I started CrossFit in August 2009 because I needed to kick my work outs up a notch. The workouts are still difficult, but I have found that the more I stick with it, the more manageable they become. I am in the best shape I've been in since college and I have noticed improvements in running and weight lifting. The collegial atmosphere in the gym allows everyone, including people that have never touched a weight in their life, to become stronger and get in excellent shape.—Jeff
I joined CrossFit Tyson’s Corner in May 2009 in search of way to regain my athletic ability, drop some weight, and improve my functional strength. Prior to joining the gym 5 years of college and 6 months of a desk job had given me more than enough opportunity to abuse my health and unfortunately I gladly took advantage of it. In January of 2009 I weighed just over 250 lbs and I finally decided it was time to take some control. After 4 months of “self training” at my apartment gym I was left with very little results and even more frustration. When I finally walked through the doors at CTC I was 245lbs and eager for some results. Just over a year later I have more than found the results I was looking for. I am currently down to 210lbs, my stamina has vastly improved, I have increased my strength in every lift, my core/functional strength has also improved, and most importantly I have made a lot of friends along the way!
Honestly, I can’t thank CrossFit Tyson’s Corner or the members, who I consider all my friends, enough. Every day I look forward to coming to the gym for the workout of the day and I’m actually usually pretty disappointed on the days I can’t make it in. How many people can say that about their gym? I’m not going to pretend that the results I’ve had came easy because they didn’t, CTC pretty much kicks my butt every time I come in, but the results can be duplicated by anyone willing to put in the hard work and CrossFit Tyson’s Corner is a great place to do it!
Extra Ab Workout Anyone?!?--Drew
When I moved to the DC area in fall of 2008, I wanted to try some new activities and meet some new people. After going to the gym on my own since college, I read about CrossFit in Muscle & Fitness and attempted one of the workouts on my own (I tried to see how many pull-ups I could do to attempt the filthy 50 and didn't make it past that first exercise). After this ridiculously humbling failure and feeling ridiculous jumping on boxes and requesting jump ropes at the gym on other days, I figured there was a better way.
I started at CFTC in September 2008 and have seen some inspiring results. I've been amazed at how little extra effort I've had to put in to run a 10 miler and a half marathon this year. I've increased my bench and dead lift maxes more this year than my last 3 years of going to the gym. And exercises like handstand push-ups and rope climbs, which seemed impossible a year ago are now a part of a normal workout. I can't say enough about the great lifestyle changes and encouragement a gym like this one gives.--Marcus
I started CrossFit in January of 2009 in an effort to do something other than just running. I had no idea what I was in for but within a couple of months I felt better than ever. I used to suffer from intense migraines that occurred 3-4 times a week but after a few months of CrossFit, they disappeared and haven't been back since, much to my delight! I am also in better shape than I have ever been, including while training for rugby in college. I am also the strongest I have ever been. The energy and camaraderie at the gym is great and continuously helps me to push my limits. I have no idea why I didn't start sooner. I haven't looked back since! --Alison