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Richard Lara

d371ae47289d987c4357618ddad72b96I’ve always been the skinny guy, but never the fit guy. In high school I couldn’t do a single pull-up regardless of how hard I tried. When I started CrossFit in 2011, I could barely do a front squat, with correct form, holding a PVC pipe. Now I can load up 185lbs and 5 months ago I did 100 pull-ups with a 20lb vest strapped to my chest, and I also ran 2 miles, did 200 push-ups, and 300 air squats. I never thought that would have been possible ten years ago, or even two. I have been a part of the CrossFit family for a year and a half now, and a major contribution to my progress has been the guidance of my coaches. They are invaluable tools for success, and Coach Wayne is one of the best. I could give you story after story of new personal records in weights and times, and Coach Wayne has monitored, corrected, and perfected my techniques plenty of times, but the story that sticks out most was his dedication to working with my diet. He took time outside of class to print out information on how to improve my performances in the gym and spent time after class ensuring that I understood all the details of the diet. This becomes a much bigger task because I am a vegetarian and needed to find high quality proteins outside of meats. In one month I dropped from 135lbs to 125lbs while my maxes in the front, back, and overhead squats all went up. This is the kind of dedication that Wayne gives daily. He is an excellent motivator during the workouts, and some days it was exactly what I needed to make it through the workout. I really can’t say enough about his level of commitment to his practice, but in reality the only way to understand is to be a part of the CrossFit family. If you give it an honest effort with an open mind, you won’t believe what gains you will make. I know I couldn’t, and neither did my family.

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