Brandon R

Brigade Athlete
Through CrossFit, my desire to be a healthier and more fit individual. Hands down the coaches and the community at CrossFit Brigade are my favorite things and they are also the reason I push myself so hard and never think that I can't do something. They are some of the biggest badasses that I have ever met and are so supportive and influential. I couldn't have asked for a better community to become a part of for my first CrossFit experience and I consider myself lucky. Left: July 2015 - 200 lbs - 1 month in to CrossFit Middle: February 2016 - 191lbs - a week or two after Whole 30 in January. Right: This morning's check in - 173 lbs - a little over a year at @crossfitbrigade and 4 months with LunchBox Fitness.

Growing up I played soccer, basketball, and baseball but once I hit high school I essentially stopped participating in any athletics. I got pretty lazy and college didn't really help. My junior year of college I decided to start lifting weights but I had no idea what I was doing and my diet was terrible. I also didn't see any results besides just getting bigger (and not in the good way). I got to over 200 pounds and quit going to the gym by the beginning of my senior year. Brigade as definitely different than what I was used to. Before then I had only been to the globo gym types with machines all over the place.. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into.

Now when I walk into the gym it's like being surrounded by family. There's no nerves, no worries over looking like an idiot or having to scale a workout, no thoughts of feeling like I don't belong and that's 100% because of the coaches and the people at the box. I've had discussions with others who have never tried CrossFit about working out at a CrossFit gym and the biggest thing that I probably brag about is the community that I am a part of. I never got this kind of support from the school gym or the Gold's Gym that I had been to previously. I never had people yelling at me and pushing me to get that last rep like I do at the box. Yeah you might have met up with a buddy to help spot you while you worked out but it's not the same.

The biggest changes that I've seen in myself physically have come over the last 6 months or so through an improved diet but that would have never happened if it wasn't for the CrossFit community. I'm thankful for having a box that stresses importance over more than one area of fitness. They want you to be physically fit but they also understand that your diet and other areas of fitness are just as important if not more. I've learned things about myself and my health through CrossFit that I never would have learned otherwise. It's created an obsession with my own fitness that I never thought I would have.

Through CrossFit, my desire to be a healthier and more fit individual. Hands down the coaches and the community at CrossFit Brigade are my favorite things and they are also the reason I push myself so hard and never think that I can't do something. They are some of the biggest badasses that I have ever met and are so supportive and influential. I couldn't have asked for a better community to become a part of for my first CrossFit experience and I consider myself lucky.

Don't let it intimidate you. CrossFit isn't just for the people you see on TV doing unbelievable things that make your jaw drop. It's for anyone and everyone. Can't do the workout as prescribed? Scale. Scaling is just allowing yourself to take a step in the right direction so that one day you can hit the prescribed weight or movement. One of my favorite athletes is Travis Williams because he started CrossFit as an overweight kid just trying to get fit and now he's going to the Games for the second straight year. Anyone can do CrossFit.