It’s Never Too Late To Start
You Don’t Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great. -Zig Ziglar
It’s one of my favorite quotes, and it couldn’t be more true in the world of health and fitness. It doesn’t matter how out of shape you are, how unathletic, or how over weight, it’s never too late to get started.
Fernie’s story always makes me think of this. He went from a young kid in high school, weighing 300lbs, and really out of shape to a young man who’s lost 100lbs and in great shape in just a year’s time.
What’s more, he rides his bike to the gym and has a job to earn the money to pay for his membership. He’s the definition of hard work and determination. But don’t just take my word for it! Check out his story for a little “Monday Motivation!”
Before joining CFDH, Fernie would just do “bro-lifting” with his brother which consisted of bench and other upper body lifts with no legs, and no cardio.
At the time, he was really out of shape and overweight. His mom had seen our classes going for runs down Van Nuys Blvd, and told him he should check it out. He remembers how miserable it was being that overweight, and that “You can’t do anything.”
In the beginning, Fernie remembers not being able to lift that much or last that long during workouts, but found the Fundamentals class at CFDH to be really helpful in preparing him for the regular CrossFit classes.
At first Fernie worried that he would be turned away or not welcomed because he was so overweight and not in good shape, but he found the opposite to be true. He was welcomed by everyone from the very beginning, and encouraged to do his best. As a result of his determination and the atmosphere at CFDH, he lost 20lbs during his first month!
He really liked the fact that CFDH isn’t an overly competitive gym. Fernie prefers competing against himself and not other members, and at CFDH he wasn’t pressured to be competitive.
Not only has he lost 100lbs, but when he started he could run a mile in about 10 minutes, and now that time is down to 7 minutes!
Fernie says the people at CFDH are what make it unique. He’s accepted for who he is and where he is in his fitness journey with no judgements or pressure.
Now that he’s lost all that weight, Fernie is focused on getting all of his lifts up, and getting that coveted 400lb squat. He now considers himself a CrossFit lifer. He can’t see himself doing anything but CrossFit and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
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