Published on December 08, 2017
“During my fourth semester, I was under a lot of stress. My blood pressure was high and I had a heart arrhythmia. At that time, I wasn’t training.”
Hesham Al-ansi is a 29-year-old mechanical engineering student from Yemen, currently living in Germany.
Hesham never thought he would have a heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, or any kind of medical condition. He was an avid weightlifter for nearly a decade.
But a year ago, things changed. Continue Reading
Published on November 24, 2017
“Save for my 3 kids, chocolate and sweets are the love of my life. The problem is that I was so obsessed with the numbers on the scale.”
Valerie ‘Val’ Lee is a 43-year-old stay at home mom of 3 living in the Maldives.
When she was younger, she used sports and exercise as a way to decompress. She ran, swam, and cycled regularly. But, as life got busier, exercise started to become less of a priority.
This is her story.
Published on November 10, 2017
“After I got my first desk job 2 years ago, I started noticing that my clothes were fitting a little tighter. Getting older didn’t help and my metabolism began to slow down.”
Chad Gonzales, a 29-year-old father of one (soon to be two), used to get his daily dose of activity through his work. He did a lot of manual labor as a warehouse worker.
But when a change in his career put him behind a desk from 9 to 5, he quickly started to notice his body changing.
Published on October 14, 2017
For Marija Jankovic, motivation was never in short supply.
Fitness was always a part of her lifestyle, but when she was blessed with children, it took a toll on her body and her motivation.
Marija is a 39-year-old mother of 3 young children.
She is an IT researcher and a University teaching assistant and she recently moved to Greece with her family. She enjoys what all of us aim to reach – a healthy work-life balance.
But things weren’t always so easy. Continue Reading
Published on July 14, 2017
When it comes to CrossFit athlete Janet Black, the word “fit” just doesn’t cut it.
As a three-time CrossFit Games athlete, Janet won first place in the Masters Division in 2015 and placed 3rd in 2016.
“My goal in 2015 was to get to the podium. It was hard for me to believe that I was in first place on the first day, and I knew there was a lot of work to do. The fact that I never fell out of first place during the entire weekend was a surreal moment, and certainly not anticipated!”
As a full-time teacher, mom and wife, Janet is accustomed to juggling many responsibilities. On top of this, she trains at least six days a week to maintain peak physical condition.
Balancing her training schedule can be tough, but the thrill of competition motivates her to stay focused.
Published on June 23, 2017
For Greg Banks, Monday, June 5 seemed just like any other day. He woke up, ate breakfast, went to work and then hit the gym for his usual workout.
Little did he know that the crucial moments following his workout would change his life forever.
“I suddenly felt really light-headed, and my chest was super tight. I knew something was very wrong.”
At 51, Greg was in incredible shape. He’d maintained an active lifestyle, and always made fitness a priority. Needless to say, post-workout dizziness was not the norm for him.
Minutes later, the room went dark. Greg collapsed on the floor and lay unresponsive.
He’d had a heart attack.
Published on June 2, 2017
When you first meet Vincent Clark, “jump rope fanatic” might not be the first words that come to mind.
“People are always asking me how I train. I enjoy heavy weightlifting, but that’s what they expect of someone my size. People always seem surprised when I say I jump rope. I guess I don’t fit that typical profile.”
But that’s one of the things Vincent loves most about jumping. At 5’11, 305 pounds, Vincent’s large, muscular physique is more reminiscent of a body builder than a boxer. On a typical day, he can deadlift 600 pounds and squat 465 pounds.
“I want to change peoples’ perspective of what it is to be a jump roper. I want them to see me and think ‘if he can do it, why can’t I?”
Published on May 19, 2017
As a child, Anesia “Sonny” Smith despised jumping rope.
“My older sisters never let me jump Double Dutch with them, so I was always given the boring task of being the rope turner.”
But Sonny was never one to just stand by and watch, so she picked up a basketball, went to play with the boys, and never looked back.
Sonny’s dedication and skill on the basketball court landed her a full athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland, where she picked up the nickname, “Sonny”.
“As a competitive athlete, my fitness goals were never centered on diets or weight loss, but rather striving to reach peak physical performance.”
Her unstoppable drive, as well as her nickname, stuck with her after college, where she continued to live a very healthy and active lifestyle.
Nowadays as a working mom with two young kids, the stamina and discipline she gained from her college years really come in handy.
Updated on April 21, 2017
Meet Brent: A determined 43 year-old Canadian father of three, lover of Japanese culture, and avid Crossfitter.
For years Brent has struggled to string together double unders despite spending countless hours watching YouTube tutorials and in the gym practicing his technique.
No matter how hard he worked, however, he just couldn't seem to get a feel for them...
Until he discovered Crossrope. Read on to find out how Brent finally conquered his double under struggles and broke his double under record on the very first try with his new ropes.Continue Reading
Published on April 7, 2017
“Daddy, you’ve got a big belly!”
Those were the words of Matt Garner’s five year-old daughter, Layla, smiling and pointing. [Insert adorable British accent]
As a former semi-pro football (soccer) player for a local Manchester, UK team (Clitheroe), Matt had always been athletic. Needless to say, his daughter’s teasing words were a bit of a shock to his system.
“I played football on a semi-professional level from the age of 15 to the age of 27, so it’s definitely been a big part of my life.”
Matt was born and raised in small town called Clitheroe. He describes it as being the ‘type of town where everyone knows everyone, and also knows everything about you.’
At 36, Matt is a devoted father and family man, with quite an inspiring journey that all of us can relate to on some level.