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I was working out in your commerical run of the mill gym and was BORED! I heard about this INSANE work out and googled it and thought, "Oh crap, I'm in trouble..." However, always up for a challenge I gave it a go and I was hooked! After only 3 weeks I went back to my commercial gym to do my "usual" to gauge where I was at. I went from doing 3 miles in 45 minutes to 5 miles in 1 hour with 30 push ups and sit ups between each mile. And afterwards STILL had energy to work out more!! Since July I have lost about 14lbs and I am still losing. Don't get me wrong, I gained the 1st 3 weeks... Muscle.

On a seperate note, the people are amazing. It is a family affair. We at Clear Lake Crossfit are a family and we strive, togther to better ourselves.

October 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmi Serrato

It's me again! I wasn't going to post this, but a great friend told me early this morning that I should. I have come a long way in my Crossfit life...I have become significantly stronger now compared to day 1. It's such a fantastic feeling! I love being and feeling strong. One of my goals also includes weight loss....why, well now that I am building muscle, I can see it and I want to see it more! Any way....I , to date, since I started with Clear Lake Crossfit (July 26th I believe), have lost 16 lbs! I can not believe it. I haven't been able to do this since I had my 1st baby in 2005. Keep up the great work everyone, you motivate me:) Sports bra challenge, bring it on...

October 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole O'Brien

I thought I would post this as I just went through my training logs. I just completed Ironman Cancun 70.3 (72.8 if you considered the course was longer than RX) I will post this as comparison to my Half Iron PR at Lonestar this April.
Cancun Swim (39 minutes -- 41 in Lonestar), Cancun Bike (2:36 -- 2:31 in Lonestar), Cancun Run (2:14 -- 1:50 in Lonestar, cancun course was 14.8 miles long, so adjust another 12 minutes off). Finish time, 5:36, 28 in AG, top 16% in race, Lonestar 5:05, 18th in AG, top 20%. Comparing the 13 weeks prior, including the race. For Lonestar, 137 hours training time (10.5/week), 1139 miles biking (88wk), 311 miles running (24/week), 49,374 meters swimming (3,798/wk), 5.45 hours strength training -- For Cancun with CFE, 76 hours total training time (5.8/wk), 517 miles biking (40/wk), 132 miles running (10/wk), 11,894 meters swimming (900/wk), 26.5 hours of Crossfit.

The Cancun course was more difficult due to heat and longer distance. My PR was earlier this year was done 15 pounds lighter. I cut my training almost in half and got similar results to the best race I have done. I had less fatigue on the bike and only had 1 day of soreness. If anyone wants to see my actual training logs, I can send them. I never did more than 2 sport workouts per week. I only did 2 bike rides longer than 30 miles. 1 was 40, with 5 mile warm up and cool down with a 30 mile interval in the middle and the other was a 62 mile race, which I did for fun. I ran 13.1 miles several times, and in retrospect, would have done this less. I did 4-6 CrossFit workouts per week at Clear Lake Crossfit in Webster, Texas.

I believe that if this were a full Ironman I would have been able to complete it as well.

Is CFE a solid training methodology for Ironman racing? the answer is yes.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff McElroy

Yes i was that guy, in the gym for an hour, thinking I'm staying in shape, boy was i wrong!! I was also the one who looked at the scale trying to make changes in weight and that didn't change either. I needed the "in your face,don't stop, pushing me to the outer limits kind of punishment" and I've found it in cross fit! Like what was said in the above testimony, i can't wait to see what the WOD is for the day, and i try to push the limits of my body (mentally & physically). I walked in this gym @ 250 lbs. six weeks ago i am now @ 235 lbs. but its not the weight that I'm most impressed with its the over all way i feel, look, and improvements that I'm making in the gym every day, thanks to Ben & Jen! Les "tha mess" Jackson

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLes Jackson

I’ve been in and out of gyms for a while and have yo-yoed in my dieting for even longer. I was introduced to CrossFit about 1 year ago and have been addicted from that day forward.
I recently started training with Clearlake CrossFit and have already seen and FELT tremendous results. Yes, I fear the unknown “what’s the WOD”; but thrive off of the rush, and more so, the challenge both physically and MENTALLY. I embrace my accomplishments and come back day after day. I’ve never gotten the fastest time on any WOD and I DID. I am on my way to a ½ marathon in December. It will feel great when I cross the finish line! I never thought I’d have the energy or motivation to do any of this; being married, raising our kids and working, but I do on most days. Even better, my famliy is more active.
Ben and Jennifer have been a wealth of knowledge not only in CrossFit but also nutritionally. With there guidance I have lost 10lbs since the beginning of August and by following The Zone
Thank you for your reliable support, and persistent encouragement!!!!!
Nicole O'Brien

September 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole O'Brien

Absolutely knowledgable staff with modivated and professional trainers. Ben and his wife are true trainers with extensive backgrounds in Crossfit and nutrition. Wonderful atmosphere at the gym. Great gym, thanks guys!!!!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill Eller

Wanted to say, as an x-athlete I remember when I wanted the ‘ball-in-a-crunch’ situations, wanted to be put in pressure situations, maybe not to be the hero (ok a little of that) but to see what I was made of, to test myself. Was I able? Was I strong enough?, Fast enough? ect.. As I am older now and those days are gone I felt like a piece of me died. I can’t challenge myself physically and mentally selling insurance!! Raising Kids!!
Some people try softball, or Triathlons, or any competition they can get into. None of that did it for me. I just didn’t feel like that was "getting in the game" like I use to be. It was just another form of recreation working out in a traditional environment. Then came CrossFit. I am lucky enough to get to ask myself the impossible question almost every day. “Did I win or did the WOD win?” Not my time against others, but what is in my head. Was that the best I had, the fastest I could go, the strongest I could be?? Every day I do CrossFit I get the chance to see what I am made of, inside and out. For that I am thankful.
I may not be the best in the gym but I am waging all out war with myself physically and mentally every day. And that has gotten me back in the game, Thanks Clear Lake Crossfit!!
Steve Blanchard

August 31, 2009 | Registered CommenterClear Lake Crossfit

After about 4 months of CrossFit, it took almost 4 minutes off of my Memorial Park 3 mile loop run!!
Dana Wessale

August 31, 2009 | Registered CommenterClear Lake Crossfit

When I started CrossFit at the end of July, I was at 175 lbs and regularly working out in a traditional gym, as of August 25, I weigh 161 and have had to tighten up the belt another notch!
Joe Serrato

August 31, 2009 | Registered CommenterClear Lake Crossfit

For anyone thinking about joining Clear Lake CrossFit, I just did Cindy in Biloxi and went from 14 rounds on using a blue band on pull-ups on July 10, to 16 rounds as Rx in August. That is over a 15% improvement, call it a 20% since I can now do pull-ups on my own! Thanks Ben and Jen!
Jeff McElroy- IronMan Triathlete

August 31, 2009 | Registered CommenterClear Lake Crossfit

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