At CrossFit Bridgewater and Dartmouth, we’re overwhelmed by the hard work our members put in. Below are just a few of the many, many transformations people have made at our “boxes” (why do we call it a box?).
Matt never knows what will be thrown at him at his job. Literally. He’s a correctional officer and deals with situations that would make most of us turn and run … but he has to run towards the danger, not away from it. Crossfit Dartmouth, and his 25-lb. weight loss, helps him do just that.
“I’ve noticed at work, when we respond to emergencies and have to run, we have keys, cuffs, a bunch of equipment on us, and I feel so much lighter. I’m the first guy there now,” he explained.
So my wife and I recently finished up a “Paleo challenge” or as I prefer to call it a “Paleo reset” with a group of friends from Crossfit Dartmouth. It was something that couldn’t have come at a better time for me because I had clearly lost my way when it came to proper nutrition. We needed to take a month and be super strict to get back in the routine and it worked.
Although it was a friendly “contest” I feel like everyone who took part in this was a winner. We all won because we started to live a healthier lifestyle and you can’t lose when it comes to that.
So I went into this Lurong challenge in September just wanting to get back on track after a crazy fun summer. I never thought I would win my division, Lose 20 lbs and 10.5 inches! And gain 3k worth of prizes! Crazy
Honestly joining crossfit was one of the scariest and best moments of my life. I should have known the minute it made me really uncomfortable, it was going to make me better.
In the fall of 2010 I was the heaviest and unhealthiest I had ever been in my life – 265. I had always struggled with fitness and health but this was rock bottom for me. My right knee was always hurting and was the worst it had ever been. I was suffering from severe osteoarthritis from an old basketball injury (torn meniscus) and was getting to the point where it was difficult to put a sock on that foot.
I don’t know what was restricting me more, the lack of bend in my knee or the big belly blocking me from bending at the waist. I then ran into my old friend (CFD and CFB owner) Jason Caldas who told me something that stuck with me – he said that if I don’t start moving that knee, it’s just going to get tighter and tighter and tighter. I asked him “how will I be able to squat?” And he said, “With pops and clicks and grinding in the knee. You have to move it to improve it.”
Since coming to Crossfit Dartmouth, I feel stronger, healthier, more energized, and happier. My bloodwork numbers drastically improved (cholesterol and whatnot), and I’ve been able to come off some medications after starting Crossfit.
I’ve also gained some amazing friends who are always encouraging and uplifting…I always feel pushed and motivated at CFD and wouldn’t go somewhere else if someone paid me.
When Garrett Gomes did his first CrossFit workout, he had no idea the fitness program would be his ticket to shedding nearly 100 pounds and cutting the athletic figure of a new man.
“I’ve always been athletic, I’ve always been competitive, I’ve played sports my whole life,” said Gomes, a social worker in New Bedford.
A recent knee injury rendered him unable to play his favorite sport — basketball.
Doctors told him he needed to lose weight, saying every pound you weigh is seven pounds of pressure on your knees.
I started CrossFit at 309lbs and at my lowest I weighed 208lbs. It took me about a year and a half to lose the weight. I went from a 42in waist to a 36in waist and a 2xl shirt to a large.
I started CrossFit truthfully because of Jess Caldas, who was my full time paramedic partner when I started and she was constantly talking about it. I had a lot of doubts going in and she helped me through them and told me to try it out. I remember my first class and how terrible I felt but I decided to keep trying. The more I went the more I wanted to be at CrossFit. I started feeling stronger and started to see the results.