Alex Parks

Years Doing CrossFit: 4

"I was very overweight"

I couldn’t walk more than a mile without getting out of breath, on medication for Gout, blood pressure and my cholesterol levels were going up, and the doctor was starting to throw around words like “pre-diabetic”.  In short, I was a mess and I didn’t see it getting better on its own.  I had to make a change.  Not one for doing things half way, I decided that I was going to join a Crossfit affiliate.

See, I had heard about Crossfit years before about the time the movie 300 came out.  Reading about how those actors got into shape for the movie led me to crossfit.com.  There I saw video after video of people getting absolutely crushed physically by these crazy workouts.  However, at that time there were no “boxes” anywhere close to where I lived.  Fast forward to 2015 and me stepping through the doors of CHC the first time to take the Fundamentals class.  An hour later I was completely spent after only a 4 minute workout.  I knew I was in horrible shape, but that workout put an acute point on it.  There were 6 people in that class and at the end of it, you couldn’t tell who was in the worst shape.  We were all gasping for breath and I was hooked.

I walked into my first real class on October 2nd, 2015 and haven’t looked back.  Within a year I was 40lbs lighter. No gout medication. Blood pressure is normal. Cholesterol levels are normal and the words “pre-diabetic” are no longer mentioned by my doctor.  What you’ll get from a membership at CHC is more than a gym membership.  You don’t just get access to a facility where you can work out.  You get Pam and her team who will work with you every step of the way to help you achieve your fitness goals.  I tore my hamstring trying to sprint one day (warmups are your friend kids), and was looking at several months of recovery and physical therapy.  Pam told me to come to classes anyway.  Every day I showed up, and I came 5 days a week, they had a workout that I could do with the class.  Even if it was a small modification like arms only rowing or calories on the assault bike instead of running, or just a ton of seated upper body work, they had something for me.  If you invest, they will invest.

Then you have the CHC community.  Probably the most awesome group of people you’ll have the pleasure of sweating with.  They will cheer you on, fire you up, give you a hard time, and push you to your limits.  Best of all, they know how to eat and have a good time.  I love them like an extended family.

I continue to make strides everyday.  Building myself up physically to the person I want to be.  I’m not there yet, but anything worth having is worth working for, and there’s no better place to do it than CHC.


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