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Old 05-23-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
Charles Stapleton
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Crossfit has changed my life w/ pictures!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to post about how much crossfit has changed my life.

I have picture that shows before, after 2 months of crossfit, and after 9 months of crossfitting.

I'm 6'2" and was at 245 pounds prior to starting and now I'm 195. I've gone from a bench player on my rec basketball team to being the key player and the one that has to "guard the fast guy". For the first time in my life, I can dunk a basketball...at almost 30!

Most important of all, it's given me confidence in all aspects of my life. Family, friends, and people that I hardly knew comment on how much better I look and how my attitude has improved.

I was going through a divorce when I started crossfitting and it helped me get through it because I could always look forward to good CF *** kicking at the end of the day where nothing else mattered except PRs.

I'm moving over to SS to make some strength gains and get a little bigger, but I'll be back on crossfit in no time.

All crossfit gyms are too far from me so I've had to do it myself and it took me some time to get it right. Had to make a few out of the way trips to get some one on one time with CFers to get the proper technique. No doubt that if I had a CF gym closer by my gains would've been greater and faster.

I want to share with others what kind of progress can be made and what a life transformation CF offers. And this is only the start!
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:05 PM   #2
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Wow that's awesome. Congrats. I am sorry about your divorce but I can relate to you because whenever I'm in a bad mood working out seems to melt away all of my problems. I don't think you need to stop doing CF in place of SS. There are strength WODs. You could also incorportae strength session and alternate with CF or you can have a am and pmn session.
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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Great job! Thanks for sharing your success. I'm using CF for stress management too, I can SO relate to what you said!
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Old 05-23-2009, 09:59 PM   #4
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Re: Crossfit has changed my life w/ pictures!

Great work! And double congrats on doing it yourself. I have a really hard time getting myself to do these workouts without some people to share in the pain.

And as for SS lets not let this thread--one that should rightly be congratulating Charles on his great work--turn into an argument over whether or not to do SS. Let him do it if he wants: it's a good choice for some people and exposure to other quality training protocols can be very positive.

What kind dietary choices have you made, Charles, to help this happen?
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:14 PM   #5
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Re: Crossfit has changed my life w/ pictures!

Congratulations! That is truly awesome man. Keep up the good work.
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:28 PM   #6
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Diet wise, it wasn't a huge change. I still eat the same quantity of food, but changed small things. I choose to only eat once slide of bread with my sandwich or eat egg whites with my omelet. Instead of snacking on chips, I went with nuts (both are salty so that works for me.).

I spread my meals out throughout the day, 6 smaller meals instead of 2 or 3 big ones...like a cow, I graze all day. And I never eat any carb rich foots without eating some protein with it. "I'll take some of that cake, but let me have some meat first..."

Small changes, but they added up fast.

For the SS stuff, I do plan to try CF with a strength bias, but I want to have something to compare against for myself.

Thanks for the encouragement from everyone!
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Old 05-24-2009, 03:53 PM   #7
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hmmm interesting when you finish with SS can you update this thread and please message me to tell me you've updated it so i can see your progress. well done!
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Old 05-25-2009, 01:32 AM   #8
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Congrats~!
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:28 AM   #9
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Grats! Oh how I dream I could dunk...
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:01 PM   #10
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Hey, congrats man, that's really awesome.
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