Garrett Brice is being featured as our Transformation Tuesday Athlete! Garrett is 14 yrs old and is the son of Shawn Brice…I met Garrett about two years ago when Shawn asked if he could participate in the kids program; sure he can. The rest is history, like what is stated below, Garrett has gained so much confidence in his abilities and I can tell that he has improved his movement quality since 2 yrs ago. Garrett has even started opening up with me with his smile and chuckle when I refer to myself as being crazy…wonder where he gets that from!
Shawn and Michelle, you have a fine, strong young man to be proud of and I know the rest of his CFU family is proud of him too! Congrats on your Transformation, Garrett!!
Garrett started Crossfit about 2 years ago in the Crossfit youth program and has developed a love of working out, especially if he has a chance to workout right next to dad, minus the pink tutu. Garrett is autistic and has struggles with social interaction and anxiety. He does not feel comfortable with people he does not know or do things in front of people that he is not familiar with, so I was not sure that he would try crossfit at all. However, he has a great friend in Mitchell Rosslan and wanted to try it with his friend. I don’t think Garrett had any idea of what he could do or how strong he was, like many new Crossfit athletes. He always gives it his best effort, but he also has realized that stretching, eating and hydrating really do make a difference when working out (after feeling the effects of working out on an empty stomach). The Crossfit Unstoppable athletes have been great in helping Garrett gain more self confidence and being more comfortable with the unknown. Crossfit is a great way to test your ability to adapt to things that you might not have tried or done before as the workouts are always different and knowing how far you can take yourself through a workout is not always known till the end. Those things along with the great Crossfit family have enabled Garrett to thrive in a setting that he is comfortable and relaxed in now. Even if Garrett isn’t going to say a word to people, it never stops anyone from saying hello to him and asking him how he is doing. It may not seem like that much to anyone else, but it means a lot to him, myself and his mom.
Garrett is now participating in the regular WOD’s on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday’s, he puts in extra lifting work on Saturday’s after the regular WOD and overall has seen lots of improvements in his strength and his form, especially keeping his back straight on lifts and squats, also getting low. Ya, coach he gets that from his dad He has also seen improvement in his running technique- head is up and steady rather than bobbing up and down, thanks Jen! His mom says that he is more likely to help out at home with tasks that require strength (that his mom can’t do on her own)! Since starting CF, he doesn’t seek out proprioceptive input for his joints, which he has always done since an early age (due to sensory dysfunction), he’s now getting what his body needs from CF, his PE teacher also noticed how good his push-ups were.
Some first for Garrett since joining Crossfit, were he recently competed in competition even though he was nervous about all the people there watching him. Without Crossfit and the people that he knows, I am not sure that I could have imagined him doing a workout in front of that big of a crowd and that many people that he did not know. Words can’t describe what he overcame to do what he did! Another first was taking Garrett to a public swimming pool at the Crossfit party, he had so much fun that evening. It was his first experience in doing that and the waterslide. After it was over I asked him if he wanted to come back and he said if Crossfit is there, then yes! Finally we were both thrown into a team on scavenger hunt at one of the many parties that we have at Crossfit, again Garrett got out of his comfort zone and had a blast, I think there are pictures to prove it lol. Thanks to Crossfit Garrett has come a long way in gaining self confidence in himself, more social interaction, and learning a healthy lifestyle. it isn’t always about your one rep max or your time, sometimes a PR can be overcoming your fears.
Today’s Transformation Tuesday is my Aunt Katie and she’s the reason we have the Master’s class at CFU. Aunt Katie contacted me in December of 2012 asking if I did personal training or individual stuff because she didn’t think she could do the CrAzY stuff that I did…I said sure, let’s start with 2 days a week and go from there. We worked around her schedule and she faithfully came to her sessions and even came to the regular Christmas Eve class that year and did a partner WOD with the other Crazies! Come January of 2013, I got another inquiry from another gal and decided to put her and Katie together for their sessions and in February of 2013, the CFU Masters Class was born! So Thank You Aunt Katie for making that phone call, faithfully coming to your sessions and giving me the “Masters idea” hehe!
Katie explains a bit of what she can now do at her age…Remember folks, age IS really just a number! Katie is a true testimony of that in what she has been through. I am Blessed to call her Aunt and a CFU Member!
