"I want to thank all our coaches who not only teach, they CARE."

This journey began January 3, 2012. I was almost 300lbs, inflexible, Type 2 diabetic (one injection and 2 other meds) with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Auto CPAP pressure ran around 15). Thanks to lots of conversations and the urging of Kelly Masengill, we came to talk about trying it. I wasn’t comfortable doing anything. We have a now 10-year-old daughter named Maggie and I wanted to watch her grow up. The path I was on was not a good one. My wife Bonnie said we had to start some type of activity, and she was right!

When we came in that first time at 6am We were tentative at best. We had the beginner workout and started rolling along. I’m pretty sure there weren’t many other times we had been that sore. We returned the next day to see if they could tell us something that would help us be able to move. Enter Mobility! The best thing since night baseball. Our journey had begun!

Our third month was the open! We made it through. We continued to get better and better. At this point, we are all significantly stronger and thinner. We still can’t do everything but our maximums have risen and our times have gone down. The most important thing is we are healthier! My medication consumption is down to two pills a day. CPAP pressure is down to 9-10. My weight is down 50lbs, two shirt sizes, and three pant sizes. Previous constant knee and elbow pain have vanished as well. I can keep up with my 10-year-old and that is cool! I’m definitely not there yet but getting better steadily. We all are getting better day-by-day. This has been an incredible journey with a crew of great people trying to get better too. The people are the best part. You all battle together pulling for each other. You battle the WOD and yourself and build an incredible bond. That is what it is all about.

I want to thank all our coaches who not only teach, they CARE! We have a very tight-knit group at 6am.

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