The Silverback Nation come from a broad range of ages, ability levels and backgrounds. Check out their stories.
During the past fifteen months, CrossFit Silverback has given me more than I could have ever expected. I’ve found something that I can easily maintain forever, but more than anything, I’m happy and confident about myself for the first time ever.
I had tried nearly every other exercise program out there before joining CrossFit Silverback: marathon running, P90X, yoga, traditional gyms with personal training, cycling, kickboxing, and even boot camps. I was spending countless hours in the gym and effort on doing the things that “they” tell you that you “should” be doing and eating but with no weight loss or any dynamic changes to my body. I was obsessed with tracking every calorie I consumed as well as every calorie I burned. I was always fearful of gaining weight and I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t super overweight, but I certainly wasn’t fit.
I joined CrossFit Silverback in January of 2012 out of frustration with everything else. I had been disappointed so many times previously that I didn’t even expect it to work. But, I showed up and instantly was hooked. The community aspect at CrossFit Silverback and the support of the coaches sets it apart from all other fitness outlets. The box community cannot be underestimated as they make working out so enjoyable and everyone is so encouraging; they push me to do my best! The changes I saw were almost instant and they have been sustainable with out much effort. Even when I travel for work, I can bust out a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Burpee and Sit Up WOD! When in town, I just show up to the box three or four times a week and eat real food; no counting anything, just enjoying life!
I was unhealthy.
I was far from fit.
I didn’t know the first thing about lifting weights nor could I lift any weights.
I had a “bum” knee from an injury.
I was sure I would “start tomorrow”.
I didn’t think Crossfit was for me.
I was certain that ONLY big, buff, muscular meatheads were what I would see in the gym.
BUT…I knew something needed to change. You see I walked into my parents’ bathroom a little over a year ago to find the row after row of prescriptions for high blood pressure, cholesterol and the like. And I saw myself following in those same footsteps and knew… I NEED a change; a change in my lifestyle. Ok, so maybe it also started with wanting to fit into that little black dress I kept for 11 years with the hope that I’d wear it again. Whatever the motivation, I found myself walking into the Silverback nation afraid yet slightly open to what lay ahead.
I remember waiting in my car (you see…I wanted a quick getaway just in case) for the gym to open at 4:30pm to get my first glimpse at this Crossfit thing I’d heard about from a couple of friends. And I was surprised to find two ladies standing by the bay door; slightly older than me. So the big, buff meatheads story was out. I said, “it’s now or never,” and with that, I got out of my car and headed their way. They were quick to greet me and share their experience and enthusiasm for introducing me to Matt, GIC (Gorilla-In-Charge). I shared my previous workout history, which was not lengthy and only recently included running and training to run a marathon (which I did not run due to an injury). And I mentioned my knee injury from a skiing accident. He listened and simply shared that every movement an athlete does in the box can be modified to fit my ability and endurance level. But I had to see for myself. I observed the class for a few minutes watching those ladies row, lift weights and keep moving. And a single thought hit me…if they could do it, so could I.
I went back the next day for the following modified WOD:
6 Knee push ups
3 Ring pulls
I finished in 10:12. For me, I was proud to be done but commented in my journal, “I feel like jello”. But I went back the next day to another modified workout. I finished that one too but remember laying on the floor in my living room unable to move or get up from that position for 30 minutes. So I did what most tell you not to do. I took a day off on Day 3 to try and recover. But I admit all I could think about was NOT going back. And texted a friend and fellow Crossfitter (at another box), who encouraged me to go back. I did. For the next 365 days and counting…
In a year’s time, this is what I have learned:
I’m healthier today than a year ago and continue to make better choices around what I eat. This isn’t a perfect science nor would I say that I always eat the “right” foods. But I eat more of the “right” foods to strengthen my health than take a way from it. And I allow for everything in moderation.
I’m stronger today than I was yesterday and derfinitely more than a year ago. This not only includes physical strength but also strength of mind and spirit. I now understand a phrase that one of the coaches shared with me once: “sometimes you are the windshield and sometimes you are the bug”. There are days when I will crush a WOD because I made the best choices that day from what I ate, to how much water I drank to the amount of sleep I had. And there are still days when “I feel like jello” and get beaten by the WOD. But I ALWAYS FINISH. And that is truly what matters.
