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CrossFit Blade North has changed every aspect of my life.

I love the quote…
“Crossfit has created one of the strongest platforms so that girls and women are proud of not simply what their body looks like, but what their body can do.”
-Elisabeth Akinwale

THIS is what Crossfit Blade North has done for me. It changed my entire perspective on exercise. Crossfit Blade taught me to stop exercising and start training my body and my mind.

The culture and environment at Crossfit Blade North embodies this aspect of whole body fitness, wellness and nutrition.

I love that I can just walk into class and leave life at the door. For the next hour I don’t have to think about what I am going to do because it’s all laid out for me in the WOD. Blade has six coaches and every single one of them has greatly impacted my life. From pushing me to go harder when I didn’t think I could to correcting my form, helping me with nutrition and helping me to understand my body better when I was sore or injured. They don’t just show up to class and instruct a group. They coach individuals. They know each of our strengths and weaknesses and help us to improve while also watching out for our safety.

When I WOD, I am not doing it to be skinnier. When I WOD I feel empowered. I feel strong.

My goals are to be fit and healthy. To be stronger and faster than I was the day before and to just keep moving forward. Crossfit Blade North is my happy place and the best asset in helping me accomplish my goals.

Weight Loss: 45lbs
Performance Improvements: I went from no knowledge of lifting to the following in 1yr.
Deadlift: 230lb
Front squat: 128lb
Back squat: 140lb
Overhead squat: 100lb
Clean: 110lb
Box jumps: (afraid to even consider a box jump box) – 20”
Mile: (not being able to run the whole way) – 9:11
Floor Push ups: 0 – 10
Wall Balls: 6lb – 14lb
Pull ups: 0 – 6 assisted banded PU’s

Today is my 8 month anniversary at CrossFit Blade and also the end of an 8 week challenge. Settle in folks, it’s gonna be a long one. I’ve lost 20lbs of fat in 8 months, on a 5 ft frame. (Disclaimers 1. I didn’t think the first photo would ever see the light of day gah! 2. This is pretty much an ad for CrossFit, specifically Blade and Paleo). The first pic is on the first day of CrossFit, AFTER pretty thoroughly training and doing a half marathon. I lost 1.5 lbs…which was a bummer but really it’s OK that running didn’t work out since I really do hate it.

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I started crossfit 8 months ago for 3 reasons: 1. Curiosity, crossfitters are crazy 2. Desperation, I felt like a huge piece of postpartum lard and didn’t want to accept my “mom body” 3. To prove it wrong, running didn’t work so obviously CrossFit wouldn’t either.

Cut to 8 months later and all I can say is CrossFit is the bomb. I have a weird addiction where I can’t not go. Anyone who knows me even the smallest amount knows that that is so odd and doesn’t make sense. Here is why I love it. The community, there are so many normal people that do it and I have made a lot of friends. Everyone suffers together and it’s wonderful. I’m usually the last one to finish and people literally cheer you on. At first it was awful and then you realize that they are just genuinely encouraging.

Every WOD can somehow be modified so that anyone is able to do it. You can track your progress. I’ve cut my mile time by over 4 minutes (14:00 to 9:40-I don’t think Ive ever done a sub 10 mile in my life until yesterday). I can do 20 inch box jumps, a push up and I’m working on a strict pull up. I can deadlift 155, backsquat 135, front squat 125. I have also gotten fairly familiar with olympic lifting and am hoping one day it doesn’t feel so weird.

As far as nutrition goes, it’s nice to find a way to eat that doesn’t make me feel like crap. And when I do eat like crap, I feel it. It has also almost totally erased some physical issues, primarily my recurrent sinus infections. All from eating non-processed foods and even doing some crazy things like making my own almond milk and putting butter in my coffee.

