Giving up Starbucks and 5 weeks is all it took to get things rolling for Rachel. Can’t wait to see what the next 6 months brings!

If you’re consistent, things can happen very quickly. Change is 90% mental. Maria showed up for 6 weeks (18 total classes) and gave 100% effort and it shows.

Neck: 13.25″
Waist: 35″
Hips: 40.5″
Upper arm: 11.5″
Thigh: 22″
Calf: 14.25″

6 Weeks Later
Neck: 12.75″
Waist: 33.75″
Hips: 38″
Upper arm: 11.5″
Thigh: 22.5″
Calf: 13.75″

Numbers don’t lie. Both Amy and Lyndsey have been putting in lots of hard work, day in and day out over the past year and it shows. Below is their 1 year BOD POD results. Both lost body fat and gained muscle.

Lyndsey attended 260 CrossFit classes last year and started doing the Lotta Nutrition program in June 2016. Amy attended 175 CrossFit classes last year nad started doing the Lotta Nutrition program in January 2016.

Lyndsey’s CrossFit Story

hanley —  February 15, 2017 — Leave a comment

My CrossFit journey started in January of 2015. Growing up, I played many sports and continued to consider myself a fit and athletic person. Even still, I was terrified my first day of elements. At the beginning, my understanding of CrossFit was based on the CRAZY FIT athletes you see on TV… causing me to seriously doubt my “fit and athletic” abilities. In all honesty, those first couple weeks sucked! I could not do push-ups or pull-ups, a 35 lb. barbell felt like 100 lbs., and my kettlebell swings were a huge struggle! Soon enough, this frustration turned into determination and dedication. I started attending CrossFit classes five to six times per week and soon realized this whole CrossFit thing was actually really fun! I began challenging myself daily – adding a little more weight each time I would lift. I would spend a little extra time working on weaknesses (ALL THINGS GYMNASTICS), and over time I saw results. These results were not immediate or easy. It took me a little over a year to do a pull-up, YES A WHOLE YEAR FOR A SINGLE PULL-UP! That feeling of accomplishing my goal was empowering and exciting and left me wanting more. I started setting new goals and continue to do so today!

The community at CrossFit Hud has been a HUGE factor in my progress and fitness journey. The members at CrossFit Hud have gone from complete strangers to family. This community is very positive and encouraging, making classes even more enjoyable! The coaches? I could not say anything but wonderful things about all of them! They are knowledgeable, supportive, and continue to motivate me to strive for new goals! The coaches constantly provide individualized modifications for movements and workouts to prevent injury and cater to each member’s individual needs. They definitely go above and beyond! I am just starting my third year of CrossFit and cannot believe all the accomplishments made in a short amount of time. I have overcome fears and hit more PR’s than I can count. Three short years ago 135 lb. back squat felt like I was lifting a house… Now a reasonable goal to reach is 250 lbs. by the end of the year. Three years ago I could not do a single pull-up… Now I have completed workouts with 100 pull-ups and even chest to bar pull-ups! I have challenged myself by competing in inner gym competitions and overcome my fear of handstands! On a good day, I can even rep out a few good handstand push-ups. A friend once told me “fitness is a journey, not a destination” and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me in 2017!

Jessica’s CrossFit Story

hanley —  January 9, 2017 — Leave a comment

It started out as your standard New Year’s resolution to get in shape. To be honest, I didn’t really expect it to stick, as most of those fizzle out quickly. I had tried various gym memberships and at-home videos, but to say I exercised sporadically would even be generous. I signed up for Hud’s beginner classes at the suggestion of a friend. I always thought I was in decent shape, but I quickly realized what I thought I could do was not translating into actual performance.  For instance, I thought I could surely do a few pushups, but I actually couldn’t complete a single one. For perspective, I had zero knowledge about the movements used in CrossFit. I had never even held a barbell. I signed up anyway!

Being a member at Hud has allowed me to learn different exercises that I would have never attempted on my own — cleans, deadlifts, and snatches to name a few.  The coaches are top-notch, and they place a huge emphasis on correct form to prevent injury. I love the variety in the workouts, and the fact that all the “thinking” is removed since the whole gym follows the same programming. I can just show up, work hard, and reap the benefits. Now I can actually do pushups, squat more than my bodyweight, deadlift over 200 pounds, and do pull-ups — something which I had long ago decided was unattainable.

I’m one year in now and am still stunned by the progress I have made. I feel stronger than ever and have come to consider CrossFit a part of my day (I go to classes 4-5 days per week).  I am now looking forward to setting and meeting even more goals this year. It’s just icing on the cake that Hud is full of fun, awesome, and supportive people!

Back in the beginning of 2016, I started suffering from extreme shoulder pain. Lifting weights overhead, pushups, burpees, pull-ups and playing tennis were becoming almost impossible for me to do without experiencing severe shoulder pain in my right shoulder. Even driving for long periods of time led my shoulder to throb and ache for most of the day. I went to a sports doctor to have it checked out. He determined it was a shoulder impingement issue and recommended physical therapy. I spoke to Hanley about my diagnosis, and he offered to put together a shoulder rehab program that I could do on my own using some of the equipment at the gym. I was on board from the beginning as I was desperate to get back to being able to work-out, pain-free. He wrote out daily exercises for me to do to start strengthening my shoulder and other areas that were weak and causing me to have the impingement. For the next 2 months, I stopped doing any movements that required any lifting overhead and even stopped playing tennis. I modified the workouts/lifting and was diligent about doing the rehab exercises after class. The exercises averaged 10-15 minutes and were easy to follow. After 4 weeks I began to notice improvement and continued with my programming. As 8 weeks went by, the pain had significantly subsided and I was able to start light lifting overhead and even got back to playing tennis. At the 12-week mark, I was back to playing tennis 2-3 times a week and doing overhead lifts pain-free. And in the past month, I was even able to do push-ups and burpees without any pain. I will continue to do some of the strength exercises that he gave me so that I can ensure that my shoulder pain will not return. I’m so thankful to have an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable coach/gym owner who is truly interested in keeping his members healthy and injury free.

Transformation tuesday

hanley —  November 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

Consistency and hard work

hanley —  November 7, 2016 — Leave a comment