Crossfit is my lifestyle now! And I’m not going back to the way things were before Crossfit. The Silverback Nation is my second family where I’m able to be a “work in progress”, and I’m missed when I’m not there and held accountable for doing the work when I walk through those bay doors. I’ve learned true GRIT: Gratefully, Renewed, Inspired Transformation.
But the proof is in the results: I can deadlift 245 lbs. I can swing a 53 lb Kettle bell. I am able to backsquat 185 lbs. I’m 15lbs away from sled pushing my body weight. The point…I can now lift weights and have muscles where there were none. I’m 50 lbs lighter and counting. My clothes don’t fit and the ones I bought last fall that fit then…no longer fit. I did finally put on that little black dress again this Christmas but while it was an achievement, it isn’t the end destination for me. My body has changed, and this is now a journey for me. To be stronger today than yesterday. My goals have changed…fitting into that little black dress was GREAT but NOW…I want to be able to do an unassisted pull-up. And I’m well on my way.
I can’t begin to thank the coaches enough for their unyielding support. To know when to modify for my injury or my ability to when to push me to increase my weight, every coach has loved me through every moment of my journey. For that, I am overwhelmingly grateful. When I find myself struggling to keep moving through a WOD, it’s their words and encouragement that I hear (as well as those fellow Silverbacks who I can now call friends) that has and is slowly becoming my own voice. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished but more proud of where I’m going and couldn’t ask for a better BOX and community of athletes to share this journey. Thank you, Matt, Garrett, Val, Dick, DJ, Zach and my dear family at Silverback Nation—I am a stronger, better version of myself because of your loving support.
For most of my life I didn’t play sports, I wasn’t on any teams or squads, I didn’t even have a workout routine. I joined a globo-gym around 23, but I rarely went and didn’t really have any focus when I was there. When my brothers suggested I try CrossFit I thought they were NUTS…there was no way I was going to be able to go from zero to the intensity of CrossFit…especially after 27 years of doing nothing! After months of saying no, I finally took a chance and started at the bottom. Without even realizing it, I got hooked and started to actually enjoy working out. 18 months in the box brought strength and confidence in myself and my abilities. My body showed changes, which is inevitable with the increase in activity, but I didn’t see dramatic differences until I cleaned up my diet. I started eating paleo about 6 months ago and the inches began to melt away. I don’t pay too much attention to the scale because the numbers aren’t what’s important, it’s about looking and feeling your best…and I certainly feel pretty dang good about the progress I’ve made!! I do know that I’ve gone from a tight size 9 (pushing 11) pants down to a belted 2!! Huge thanks to all the trainers of CrossFit Silverback and the other amazing athletes of the Silverback nation!! I LOVE being a part of this community!
I began my transition to a healthy life style back in September 2012 by finally joining CrossFit Silverback awesome gym (community). In October 2012 did my first The Whole30 | Whole9 after attending the gym’s Nutrition class, was so inspired and determined. In the beginning it was tough competing with 30+ years of not optimal eating habits and trying several failed diets, but I survived the 30 days and felt the difference in my body right away. Way more energy, better mood, better skin, no body or joint aches, no headaches, no sluggishness, no crazy cravings or emotional eating… Have been eating Paleo ever since then and it gets easier every day, even if I indulge every once in a while with some of my favorites (anything chocolate)!! I am ever so eager about continuing to educate myself about eating healthy and staying active… Reading “It Starts with Food” has been an eye opener.
Today I am 25lbs lighter, finally developing lean muscles (starting to show some guns baby!!), feeling better than ever, and a firm believer that this works!! And it’s not just me, My Family made the transition too, which makes it way easier and fun, more rewarding too!! The Icing on the Cake… We are even inspiring other people to change their lives too… family, friends, co-workers…!! What an amazing feeling!!
Don’t plan to look back… God willing I will be that badass old lady at The Box doing burpees, handstand push-ups, and everything in between! Plus coaching… Yep it will happen, and it’ll be My Box too!! Call me Coach V!
