2016 Success Story: David


david_beforeBefore joining CrossFit Central, I never considered myself an athlete. I didn’t really play sports growing up, and when I would go to the gym to work out, it was always the same movements. I felt decent about my workout routine, but I knew I wasn’t really challenging myself and holding back to an extent because I didn’t want to do something wrong or really didn’t know how to do it.

I had attended a handful of the free community workouts after my boyfriend (Brandon Rodriguez, also a CrossFit Central athlete) convinced me to try it out. I had taken some group exercise classes at other gyms before, but those never really felt challenging and they were always the same movements every time.

From the beginning CrossFit Central challenged me, and they are always switching it up to challenge me in new ways, in every class. Since joining CrossFit Central I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my overall strength. When I first started out, I couldn’t even imagine doing the WODs as prescribed, but now I usually push myself to go RX when I can.  I’m motivated each class to go heavier than I did before.


A Few PRs
Bodyweight Benchmark: First time I did this, I could only get halfway through the 2nd round and had to use a band for pull ups and timecap on DUs
Now I’ve been able to finish all 3 rounds RX under the 25 minute cap (current PR is 23:50)
Back Squat: Then – 175# | Now – 225#
Front Squat: Then – 135# | Now – 200#
Shoulder Press: Then – 105# | Now – 130#
Push Press: Then – 105# | Now – 160#
Push Jerk: Then – 115# | Now – 165#
Clean: Then – 95# | Now – 165#

When I first started I was always in the mindset that I wasn’t strong enough to go heavier or to attempt RX. Over the past two years, thanks to my coaches, I’ve been able to get past that and realize that I am capable of going heavier and doing RX. This year was my first time participating in the CrossFit Games Open and I did every WOD RX – and definitely felt it after it was over! CrossFit Central has allowed me to apply this motivation in and outside of the box – it’s now part of my routine in everything I do!