How has P6 CrossFit changed your life?

For me, that’s a loaded question. I could date it back as far as middle and high school where body image became slowly more and more important, or college when I was extremely fit but still not a size 4 like my sorority sisters, or graduate school when I worked out as a stress reliever, or the start of my career when I didn’t have the energy to workout at all. Regardless of where I start, this is where I am today. I looked at myself in the mirror, 28 years old, perfectly healthy, but disgusted with my body. The last time I had been happy with my body, I was 25 years old. Then my metabolism started changing, I had moved to a new city, made new friends, and became too busy making memories to pay attention to what was happening. I put on a few pounds and fluctuated for about a year and a half. Then I met my now husband and became far too comfortable and put on more and more weight. The day after he got down on one knee, I weighed myself on the scale. I decided it was time to make a change because we were getting married! So, I started weight watchers and went from 216 pounds to 198 the day of our wedding. I felt beautiful on our wedding day! But after our honeymoon, we cheated on meals and any exercise for about a month. I put the weight back on way too fast, which was when I realized it was time for something more. Something more than just a diet, something more than just a way to lose the pounds, something that made me feel good about myself. My husband had been doing CrossFit for about 4 months and I was SO anti CrossFit because of everything I had seen or “thought I had seen”. I said I never wanted to be buff or look like those girls that did CrossFit, but I knew I needed a change. So, I challenged myself to try it. The first day was a lift day, nothing serious, just some back squats. I thought okay, I can do this. HA, little did I know what I was getting myself into! The next class was a mini Murph training class. Holy. Moly. Don’t make that your second class, just a word to the wise. But I didn’t let that stop me, instead it motivated me to be able to do what everyone else was doing, to push my body to new levels. So I decided after three trial classes I liked it enough to join. I would go 1-2, MAYBE 3 times a week, until July. I was feeling pretty good about my body at this point, I had lost about 5 pounds, but was seeing a difference. So I made a promise to myself to go no less than 2 times a week and try to hit 3 (but let’s be honest, we have to give ourselves a little grace). On July 7th I weighed myself at 206.6 pounds. I went 2-3 times a week, I pushed harder than I thought I could, I lifted weights I never thought I would, I failed at movements but I kept trying, and I only threw up a few times! Haha! BUT I was losing weight and seeing noticeable results. Friends and family were noticing, colleagues asking what I had been doing, and that “daaaang” look from the husband was coming much more often! So now, here we are, a little over 3 months into a dedicated 2-3 day a week workout schedule paired with a healthy diet (with allotted cheat days/meals, because let’s be honest, it’s part of life) and I’m down 20 pounds, 1.5 pants sizes, and a crazy amount of changes have occurred in my measurements all over my body! Although we have a strong love-hate relationship, this thing I thought I would hate, this thing I thought would make me gross and buff, this thing I joked about has now become something I look forward to. P6 CrossFit has impacted my life for the better in providing me with a healthier, stronger, and happier body! So, even though I may not be able to Rx all of my workouts, lift the most weight, or bring the most points to my team for the Open Intramural Games, I can share my story and pictures as to how this crazy thing called CrossFit has changed my life for the better!

P.S. I wore a 2 piece swimsuit for the first time in 3 years this summer!


P.S.S. You can do it!

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I was born and raised here in Lafayette, where started CrossFit a little over three years ago. I participated in athletics throughout high school, and have continued to compete while in college pursuing a career as a Nurse Practitioner. CrossFit has changed my life. It has given me a competitive edge, provided me with another platform to test my fitness, increased my quality of life, and connected me with my second family here at P6 CrossFit. With the help and encouragement of our members and coaching staff, I have had the pleasure of becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Through coaching, my goal is to impact and improve the quality of life of the athletes I meet, whether they are beginners, or elite.

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My name is T.J. Williams and am a husband and father. I am currently the Senior Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at the Farm Golf Club
where I have been working for the past 7 years. started CrossFit because I was getting bored with the same bland routine of a traditional gym. I
had a friend that had just started coaching and he talked me into trying it. I was hooked from the word go. I always enjoyed competing growing up as I played almost every ball sport you could. CrossFit brought back that competitive drive I was missing. After several years of doing CrossFit, I began wanting to help people on their CrossFit journey so I obtained my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate. I enjoy helping people achieve things they never thought they would be able to accomplish. Seeing people conquer fears and experiencing that “light bulb coming on moment” is rewarding to me. One piece of advice I would give to anyone whether they are new to CrossFit or have been doing it for years would be to enjoy the CHASE of mastering the movements.

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This is the short version: One September morning, the 9-11 tragedies happened. My best friend and decided that it was our duty to do our part to protect the freedoms that we barely knew anything about. The last time was blown up while deployed to Iraq, I was hit in the head with a piece of shrapnel.

I lost all memory from before that point, and I still have no visual memory to this day. I was discharged from the military and had to figure out how to move forward. I have now been out of the military since 2007 and have found ways to work around these things, to where most people meet, don’t even notice anything is different. Because of the traumatic brain injury suffered, have had an MAI on my brain, yearly since the incident. In June of 201S I received a call from a VA neuro surgeon telling me that my scar tissue had grown and that he believed it was a brain tumor. He requested that I come in immediately to have it removed. I honestly believed it was still just scar tissue and they were overreacting. Man was I wrong. After multiple types of MAI’s proving that it was a tumor, I went in to have it surgically removed. Turns out, it is an incurable type of brain cancer that is supposed to come back (but more on that later). So went through months of Chemo and daily radiation treatments. During that time I felt pretty terrible, so I ate A LOT. Not only did I eat a lot, but I ate a lot of pure junk food which lead to me weighting over 2SOlbs, knew it was time to stop feeling sorry for myself, and that I needed to get up, get back in shape. feel like everything learned about diet, fitness, and lifestyle will not only delay the return of the cancer, but I honestly don’t think it’s coming back at all (I’m an optimist though). had always (even before the military) wanted to get into buying houses, fixing them up, and selling/renting them. I figured there no time life the present, and pulled the trigger on that dream. The process of taking something that needs work, and making it the best it can be, is a passion of mine that now translates directly into being the Owner of PS CrossFit. know it sounds cheesy, but once you get told that you have cancer, everything in life suddenly has more purpose and you realize that tomorrow isn’t promised. You realize that you have a limited amount of time to fulfill your potential and do what makes you happy. Helping others live better lives is what makes me happy. P6 CrossFit has been my opportunity to help more people in a shorter amount of time than anything I have ever done. I am able to help others reach and exceed their goals on a daily basis. get to see people come into the gym intimidated, with low self-esteem, and watch them transform into extremely confident and proud individuals.

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