Last class on Friday will be 12:30.  On-ramp class will be rescheduled for Monday night same time!  Stay Tuned for Saturday class update, it may be delayed!!! Enjoy the Snow…

Thanks Johnny O this is a great! – I know this is long one but it is well worth the read – Enjoy guys

It’s May 2012 and I find my clothes getting tighter as well as I’m starting to notice aches and pains that I didn’t have before.  Before I go any further let me tell you a little about myself.  My entire life for as long as I can remember revolved around sports.  This was true until my sophomore year in college.  As a freshman I played both baseball and football at the Division 1 level.  That was until both programs were disbanded by the school due to political reasons as a result of a rule implemented by the NCAA (Title 9).  So I found myself for the first time in my life with no team to play on, no practices to attend, and no games to get excited about.  Without the structured fitness programs I have become so accustomed to I started a the long journey of becoming unfit.  Although I never became unhealthy or obese, I did go from 185 lbs to around 220 lbs by the time I graduated college.  After whipping my self in to shape again for the State Police Academy I found myself in the best shape of my life at graduation in 2001.  I felt healthy, strong and ready to take on the world.  Well, about a year out of the academy I found myself slowly digressing with my fitness again.  I’d join a gym, go a lot, get bored, and stop going while continuing to pay what I called my “fat tax”.  I then became excited about cycling and duathlons, but that took too much time and took away from family time, so that was another short lived healthy hobby.

     After about 15 years since the last time I stepped on a baseball field, threw a baseball, or swung a bat I found myself playing baseball again.  However, this time around I noticed prolonged muscle soreness and nagging injuries.  We all get old, right?  At least that’s what I told myself.  So I just dealt with it, the arm soreness from throwing and pitching, several sprained or strained ankles, and a pretty bad shoulder injury.

     So this brings me to last March (2012) when I met Matt Holland (I’m pretty sure that he still attends classes here in Southington.lol)  He had wandered onto the team that I was playing on from somewhere at the Bristol/Southington town line near those satellite dishes.  It was because of him that I first heard of Crossfit or at least first made an attempt to understand what this crazy exercise fad was.  A short time later I found myself at my first class here at Southington Crossfit and haven’t looked back since.  I have found the structure, camaraderie, and team that I have missed since I stopped playing sports in college.  It’s funny because I began feeling guilty if I missed a day at the gym.  It was almost like letting your team down when you missed practice.  

     Soon my wife decided that she wanted to check out this “fad” and try an on ramp class to see if she liked it.  Well, she finished back in June and here it is February and she’s still going.  My two kids, 8 year old twins have been hanging out at the classes and I’m sure that you have seen them.  They are the ones who think that the equipment is a playground.  I think it’s great that they watch the “grown ups” do things while they are there and then they wander over after class and at times during and climb up on a rope, pull up bar, rower, or rings to show off and show us all up.  There was one day that the two of them ran up to Bobby and asked him make a workout for them to do.  So Bobby, without skipping a beat, grabs a marker and writes a work out for them on the board.  3..2..1..go. They finished the work out and you could tell by their goofy smirks on their faces as they strutted around that they were proud of what they had just done.  Some of the things we hear around the house now are “can I go to the gym with you today?  Do you want to? YES!” or “can I do a work out” or “I broke a record today…I did forty-something rope climbs” I don’t remember the exact number but it was significantly more than my three.  

     Basically what I’m trying to say is that by both my wife and I finding Southington Crossfit and just the fact that we actually go and don’t just spend another “fat tax”, we have set an example to our kids that I hope will keep them inspired to get off their butts and do something more than watch tv and play video games.  

     When I was asked to write something for this site by Rosanne, I was told that there was to be no Cop talk, but I’m going to break that silly rule.  She can “no rep” me later.  I am a K9 Handler with the State Police and on a call to call basis I never know what I’m going to get sent to or stumble upon.  I look around at people I work with and I get scared thinking that some of them may be tasked with being my back up, wether it be on a on a dog track or at a physical confrontation of some sort.  I’m not sure if I’m more afraid for me or them.  Since I can’t fix them I decided to fix myself and become a fitter, healthier police officer.  All the “has-been” athlete stories I may have or future sporting endeavors I may embark on mean nothing.  My physical well being and ability to protect myself at any moment during my shift wether it be at the end of a tiresome track or on the side of the road with no one around to help me is what I actually train for in reality.  Everything else is just a bonus.  

     So to answer Rosanne’s question “How has Southington Crossfit changed either my life or my families life?”  I can probably say that it has more than likely saved it over and over again.  This may sound extreme but I can honestly say that because of Matt’s programming, Bobby’s coaching, Mike, Jon, Justin, Shannon, and any other coaches that I have missed (I don’t get to all the classes even though I would love too) I have been able to prepare myself for the unknown physical encounter at work.  This allows me to go home after every shift and see my wife and kids.  

     So for all the times I had to adjust my duty belt and make it tighter since last May so it doesn’t slide down to my ankles.  All the good muscle soreness I have experienced.  The feeling of not being able to do on more rep of an exercise and then doing two or three more.  I say thank you!  Thank you for making it easy to get myself to the gym after midnight shifts, doubles, or days with no sleep.  Thank you for being a part of my training as it pertains to my employment as well as my choice of a healthier lifestyle.
John O.

Ps. Toby wants to know when the K9 Crossfit classes start?