Ok, so we have all been there before. When your child does something that you just have to tell the world about. Anyone that will listen gets the story over and over and over. You can't help yourself, you are proud and that is the way you get your recognition for a job well done. It's almost like a pat on the back.
So today, I am a proud Mama. The only problem is the two people I am about to brag about are not my children. In fact, they are two grown men whom I have come to enjoy immensely when they walk into my class. I look forward to their humor and of course the way they "rag" on each other is always great! It's great too see lives change before your eyes. That is why I do what I do. I can see people changing right in front of me - are they performing better? YES! looking better? YES! feeling better? YES!
So, here goes. On January 4th of this year Robert and Shane started their very first (and my very first at this time) CrossFit class at 6:15 am on a Tuesday morning. They had spent the last weeks of December going through their essentials and anxiously waiting to step into a class and see what we had to offer. Well, we had Angie to offer. They luckily (this is my version of the story), on their very first day of CrossFit were faced with 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 squats....in that order, start to finish!!!
I remember the day very clearly because it took them both almost 35 minutes and in a moment of weakness I felt sorry for them and stopped them at 50 squats each. Yes, I like the Grinch, do have a heart and let them off on "easy street!" They joked in their usual fashion about the next time they got to face Angie, how it would be easier. They struggled but never quit to get to the end of the workout.
Fast forward three months to the beginning of our April 4 week session. It has been three months of hard work three times a week - always upbeat my two boys came into class and worked their butts off!!! They did whatever I told them to, with minor jabs here and there at their trainer and at each other....they pushed through each and every workout. Sometimes finishing last, sometimes modifying (because that's what we do), but always a positive attitude!
Robert came to Carl's 7:30 class on Monday March 29, his previous Angie time with jumping pull-ups, modified push-ups, sit-ups, and 1/2 his squats was 34:40. New time with jumping pull-ups, modified push-ups, sit-ups and squats 26:02. He took 9:22 off his time!! Shane came to my 6:15 class on Tuesday March 30, his previous Angie time with jumping pull-ups, modified push-ups, sit-ups, and 1 /2 his squats was 34:33. New time with jumping pull-ups, 30 military and 70 modified push-ups, sit - ups, and squats 23:02. He took 11:31 off his time!
Both of these boys have gone down in weight and body fat. Robert has lost 5.2 pounds and 4.2% body fat. Shane has gone down 7.6% in body fat. They have both worked hard, they have come a long way. I put some pictures of "my boys" up from their very first workout! I will be posting some of their new pics as I get them. Keep up the great work Robert and Shane!!