Jerry Lanier

Years at Vantage Movement- Home of CrossFit Vantage: 3

"CrossFit Changed my life"

Jerry Lanier

The first time I ever stepped foot in Vantage I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I weighed 225 pounds and at a height of 5 and a half feet I was pretty overweight. I had tried running but couldn’t run more than an eighth of a mile without having to walk and rest, I had never in my life been able to do a single pull up, and walking up to my 3rd story apartment got me breathing heavy. So when my wife talked me into trying a foundations class I really didn’t know what I was signing up for. At the end of the foundations classes we would have to scale the workouts dramatically so I could do them and even then I did not finish 2 of the 5. But somewhere in the midst of being more out of breathe than I could ever imagine and feeling like I was going to puke I started to enjoy it. The community would cheer me on and encourage me, and I could feel myself getting stronger and faster and having more endurance. So as I did things for the first time like run a mile and get pull ups I learned that with a good community around me, coaches who were willing to work as hard as I was willing to work and a measurable amount of perseverance my life could be whatever I wanted it to be. CrossFit changed my life not just because my weight is down 50 lbs or because I can workout without quitting but because I realized that I am capable of more than I had ever imagined possible.


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