Next month will be my 2 year CrossFit anniversary. My goal when I started was to increase my strength and mobility. I’m not muscle bound but I am a lot stronger. I can now get up from the floor without crawling to something and pulling up. Doing yard work does not leave me sore and stiff like it has in the past. The added strength has helped me take care of my husband, who is in a wheel chair. I like that the workouts are all planned for me and each workout is different. When I go to the box I never know what I will be doing. It could be swinging sledgehammers, flipping tires, CrossFit cards, a little weight lifting or whatever Coach has up her sleeve for me that day. Before CrossFit my main exercising was walking on the treadmill so this new way of working out was very challenging and a little scary. I soon found out I love it! It is still very challenging but I look forward to working out with my CFU friends. I wish I would have started this program before the age of 67! Soon to be 69. I am proud of my accomplishments in the CrossFit Masters class. CrossFit is really for everyone even us seniors. Thanks Coach Debbie Rosslan for all your help and encouragement.
Congrats Brent on your one-year CFU Anniversary yesterday! When I look at you and all of the other members who have been with CFU for that amount of time and then some, I see dedicated and special people. Like Brent states below, I met his wife, Shelly in college(volleyball and sorority ) and I’m glad she “drug” Scriv in for the BOGO special we had that month!
Scriv says he’s lost a few pounds, I happen to know it’s more than a few…but the most important thing is HIS Transformation and how he feels about himself. When going through a transformation it is good to see the outward changes, but it’s even BETTER to feel the inner changes!
Thank you Scriv for your humor and friendship at CFU! You are a Blessing!
I will start this out by stating my belief that there is no before and after as we all see advertised everywhere in the weight loss and fitness industry. Everything we do in our lives is during our life and sometimes we find ourselves in some state of being junk. I could map all the things I was and wasn’t doing to take care of myself, but suffice it to say in 2013, my physical and mental self was beat up and beat down at the same time.
My wife played college volleyball with Debbie and she, Shelly, was the one that actually started the CrossFit conversation and had been talking with Debbie. In my typical way, I started to do research and was one that thought these people are out of my league, but I also was determined that something needed to change. Shelly and I showed up on December 1, 2013. Unfortunately for her, those old volleyball knees didn’t cooperate, but I’m confident she will bring that store bought knee to the box someday.
I remember the first day being a little nervous and couldn’t figure out why I was nervous, but I settled in quickly. Here is where I could go on about the CFU community, but you’ve heard all that, but it is true. The reality of why I’ve stuck with CrossFit for a year is because I was mad. I was mad that I was in the shape I was in; I was not 25 years old, strong and fit. I remember those first WODs where I was in pain, half nauseous and foaming at the mouth, but knowing that I was getting better. And this is what I love about CrossFit; seeing those PRs from myself and others.
I could go on about Kool-Aid and all the CrossFit perceptions that get posted on Facebook, yes; I have fallen into most of those categories. What sets this experience apart during my life is that my perception of myself is changed. Although I don’t always do the things perfectly outside of the box that I should be doing, I feel that what I do is on my terms. My perception of life is different and I’m enjoying it more.
As most of you know, I sign the board as Scriv, my alter ego, or perhaps just a nickname. As for transformations, I have enjoyed getting to know the people at the box and have enjoyed seeing how people have gotten to know me. Yes, I know I’m a smart aleck and yes, I know I can seem intense sometimes, but I really just like to laugh and be funny, even if I’m the only one that thinks I’m funny. Part of this experience is not taking life too seriously because no one gets out alive, we might as well enjoy the ride.
My family is the main reason for needing to be stronger and fit. My daughter is 10 and as I’ve mentioned to a few people and on the CFU Members site, I will turn 50 next year. I’ve set goals for myself to get even better and although the goals have timelines, it’s all during and I will continue to look further ahead. This piece is supposed to be about transformation…yes, I’ve lost a few pounds, but mostly I’m better and stronger and that is what feels so great, but my transformation is ongoing and is as much mental and spiritual as it is physical, but the latter breeds the former.
One last note and you can quote me or steal it for your own, “This S*** Works.”
