The Member of the Month at CrossFit Athlete’s Arena for November 2016 is Phil H., and we couldn’t be more excited about this announcement. Through hard work and dedication, Phil has made amazing progress during the 4 months he has been with CAA.
Phil found us in July during his search for a place for his daughter, Alexis, to train. He wanted to find a training environment more structured than the YMCA for her and he found such a placed at Athlete’s Arena. Not only did he find the a place for Alexis to meet her training goals, he started his CrossFit journey at CrossFit Athlete’s Arena and he has been getting healthier, having fun, and helping us build a stronger sense of community.
Here’s what Phil had to say about CAA:
I had no intention of sticking with Crossfit after hearing the rumors of high reps, bad form, and tons of ego. However, I wanted to give it a month to make sure Athlete’s Arena was a group of coaches I could trust to help Alexis meet her training goals via their youth program. Consider me surprised when I entered an environment with an excellent coaching staff that has showed me at my own pace how to safely perform the various lifts the workouts require. It didn’t take long before I was hooked. The supportive environment of each session lit a fire to improve which rolled over into my life outside of the gym. Now, four months after first walking in the door of Athlete’s Arena, I’ve dropped 30 pounds, and I am more confident in the different lifting techniques. To my surprise, dropping weight isn’t even the best part of my progress here. What I’m most impressed with is how far my mobility has progressed thanks to all of the stretching and warm-up techniques Christian emphasizes before we even start the WOD. He has really helped me start getting back the range of motion I’ve lost from sitting at a desk for extended periods of time while working in IT.
As coaches, it gives us an incredible sense of accomplishment when we know we made a positive difference in someone’s life.
Congratulations, Phil. We are glad you are part of our community at CAA and our November 2016 Member of the Month.