No More Long Bouts of Cardio!

No More Long Bouts of Cardio!

I've been doing a lot of thinking since I joined CrossFit Stoney Creek a month ago. I've been thinking about the value I'm receiving vs. all of the other "fitness" programs I have engaged in over the years. After my competitive swimming career, I started running, which lead me to triathlons. The workouts were long and the equipment was expensive. (bike's aren't cheap and you have to travel to compete) I didn't complain about the dough, but I couldn't walk very well some mornings and the dough around my mid-section never really went away, even though my body weight plummeted.

Then came the kids and I didn't have time for the 14 - 16 hours a week I was spending on training, so I joined a fancy gym. For my $130 bucks a month I got a locker, sauna, steam room, showers and some soap, which smelled pretty fancy. None of which helped me get in any better shape or lose any weight. The machines were new and shiny but it came down to the same old movements I had been doing for years, but now I only had 3-4 hours a week to run the treadmills or ride the bikes. From my swimming days I knew that a coach was integral to keeping me focused, motivated and accountable so I decided to change track at the fancy gym and got myself a personal trainer to help me step up my game. So, I ponied up $1080 for 24 sessions with a trainer ($45 per hour) and moved from the aerobic room to the weight room. For those who like data, that's $1560 (12 months X $130 for membership) + $1080 for the trainer (for 6 weeks) = $2640. Things got a little better, I put on some muscle and lost about 5 lbs. overall. Then the trainers sessions ended and I didn't feel like paying again, so I went it alone for awhile. 4 times a week turned into 3 which turned into 2 and my weight was back where I started. Without the trainer, no specific long term goals, and no community to support my commitment I turtled. No ones fault but my own, but I didn't feel like paying anymore, so I left the gym. I decided to train longer and slower and pay virtually nothing, so I alternated running, biking and swimming 1 hour a day almost every day for about 6 months.......nothing happened. My stress level did decline, but my weight actually went up. I had been aware of CrossFit for a few years, but hadn't done anymore than surf the web and do some reading. I kind of had in my mind that it was only for UFC fighters so I didn't go much further with it. A business colleague told me about CrossFit Stoney Creek and I decided to give it a try, and as I said, I've been coming for a month now. Here's what I got so far. I got a coach. I got a community. I got long and short term goals that I work towards at my own pace. I got a "personal" trainer (small groups). I got nutritional guidance. I got a scientific bases for the program. I got short, specific workouts that don't take an hour. And finally, the best part is, I already got results. To say that my ideas about fitness, training, and nutrition and health in general have changed dramatically in the short time I have been working with Lee and Lorna would be an understatement. I think the value for money and the impact on my long term health that I get from my membership at CrossFit Stoney Creek is worth twice the price. I'm still a little in awe of the value proposition here. I don't get a sauna, steam room, shower and smelly soap, I do get a coach, planned workouts, weight loss, nutritional guidance, a community of like minded individuals, ( I actually got cheered on by strangers a couple of times, so I cheered back) and a health road map that stretches off into the distance. So here is a big "Thank You" to Lee and Lorna for setting up their "Box" and for providing all of this value for such a ridiculously low price. Frank Coy
2015-05-20T17:02:02-06:00
I've been doing a lot of thinking since I joined CrossFit Stoney Creek a month ago. I've been thinking about the value I'm receiving vs. all of the other "fitness" programs I have engaged in over the years. After my competitive swimming career, I started running, which lead me to triathlons. The workouts were long and the equipment was expensive. (bike's aren't cheap and you have to travel to compete) I didn't complain about the dough, but I couldn't walk very well some mornings and the dough around my mid-section never really went away, even though my body weight plummeted.