What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
Rene and I first started CrossFit back in 2013. We first got lured in to Hyperfit by Sue and Dan Harding. Due to injuries and surgery, Rene had to quit and I did not stay with the gym.   I realized in June of 2015 that I was too old, too heavy, with blood pressure too high. I needed a change, and I knew Crossfit could help with at least two of those issues. Rene came in order to support me. I don’t think she was thrilled at the idea, but soon she was more hooked than me.

What was your first impression? How has that changed?
My first impression was “holy sh_____, how can I do this? ” I didn’t think I could keep up. I was unsure about the weight lifting aspects, and even less sure of my abilities. We were both so ignorant, that for months, we couldn’t tell a snatch from a clean. A typical workout would have Ryan stating “Jim, you are scaring me right now.” as once again, we didn’t have a clue what we are doing.  Well, that probably hasn’t completely changed.
What we have realized is that we both crave the strength work. We are both pretty much lightweights, but we know it is the strength work that is making us feel better.
The most important first impression was the people. We have never met such an incredible group of warm, supporting people. From the beginning, there was the morning bunch, all with different abilities but one common goal. When we finally made it to the afternoons, we found new faces with the same spirit. We are so appreciative of the patience and guidance of Ryan and Chris, who have mastered the art of injecting great humor into the most painful workout. I usually start laughing before I get out of the car. Now, we have started to find ways to push ourselves. Yes, I had to be banned from the 15lb bar, but I’m now trying to set new limits.

What was your first “aha” moment?
Apparently, HSPU is a gymnastics move, but EMOM is not. We know TABATA is an acronym for something, but we are still working out its meaning. We were in Yosemite last November. Hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls, we realized, after about an hour of hiking, we left something near the trailhead. Without much thought, I ran down and back up. When I realized that what I had just done didn’t feel that bad, I knew that these workouts are making a difference. For Rene, there was a Saturday “in groups of two” workout, where the weight on her bar ‘magically’ rose between sets of cleans (thanks Chris), and she realized how much more she could do.

What are you working on now?
Jim is working on being able to complete a set of strict pull-ups. When he accomplishes this, he will retire from the gym. 🙂 I am working on not getting caught rolling my eyes when I hear the workout. Ok, I would like to do more workouts rx.

What’s your favorite WCSC memory, either solo or as a couple?
All of those days we were paired together. Sorry for the bickering, but we are a little competitive. It’s every workout where we read it, and thought there was no way we could do it, and an hour later, feeling so good when we have finished it. It’s feeling like hell, dead last and trying to keep going, then hearing any one of the so many great athletes at this gym cheering us on, and then feeling stronger because of the extra push.

My experiences at this gym have , in a very real way, changed my life. Thank you all for your support . Jim

Thank you for all the support and encouragement. I really love the family like atmosphere that the coaches have instilled.  Rene