Hello my name is Chuck Swain. Several years ago I was much like you. I was checking out this CrossFit thing I had heard about. I was doing well on a number of fronts: My family and I lived in an awesome home in Sydney Australia. I had an excellent job that I was good at and I was able to travel to exotic locations like New Zealand and the Phillipines quite regularly.
But… and here is the big one…I was in terrible shape physically. Fifty pounds overweight, I had obstructive sleep apnea for years and hypertension. My job kept me on the road (or in the air) so pre-prepared meal planning was not in the cards. I didn’t have much time to commit to improving my health (I know how dumb that sounds) and I certainly wasn’t in shape enough to take on something as challenging as CrossFit.
Steaming after a Workout
But that is what I did…I committed to just 3 hours per week and found gyms where I traveled or used CrossFit style programming in hotel gyms to get my 3 per week done.
Long story short, I lost the fat, added some muscle, was deemed (in a sleep study) to no longer have apnea (after 6 years on the CPAP) and fell in love with CrossFit. I became a CrossFit Level 1 (CFL1) certified coach and added certifications in CrossFit Endurance (CFE), NESTA certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer (PFT), CrossFit Strongman Certification with Rob Orlando and CrossFit Olympic lifting. Ran my first half marathon (Sydney) and my first full marathon (Dallas). I have given up the corporate thing to pursue my passion of helping others to improve their performance and their lives. Now at the age of 48 I have devoted myself to being the Best Trainer in Mansfield, Texas. I am constantly learning new skills because you can’t give what you don’t have! I love watching the people I coach accomplish their goals, live more fulfilling lives as they develop new capacity and healthier self images.
I hope you will consider taking control of your life and visit us here at CrossFit Fervor!
First a quick question. What do the people, described in the list below, have in common? School teachers ranging in age from 23 to 59, two mothers of four, a police officer, a 55 year old ICU nurse, a couple of nursing students in their 20’s, a physical therapist, a recent marketing graduate and photographer, an optometrist, a highschool football coach, a cosmotologist, a volleyball coach, a plumbing supply saleman, a 46 year old entreprenuer and a pastor. Answer: They are normal people, in normal jobs, living normal lives, just like you. Except, they are also Continue reading →
Recently, I had a new athlete join CrossFitFerVor here in Mansfield, Texas. She had been “staying in shape” by attending the four week boot camps that I see advertised in the area, you know the ones. Seems like they have a good business going. Classes are regularly booked and they seem to keep people coming back.
No equipment, no facility, no investment on their part.