I went to see Lindsay with the goal of losing body fat, gaining strength, retaining my bone density and improving my performance at the gym. At the age of 58, my body just seemed to stubbornly hold onto the extra fat, even though I was eating whole foods for the most part. I had tried various diets in the past, but I knew I was missing the mark as I kept stalling in weight loss and would eventually give up.
Lindsay helped me figure out how much protein, carbs and fat worked for my activity level, age and lifestyle. It’s been working like magic since! For the first time in a long time, I am able to eat my meals without feeling like I have to deprive myself of the foods I truly enjoy. We incorporated delicious foods and recipes into my meal plan that I look forward to eating.
I never feel like I’m depriving or restricting certain foods... This is a lifestyle change that I can stick to forever
A huge win for me has been being able to walk by the lunch room without reaching for a cookie and doughnut! I never feel like I am depriving or restricting certain foods, I eat everything in moderation and choose foods that provide me with the energy I need for my workouts and busy lifestyle. After working with Lindsay, I have lost nearly 7 pounds of body fat, gained muscle and have drastically improved my energy levels. I’m no longer hungry - I actually feel like I am constantly eating, yet still losing weight. It's amazing! This is a lifestyle change that I can stick to forever and even if a holiday temporarily derails me, I know have the tools to get right back on track. Thanks Lindsay for all the help, the recipes, tips and moral support!”
Thoughts from Lindsay
Kristina (whether she knows it or not - she does now!) was my first nutrition client at CrossFit Closer. She also went on to participate in the Nutrition Games. Trust me when I say that nothing makes a coach happier than to see their clients put in the hard work and effort needed to reach their goals. Kristina was a phenomenal student who not only did her homework but went above and beyond doing extra workouts, research, recipe testing and got creative in the kitchen.
Not every week was smooth sailing, but we ironed out the kinks, pinpointed the areas where she was struggling and crafted her game plan. Surprisingly, what blew me away at the end of our time together wasn’t her amazing weight loss (which was 7 pounds of pure body fat by the way!), it was her change in mentality. Prior to starting coaching, Kristina didn’t have a routine or self-care practices. We established daily practices that she needed to be implemented to reduce her stress levels and anxiety so she could focus her attention on where it was truly needed.
Not every week was smooth sailing, but we ironed out the kinks, pinpointed the areas where she was struggling and crafted her game plan. Surprisingly, what blew me away at the end of our time together wasn’t her amazing weight loss (which was 7 pounds of pure body fat by the way!), it was her change in mentality.
During our last meeting, Kristina thanked me for helping her achieve her health and weight loss goals, but for also helping her change her lifestyle. Kristina has become one of the most positive, upbeat and encouraging individuals that I am proud to know. Her mentality around weight loss and health, in general, have changed for the better. She doesn’t need me to remind her that she is capable of any goal she sets her mind to. Whether that be a pull-up or weight loss - this woman can do anything. Thank you for being such a wonderful person to work with Kristina. I’m so proud of you and am excited to watch you continue to reach and surpass all of the goals you set for yourself in the future!
All my love and support,
Overcoming Limitations and Learning to be Patient with Yourself
Paddye recently accomplished a personal best that surprised even herself. It involved wall balls... 50 of them. But that's not the full story; she got through those 50 wall balls pain free. Joining CrossFit as a means to continue pursuing her love for Judo, she found a second home, but not without its own frustrations. Through her one-on-one sessions with Coach Steve, Paddye has overcome previous injuries, faced her fears, and developed a sense of patience with herself that's allowed her to enjoy the whole process.
"I couldn’t have done it without the good humoured and straightforward guidance I receive in my classes with Steve. I tried CrossFit a couple of times and felt frustrated because I couldn’t get beyond some injuries. Steve has helped me work around or push past those limitations and find other ways to achieve my goals. Originally, I started CrossFit as a way to get back to being active in Judo. I’ve discovered another passion in CrossFit. The culture of camaraderie, energy, and good humour - the effort is what counts - is empowering. Wall balls... I’ve dreaded them since my first introduction to CrossFit. Whew. Who knew I could do fifty?"
