CrossFit – Dave Perry, Crossfitting since 2010

*Results may vary from person to person.

In the spring of 2010 at the age of 37 I realized that I had been living in denial. I weighed in at 227lb and was up to a very snug 38inch waist on a 5ft 7in frame. There were telltale signs along the way that I ignored, like a constantly upset stomach, the need to justify my looks by comparing to other overweight people and the electric toothbrush. I know what you’re thinking, “Electric toothbrush?”….. You can kid yourself all you want and say it’s for better teeth, but the truth is you can’t stand to look in the mirror and see the way your body jiggles when you brush with a regular toothbrush! I decided to make some changes in my life starting with my diet. I looked at several different diets and decided that a combination of a couple would work best. I woke up June 1st 2010 and began my weight loss journey. I kept a log of measurements that I recorded every Sunday along with my weight, I immediately started seeing some changes. By July 1st I had lost 20lb and was feeling much better but I needed something more. My friend at work had been telling me about Crossfit for the last 6 months and how good I would be at it, so I started looking for a gym close to my house. I called 3 places and decided to visit 2 based on the calls. The first one I visited reminded me of the bad guy dojo from the Karate Kid and I left there laughing to myself having not bothered to even talk to anyone. The next stop was The Gym. I went after work the next day and the place was great from the start. The guy working the front desk was friendly and helpful, showing me all of the facilities and introducing me to the staff and trainers. I immediately felt welcome and sighed up for Crossfit classes. I am now 1 year into it and I have never felt or looked better. I have lost a total of 65lbs and I am down to a 31in waist, and I owe it all to Crossfit and The Gym. When I started Crossfit I couldn’t do a single pull up, run 400m or lift very much weight, but the way the coaches scale the workouts and teach you good form I was doing these things within 6 months. The workouts are awesome, they are different every day and are always challenging no matter what level you are at.  I found that it was a combination of Crossfit, the atmosphere at The Gym and most of all the people that made it all possible. I am now looking towards a Crossfit competition in October, a year ago I would have never imagined doing something like this.


Dave Perry

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*Results may vary from person to person.

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