CrossFit also puts my husband and I on the same page as far as the importance of exercising. Our coaches have challenged me with physical feats (and josh has really been challenged in the area of nutrition). I think that I can’t do something but actually, I can. I’m way stronger than I ever thought I would be and still have so far to go! When I first began my goal was simply to want to be in a family photo again…without cringing. I eventually got back to my “pre-pregnancy” weight and have now surpassed that. My goal now is to be a strong and healthy wife and mama for my family. Thank you to my friends and family, but specifically my husband Josh for being so encouraging and genuinely thinking I’m beautiful no matter how much I weigh and to my coaches Christopher and Claire who continually push me and believe that I can do it. ‪#‎softhandsorrockinbody‬ ‪#‎actuallyican‬ ‪#‎bladie‬

My husband Tom started with Blade first and even though he was in good physical shape I saw his body change within a few weeks of starting. We met in the Marines when we were 19 so I’ve seen him at his prime as well as him seeing me. I finally signed up after I graduated college in January 2014. I would say I was around 15-20 pounds overweight.

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My first week was horrible and amazing at the same time. Each day brings a new challenge and opportunity to become a better person/athlete physically and mentally. I am 9 months down and have lost over 15 pounds, over 10% body fat, lost 14 inches and gained 5 pounds of muscle. This experience has definitely changed my life for the better, not just physically, but mentally as well.

I am a better mother, wife and friend. I am a happier and more positive person from crossfit. I look back and thought I was at my prime at 19…I feel stronger and more focused now at 38 (eekk)!! The Blade community is family now and I can count on them to be there if I ever need anything. I have to mention the amazing coaches! They all make you feel important when you hit a new PR even of it’s as small as one strict pull up! This is the type of community I have been looking for.

How did Crossfit change me or why Crossfit to begin with?

In order to answer that question I have to give you some background.  I was your typical kid growing up.  I loved technology so Athletics was not my area of interest.  I played Little League and Pop Warner growing up but I did not get back into sports until I was in Junior High and High School where I wrestled for a couple seasons and played golf.  I was not the athletic type personality mainly because I just did not enjoy it and I always felt anxiety playing even though I was pretty decent at sports.  Six months after High School I started a job in the communications industry and I am still going strong with the same company for 15 years now.  I was an outside worker for many years and for the most part I kept slim from the physical nature posed by the job I had.  Then I advanced into an office type role in the engineering group.  Stress, sitting in a chair, long days, working nights, 60-70 hours per week and eating garbage all came crashing down on me.  They say you always gain “the office 20”.  Well I gained the office 70.

Neese_2I went from wearing size 32 jeans to size 40.  My marriage was suffering from me basically being a tired and angry Jabba the Hut all the time.  I was put on the highest dosage of Lipitor a doctor could prescribe at the age of 26.  My cholesterol was almost 500 and my triglycerides were at 1650.  If you know anything about that, then you know I was a ticking time bomb.  By the time I was 29, my blood pressure was averaging 155/90 with a resting heart rate in the high 90’s.  I had been admitted to the hospital twice because it was thought I was having a coronary event.  One such occasion my primary care physician connected an EKG to me, since I was having chest pains, and said he was going to call me an ambulance to transport me to the hospital for “abnormal results” of that test.  I had just started my family and I honestly thought I would never see my kids grow up with how things were going.  The conversation with the ER doctor during the last time I was admitted for a possible heart attack was powerful.  Simply put he told me, while I held my 18 month old daughter, that  I was too damn young to be having this conversation and I should stop and smell the roses and get myself better if not for me then for her, my daughter.  Easy words to say but how do you do that?

I had no idea what to do.  I tried the fad stuff, it failed, I tried other structured diet plans, they too failed.  I know I have a food problem, and it is a struggle every day for me.  Nothing ever took or lasted since I would always give into to my cravings and weak will power.  I would lose 30 lbs then put them back on and do it again.  Life went on like this for a couple more years and finally my gallbladder gave out at age 33 from being constantly inflamed.  I was then diagnosed with a fatty liver during pre-checks for gallbladder surgery, which I was told increases my risk of getting liver cancer by about 3 times.  I was starting to get concerned with how much my body was falling apart because of my sedentary ways and what I kept eating which included anything and everything.  I had let myself slip so far that body parts had to be removed from me.  I had my gallbladder removed in December of 2013 and I said I have to do something.

