I first heard about Loudhouse Crossfit through some friends. My coworker/good friend and I decided to try it out together and we were hooked from the first WOD. I was extremely nervous the first time I walked into the box because I saw these very pretty, fit women who looked like they have been working out for years. The nervousness and anxiety soon diminished though when the coach and the ladies immediately welcomed my friend and me.
I decided to give Loudhouse CrossFit a try because I’ve been a member of just about every gym in Lufkin and even done Zumba classes. I’ve never been able to stick with it though. So, I wanted to try something different and had heard amazing things about CrossFit. Little did I know that CrossFit is MUCH more than great workouts, it is a community of amazing, positive people that push you to do your best. The coaches help you with not only the fitness aspect, but also nutrition. I saw results immediately, which anyone would love. Crossfit was just completely different from any other form of fitness that I have tried so I had to give it a shot.
My first CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) consisted of deadlifts and pushups. I used only the bar with no weight added for deadlifts and I had to modify the pushups (what some call “girl pushups” but we don’t use that term). I quickly discovered that I was more out of shape than I thought and felt a bit discouraged. The coach encouraged me and let me know that it was pretty common for a new CrossFitter to feel that way. I was hooked!
Loudhouse CrossFit has changed my life in ways to numerous to count! The obvious is that I’ve toned up. I’m stronger and faster, and I have more energy throughout each day. I just feel GREAT!! CrossFit has definitely given me confidence I’ve never had before. It has also changed my life in ways that most people do not know about, in more personal ways. When I began CrossFit a year ago, I smoked cigarettes. Something I’m not proud of and most people do not know about. I almost completely stopped smoking immediately after beginning CrossFit, smoking was just a negative outlet to stress and personal issues. I now had a very positive, much healthier outlet that replaced smoking. I still occasionally smoked but felt a deep guilt and regret when I did. Also, I was taking prescribed anti-depressant medication. I had went through very traumatic events months prior to beginning CrossFit and had been diagnosed with depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). About 10 months into CrossFit, I realized that I was happier than I’ve ever been, felt better than ever physically and emotionally, and the medication was no longer needed. It’s been 2 months now since I weaned myself of the medication and I feel amazing. I honestly believe I owe it all to this new healthy way of living through CrossFit and my blossoming faith in God.
* What is a goal that you set and achieved through CF?
The unassisted pull-up!! It took me several months to get it, but it was the best feeling when I finally did a pull up without a band or box.
* How did you achieve those goals?
I would stay after class and just keep working on my kipping and would do negative pull ups. The coaches and other CrossFitters were always there to give bits of advice, critique me, and push me to achieve my goal.
* What are your current CF goals?
One of my biggest goals is to increase weight on my lifts and squats. A goal in particular I have is to deadlift over 200 pounds. Right now my personal record is 190. Another goal is to participate in my first CrossFit competition, which I am actually doing in August.
* What role do the Loudhouse coaches play in helping you with your goals?
The coaches play a MAJOR role with my goals. They don’t just critique me or any other CrossFitter. They encourage me, push me when I feel like giving up and actually believe in me. No goal is impossible to obtain at Loudhouse. The box is a very positive atmosphere, which begins with the coaches upbeat, encouraging attitudes and spreads throughout to everyone else.
* Tell me about the camaraderie at LHCF?
It’s awesome!!! Everyone pushes everyone throughout the workouts. We may have friendly competition with each other but other than that, we push one another to do the best to that person’s ability. I’ve seen and experienced so many times where someone will finish their workout and go do extra reps or run extra laps with the person struggling to finish the workout just to motivate them and encourage them to finish! It is an amazing experience to see everyone come together like that. There is no negativity in CrossFit and definitely not at Loudhouse!
* What CF accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of sticking with CrossFit and not giving up or quitting like I have any other form of fitness. I did stop going for about 3 months during the winter and I literally was miserable. I’ve been completely dedicated for about 6 months now and have no intentions of ever quitting. Also, just looking back at when I began CrossFit and seeing how far I have come as far as strength and endurance blows my mind and makes me feel EXTREMELY accomplished!! It is a great feeling.
* What’s your favorite CF movement/lift?
My favorite CrossFit lift is probably the deadlift just because I feel like a beast having several plates on my bar! Haha!! I really enjoy anything involving weights the most. It is a very liberating feeling to pick up a barbell, regardless of the lift we are doing at that moment.
* How would you explain CF to someone who hasn’t tried it?
CrossFit is much, much more than just a workout. It is a LIFESTYLE! You form life time friendships and become so close with those you work out with on a daily basis. It is the most positive experience. Crossfit changes the way you feel and think about yourself. Besides the friendships and life changing aspects, CrossFit is the absolute best, most efficient way of working out I have ever experienced. My body has never been as toned as it is now and I honestly do not think I could tone up the way I have just going to a gym. Everyone should give CrossFit a try so they can see for themselves all the hype!! None of this is exaggerated. I can say without a doubt, CrossFit has and will continue to change my life…and not just CrossFit, but LOUDHOUSE CrossFit!