Written by David Capossela, of Rockwall, TX
Immediately after graduating college, I started my first real job. In the “real world” I found myself leaving the house no later than 6:30 am and returning between 7 and 8 at night. For the first two years I worked constantly, ate horrible food and became miserable. It was apparent that I needed to change things up. I started searching for a new job and ended up in Rockwall, TX.
Once I had made the move, it was time to make some changes. My new job added a lot of free time to my schedule and living by myself allowed me to make smarter food choices. I started to do basic workouts and jogging but it wasn’t proving to be the workout I needed. Being in a new city was tough. I needed to find some kind of connection outside of work. It was important to be surrounded by motivated people who felt the same way as me. I had noticed CrossFit Rockwall while driving to work and thought, “This is it!” I needed something challenging and here it was.
I had taken CrossFit in college for a recreation class and enjoyed it a lot. On my first day, the trainer asked our athletic backgrounds and when he discovered I was a competitive gymnast, he ensured me that this was where I belonged. So here I was again, ready to enter the CrossFit world. I did some research on the box and signed up for a free workout. When I arrived for the workout that Saturday I got to meet Mary, she seemed great! I wanted to find people with passion and here they were. That first workout really showed me what two years of laziness could do. It was apparent that I was out of shape and needed help. I signed up for the Elements and struggled. Looking back at my first “Mini Cindy” my results were 3+29 with 2 rounds of knee pushups. Coming from a gymnastics background my ego was bruised.
Once I started regular classes, I got to meet lots of people at different levels and with different goals. It became apparent that everyone knew each other’s strengths and challenges and were there to cheer them to the end. I started picking it up and realized that I had not wasted away, but rather became idle during my slacker stage. My muscle memory kicked in and before I knew it I had my muscle-up again. My times got better, I felt stronger and when I went home for a weekend with my college friends’ people noticed.
Going into CrossFit, I had not had much training in weightlifting and learning the new movements was fun. I may not have been lifting the heaviest weights, but I was making progress and that was all that mattered. We are all on our own paths and mine was going great! In the first six months at the box I was up 20 pounds from where I started. By learning about Paleo and eating the right foods, I was getting results that I never got in my college CrossFit days (I had a meal plan and knew how to use it, in the worst ways).
Recently I felt like I was at a plateau in my workouts. I had hit a metal wall and was not pushing myself or using my body in the most efficient ways. All the coaches have been very supportive tweaking my technique and motivating me during my workouts. I now try to pace myself with peers that challenge me and have started working with heavier weights. Now, 8 months later I am so proud of the progress that I have made and cannot wait to see where I will be in the future. That “Mini Cindy” no longer haunts me, my most recent effort proved how far I have come with a score of 8+8 and NO knee pushups.
To say that Crossfit Rockwall has changed my life would be an understatement. I wake up in the morning thinking about the WOD and cannot wait to see everyone in the afternoon. Crossfit is the best part of my day! I am so happy that I found such a great place and amazing people to work out with.