Cory Sullivan

Some things in life simply change you and stretch your capabilities. Joining Crossfit has been one of those experiences. From the challenging WOD’s to the encouragement you receive, you are pushed to become more then you think you are.  While only a few months since joining I have learned a lot about fitness, dieting and myself.

Before Crossfit, I believed I was in decent shape. I would have sporadic visits to the gym, going quite often, but the habit would only last a month or two.  In high school and college I prided myself on my strength and athleticism. Through college old habits would creep in and any gains I saw would fade away. I first heard about Crossfit during college where I played D-I rugby and dabbled trying out some WOD’s while at the gym. I moved down to Virginia in 2011 without knowing a soul. A sedentary lifestyle and a bachelors diet became destructive. In the summer of 2012 I was the heaviest I had ever been at 290, I shook my head and would become depressed at a poor body image. Something needed to change.

Crossfit started becoming a habit when I found out a friend at church was a level 1 coach. We would workout in his house gym on Sundays and would keep up with one another during the week. Accountability is a big part of Crossfit and later that would increase when I participated in the Whole Life Challenge. I needed more and looked at my schedule for something that would fit. Introduce Crossfit Woodbridge.

CFW quickly became a motivating factor in life. Before the Whole Life Challenge started I had lost 14 pounds in two weeks and was hungry for more. Then we started the Whole Life Challenge. The mix of a points system (I cursed myself about 15 times when I forgot to log points), accountability, diet change and pushing myself at the gym started to payoff.

At CFW I have seen a lot of progress and proud accomplishments. During the Whole Life Challenge I lost seven inches around my hips and three around my waist. Fear would creep in that as I lost weight I would become weaker. I laughed away that fear when I PR’ed my back squat at 465 and have watched my bands get fewer and thinner on the almost daily pull-ups. I can’t remember a time when I was in better shape and have enjoyed fitting into clothes sizes that I wore in high school. Taking the principles I have learned at CFW and introducing them to the people around me has become second nature. From my co-workers to the teenagers I teach, they have seen my transformation and want in (even when they laugh when I eat chicken without any rice). It is a happy moment when the students stop eating the cafeteria food and ask to eat the food I have brought, even when it is just vegetables.

Crossfit provides you a community to become something more. You dread the “no-rep” from the coaches but it motivates you to get it together and do it right. It becomes family as you push each other and cheer each other on as we all finish the WOD. Competition drives us all and motivates the soul. We are pack animals and need to know where we stand. It is exciting, humbling and joyful at the same time. Six in the morning is early, but when you can start the day laughing with one another and complete a WOD you can truly say you have accomplished more in one hour then ninety percent of people do in their entire day. You simply need to show up, the rest will take care of itself.

CFW is the total package. Great coaches, great members, great workouts. They want to see you accomplish more, a lot more then you can on your own, and go out of their way to see it happen.  You will not find a better place to forge elite fitness, find community and have fun.

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Steph (Mrs Bull) Bullman

My relationship with paleo began right before the last paleo challenge in 2011. Justin had come home one day and told me “Dan says I need to eat paleo.” Period. That was it. I thought to myself, “Why is this Dan character trying to take away my beloved grains and pastas and sugars? Why does he hate me!?” I wasn’t extremely keen on the idea to begin with but thought I’d go along with it anyhow for Justin. I was excited, however, to hear no dairy so Justin couldn’t tease me with cheese anymore since I’m lactose intolerant and have IBS.

The beginning was a lot of trial and error with the meals. Some incredibly gross ones to some super fantastic ones. Our relationship was rocky. I was cheating on paleo and paleo didn’t understand my “needs”. It was a lot of buying items that I thought were “paleo” only for Justin to tell me about 5 different things that was wrong with it. To say the least it was quite frustrating at first. Once I got the hang of paleo it started to become fun to mix and match things and make up my own meals. Justin even won the paleo challenge last year!

When we started paleo the first time, I did not crossfit. In fact, I didn’t work out at all. Despite that just eating differently I lost about 7 pounds; just extra fat or water weight that my body didn’t need. I also had way more energy and felt happier.

Enter crossfit. Finally, I joined. I joined the day before the paleo challenge started. By this time I was a paleo expert. For reals. We were getting serious. Now it was time to see how things with paleo went while working out. I have to mention that this time I also cut out all sugar. Before I still ate sugar and candy all I wanted because “I wasn’t the one trying to lose weight”. I won’t lie. Cutting out sugar was totes redic! I seriously went through sugar withdrawals; headaches, incredible cravings and bad mood swings.

Throughout the month long challenge I made incredible gains on many things. I dropped my body fat % by -1.6% and gained 3 pounds of lean mass. I improved my baseline by -3:25 and upped my Total by 62 pounds. I began to feel amazing. I had more energy in the day, I felt stronger with each WOD and I was happier. My stomach problems went mostly away which leads me to believe it wasn’t just the dairy and my skin cleared up too which was a total plus! I’m excited to see how much more I can gain with crossfit and I wouldn’t want to do it without eating paleo, ever. I’m happy to announce my relationship with paleo has now gone exclusive and we plan on being together for the long haul.

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