As I was looking through my lame book of notes of WODs, I noticed I am approaching my 6 month of CrossFit! Which then began a reflection… I am 32 years old. Started running competitively at age 8. It was then I fell in love with hurdles and high jump, obviously my ups! Continued running through high school, qualifing for the international track tour (Jr Olympics, on the U.S. track team in ’97) Ran in Sweden, placed 3rd in the 100m hurdles, and pr’d in the high jump at 5’6. Best experience of my life!! I thrive on competition, and want to be good!! Fast forward (promise I have a point) I get scholarship offers and head to Sam Houston State University to be a heptathalete! That goes nowhere, almost a year, didn’t like the coach, he was very negative and not who recruited me. Anywho, my point, almost 13 years later I am back where I was lifting and stronger. My drive to be better is back. When I leave and reflect on a WOD, I think I could have done better, maybe lifted stronger! Thank You for having such a strong CrossFit box, they aren’t all like this! So here’s to another 6 months and goals to be achieved!!! I am a Silverback supporter all the way!!!
I was introduced to Crossfit by a friend; and was instantly hooked. I knew from the first day that this was not going to be easy but I was willing to give it 100%. Within 4 months, I’ve lost 49 lbs. I went from 270 lbs. to 221 lbs. Needless to say I had to buy a whole new wardrobe. I went from a 43 inch waist to a 34. Recently, I purchased my first suit since the weight loss. I couldn’t believe it! I went from 52Long to a 44Long. I haven’t been able to fit in a 44Long suit since my high school prom. I’m stronger, slimmer than I have ever been before. My wife and two boys love the new me.
I wouldn’t have achieve these results if it wasn’t for the knowledge, instructions and tough love that the trainers (Matt & Dick) provided. Also to my fellow athletes in the 6am class, that would motivate me to push myself physically and mentally to the next level. Thank you for literally picking me up off the ground after the WOD (workout of the day). CrossFit has changed the way I look at fitness and life. I enjoy the structure of the sport and that every day is something new. There is no room for boredom.
For the longest time I struggled with my weight. All I would ever do for exercise was run and I hated running. I never got anywhere with it. June 23,2012 I lost my Aunt who was like a mom to me . She was only 47. She left behind a 19 yr old and 25 yr old and three little grand babies. I couldn’t let this be me I found Crossfit Silverback in September but didn’t end up going till October 17. I walked out drenched in sweat and sore. Matt recommended Ibuprofen since I would be sore tomorrow. What worse then I already was. I went back and worked through the pain. Best choice ever. At Matts nutrition class he introduced me to Paleo and since then I haven’t looked back here are the numbers
Weight: 205 to 166
Deadlift: 95 to 200 1RM
Pant size: 16/18 to a 12
Shirt size: XL to a M
Push ups: 0 to 13 unbroken
Burpees 1 min: 9 to 18
Overall I feel Crossfit Silverback saved my life. I’m not only losing weight but I’m healthy and fit. Ill be around longer for my five children. Ill be able to run and play with my grandkids and ill be able to make my family’s quality of life better. Thank you Matt, Garrett, Zack, DJ, Dick and Val, for making me a better me. I’m still not the “weight” I want to be but it’s just a number and im happier now when I look in the mirror. I’m stronger then I have ever been and I know that with Crossfit Silverback Ill soon reach my goal.
I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me over the last year. I walked into CFSB a little more than 80lbs over weight and couldnt do a single pullup if my life depended on it. Over the last year here is what happened:
Waist – went from 38-40in down to 32in waist
Shirts – went from XXL down to a large
Pull-ups – >1 now I can do 28 unassisted
Dead Lift – 395lbs to 480lbs (500lbs here we come)
Weight – 282lbs as of this morning I wieght 197lbs = 85LBS lost!!!
I could go on and on about the results that I have seen over the past year. My energy alone is through the roof I dont want to go sit on the couch and eat cookie dough anymore haha. I watch what I eat now and make the right decisions on nutrition (most of the time) all thanks to you. You have truely changed my life and I cannot thank you enough. Not only have you built a great box but everybody is like family. Thanks again for everything you have done and we will see you soon.
