Tuesday, September 30, 2008

9 Months Late

"My name is Sean and I have a back injury". That's how my email read when I sent it to Kelly, one of my crossfit instructors 9 months ago. I was an ex-college athlete that had a back injury, bulging disc in my L4-L5, causing me pain everyday. I constantly "worked" on my strength at the local Globo Gym, which meant perfecting my bicep curls and tricep extensions. I was a master of cable machines and the calf raise. I realized that the hour I spent in the gym was doing nothing for my pain or improving my overall strength. After a brief stint following some body-weight conditioning by Matt Furey, I found Crossfit. At first it was the website. I attempted to do some of these workouts on my own at the gym, and wow, I got my ass kicked. I seriously thought I was in decent shape, but comparing my times to some of the times on the website, not so much in shape as out of shape. Long story short, I eventually found San Francisco Crossfit, emailed Kelly to tell him about my injury and cautiously went to check it out. My first workout was Back Squat Max. Not the best workout in my mind with a bad back. Nonetheless, I did it, with Kelly's watchful eye and loved every second of it. I realized I had lost significant leg strength since my injury, and my core was pitiful but I was in this for the long run.

There Began my journey 9 months ago. Since then I have gotten much stronger but I still have a ways to go. I have come to love going to Crossfit each day. The instructors are great people with amazing knowledge and the other crossfitters have become good friends. Crossfit is now my new obsession.