Steve has helped me work around or push past those limitations and find other ways to achieve my goals.
Paddye's story doesn't sound too unfamiliar. Injuries are frustrating from a day-to-day perspective, and even more so when it stops you from doing what you love. For those of you unsure of your next steps, Paddye has some solid advice on just being honest with yourself and those around you. Communicate what you're going through, and acknowledge the real reasons that are holding you back. You never know what kind of revelations may come from it. Remember, fitness and happiness has no deadline.
"The thing I learned in my first two forays into CrossFit was that I would have been more successful had I voiced my frustrations with my limitations immediately. I was embarrassed at not being as fit as I had been before I’d wrecked my shoulder and hip joint. (And here, I have to say Liv was a miracle worker in rehabilitating those joints). I finally mentioned it to Adam one day and he said, “everyone here has limitations. We figure out a way to work around them”. That’s when I realized that all of my limitations weren’t just joint related. My best decision was signing up for a ten class introduction with a personal trainer who pushed me beyond my fears."
Client Story of the Month!
1 - What has changed in your life outside of the gym since coming to CrossFit Closer?
In a strange way, everything has changed in my life since starting. I have gone through a couple of rough years and let myself sink into a dark place, filled with negative thoughts and a bad outlook. I had trouble focusing and always seemed to be short tempered and grumpy. It started to change when I first found CrossFit, it really peaked my interest and since starting at Closer in January, I have found myself in a much better mood, looking forward to the next day, laughing more with my kids, sleeping better, better able to focus at work and on other tasks and just generally being in a better mood.
3 - What’s your favourite thing about being at CrossFit Closer?
There are so many reason to enjoy about being at the Box, but I guess it’s the people for me. There is just something I enjoy about seeing people work really hard to accomplish the workout and the support and advice I have received has been amazing. I also have to mention the staff, all of you have been incredible in both encouragement and tips to help make me better at all this crazy stuff. It has been a wonderful experience so far and I am looking forward to much more!
I knew I needed a change in with my lifestyle. Being a mom of a 3 year old, I knew if I didn't get back to being fit and eating healthy, that this would teach my kid unhealthy behaviours.
I have been to a CrossFit Box for a short duration before, so I knew going back to CrossFit would be the right choice for me instead of a traditional gym as I like working as a team and the competitive spirit!
Being new to this area, I researched CrossFit gym's that were close proximity to my home; CrossFit Closer had the best ratings, so I called and met Michaela, had a tour and immediately I knew I wanted to join!
CFC has changed my everyday life in a myriad of ways! I've only been a member for almost 2 month's and I lost over 10 lbs, I can pick-up my little guy without grunting, I am making a cognizant effort with my nutrition (I have actually started my Nutrition Diploma) and my hamstring injury is actually feeling better!!
I have been sharing my achievements with my family and friends with great hope they will join the CrossFit community (with the obvious emphasis with joining CrossFit Closer :) ) as it has made such a positive difference in my life thus far!
I tell them Crossfit Closer Coaches not only make people stronger for everyday life situations, but they can also help people grow!
CrossFit Closer is a place where everyone is welcome; whether you are a seasoned veteran, newbie, big, small, it doesn't matter as there is no judgement, only positive encouragement/guidance and a ton of sweat!
What brought you to the CrossFit Closer family in the first place?
My shoes. I bought these shoes because they were on sale and everyone kept asking if I did CrossFit. I didn’t wanna feel like a phony so I signed up.
What's your proudest moment so far?
Doing 3 HSPU in a row. I haven’t been able to do it again but it’s okay because I got it on video and it’s on Facebook and that's all that matters.
What's your funniest CrossFit Closer story or experience?
Hearing coach Steve say "take a hard close look at Diana's snatch"