My informal introduction to crossfit started in the summer of 2010. I had several friends who were active military and were very involved in it due to its constant variety, speed of the workouts, and the strong sense of camaraderie. At the time, I was a member of a local big box gym and wasn't necessarily "training" for anything specifically like combat, marathon or some athletic event; therefore I didn't feel crossfit was for me. Unfortunately my workouts became fewer and far between, as the pace of life (and 35 lbs) crept up on me. It wasn't until the fall of 2012 that I realized I needed a change. This realization came to me one day after I was carrying two of my children at the same time. I became very winded just trying to carry my kids down the street. I suddenly realized that I needed a change if "DAD" was going to be around to be an active influence in the lives of these 4 young kids.
So my "formal" introduction to crossfit started at Kodiak in January 2013. I showed up to the 1st morning class Kodiak had at the Louisiana Street location. I didn't know what to fully expect, but I knew it would not be easy. What I found was an encouraging coach, other "athletes" getting a WOD in, and a workout that wasn't easy. After 14 months at Kodiak, I feel the best I have in 15 years and have lost those 35 pounds. The variety of different workouts have kept me engaged since day one. The relationships you develop with other box athletes keeps you accountable. Most of all, the motivation from the coaches at Kodiak make you want to work harder. The workouts haven't been easy, but "anything in life worth having is worth working for."
I greatly appreciate the work Eric puts in every day for the betterment of my health. My kids now make it a priority to try and wear my down on a daily basis, but thanks to Kodiak Crossfit I can hold my own!
In August of 2012, I knew I was at an unhealthy weight and had to do something to make a change for my life. Thankfully a friend convinced me to come try something different, because I lacked the self motivation to work out on my own. Although it’s a 30-minute drive away, I continue to train with Eric and Jacob because they have proven to me that they are excellent trainers. Eric & Jacob truly care about my personal well-being and are very supportive and motivating, and I feel fortunate to have gotten to train with them.
The Box is nothing like the big chains. It’s small in comparison but unlike those facilities, the box
offers a sense of family. You get to know the people you workout with and build a network and relationships with good friends.
I can honestly say I look forward to training with my fellow Kodiaks every day!
From day one these Coaches have helped guide me and educate me on my fitness journey, equipping me with mental toughness to push myself to reach my goals and even exceed them. I started out hoping to lose weight get fit and regain some of what I would call my glory years. Although I’m not there yet but I’m getting faster and stronger in more ways than I ever was. I’m also down from 275lbs to 225lbs and from a 42’ waist to a 36’ waist and I am still going! It isn't just the drop in numbers that has inspired me to continue on my journey, but the overall way I feel. My time training with these Kodiaks I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life and I feel healthier than ever!
Thank you, Trey
Jacob "Coconut" Contreras:
At 234 pounds, only being 5'6", and working my way out of a 40 inch waist, I was in the worse shape of my life. Being a former football player, power lifter and wrestler I knew there was still an inner athlete I had to capture. I became lazy and wasn't liking the way I felt, the way I looked in pictures or even how comfortable I was in my own skin, or lack, thereof. I was the guy who never ate breakfast, ate fast food everyday, drank about 4 sodas per day (not including the occassional Monster energy drink), never drank water or ate vegetables and fruits...and didn't workout. I was on a fast track to heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other health problems. I have made every excuse in the book about my eating habits and why I didn't have time to workout but knew deep down that I really wanted to. Things had to change and now.
January 6, 2012 was when it all began. I started with Coach Eric at Kodiak CrossFit and knew I was in for punishment. Eric introduced me to the CrossFit way by explaining the Pyramid. We then hit the typical warm up and went straight into WOD "Cindy". Needless to say, I did not finish the WOD. The reality check came fast on how out of shape and how unhealthy I was. This was unacceptable. Upon arriving home, I immediately informed my wife I would be changing my food choices and cutting out all the bad...cold turkey. I don't think anyone believed I could do it. But after that first WOD, it had to stop and I started eating Paleo the next day and haven't stopped since. CrossFit and Paleo are a new lifestyle for me.
Kodiak CrossFit has changed my life since that day. After 14 weeks with Coach Eric, I had lost 45 pounds and counting and also gone down 3 pants sizes. My body is starting to look more fit, I have more energy, don't crave fast food or sodas and enjoy eating healthy. Goals are set for myself and I'm accomplishing them. Unbroken pull ups in a WOD, running a mile without being completely exhausted, lifting heavy, handstand push ups and overhead squats are some things I thought I would never be able to do. That's not the case. I'm stronger and faster than I've been in a long time. We've gotten so addicted that my wife is now coming with me on a consistent basis and seeing huge results. No gimmicks, no magic pills and no fad diets...just CrossFit and a healthy way of eating. Thank you Eric for all you have done for me.