Jon A.

As an adult, life’s stresses add up at times. They can be tiring and take up a lot of your energy. But we all know that lack of exercise and a poor diet can make it even worse as you try to stay healthy and energized every day. I certainly felt this way four years ago – I had no plan or motivation for working out and eating well.

I was a member at a brand name “globo gym” (my fourth in five years) and I had no drive to go there. I didn’t know any fellow members and the staff/owners just saw me as a membership. It works for some people, but those types of gyms certainly did not work for me long-term. I’d go on the treadmill or lift some dumbbells with no plan of how to get a solid workout and that frustrated me. I would read fitness magazines/websites periodically, but the information overwhelmed me and left me uninspired to exercise. I would even try to add in home workout DVDs, but working out alone became boring for me and I didn’t see much progress.

I was athletic growing up and through college, but every year after I seemed to get more and more out of shape until I was heavier than I’d ever been. Something needed to change.

Then, one day, I saw a group of adults running around a building and I just had to see what that was all about. The next day, I took a trial class – and signed up for a yearly membership! The fun and supportive class setting, skill work, knowledgeable and motivating coaches, and great workouts were all new to me, but I couldn’t get enough. The constantly varied workouts, with different types of weightlifting, conditioning, gymnastics and more were fun – it felt like “gym class for adults”!

CFA is the community I needed – one where where you make friends in class, do competitions together on teams, and learn a lot about becoming and staying healthy.

There is a big emphasis on nutrition at CFA, and for the first time in my adult life I was able to lose a good deal of weight while putting on muscle. I lost 50 pounds in my second year at CFA, sticking to a mostly paleo diet while taking class six days a week. I have put some of the weight back on after easing up on the paleo diet, but I am much stronger than I have ever been, more energized than I was in my 20s, and in my eyes, four years since I joined – I’m still a “work in progress.” CFA has also taught me a great deal about resting my body post-WODs, as well as mobility – a word I never thought about before but one of the most important things I can do for my body!

I’m grateful to CFA, to the great owners who know you well and coach you too, to the amazing coaches who make exercise fun for me again, and to all the members and fellow athletes who welcome and support each other inside and outside of our second home – CFA!