Robbie’s
Story

After spending several years in a traditional gym setting, Robbie’s progress had plateaued. He had lost a lot of weight, but he knew he needed to kick it up a notch if he wanted the progress to continue. Robbie said, “I knew enough about CrossFit to know that it was centered around anaerobic workouts that were high intensity. I knew the coaching and the class setting would allow me to push myself outside of my boundaries. “

When we asked him about what it was like in the beginning, Robbie says, “It was tough, but I was a closeted CrossFit Games fan so I knew what I was getting into workout-wise. The surprise was how dedicated the gym, its coaches, and its members are to explaining and training each movement to keep everyone healthy and injury free. I’ve learned and put into practice movements that I was unable to do trying them on my own in a traditional workout environment..

After starting CrossFit at 405 at the end of 2018, Robbie has seen a tremendous amount of success. “Since starting CrossFit I have met my goal of a total of 100 pounds of weight loss. I have gained strength mentally, physically, and spiritually since starting this journey. I’m more engaged with my family and friends because of the energy I have now.”

We’re grateful for Robbie and honored to have him as a part of our community at CrossFit 405.

Why did you start CrossFit?

After several years in a traditional gym, my progress had plateaued. I knew enough about CrossFit to know that it was centered around anaerobic workouts that were high intensity. I knew the coaching and the class setting would allow me to push myself outside of my boundaries.

How did you get connected to CrossFit 405?

I was looking for a box close to my house.

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

CrossFit 405 has been everything I expected and more. The class environment has turned into a family environment. I competed in my first competition this year, at another box, and several of the 405 community showed up to support me. Since day one I have felt at home at 405!

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

It was tough, but I was a closeted CrossFit Games fan so I knew what I was getting into workout-wise. The surprise was how dedicated the gym, its coaches, and its members are to explaining and training each movement to keep everyone healthy and injury free. I’ve learned and put into practice movements that I was unable to do trying them on my own in a traditional workout environment.

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

Since starting CrossFit I have met my goal of a total of 100 pounds of weight loss. I have gained strength mentally, physically, and spiritually since starting this journey. I’m more engaged with my family and friends because of the energy I have now. I am now a spin instructor at another gym, working on my ISSA certification and will take the CFL1 class as soon as I feel I’m ready. All at 44 years old!

What specific goals have you accomplished since starting CrossFit?

I have lost a total of 100 lbs over the last four years, the last 34 of which has been since starting CrossFit for the sole reason of breaking the plateau I found myself on. 405 has also been a major factor in the nutrition goals I had set for myself as they engage their members in several nutrition based contests throughout the year, where the members compete against other gyms around the world. We share recipes, ideas and encouragement. It’s a great approach to get and keep everyone involved and engaged.

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

Learning that you don’t have to RX the workout to get the same benefits you would had you went with the RX recommendation. There are three levels for each workout designed to optimize the movements and their potential for every level of athlete. No one cares which level you do. Just stay moving and positive!

Has it been worth it? Why or why not?

It has absolutely been worth it. CrossFit and CrossFit 405 has exceeded my expectations!

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