Do I really live, or do I just exist. I was asking myself these questions over a year ago. I was asking myself these questions until I found Crossfit.
What a remarkable change that has come over me in the last six months. I have a new outlook on life, on my wife, my family my total existence. I have been looking for something that would challenge mind, body and spirit. I have now found it.
My father passed away from cancer and heart related problems when he was 44 and his lifestyle was not as it should have been with three young children. For the sake of my wife, Renee and my two children, Jake and Chelsea, I needed to find something that would keep me healthy and strong – not just in body but in mind. Not only this but keep me revitalised, energetic and stimulated.
After starting Crossfit, I was amazed at what some people were able to put their bodies through, how far they could push themselves and reach their limits both mentally and physically. I never thought I would be able to achieve these levels. I was wrong. Before starting Crossfit, I was in the gym for 1 ½-2 hours a day doing the usual routine of compound weight exercises and the occasional cardio session which was normally a 5K or 10K run. I got to the stage where I needed something more out of my time. I wasn’t able to do 5 pull-ups in a row, I was limited to around 20 push-ups and a muscle-up was way out of reach. I finished the Gold Coast Marathon in 2007 in just over 5 hours – a feat I thought impossible.
What a change a year makes. I have now lost 16kgs from my rugby union playing days. I am able to do 30 pull-ups and 50 push-ups without stopping and can now do 30 muscle-ups in less than 9 minutes. My body shape has changed completely. My body also knows what should be going into it and what shouldn’t. My entire focus of exercise, diet, wellbeing and life has all changed due to something that should have been second nature. It’s all in your mind and what you believe in yourself you can achieve, not what you think you can achieve.