Dr. Matt Johannes
Dr. J Before CrossFit! Dr. J During CrossFit!
My name is Matt Johannes and I've been Crossfitting for 14 months now. Joey asked me to submit a testimonial since I've seen such big improvements by doing crossfit. I was having an very hard time writing a testimonial, so I decided to write it in the form of a top 10 list! .
So here it is. ... . Matt Johannes' top 10 reasons why you should join Crossfit!
Number 10: Crossfit.com (The Global Community) . If you haven't checked it out, you need to. There's a whole movement of people out there loving and doing crossfit. There are videos, tutorials, inspirational stories, etc. When you add this to Youtube Crossfit videos, you'll find instant access to a world of crossfit. For me, spending a few minutes online with crossfit is always motivational. I check out the websites at least 3-4 times per week and it has really helped me.
Number 9: The Local Community. I suppose it's true of almost any gym. When you spend time in a gym, you're bound to meet and get to know new people. For me however, Crossfit elevates this experience. We did the first year of Crossfit with the 5:30 pm class. Each time, we all came to the gym together, studied and learned the workout together and then collapsed and died together! You just can't get that kind of bonding by getting on an elliptical and doing some bicep curls at Gym X.
Number 8: The big fan. As I mentioned in number 9, after most workouts I want to collapse and vegetate for a few minutes or hours, depending on the workout. Project Fitness Crossfit has a NICE BIG FAN where you can do that. It's a beautiful thing. Especially in the summer.
Number 7: Kids. I started the workouts with two of my children, ages 10 and 12. Now my son and I are still going strong. It has been a great family activity for us, and we really enjoy it when other kids come and workout also.
Number 6: Trainers. Unlike Gym X who might have a receptionist who can barely bench press a pencil, PFC has many trainers who are always eager to help someone. I think that part of the reason that I have gotten such good results from crossfit is that I'm never shy about asking questions. How do you do this better, how do you improve on this, I'm supposed to do what with my body? and I'm supposed to do burpees after that?!
Number 5: Competition. I'm addicted to the times on the board. Each day we write our times for the WOD and compare our times to every else who did the workout that day. It is such a motivational system. When we first started, we couldn't even do the workouts. Now, after one year, I can do almost all of the exercises, and I can post times that are very competitive. I know a big reason that I have enjoyed some large improvements in my fitness is that after each workout I can measure and guage how well I performed compared to the community.
Number 4: No running! Well, almost. We do some running at PFC, but nothing like we used to have to do for weight training in high school. "For cardio this week we'll run down this street and back. Please run fast enough that you don't get to your next class late." The running at PFC is always mixed in with so many other exercises, you don't have much time to think about how much running you're actually doing. I've always been a terrible runner, but thanks to PFC, I can now post competitive times even on workouts with more running in them.
Number 3: No thinking! I love that fact that I don't have to plan my own workouts. I can just show up, and it's all on the board for me. No mental debates about whether I feel like doing this or that. I just do what's on the board. Sometimes the reps and rounds are so complicated that I do have to think a little, but, for the most part... . no thinking!
Number 2: SumoBearBurpeeRingCleans. Yes, how does that sound for a new exercise. No, don't panic, it's not really an Crossfit exercise. At least not one that I know of. But something that has helped me so much are the new exercises. Crossfit constantly teaches me new exercises that show me areas I need to improve on. My body has no chance to adapt and become complacent, because as soon as I get a little better at one thing, they throw SumoBearBurpeeRingCleans at me!
And Matt Johannes' number one reason you should start crossfit is:
Strength and endurance. The whole system is focused on helping you improve in these areas. I was a football player and a powerlifter in high school. Throughout college I continued to lift weights and tried to do some cardio. However, after college, I found myself weighing 243lbs. With the help of a friend, (who is now a PFC trainer) I lost 50 lbs, but I had no cardiovascular endurance. Then I started Crossfit. I'll never forget that first day. After a few wall balls I was ruined, and I couldn't even run 100 meters. Now, like I said, I can post competitive times on most workouts. The strength and stamina Crossfit has given to me is something that I am very grateful for. I can't wait to see what year two of crossfit will bring!