This week’s transformation is my sister-in-law, Michelle! I am so proud of her and how far she has come in the last two years…when I first asked her and my brother to come to CFU, they were a little hesitant (as she explains below)…I remember doing their CF101 while one of the other classes was going on and was just saying a prayer to myself that they would take to it. So happy that Michelle was brave enough to show up for that first WOD and grateful for all of the support that all of the athletes gave her and continue to give her. She has amazing strength and it’s such a joy to hear her talk about how she will go out running with her daughter, Natalie! Michelle’s attitude and smile are contagious and CFU is lucky to have her! Keep it up, Michelle…You’re definitely Better Than Yesterday!!
Here’s her story…
I started Crossfit in December 2012; I received a text from Coach Debbie, aka my sister-in-law. She was offering me a chance to try out Crossfit and wanted to schedule my Crossfit 101. She had been doing Crossfit for a little over a year and I thought to myself, I am not cut out for that. She was a PE teacher, a college athlete and me, I was cardio queen who loved to use the elliptical and then would walk around the weight machines attempting to get a workout in really not sure what I needed to do and not making any progress. I was still overweight, unhealthy and unfit. I was not cut out for Crossfit.
So I rounded up some courage and I showed up for my Crossfit 101, scared and nervous of what I had gotten myself into. I survived the 101, but now I had to show up for my first WOD. I remember sitting there all day at work a terrified mess and looking at the WOD and trying to figure out the movements and how I could scale them to work with my capabilities. I would watch YouTube videos to learn the movements and I would try to figure out the acronyms, this was testing me in more ways than just physically. Crossfit is so much more than a workout; it also pushes you both mentally and emotionally.
What I did notice my first WOD and every WOD since is the support the athletes give to one another. Even though I was the overweight newbie who was trying to blend into the corner, they introduced themselves to me, cheered for me as I was the last to finish, and did burpees with me as I tried to complete the WOD. This was definitely different then my global gym, this was a family where everyone is in different fitness levels but supporting each other. I have met so many wonderful people whom I may have never crossed paths, but I consider them all my friends.
In January 2013, I started my first Nutrition Challenge. It was during this challenge I learned the Paleo Clean-Eating approach and was able to start losing the weight. I had a wonderful support group with wonderful team members and all the other athletes participating in the challenge. With the challenge and along with continuing the Paleo Clean-Eating approach, I was able to lose over 50 pounds and maintain it. Of course, it is not easy. In order to keep it off, I sign up for every challenge available because it is so easy to fall off the wagon and start down the path of destruction. I love that CFU always is giving me options to try to make me better.
Crossfit pushes me to try things I never thought I could do. I did my first 5K in March 2013 along with some of the other CFU members. I still remember Debbie yelling at me to “Sprint” to the finish line. Then a year later in April 2014, I ran the Go St. Louis Half Marathon. I am now more fit and strong in my 40s then I had ever been. I am still amazed by what I have accomplished with the help of Coach Debbie and the support of all the CFU members. For the first time in my life I feel like an athlete. My journey does not stop here. I still have so much more I want to accomplish, I am still working on being “Better than Yesterday”.
My fitness journey began as a result of peer pressure from a group of Trinity Lutheran School ‘moms’ in 2011 who wanted me to join them in a 3 day a week 5:30 am “Boot Camp”. We giggled, grunted, screamed, and sweated our way to feeling healthier….I was hooked! I am a 44.5 year old married to Dean and mother of a Nathan 14 and Deanna 17, who all keep me running with their activities. I enjoy riding and competing in Dressage (Google it) and am active instructing and leading a great group of young riders in the United States Pony Club competing locally, regionally and nationally. Oh, and I work full time at our Veterinary Clinic in Holts Summit. I have enjoyed watching Coach Debbie grow that small group of gals into what is now the thriving community of CrossFit Unstoppable. (Though I played devil’s advocate during each of her growth spurts, she always followed her dreams and I truly admire her for her commitment to serving and helping others). * CrossFit has shown me that my body and brain are capable of more than I ever imagined; from Mud Runs, CF Competitions and tough WODs to lifting heavy things at work, handling the stresses of daily life better and improved health! * CrossFit has given me an amazing family of friends all on this crazy fitness journey and I feel so blessed to get to know each of you and celebrate with you! There is so much ugly and negative crud in the world today and I LOVE the refreshing positivity of life at the box with people I might not have ever known otherwise. * Biggest challenges: BurPees, TGUs, Pull Ups, DUs * Favorite challenges: Barbell, KBs! * Keep on being amazing everyone, let’s see what’s next!