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Kris Nothwang


How has Seismic Crossfit changed my life. I would have to answer that with, “In a most fantastic way!”

First off, a little bit about me when I started: 53 years old, 360+ lbs., 6” 1”. The extent of my exercise was to get off the couch to get a glass of milk and some cookies before going to bed. Then I ruptured a disk in my lower back, had an MRI and found I had two ruptured disks. Dr.’s said surgery really wasn’t an option at this time. Told me that I needed to lose weight and strengthen my core muscles.

Two of my co-workers were doing Crossfit at Seismic. They were enjoying it. It’s right next door to where I work. So I figured, what the heck, try it, if it’s not for me I can stop, but at least give it a try.

Day one, I meet with Coach Adam. We try a few things. Sit-ups, everyone can do sit-ups. Nope, could not do a single sit-up without modifying the technique to make it easier. Crunches, ditto. Squats, nope, notta, none. Push-ups, same result (still struggling with them, but can do a few.) With-in 3 weeks time I am doing 50 sit-ups and 50 crunches as part of my warm-up exercises along with rowing for 500 meters. He throws in 15-25 squats every so often too.

Eight months later. I have more energy. I feel better about myself. People who haven’t seen me in awhile notice and comment about there being a change in me. There are multiple changes that I have undergone since starting at Seismic. The most obvious is the loss of almost 40 lbs, about 6 inches around my waist. My face, arms, legs and chest are thinner. I’m not walking around in excruciating pain anymore. But beyond the physical changes that have happened, there has been a psychological change also. I don’t get as agitated at people or myself as much. I stop and think through situations a bit more without just plunging forward half cocked. I just have an overall better outlook on life.

What most people don’t realize is that you actually gain energy from exercising. Way more than what you expend on the actual exercising. And when you can exercise in the type of atmosphere that is Seismic Crossfit you gain not only physical energy, but emotional energy from all of the others who are there, doing their thing, for their reasons. Everyone is very supportive; whether it’s helping you with lifting weights or learning some other movement, to emotional support of encouraging one another to succeed and do better.

So yeah, “In a most fantastic way!”, is how I would have to say that Seismic Crossfit has changed my life.

-Kris Nothwang

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