Meet and hear from Solution 1 Member: Brent Walter, 31, Digital Marketing Strategist, husband and father of 1
I played sports throughout high school, and lost a bunch of weight and got into pretty good shape working out on my own just after college. Somewhere in the years post college and now, I’ve lost a sense of balance in what I’m doing: either I focus on weight training and improve strength while my weight increases, or I focus on endurance sports like running and sacrifice strength.
I joined a CrossFit gym in 2014 for 2 months, but ended up hurting myself and not sticking with it. After that first experience, my hesitations in regards to joining CF again were twofold: the fear of reinjuring myself and the fear of not being in good enough shape to keep up with the workouts. However, I decided to go for it.
And it’s been different this time around!
The the biggest difference? The coaches. The coaches at S1 are approachable and have been great in providing guidance as I learn new movements I’ve never done. To describe S1, it’s like one big team. Everyone is competing against each other during the workouts, but also helping each other improve by sharing tips, cues, and strategies to get that next difficult movement or shave a few seconds off of a workout. It seems like everybody really knows each other, which is a welcome change to my solo workouts I’ve been doing for years.
I’m a new guy here, so my first goal was just to stick with it for the first 2 months. Now that I’m hooked, I’m making smaller incremental goals: get those first unbroken toes to bars, get that first handstand push up, complete double unders in a workout.
Since starting at the beginning of the year, I’ve dropped about 20 lbs. And this week I was able to Rx a workout with pullups in it for the first time since joining (no more bands!), which was huge!! I was also convinced to do the Open this year, which has been humbling, but has also been really cool: having a gym full of peers cheering you on while you suffer through a hard workout makes you push that much harder, and is a pretty awesome feeling.
It’s keeping me healthy and full of energy, which is great for chasing around my almost 2 year old. It’s also great stress relief and offers some mental clarity after a long day of work. It’s an added bonus that I don’t have to plan a workout or motivate myself much: I know that when I show up, I’ll have a workout ready to go a classmates ready to push with me.
This sounds like something you may be interested in? Give it a shot. Don’t let me be the only new guy. Rest assured that if you don’t think you’re fit enough, someone here has been in your shoes and can hep you get the most out of any workout, regardless of your fitness level.