Prior to finding CrossFit Pleasanton, I had no knowledge of CrossFit and definitely didn’t think it was for me, especially at my age of 53, but I wanted to try something new. When I arrived at CrossFit Pleasanton I thought I was in reasonable shape. Sure, I had put on a “few extra” pounds but after all, I was still playing basketball competitively 2-3 days per week. Then I met with Zoltan Hites, the owner of Cross Fit Pleasanton and began the introductory classes and the “Workout of the Days”, known as WODs. Any delusion I had about being in good shape vanished. Initially, the first three weeks seemed slow with apparently limited progress taking place. The WOOs were tough and at times I thought,” What am I doing here?” Then somewhere around the third-week things began to change. While playing basketball on the days I wasn’t going to Cross Fit I began to notice I was blocking more shots, stealing more passes, and getting more rebounds. Over time it became obvious that CrossFit was impacting my basketball performance. Since joining CrossFit I’ve been jumping higher, my lateral movement and flexibility have improved, and my endurance has increased. I am more competitive and can easily play for periods of 1 to 1.5 hours and still have strength and energy beyond many that are 10 to 25 years younger than me. As my endurance and strength began to increase a bigger change was in progress. My body was radically responding to the CrossFit workouts. Now into my fifth month of CrossFit I have lost more than 25 pounds. My prominent gut has greatly diminished and I am down nearly three belt sizes. The “man boobs” are over 80% gone as well as fat in other areas of my upper torso. Muscles in the middle torso area and abdomen that have been concealed for decades are beginning to reappear. In addition, healthy muscle growth and definition have occurred in my shoulders, back, and arms. While observing changes taking place in endurance, strength, and physical appearance, other unintended health benefits began to emerge. Initially, I was focused on sports/physical performance and physical appearance. However, there were some very distinct health benefits that I didn’t anticipate. Prior to CrossFit, I had often experienced significant leg cramping and this is almost entirely gone. My right leg was also often very stiff and prevented me from sprinting on the court and going all out on the short fast runs at CrossFit. This problem is completely gone and my leg feels great. Lastly, for a number of years, I had experienced persistent Pitting Edema in my lower legs. Now as a result of being involved with Cross Fit this Pitting Edema has mostly gone away over the past two months and is rarely present. This has simply been written to demonstrate that sticking with Cross Fit has made a difference to me and it could possibly do the same for you. I thank God every day for the gift of health and the opportunity to participate in the events at CrossFit Pleasanton. I plan to continue training at CrossFit Pleasanton for the foreseeable future. I thank God for the wisdom and knowledge that he has gifted to Zoltan, Jake, and the other coaches who have in turn used it to help me and others achieve their various fitness goals and change peoples lives.

Andy L