Workout of the Day:
400 Meter Run
30 Thrusters (65/45) (45/35)
Please READ Kyle’s INCREDIBLE Story:
Six Years- Kyle Cermak
“Six years ago today, I woke up in the top bunk of a jail cell. I had no clue how I had arrived there or what happened the night before. Though I have experienced thousands of nights where I have drank so much alcohol that I had blacked out, surprisingly I had never ended up in jail before. But this moment would change everything. You see, I am an alcoholic. And for over 16 years, I had spent almost every single day drunk. I had tried to commit suicide over ten times. I had ruined almost every single meaningful relationship I had ever had. My marriage was headed toward divorce, I was a terrible father to my two young daughters, and I was going to lose my job. Basically, my life was a living, breathing hell that I had created through my addiction to alcohol. So, I stood at a cross roads… I could continue with my addiction that was spiraling out of control, lose my family, my job, and all of my worldly possessions. Or, I could sober up and find whatever ways I could to change my life. I chose option B.
I got out of jail, entered rehab and began the process of cleaning my life up. As the months went on, I reconciled with my beautiful wife, I finally became the type of father I should have been to my amazing daughters, I got to keep my job and I stayed sober. Now at this point you are probably asking yourself, “What in the hell does this have to do with Crossfit?!?!” And the answer to that is, Crossfit was the missing link in my life and my recovery. I walked into my first CrossFit WOD weighing over 200 lbs. I was so unhealthy, you wouldn’t even want to partner with me on a 20 min AMRAP of eating sandwiches. Though I was living life and doing the right things, I wasn’t really alive. I was missing that internal fire that needed to be lit to really start embracing my life and loving myself. The person I am couldn’t exist yet because I was missing a piece of my puzzle. And that piece was Crossfit.
Most people just know me as the guy with tattoos at the box. In addition to that, I am a man full of gratitude for the opportunity to get to experience CrossFit with you. I should be dead right now for all of the things I have done to myself. But, through God’s grace, I get the absolute privilege of being a Crossfit athlete and working out with some amazing people every week of my life. The athletes and coaches at our box inspire my discipline and commitment. They provide me with energy and happiness. They make me want to achieve more in every single aspect of my life. I dedicate more of myself to the parts of my life away from the box because of the work we do together in the box. I believe I would not be who I am at this moment if it weren’t for all of the moments that Crossfit has brought into my life. CrossFit has given me challenges, both physical and social. It has brought out both the best and worst in me in the last two years in order to face my greatest fears and change myself for the better. I used to take my health, the people I love and the gift of life for granted. But today I have the awareness of how blessed my life is to have all of the gifts I have in it because Crossfit has taught me to realize that the daily victory is just showing up and competing every day!
I believe that everything I have experienced with CrossFit is available to anyone. CrossFit didn’t make me sober, but it has kept me sober because of both the joy it provides and the lessons it teaches me about myself. I needed that from CrossFit and our sport provided that to me. Whatever you may be contending with in your private life, I truly believe that CrossFit can provide a path you need to face those challenges and crush them. They say that CrossFit prepares you for the unknown and the unknowable and gives the opportunity to apply your fitness in the real world. This is both a physical and mental process, based on my own experience. Believe me, I have made my mistakes in CrossFit. I have expected too much of coaches. I have placed too much social pressure on other athletes. And, I haven’t always had the best reactions to challenging WODs. But, the situations CrossFit has provided that expose my physical and social faults have also provided the opportunity to change and better myself. And I am truly a better man today then I was two years ago. And that may not be the case if I didn’t take a chance by walking into a CrossFit gym for the first time.
If you are reading this and have yet to try Crossfit, I hope my words tell you simply that our sport, our community of athletes and our coaches make a difference. Whatever you may be wrestling with: body issues, self-esteem problems, depression, addiction or just searching for the missing piece of your life, I have been there myself. And, I know firsthand that you can find a piece of what you are looking for through Crossfit. So, I hope to see you at a workout soon… I’ll be the guy with all of the tattoos…”