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Caroline Madison

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Amanda Bryson

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If you’ve never been inspired come to the 6am and meet Amanda Bryson.  Amanda started 1 year and 1 month ago at CFW incredibly nervous about CrossFit and starting something new like this.  Amanda is THE definition of hard work and dedication.  Not only has she set the example for the entire 6am class she inspires her kids to workout, her husband to change his diet and she also motivates her fellow Marine wives to get out there and do a 5k (like her first ever last year) or a 10k like she did this weekend.  Amanda has most recently gotten her first ever pull-up something she’s never been able to do her entire life.  She’s been successful strictly because she has worked at it, swore more than any girl I know,  cried a few times and may have thrown a box at me BUT she got back….on…the…bar and got that pull-up!!  Amanda will never let up, never slow down and never stop inspiring.  Thank you so much for being a part of CrossFit Woodbridge you are truely an inspiration to me and all of us here.

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Mel Garn

A couple of months ago Dan came up to me and asked me if I was up for a bet…hmm I thought to myself what kind of bet? With a little smirk he said, “No fast food for a month, nothing. No soda, burgers, fries, nothing, for a whole month. If you have ANYTHING you have to come tell me.” for a moment I was tempted to act as if I had no idea what fast food was, as if I had never ever entered such an establishment, I mean, I crossfit, I eat Paleo..right?. But from the look on his face it appeared “ a little birdy” must have told him of my love of all things cheeseburgers and everything that goes with them, so I figured a denial of my love affair with fast food wouldn’t get me very far…so without any chance to over think it, I agreed. Shook his hand and said yes!

I was determined not to lose this bet. But it was funny how many times my car would want to drive through for something quick and easy…but I was strong and made myself go home and make something to eat…. I was doing great…and then enter super bowl weekend. Lily wasn’t feeling well so we weren’t able to go out to the planed super bowl party so I thought that it would make it easy to eat something that I could make at home and keep things simple. I offered to make a homemade pizza for our party of three…but Garron suggested ordering pizza. I didn’t really think much about and went along.

Come Monday morning as I am heading in to the box I am feeling pretty proud of myself as I had not driven through a restaurant to get fast food. I walk in ready to work out and conversation goes something like this “hey Mel, how did super bowl weekend go?” me again feeling very proud said, “Great, really great!” his reply, “oh ya, what did you eat?” oh that is easy I thought…”pizza” “PIZZA?!?! He said,” Did you make it?”
AAAAA GARRON!! I am thinking in my head!! But very calmly I replied “no, it was 100% papa john’s” (I mean after all he is the official super bowl pizza…but I don’t think Dan cared about that).

“Well” he said, that’s the month then, BUT if you can go another whole month, I am back in on the bet.” “Yes” I said,” I am in”!

Fast forward…and I won and thanks to Dan I had an opportunity to even do this. I would have never have done this on my own. But things I noticed by just taking fast food out.

  • I can do real pushups now
  • I got five pull ups in a row
  • I got my first knee to elbows and toe to bars
  • I PRd my back squat, my front squat, bench press and deadlift
  • I went from a 12:30 mile to a 9:30 mile (this has been over the course of a few months, but do to the ability to breath better I was able to run faster)
  • I did my first WOD without a band for pull ups!

I never really believed that food played such a huge part… but it does. I am so amazed at how much better I feel just by making small changes, not to mention the money I saved. This was a wonderful experience and I am so thankful for it. It was a wonderful starting place for the paleo challenge. It just takes a couple of baby steps to not overwhelm yourself and before you know it you feel and see the difference!

Mel and Garron will be leaving us on the 8th of April so get all you can of them while you can.  You will be missed guys…

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Manny’s Story

At the age of 51, I joined CrossFit Woodbridge as an alternative supplement to my daily routine at my local and typical gym. You know typical machine and dead weights, treadmills, elliptical, Zumba classes etc… Don’t get me wrong, some of those things are fine, but they limit your body’s full potential. Since I started Crossfit and entered the Paleo challenge within my first 2 of weeks of joining. I have lost 5.3 % body fat, gain 5lbs muscle and lost 17 pounds in weight. But the more important accomplishment at this time has been my ability to control my blood sugar levels with out my metformin medication.

Since March 22nd thru April 27th, I have tracked and logged multiple blood sugar (BS) readings before and after my meals. My 30 day average BS has been 121 after 2 hours of eating a meal, which is better then my average with the medication and well within the normal range of BS levels for NON Diabetic’s that is recommended by the medical community.  I will post my highly anticipated blood test results as soon as I receive them…I am waiting for the next scheduled test period per my insurance company..LOL if I want them to pay for the test.

The combination of Paleo eating style and the constant variations and challenging crossfit work outs are the perfect recipe for continued results and growth. CrossFit Woodbridge is the perfect place to achieve your total health goals at any age. I urge everyone in the local area, regardless of age to try CrossFit Woodbridge or your nearest crossfit location.

On a personal note, unlike the typical local gym where the staff seems to interact only with their personal favorites or where members seem to be estranged, even though they have seen each other for many months. What I found at CrossFit Woodbridge is the complete opposite. I am so elated to find a family of athletes of all ages coming together in support of each other to achieve their own personal best.

I think it’s an awesome show of respect and unity when a young athlete that has just finished their routine or is still working their routine, yet still finds time to encourage me and others to push on. Won’t get that at my local gym—lol—

In closing, Let me extend a heart warm thank you to Dan, Eve, Nick, Josh and Lloyd for their dedicated involvement to all the members. I also want to thank the entire CrossFit Woodbridge members family for being so welcoming and encouraging to me and each other.

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