.
It looked interesting but extremely intimidating, so I talked with one of my friends who is a coach in Rhode Island and she turned me onto KOA. Being skeptical, I only joined for a three month contract and started doing foundations a couple of days later with Coach Ryan. Starting out, I probably had the same stereotypical thoughts like everyone else: these guys are way to advanced for what I can do; how will I make it here?
After going through foundations and talking with Ryan, I realized I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by at least trying it out. After a month at KOA, I could tell I was already seeing results but wanted to take it to the next level. I talked with Josh about my diet and he told me about the 24 day challenge through Advocare, which really turned around my eating habits. Now a mere three and half months later, I have lost 52 pounds and am below 260, which I have not
been since freshman year of college.
I owe it all to my family at KOA. They are the ones who you turn to when you need that extra push at the gym or are curious about a product. But most of all, they literally become your family and you will find yourself hanging out with them and sharing your success with them. That is why I could never see myself leaving KOA; they are the family, the team, and inspiration we all need to get through your WOD. They are the reason I have been so successful and the reason I keep coming back day in and day out no matter how sore or how tired I am.