CrossFit Redmond and Dan Holmen, thank you!

This is a brief, unsolicited testimony intended to express my appreciation to Dan Holmen and the CrossFit family for the dramatic health changes I have experienced in the last 2 years.  Thank you Cara for introducing CF to me and making me feel like a stud at box jumps and overhead squats!  Thank you Jeff for making me accountable, always being on time, and pushing me!   Thank you Debra for letting me be so passionate about this lifestyle.  Thanks also for eating odd meals with me, allowing me to wear goofy shoes and work out whenever I want.

After my wife and I had our first child in 2006, we needed to get in shape, we were tired and I know I had put on the dreaded courtesy pounds.  We hired a trainer at the local globo-gym, it was a good stress relief and made you feel in shape, but we really didn’t see results.  Of course after paying high rates for that one-on-one training, we canceled with the impression we could motivate ourselves and do the workouts alone.  Like most of us have experienced, we immediately slipped into just doing the elliptical, curls and bench press.  Needless to say, this wasn’t working.  A great friend Cara told us about what she was doing and how happy she was with it, the rest is history!

I began CrossFit Redmond in Nov. 2008 when it was in Dan’s garage, it was not fancy but we had a small network that worked out hard and religiously at 6:00 a.m.  Those mornings killed me for the first few months.  I am 6’3” and when I started CF I was 225 lbs.  If you saw me on the street, I was in no way obese or overweight and I considered myself pretty healthy.  Boy was I wrong and in for a shock!   I started on the CF regimen and can recall many mornings collapsing on the floor as I entered my home feeling as if I had to sleep or puke, or both.  My wife typically stood over me laughing and/or wondering what was wrong, and why is the door still open?

Needless to say, I have stuck with CrossFit Redmond and have taken it a step farther by eating completely Primal as of Jan. 1, 2010.  Dan has quietly suggested many lifestyle paths and books and has no idea how much I appreciate the changes he has been aiding in.  I now weigh 195 and am in the best shape of my life without a doubt.  My half rack has actually been replaced with a 6-pack which I really never thought could be possible!  I no longer have allergies, nasal problems, skin problems, gas (sorry but had to throw that in there), and have energy for days.  All of this is a feeling that can’t be described and would not have been possible had I not been introduced to Dan and CrossFit Redmond.

I look forward to the years ahead and seeing how far we really can push our bodies.  I also look forward to these health benefits providing me the opportunity of being a better golfer, better businessman, better snowmobiler, better fisherman, better hunter, etc.  All of that pales in comparison to the real reason why I do it, which is to be a better father and husband and know I’m doing my best to be around for the future and be in a condition that allows me to take advantage of everything that comes my way.

Thank you Dan, you are a great guy, a great friend and you have changed my life without even knowing it.