This Section is dedicated to showcasing the improvements CrossFit has made on our athletes. Their stories are here to inspire all.
As a cancer survivor and getting older, my PT regimen was becoming stagnant. I had lost motivation to push myself through strength training and the run. I had chest surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation from March to September 2010. I have significant scar tissue and range of motion/flexibility restrictions in the upper body. During all this treatment, I was 8 months on the couch with no energy so I know what it’s like to start from scratch all over again. Tactfit allowed me to start slow with the On-Ramp class. All the coaches are very willing to work with me on scaling the movements either with less weight, straps, or modifications of the movements. They are also very encouraging at the level of effort put in; in other words, no matter what the weight or speed, if I am trying my best, they are happy and encouraging. So far/since 14 Feb, I have lost 20 lbs, have gone from struggling with a 25# bar to the 45 with at least 20# of weight. I know the big guys are doing 295+ but when I can do 10 squats with 95# and be uncomfortably sore for the next 3 days, I feel that is a success. Everything has become easier than it was; walking up the hill to my barn, carrying things on my 10 acre farm, bringing in groceries; these everyday activities were a struggle after all the cancer treatment. Tactfit has put me back in the game in many respects. Next week’s fitness assessment will tell a story, should be an improvement over last November’s 87 points, looking for a 90 for the first time ever. This January was 2 years post diagnosis and May was 18 months back to the gym. I have gone from NOT being able to do a single push up to doing over 40. Form is better thanks to Tactfit; sit-ups are no problem, 50 cranked out/I’m old so that’s over my max for points. And I’m working on breaking the 15 minute mile and a half. Thanks to Tactfit, my regimen is no longer stagnant. I actually can see more muscle than before the On-ramp class. I am more motivated to attend every class possible and have joined other small groups when I can’t make a class. Probably the best thing is that I can scale everything to my level. I get a good workout with good form and good weight but with an emphasis on safety and correct movement instead of just floundering around with weights and risking injury.
Hope this helps folks that are worried that Tactfit is only for muscle bound monsters. It can be for everyone but it takes commitment and patience to get the most out of it.
I personally want to thank all of the coaches with Team Offutt TacFit. When I returned from my deployment I started to hear about how CrossFit was taking Offutt by storm. Honestly, I wanted nothing to do with it. I’ve been creating kettlebell workouts, inspired by Pavel Tsatsouline, for myself and others since 2007 and was satisfied with the “Russian” swing and the whole body workouts I was getting from them. I hate(d) working out and KBs were the first thing I ever found that I enjoyed doing, especially when I was teaching others how to do it. However, I can’t ignore a challenge to my athleticism and that is exactly what (I felt like) Coach John did. He challenged me to give the on-ramp class a whirl. I was nervous and excited at first, but then my life went through an upheaval with the sudden request for a divorce a couple weeks before my class was supposed to start. I told Coach John I didn’t want to do it anymore. I had begun to lose weight (not the healthy kind) and didn’t want to do anything, especially didn’t want to be around other people. He convinced me that it was important to take care of myself and that I should do it for ‘me’. I realized he was right and with the support of my Iraq bestie, AJ, (we were roommates during our deployment and got along swimmingly….and now live together here too), we both started the April on-ramp class.
Despite my preconceived notions, I ended up loving it.
I’ve never pushed myself to the limits that TacFit/CrossFit has made me. All of the coaches are awesome and provide the right amount of encouragement and instruction. A week ago I couldn’t do a kipping pull-up….the movements seemed to be really difficult for me to mentally grasp, even though I can do strict pull-ups. During yesterday’s WOD, I was able to string 4 together and it felt awesome!
I’d have to say that all of my On-ramp coaches were great, but the folks who’ve helped me the most in the open classes and when I’m forced to get the WOD in outside of the regularly scheduled classes are John, Marco, Will and Mieke…..and even though she’s not listed as a coach on the site, Brooke has been really helpful.
AJ and I are both participating in the Paleo Challenge and while we had a slight misunderstanding, thinking cheat day meant a full day and not just one meal, we’ve done really well with it. We both get excited when we find a recipe that works. 11 days into it and I no longer crave soda (although I’ll probably have one with my cheat meal this weekend), I’m also finding it easier to pass up the sugar cookies at the AFWA sandwich shop, without getting myself all worked up. I’m getting tons of water, possibly even more than I drank while experiencing >120F temps in Iraq. I’m sleeping great. I feel like I have more energy at work and am just happy overall with where I am right now. TacFit has helped me focus on all the positive things in my life, leaving little time to wallow in the downs.
I love the sense of community TacFit instills and am really happy to get to know new people all the time. I’m not always happy with the initial amount of weight I can pull or press, my time, or number of reps, but know that I’m still new and I’ll keep getting better and stronger. I can’t wait for the next WOD!
I started TACFIT in the original on-ramp class back in November 2011. I have been doing it ever since. I have COPD stage 2 and cannot run for very long. I have had shoulder and knee surgeries, but I have still been able to participate every time that I am able to attend a class. To date total I have lost about 20lbs and 4 inches on my waist. Even now I have had a groin injury for over a month, but the coaches are still able to work with me so that every time I go I get a great workout and continue to progress.
I’ve got one for you…after only 6 months of CrossFit:
Lost 2 1/2 inches from waist (waist measurement from 37 to 34.5)
1 1/2 mile time from 11:05 to 10:33
Push-ups from 38 to 45
Set-ups from 55 to 60
Overall score from 89.3 to 96.2
Over all body comp:
Starting weight – 224 current weight 214 Gained 6 lbs of lean muscle mass (minus total weight as mentioned above…lost 16 lbs of fat) Overall body fat % down 7% Most important feel better and have more energy!