Neese_1After talking with my brother who has been doing Crossfit for years, I walked into Blade on January 28th 2014 with extreme anxiety about it.  I have always been very self-conscious about anything to do with working out or Athletic anything.  Taking the first step into Blade was nerve racking to be frankly honest.  The familiar smells of “The Gym” were coming back to peg out my nervous meter.  I met Chris and Claire that January 28th.  In that conversation I felt safe and that this was going to be ok.  They made me feel like this was the right thing to do.  I showed up the next day knowing this was going to be very tough.  Chris and Claire greeted me and took the time to make sure I understood what to do, how much to do, and when to do it.  They coached me through that first day in a way I have never had before.  They were right there to stop me when I was doing it wrong and help me do it right, encourage me, and guide me the whole way.  I am not going to lie, it was tough.  It was physically one of the hardest things I had done in any sector of recent memory.  However, instead of being angry with how hard it was like normal when I did something physical, I felt good about it for a change.  I felt like people actually cared.  I was cheered on, I was high fived, I was supported, I was… well I was everything opposite of what my anxiety about going to the gym had told me it would be.  That one day has turned into countless days since then.  I am still doing it 10 months later.  3-4 days a week and loving every minute.  I even got my 62 year old mom to do it with me and she loves it just the same and is now improving her health.  I started weighing 240 lbs.  I now weigh 225 and have put on 13 lbs of muscle, that translates into quite a bit of fat gone.  I am wearing belts I have not worn in 10 years, I had to buy a new wardrobe because my old one fell off of me, seriously, my pants would fall off if I did not cinch a belt around them.  My blood pressure is a nice 118/70 and my resting heart rate is in the low 70’s.  My cholesterol is getting under control nicely and with continued improvements to my diet and continued Crossfit, I will be medication free for good very soon.

Chris and Claire and the Blade Community have made it so easy for me to win the battle with food by coaching nutrition and always being available to answer questions.  I struggle every day to undo the years I abused my body with poor diet, stress, overworking, and neglect.  However, I struggle knowing my Box Mates along with my Coaches are there to pick me up, walk beside me, and elevate me to a higher self.  That is what keeps me going.  The Community and the Coaches at Blade.

So to answer the question one may pose:  How did Crossfit change me or why Crossfit to begin with?

Simple answer is:  The Coaches and the Community at Crossfit Blade have tapped into a place inside of me that I all but forgot about and left for dead.  I found a renewed spirt to be more alive, more energetic, a better husband, a better dad, and just a better person.  Crossfit Blade quite literally may have saved my life, helped in part to save my marriage, and has given me another way to show my children how to better themselves.  If this sounds too good to be true, and you are like I was, I dare you to come find yourself again with me and the community at Blade.

I can provide the same rags to riches type of story as others in regards to Crossfit. Through the coaching and programming I’ve gone from being able to lift nothing to lifting very, very heavy things. But the best thing Crossfit Blade has done for me wasn’t making me stronger. It was allowing me to recover from a very serious injury.

In September 2013 I was running in the Grand Canyon when I rolled my ankle. Bad. I had to hike on it for 6 miles and 4,000 feet up just to get out. I thought I had a severe sprain as all I felt was soreness. But after a month of trying to Crossfit I realized something was wrong. A month after that I had surgery to repair two completely torn ligaments and one partially torn main tendon outside of my ankle.

When I discussed surgery and rehab with my orthopedic surgeon he asked about my physical history. When I told him I Crossfitted 3-4 times a week he said I was basically an athlete and athlete’s can recover in 4 months.  He prescribed me physical therapy and 5 weeks after surgery I began. At 9 weeks after surgery my Doctor cleared me to return to Crossfit as long as I wore an ankle brace and didn’t jump or twist on the ankle. Physical therapy only lasted another 2 weeks before they told me there was nothing left for me to do. Less than 3 months post surgery I was 100% cleared across the board.

