It's hard to believe it but it's been 7 years since CrossFit Tyler first opened its doors. In this four-part special anniversary edition of AOM, we talk to Brad and Amy about their journey as athletes, coaches, business owners, and a family.
Today in part one, we look at how they got started in CrossFit.
Brad and I were working out in a Globo gym at the time. Brad was working out by himself. I was working with a trainer and taking group fitness classes with my in-laws. The owner of the gym said he was bringing in CrossFit and encouraged me and my in-laws to try it out.
I thought it was another group fitness class, so I was game. Brad wanted nothing to do with anything that was group related, but encouraged me to try.
I literally sat with a mouth full of food, looked at Amy and said, "is that CrossFit?" She laughed and said, "yes!" I was sold right then!
Life before CrossFit was active. We wakeboarded and snowboarded and every once in a while rode mountain bikes. I would go through cycles of in the gym and out of the gym. Nothing would keep me interested long.
For instance one lady was doing deficit hand stand pushups and I swear she had a 12 pack for abs! I did not realize this, but Brad went back to the hotel and started studying CrossFit and from that point on he believed that there was something to this program. When we returned to Tyler, he asked me to put him through a work out.
I was pleasantly surprised. I decided “Cindy” was the right one for him. “Cindy” is a 20 minute workout, including 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats, as many rounds as possible. I wanted to start him slow, so I cut the time in half. He was confident that he could do more, but he trusted me. He only lasted 7 minutes but loved it! He was sold from that moment on.
Brad: My first WOD was Cindy. Amy set it up for me to complete a shorter 10 minute version. Seven minutes in, I had my hands on my knees (CrossFit pose) and in her pity for me she called it. I was crushed at how out of shape I was. I was so naïve on what fitness really was. I was in love with CrossFit.
Coming up in part 2: Brad and Amy talk about the decision to open their own box. Click here to read part 2.