I had gone some 40+ years without knowing anything about Crossfit. I had a membership at a “globo gym” for a while I’d do my 45 minutes on the treadmill/elliptical, do a few sit-ups etc. and go home and was surprised that the weight wasn’t coming off. I went to the first Saturday work out at Crossfit Silverback. I thought I would try it for a couple of weeks and see how it fit.
The first week was trying. I was learning new terminology and my body was learning new moves. I was so de-conditioned that all I did the first weeks were air squats, push ups against a bench, and ring rows in place of pull ups. Week by week I kept coming and little by little I improved. The bench push ups turned into push up against boxes, and one day Coach Matt said “Try a couple of girl push ups from the floor”. I was amazed when I did it!!! I don’t think I did girl push ups even when I was in elementary school. I am starting to do real pull ups (with a red band) and someday with no bands at all.
At the “globo” gym, I could look down and see the people working in the free weight area and it seemed like a different universe, now not only do I know what they are, I am really doing them! Another red letter day was when I deadlifted 200 lbs!
When I began, I did not weigh 200 lbs, but was so close to it I could touch it. Since starting CFSB, I have lost 20 lbs, but more important my body is getting toned and clothes that were sitting in the back of my closet are now getting a second life. I feel more energized and I sleep like a rock now.
I have experienced three things at this “box” that I did not get at my “globo” gym. First is that Matt knows who I am and what my assets and limitations are; and he motivates me to excel and improve. Second is a community of fellow athletes that encourage me during disappointments and celebrate my successes. I really don’t consider them ‘fellow athletes’ at all; they are my friends and extended family. The third thing is to be an example to my children. When they come to the “box” while I workout, they see that being healthy is important and this is what mama does. This I did not get – or see – at my old gym.
I am still a work in progress but aren’t we all? What I have learned about myself is that I can push myself past what I think I can do. Never get comfortable with routine – Routine is the enemy! Thank you Matt and everyone for helping me discover this new person. Now, WHO’S THE MAMA!!
Today was the finish of my 13 weeks of “trying” cross-fit and the numbers don’t lie. Here they are:
60 – days of working out (minus two days / week rest and a few days missed due to weather or travel)
22 lbs – lost
34 – waist size of my pants moving towards 32
04:30 – a very familiar time in the morning
24 – vertical box jump
36 – days before my 52nd b-day
I am feeling leaner, stronger (body and mind), and more confident. Cross-fit knows no age or boundaries. No longer “trying” Cross-fit, living it.
I want to thank:
- my son, Zach for introducing me to Cross-fit.
- Matt for stopping me in mid-sentence that Saturday as I stated I wanted to go to the gym to get in shape … and working with me to re-ignite the fire inside. Keep yelling at me.
- to the Silverback community for being supportive and a great community
See you all at 05:00
Left: size 24/26
Right: size 18
I started slowly changing my lifestyle December 26, 2012. I didn’t want it to be a “New Year’s Resolution” because I was never able to be true to any previous resolution but I wanted to make a lifestyle change.
I was truly miserable and I avoided cameras completely. When a friend tagged me on Facebook in the picture on the left…I cried. The shirt I’m wearing isn’t one of those cropped shirts, it was just so small it wouldn’t stay down. I had gained so much weight that I could barely wear any of my clothes.
So I started making changes. Between the end of December to July, I lost about 38lbs by cleaning up my diet and doing mostly cardio.
I was talking to a friend of mine about my workout routine and he told me to try crossfit. I watched YouTube videos of Crossfit workouts, looked down at my body and thought I’d probably die if I even attempted anything like that. I even pulled into the Silverback parking lot one day and looked into the box to see people swinging kettle bells and doing burpees. The whole time I watched them I was amazed but at the same time all I could think was that I couldn’t do any of this. I was never involved in sports or anything physical prior to my lifestyle change back in December. But my friend kept telling me I should try it so onAugust 5th I walked into the box and met Coach Matt. I was so nervous I was sick!