Both the Doctor and the Therapists’ commented that my recovery was much faster than usual and that it could be attributed to Crossfit. The simple answer is that my body was in the best form it had been in all my life. And it was used to pushing itself to the edge and recovering. 4 months after I came back to Crossfit I set new personal records for weights I was lifting. Today I am well beyond that point and am putting more weight onto that ankle than ever before. I have zero lingering effects from the injury.

Upon my return the Coaches’ helped guide me back to where I was at the time of my injury. They never tried to get me to do more than what my body could handle. I was never told to suck it up and go harder. I was supported the entire time and it made the journey back to full strength so much easier. There were no set backs and no mental hurdles as I could see steady progress each week. They took as much joy in me getting stronger as I did. That’s a huge deal and it’s not something you’re going to find at most gyms. My fellow Crossfitters were of equal importance. They were excited to see me back, helped me get better and were a constant support system I could rely on.

There is no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t been Crossfitting when I was injured I’d have limited movement in my ankle today. I wouldn’t have had the strength in the ankle at the time of the injury (which kept it from being worse) and I wouldn’t have had a full recovery. Where I was was Crossfitting and who my Coaches were were a big deal. As cheesy as it is, and as often as it’s used as a marketing ploy, it is true here…they care about you at Crossfit Blade. The Coaches, the other Crossfitters and their families. It’s one giant support structure in which everyone is constantly moving forward in a positive direction. How could you do any better?

If someone would have asked me two years ago if I would ever consider joining a CrossFit gym, I would have laughed in their face. I did actually, I laughed at my husband, so many times for asking me to try it out. Olympic weightlifting? With a bunch of dudes? Funny. (I’m sorry for doubting you, babe!) I guess it took a strong, persistent girlfriend to show me the light! I joined Blade in June 2014. Since joining I have become a stronger, more confident woman. I’ve attempted AND done things that I never thought I would or could do.  I made going to the gym a part of my daily routine and consistently go 5 days a week.  I learned how to eat better and how to eat to get stronger.

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I have lost 11 lbs, 16 inches and 11.2% body fat. Blade has made me enjoy the gym. My day just isn’t the same if I don’t make it to the gym. But it’s more than fitness. When I joined Blade, what I really needed were friends that lived near me. Living almost an hour from my closest friends, I needed a group of women that lived near me, that I could spend time with and if they had kids, even better, built in friends for my kids. Blade not only introduced me to an amazing group of women, so many that I now call my friends, my best friends! But this place we call Blade, it’s more than a gym, it’s a community. A family. And I feel so blessed to be a part of this family. Now I get to lift weights, accomplish some awesome pr’s, chat, laugh and start my day, most days of the week, with these amazing, strong, beautiful friends of mine. And my life is forever changed. I want everyone to have that kind of awesome in their life!

Where do I even start. After struggling for years with food abuse (anorexia in college and binge eating tied to emotional stress), I knew I needed to make a change in my life after my third child was born. My only knowledge with losing weight was to stop eating, and I didn’t want to give that example to my children. I had tried so many fad diets and dabbled in apartment gym workouts, but I didn’t understand my body and the work I needed to do in order to achieve a healthy me. Blade kept popping up in my  conversations with customers at Starbucks, half my church worked out there, and all the interactions I had had with any member was always positive. The team of coaches led by Chris and Claire truly care about a total life transformation to a heathy, strong, athletic version of you. From the beginning, they overestimated my abilities and showed the latent athlete in me. They taught me how to safely lose weight and build muscle. People call Crossfit a cult. If a cult means being part of a unique, varied group of people who genuinely celebrate every milestone and become good friends, I am happily in a cult. Aside from life changes my love for God, my husband and my children have made in me, this has been one of the most transforming decisions I’ve ever made. Not all Crossfit gyms are equal, and Chris, Claire, Terra, Ben, Tammy, Frankie, and Anthony have created a remarkable community at Crossfit Blade.