“There are a very select few things in this life that constitutionally change the way you look at life, hard work, and the true, UN-glamorized cost of success; I never thought a training regimen would be one of them.
I first discovered Samy and his dungeon of pain in the winter of 2008 while home from school for the holidays. What left the greatest impact on me after a week at the gym wasn’t how hard the workouts were (brutal) or how big the gym was (quaint is an appropriate descriptor), but it was Samy’s passion, enthusiasm, and wealth of knowledge that stuck with me as I returned to school.
I began to dive into all things CrossFit: I smiled every time I felt a new pull-up callus forming; I tried to understand what “Fran” was and why that workout made me throw-up. Soon I was at home in that magical post-workout semi-consciousness where looking up at the ceiling you get a chance to spend time with your true self… devoid of all insecurities and delusions of grandeur.
I joined a Crossfit gym near my school, and amid the pull-ups, power snatches, and sprinting drills, I began to notice something—my grades shot through the roof, my performance at work surged, and the so-perceived “problems” in my life began to disappear. I became enthralled in the principles behind Crossfit: denial of our wanting everything-for-nothing mainstream American mentality, the refusal to be a victim of misinformation and contentment, and the constant reaffirmation that true dedication and hard work really provide you. Finding capability to acheive anything you want; yet not with the type of ‘hard work’ that gets you a Cold Play music montage, but the sort that is born inside from desire and willpower, the sort that drives you outside on a cold morning at 4 AM when no one is watching and no music is playing. I love coaching because it allows me to interact daily with individuals who are living these same principles and are beginning to unlock their own unfettered potential. I am constantly humbled and in awe of this community’s dedication to self-betterment and each other.
My Fran time isn’t world class nor can I dead lift a bus; but the support I’ve received from CFNH has reinforced and helped enable my drive towards achieving levels of physical and mental ability I had previously thought to not exist. I earned my commission in the United States Marine Corps in the Fall of 2010 and while serving requires me to be away more often than not, my home will always be CFNH and the people there who refuse to let me find contentment in mediocrity.”