It only took a few days for me to fall into a love/hate relationship with Crossfit. The hate part is strictly for bear crawls and burpees. In three months, I have dropped 4 sizes and I’ve gained quite a bit on confidence. What amazes me the most is that my body can do things now that were impossible three months ago! I’m still the slowest turtle out there running, I still want to die when I’m bear crawling, but I’m better today than I was yesterday.
Mike’s story speaks for itself. I would only add what a great job he does as a “quiet leader” you might want to slow down or give up, but you look over and see his effort and dedication and it makes you keep going. GREAT JOB MIKE!
“As someone who teaches and coaches young people for a living my struggle was not with knowing how to be healthy it was about actually doing it. I have always loved sports. Growing up I went from sport to sport based on what season it was. In college and for a few years after I had found rugby as my athletic outlet. But over time I found myself becoming less and less active.
In June of 2013 while on vacation I stepped on the scale and it read 293 lbs, that was unacceptable. Something was going to change. I knew that I needed to find someway to get active that was going to get monotonous and end in me giving it up after a few weeks. So I sent a message to co-worker and Crossfit Guru Sonya Cranford which simply said “Crossfit, convince me.” She told me to give the free into class a try.
What I found Crossfit was not going to be easy, but it is the right kind of hard. The workouts are constantly varied which keeps it interesting and challenging. In 4+ months of eating right (just as important) and working with the great trainers and fellow athletes at Crossfit Silverback I have lost around 60 lbs, my pant size is down and my energy level is up.”
If this post helps even one person, it will have been worth it.
I am sharing this because I was told I needed to. 3 years ago, my doctor urged me to do something about my health. These photos were taken July, 3 years ago. I started my adventure in August after this trip to Colombia. In these past 3 years, I have learned so much about nutrition and healthy habits. It isn’t just about what you eat or how. It is about the whole person. This includes mental, emotional, physical, and diet. In my world, the word DIET is an acronym: Did I Eat Today? (Thanks to Dr. Pomroy). I found that when you eat healthy, you need to eat more (healthy food). I didn’t have a dessert until our anniversary this August and that was just three bites and I was satiated. The key is eliminating all the processed junk we put into our bodies. I had to give up sugar, bread, coffee, pasta and many of the foods I absolutely loved. But I found others to replace them. I am so aware of what I put into my body these days and tell my students: “If you can’t read it, don’t eat it.”
I see something now that I have always chosen to ignore: how unhealthy our society is. It reminds me of the population in the movie Wall E (pictures included) where they are all slaves to their lifestyle. It isn’t until the end (second pic) where they awaken and realize what they have allowed to happen. I feel that my weight gain was, by society in general, enabled by excuses: “Well you have 6 kids, what do you expect?”or “You look good, don’t worry.” or “At least you eat healthy.” What is “healthy eating”? I found essentially, that it is unprocessed whole foods (organic if possible).
I had injured my knees over time, had surgery on one, and could not go up and down stairs for years. Many things that most people take for granted, I could not do. I walked cautiously always looking down.
I am now able to do all those things and so much more. I have lost 90lbs since that August three years ago. I also go to CrossFit Silverback and love, love it (thank you Sonya Nair Cranford)! I can now jump rope, lunge, deadlift 90lbs, split jerk 40lbs, run, row, squat, and so much more. I never in a million years thought I could do any of that. This gym is unlike any other. They are a community. We all help each other, encourage each other and I can truly say that there have been times I didn’t think I could finish; but with the encouragement of everyone there, I always have.
I have included my before pics and my after pic which was taken on the first day of school. I didn’t do this before because I was embarrassed that I had allowed myself to become the person I had. Being overweight caused me to be insecure with myself and not enjoy life for fear of someone laughing at me. I would not go to the gym until I had lost weight because I didn’t want to be judged. I am past all that and I still have many strides to make, but I have tackled the hardest part: getting started. By changing my bad habits and learning what is truly good for me, I have achieved so much. Thanks to the Grace of God for the strength He has given me to keep going and all my family and friends, I am a happier, content, satiated, less-stressed person