Since 2005 I have constantly challenged myself to become healthier and “fitter”…over the years, I have lost 125 pounds….this weight loss didn’t come without pain, disappointments and hurdles. I lost friends along the way and had my share of struggles. But I did it and I was able to continuously maintained 100 lbs off…. In 2011 many things happened in my life both personally and professionally. This really set me back and I ended up gaining almost 30 lbs. I had no idea where to turn…I had lost my self and my confidence. For years I was ridiculed, laughed at, and judged because of my weight. I fought hard to gain control of my life but last year ….everything just came crashing down. It took me over 18 months to figure out what I wanted, take control and regain some sense of confidence…. A good friend of mine Jen recommended CrossFit…she had joined and fell in love with it… but at that point I wasn’t ready…I needed to figure things out and re-focus… being big for most of my 20s and 30s…yea 125 lbs over weight… I was petrified joining Crossfit… I had gained 30lbs in the last year and I though what the hell am I doing joining an elite fitness club….I can’t do that! People will laugh…judge and think I am too fat…I needed to be mentally ready….
Well low and behold I was wrong…I am eating those words now because CrossFit is exactly what I needed, it was the boost that allowed me to push myself the way I want…being pushed and always giving the best that I can is what drives me…it motivates me and challenges me…you can ask anyone who knows me…I am stubborn and will push myself …I will never let anything beat me. ... CrossFit is exactly what broke me out of my funk and helped me regain the passion I lost…I am definitely addicted….
Thanks to John, Marc, Pierre and the team at Maritime CrossFit, this has been a blessing in disguise for me…. you have an amazing club…great people and a terrific atmosphere….it really does feel like a family…
I am still getting to know people and learning the WODs, workouts…but whether you realize it or not…what you do, how you treat people, and your experience had a dramatic impact on people. I applaud you all and commend you on a great Crossfit Gym….AWESOME!
------------------------ Lisa MacDonald -------------------------
There is so much to love about Maritme CrossFit: the positive energy, the support, the people, the challenge, the end of the WODs, the colors (seriously, who wants to work out in an ugly gym??)... everything!
I didn't have an athletic background growing up. I was the last one picked for teams (back in the day when that was still allowed) and I ran from the ball in gym class. As an adult, I've experimented with many forms of exercise (other than team sports). CrossFit is my favorite. I like the accountability factor (signing up for classes in advance), the variety, the constant feedback, and the support that comes from a group workout. People have asked me, "Isn't Crossfit super intense, just for Ninja-like, crazy fit people?" I tell them, yes, there are plenty of those people (who inspire me), but there is also a place for people like me at the novice-intermediate level. Every WOD leaves me out of breath, whether it is scaled or not. There are many WODs that I'd never finish without my fellow CrossFitters and coaches cheering me on.
Clearly, the coaches at Maritime CrossFit love what they do. They provide constant, personalized feedback and programming for members; participate in charity events; plan social activities for members... they really go above and beyond to provide a caring, family atmosphere at the gym, which I have never experienced elsewhere. Finally, at 41, I'm reaping the benefits of being part of a sports team.
As a high school French teacher, one of my main goals is to provide my students with the opportunity to take risks in a safe, supportive environment--just like Maritime CrossFit does for me.
Thanks, guys! I love you!
WARNING: Crossfit is highly addictive and will give you a fitness rush like nothing you have ever experienced. There are 2 strengths that Maritime CrossFit has: Firstly, its coaches. You do not have to think, or get motivated. They have everything planned for you, and Marc and the rest of the Trainers all push you to reach your next goals safely and efficiently. Secondly, the Maritime CrossFit community. Everyone encourages everyone else. The veterans help out the newbies and the entire class cheers on the very last participant. Talk about a positive place to work-out! Thanks guys (Marc, John, Pierre, the Trainers, and all my fellow MCFers), for an amazing experience!
---------------- Kevin Robart -----------------------
John, Pierre and especially Marc,
Despite having a very athletic background, I must admit i was quite nervous about joining Maritime CrossFit. I had not followed a workout regimen in over 10 years and my cardio was negligible at best. I also heard CF is for elite fitness folks and that workouts will leave you vomiting and extremely sore. There is no question the workouts are difficult and will challenge you but Marc does a great job of making all fitness levels feel comfortable and adapts exercises to fit your capabilities. I havent trained in a group setting since university and the WODs really are what separate CrossFit in my mind. The nervousness yet excitement of having no idea what kind of challenge lies ahead when you walk through the doors is quite a rush in itself. It is reassuring knowing you will have a great motivating trainer as well as 1 to 10 others struggling along to complete the WOD is simply cool. I've trained alongside superfit folks and 60 year old Moms looking for a challenge. In my opinion CF is great for all fitness levels but will especially benefit the competitive, stubborn folks looking to make a drastic fitness change in their life. I sincerely wish you guys all the success you deserve and Thank you to John for introducing me to my New Maritime CrossFit "family".
----------------------- Andrew Trites --------------------------
Guy and I started CrossFitting in November 2009 and June 2009 respectively. We love it because it keeps us coming back. It has made us physically and mentally stronger and provided us with lots of challenges that we wouldn’t have taken on otherwise. Throughout our lives we have both been members of a number of different gyms but after a few months, we would stop attending. CrossFit gave us what we needed. And what was it that we needed exactly? I think Greg Glassman puts it quite succinctly in an article entitled “Understanding CrossFit” in the CrossFit Journal: “CrossFit is, quite simply, a sport—the “sport of fitness.” We’ve learned that harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition, and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.”
---------------- Jane and Guy Messervier -------------------