If you need more let me know. CrossFit in one word…AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
1. In 2010 I had a knee injury that resulted in surgery. Post surgery it was determined that my right quad muscle was in full atrophy and would require extensive physical therapy. My left quad produced 150lbs of pressure but my right would only register 54lbs. After 8 months of physical therapy 2-3 times a week it was up to 85lbs where it seemed to plateau for the next year. Because of the weak muscle I was unable to run and working out caused swelling in my knee due to the extra stress placed on tendons and ligaments.
In February of 2012 I signed up for the on-ramp class and was unsure if I would be able to keep up. All the coaches were focused on the proper mechanics rather than how much weight the students could lift. Even though I was unable to lift the same weight as others the coaches were very supportive and scaled the workouts to what I was capable of performing. By focusing on form I was able to increase my strength without injury. To my surprise, as time passed I was able to complete the workouts without any issues even with my weak leg. In fact, since joining TacFit my weak leg has gone from registering 85lbs to 130lbs without post workout swelling. I have not been to a physical therapy appointment since February and have stopped taking all medication for pain. My health has increased significantly and I have a new confidence in my everyday activities.
2. While I am definitely not the poster child for TacFit I will say the practical movements taught in the class paid off for me in the real world. Just last week a storm blew over a 20ft tree in my front yard. I was able to use the med ball clean movement to lift the truck of the tree and drag to the road by myself. I was able to do this almost effortless and know for a fact I would not have been able to accomplish this alone three months ago.
Mr. Bill Hessler
Served 29 years as a U.S. Marine. Had so much fun, I would have done it for free. Thought I knew something about fitness. Came out of boot camp in awesome shape. Over the next so many years, I dabbled in powerlifting and stopped, upon injury. Following a hiatus, tried weightlifting and stopped, upon injury. Through the years, I frequented base gyms and their multitude of weight machines — with no marked improvement in fitness (all pain, no gain). Took a different approach and followed the “Seal Card” for a couple of years and was again slowed by the inevitable shoulder, back, and knee pain. During this whole time I was considered to be in pretty good shape. At least my bosses always thought so.
Following retirement, 10 years ago, and finding myself on statins for high cholesterol, I purchased TRX straps and had a go. At about the time that I was growing bored with that program, the Field House introduced TRX and I read a news article about Crossfit. I spent some time educating myself and trying to figure out what the heck was a “WOD”. In April of last year, I decided to dabble in this new-fangled exercise routine. It is important to keep in mind that, at that time, the Field House was not Crossfit compliant and the Staff had no idea what I was talking about when I pressed them for wall balls, kettle bells, and PVC. As many of you know, performing the WOD within the then-existing confines of the available fitness equipment inventory was challenging. Learning the snatch without PVC provided a cheap form of entertainment.
So, off I go. I quickly gained a new appreciation for the definition of fitness and was never bored. I stayed with it; looking forward to the next day’s WOD. After 6 months, my doctor noted a drop in my cholesterol and reduced my statin dosage. I continued to pursue the WOD. Got a pair of Vibrams and soon kicked a door edge in the dark and broke a toe. Two weeks later I kicked a stair edge and broke the same toe on the other foot. My first injuries since starting Crossfit — not including when the 45lb bar fell on my head during snatch practice. But I carried on. About this time I met Gavin. I can’t say enough about his powerful contribution to the Offutt program. Thank you, sir!
One month ago my doctor noted another drop in my cholesterol and deigned to, again, lower my dosage. Problem: I was already on the lowest dose. Not trusting the numbers, the doc thoroughly examined me for something – anything. Listening to my heart, he exclaimed “WOW!” and moved to his desk. I’m thinking he is calling for the crash cart. He is jotting a note and relating that he has only heard that sort of heartbeat in athletes. Resting H.B. = 52. B.P. = 112/65. Having nowhere else to go I am now statin free for the first time in over 10 years. Important to note, my only lifestyle change during that 12 month period has been Crossfit.
The CF-L1 Seminar opened my eyes to the next level. An education that I hope to pass on to others – especially those that are older or so out of shape – they may be thinking there is no way back to health and fitness. I know this program works but you have to stay off the sugar!
The seminar also led to a change in what I eat. If not for the fact that Nutrition was part of the final exam, I would have remained happily ignorant to this important element of fitness. The Zone and Paleo regimes are not fad diets. You know that soft layer around the belt line (you know what I am talking about) and how hard it is to get rid of? Well, mine is slowly getting rid of.
I am sure that I am just one voice among the many that have been positively impacted by the Crossfit program, and I share it with you in the hope that someone might find the inspiration or motivation to break from the old ways and give it a go. Like a good game, it is easy to learn but difficult to master. And that challenge is what keeps me coming back for more.
Thanks for letting me share.
I went through on-ramp as a test dummy. My squadron was looking for a “stud” and a “dud” to be put through the program. This was determined by scores on the PFT. I won’t tell you which one I was but I unmediated got hooked. I fell in live with the community and the company I had suffering through the WODs with me. I was approached to help coach and got my Level 1 Certification. It’s all history after there. I absolutely love CrossFit and the changes that it has made in my life. Thank you TOTF for the opportunity to be a part of something great!! You guys rock!!
Immediately* not unmediated…autocorrect…smh
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