Kyle has been doing CrossFit for 3.5 years. He did a 12 week cut with Coach Stacey and lost a total of 22 pounds. He was able to maintain and even build strength during his cut. He can back squat 405 for reps, run a sub 7 minute mile, and do 20+ pull-ups at a time. He has gotten faster and stronger. The best part is that now we get to increase all his food back up while he maintains his leanness as his body will be using the extra calories for energy during training. He now better understands how to fuel his body properly to perform better in the gym, keep his energy levels high, and stay lean.
How has training at CrossFit 201 impacted your fitness physically, mentally, and emotionally?
I have been doing Crossfit for about 3.5 years at Crossfit 201 for just under 1 year. Crossfit has given me a place not just to work out but to test myself physically and mentally. Crossfit 201 has been a place that has people that can motivate me to work harder and push farther than I thought I could (sometimes more than I want, in a good way). Between the community and the coaches, I am challenged, motivated, and inspired to become the best version of myself.
How has your training at CrossFit 201 enhanced the quality of your life outside of the gym?
Crossfit 201 has helped me stay at a fitness level that will allow me to do any physical activity I want to do. It has kept me healthy and feeling the best I have ever felt.
I have always loved going to the gym and working out but only recently have I learned that food is just as important, if not more, than going to the gym. I have never been good at portion control or eating the right foods. I have tried many different diets and never been able to stick with it. Both my old gym and Crossfit 201 gave me a great community and helped me to start looking at food differently. Not until I got to Crossfit 201 did I find a great plan that works and one that I feel is a system that I can stay with for a long time.
What can you now do that you couldn’t do when you first started?
Since I started Crossfit I have learned so many new skills and enhanced many of the skills I already had. My body awareness has been one of the greatest improvement I have noticed, whether it is body awareness during a lifting or gymnastics. It is a great feeling knowing I am more self-aware. It has also greatly improved my mental toughness. I constantly set goals for workouts and every time I push myself to meet those goals I learn that I can endure or push through more than I ever thought I could.
Can you share a little bit of your story and how fitness became a part of your life? What motivated you to start and what keeps you coming back?
I have played soccer all my life and through college, so fitness has always been a part of my life. After college I took time away from the gym and got really out of shape and started feeling bad about myself. A friend of mine got me to try a Crossfit class and I fell in love. I am able to set goals and work toward them. I am able to push myself and challenge myself physically and mentally. I know that I do not hit my expectations everyday but I love that Crossfit has a community that pick you up and inspire me to come back the next day and go after the next challenge.
What pieces of inspiration can you share with other people to inspire them to make a positive change in their lives?
If you set a goal and truly want it, nothing should stop you from obtaining it. Also, if you ever need help, which is perfectly fine, there is always someone around willing to help.