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!
I’m just your average 39 year old female. I work full time, maintain my house, take care of our 4 kids, and keep my hubby happy (well sometimes!). I had been over weight for 15 years when Chuck asked me to do CrossFit with him. I very reluctantly agreed, thinking that I’d do it a few times and quit. I know, great commitment huh? Well, my first time walking into a CrossFit gym was in Castle Hill, New South Wales in Australia. When we walked up I saw this red headed muscle guy and a few very fit people working out. I knew it was not a place for me. Chuck talked with Rob (aka the Red Bull) and was like a kid in a candy store. He was so excited and all I kept thinking was this is not a place for me, I do not belong here. Then Chuck told Rob that I said I was too fat to be there. I was mortified that Chuck had shared that bit of info, but Rob didn’t miss a beat and said “Well I can’t think of a better place for her to be”. That was the beginning for me. We came back for our intro a few days later.
When I began this journey, I weighed 217 pounds. I had never lifted weights and I avoided running at all cost. CrossFit has not only changed me physically (I have dropped 42 pounds and 4 dress sizes) but it has also improved my confidence inside and outside the gym. Being able to deadlift 250 pounds is a pretty cool thing to be able to say. And now I am a CrossFit Level One Trainer, something I never even thought I could be.
Mel with CrossFit!
My favorite thing about CrossFit is that it truly is for everyone. All of the workouts are programmed for elite athletes but are infinitely scalable for anyone at any fitness level.
This last year I have shared my experience with anyone who would listen. Now that we have CrossFit FerVor, in Mansfield, Texas, I am able to do this everyday. I get to be a part of improving the lives of those around me and I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing.
I hope you, too, will come by and give us a go. The worst thing that can happen is you don’t like it. No harm in that! However, the best thing that could happen is you find a place that accepts you where you are and works right along with you to ensure you achieve your goals!
Melissa is CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Olympic Lifting and CrossFit Judge certified
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No equipment, no facility, no investment on their part.
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The CrossFit FerVor team will be kicking off the 30 Day Nutrition Challenge at our 9am Session tomorrow. We will present the rules and foundational nutrition plans for performance improvement and body recomposition. There will be an open discussion of specific challenges and solutions for specific situations.
Real Snack Food
We will have a mini metcon to establish a fitness baseline that we will test against at the end of the challenge. In addition to taking some base line body measurments and health markers (like blood pressure and heart rate).
I expect that the combination of the dedication we are seeing from FerVor athletes in the box combined with improved nutritional intake is going to deliver amazing results for the CrossFit FerVor family over the next month.
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