When Dion started at CrossFit 405 3 years ago, he was just like many of our other members who were looking for something different. “I was tired of looking and feeling like crap. I had been a globo gym member and it wasn’t doing anything. A former member of CF405 invited me to come to a class. I did it, and was automatically hooked.”

Since then, Dion said he felt like joining CrossFit 405 was one of the best decisions he has ever made. It’s not been easy, but it’s been worth it to Dion. In the beginning, he shared that he felt very out of shape, and not able to keep up with other members, but then a coach shared that it’s not about beating other athletes, but beating previous versions of yourself, constantly trying to be better than you were yesterday. That insight made all the difference for him.

For those considering starting CrossFit, Dion says, “DO IT!!! Crossfit may not be for everyone but you will never know if it is for you if you don’t try! Also don’t let what other are doing intimidate you! Everyone started from the spot that you are in! Stick with it and your results will come!”

Why did you start CrossFit?

I was tired of looking and feeling like crap. I had been a globo gym member and it wasn’t doing anything. A former member of CF405 invited me to come do a class. I did it, and was automatically hooked!

Tell us about your experience as a member at CrossFit 405? What's it been like?

Joining CF405 has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve gone from not being able to do a pull up to stringing 10 together. 

Take us back to when you first started CrossFit. Tell us what that was like in the beginning?

It was hard,  then depressing, then challenging, but ultimately now it’s optimistic! At the beginning I had it in my head that even though I was super out of shape that I could keep up with the “alphas” in the gym. When reality smacked me in the face it sent me into a depression that I didn’t have it anymore and I will never be able to be at that level.

Then one day a former coach told me it isn’t about trying to beat everyone else, it is about beating your previous self. It’s about doing better than you had the day before! Every time you walk into the gym is an improvement from the day before and that is what matters not keeping up with the “alphas”.

What's different for you now? How have things changed for you since starting CrossFit?

I’ve watched my body change tremendously over the past 3 years along with my mindset. At first I would let doubt creep in from the start and would convince myself that I couldn’t do any better. That doubt still shows its ugly head from time to time but I now know I can push myself through the doubt!

What specific goals have you accomplished since starting CrossFit?

I am stronger than I’ve ever been, I am also more fit than I’ve ever been. I’ve met some of my best friends, and my current girlfriend. I am more aware of my nutrition, sleep has become very important. I’m down into clothes that I wore coming out of high school when before I was A LOT bigger.

I can see a physical change in my body and seeing muscles I haven’t seen since I was in high school. I’ve also learned more compassion because one thing you learn when you 3 mins in on a 20 min AMRAP is EVERYONE is struggling like you! Some may show it outwardly and some may not but EVERYONE is struggling in their own way!

What was the hardest part or the biggest obstacle you faced along the way?

Myself! I am the absolute master of my own demise, and will mentally check out as soon as a hard obstacle appears. I have to constantly tell myself that I can do this and I will not quit!

Has it been worth it? Why or why not?

Absolutely has been worth it! All of soreness, tiredness, and rolling around on the floor post wod has been worth it!!

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