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Tom: It’s a Family Affair


“Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.” – author unknown

I have been a member at FitCity for close to a year and a half now. Prior to joining FitCity, I always tried to stay active and attend a gym but never really felt like I was making any progress. My son TJ has been a CrossFit coach in the Philadelphia area and he and his wife are huge proponents of CrossFit. We would talk about it often. I just never thought I would have the time to devote to the workouts. They were in town visiting at the end of 2015 and came in to FitCity for a workout. They were impressed with the coaching philosophy of Sarah and Javier and they knew that Javier and Sarah would not let me hurt myself. ☺ For Christmas my kids gave me a month of CrossFit and I started in January 2016. They were spot on regarding the coaching philosophy because Javi made sure I started off slow even though I thought I could move quicker. In the long run it was the best thing for me.

My first wod was “The Seven” which is interesting because we just finished that wod last week. When I looked back at my performance it was obvious I had done the FitCity scaled version and having just completed it, certainly understand why. ☺ Back to my comments about Javi not wanting me to hurt myself…that was proof right there.

When I began 16 months ago, my goals were to improve my overall strength and conditioning. I have seen improvements beyond what I thought I could accomplish and those continue to be my goals today. I am in much better health than I was a year ago, feel better overall and although it has not been my main focus, I have lost some weight as well. Mentally, I find the workouts are a great way to start my day. (I attend the 6:30 am classes). In fact I am miserable when I am unable to make a class for any reason. If work would stop getting in the way I could attend more often!

You never know what you can accomplish until you make the attempt. Every time I hit a PR is a great feeling. There are a couple of skills that require you to mentally prepare or they will continue to be difficult. The box jump for example is something that may look easy until you get up to the box and are ready to make that first jump. Being able to accomplish the 24” box jump the first time felt really good. From a strength perspective, I think I am lifting more weight now than I was in high school especially in the push press, bench press and back squats. I have seen big improvement in my pull ups as well and just last week I made it to the top of the 15 ft. rope climb twice!

Sarah and Javi have created an outstanding family atmosphere at FitCity! I know every time I see Sarah, she is genuinely glad to see me. Since I am usually in the 6:30 am class I don’t get a chance to work out with Sarah as much. My advice to people just getting started is to not worry about what other people are doing or their skill level. Work on improving what you can do.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Several years ago I trained in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do while living in the Philadelphia area. I trained for about three years and made it to the rank of CHO-DAN BO which is just below black belt.