"...I really can’t say enough good things about CrossFit. I have been an athlete and into fitness for pretty much my entire life. I rowed crew competitively and after crew, I essentially became a gym rat and treadmill junkie. I followed a lifting routine 4-5 days a week, ran many miles, and logged many hours in spin classes. I first learned about CrossFit through some of the trainers at the gym I went to in Boston. I would see them doing these crazy, fun looking workouts that were so different from anything anyone else was doing in the gym. When they told me they were CrossFit workouts I started researching it online. The boxes in Boston were $150+, which was an immediate turn off for me, and I never joined.
I kept up my gym routine when I moved to New York City and joined the posh New York Health and Racquet Club. A few months after living there, I continued to be curious about CrossFit and started researching boxes in New York. I realized there was a box a few blocks from my apartment, CrossFit Gotham. I decided to try it out, I figured I would just go for one day and if I didn’t like it, then no harm no foul – I left the high-end gym with its spin classes, pool, steam room, sauna and scented towels and headed into a below ground basketball court with a huge pull up rig assembled in the middle and shirtless, sweaty athletes doing heavy Olympic lifts I had never seen done in a regular gym before, and working harder than I had ever seen anyone in a gym work. I literally have not been to a regular gym since I walked into my first box.
I considered myself to be in very good shape when I first started (I had a sub 19 minute 5k!). However, I quickly learned there were many things I could not do (pull ups, handstands, technical Olympic lifts, rope climbs – the list goes on). I have loved learning new things through CrossFit and am still constantly being challenged to this day.
After 6 months at the box in New York, I relocated to New Hampshire for personal reasons. I transplanted to CFNH and despite being from out of town I immediately felt welcomed by the crew of Crossfitters there. I count the people in the CFNH community among the best people I have met since I moved to the area. Samy is an extremely knowledgeable coach – his knowledge of the “why” is very valuable to me. He doesn’t just tell you to move a certain way or eat something instead of something else – he tells you exactly why you should do that from a physiological and long-term training standpoint. He is obviously extremely well read on all things related to training and nutrition and it brings a lot to the table with his coaching. Not to mention the fact that he seems to have no pain threshold and has the ability to push people’s bodies past the limits their minds would normally allow.
Looking back, I wish I had gotten into CrossFit when I first learned about it. The fee, which seems high compared to “regular gyms” is completely worth it in light of what you get out of CrossFit. You get personal training with coaches and the benefit of the CrossFit community constantly pushing you and challenging you do things you never thought you could do before. It is really an invaluable part of my life now."