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Today was the finish of my 13 weeks of “trying” cross-fit and the numbers don’t lie. Here they are:

60 – days of working out (minus two days / week rest and a few days missed due to weather or travel)
22 lbs – lost
34 – waist size of my pants moving towards 32
04:30 – a very familiar time in the morning
24 – vertical box jump
36 – days before my 52nd b-day

I am feeling leaner, stronger (body and mind), and more confident. Cross-fit knows no age or boundaries. No longer “trying” Cross-fit, living it.

I want to thank:
• my son, Zach for introducing me to Cross-fit.
• Matt for stopping me in mid-sentence that Saturday as I stated I wanted to go to the gym to get in shape … and working with me to re-ignite the fire inside. Keep yelling at me.
• to the Silverback community for being supportive and a great community

See you all at 05:00

Jim version 2.0


I had gone some 40+ years without knowing anything about Crossfit.   I had a membership at a “globo gym” for a while I’d do my 45 minutes on the treadmill/elliptical, do a few sit-ups etc. and go home and was surprised that the weight wasn’t coming off.  I went to the first Saturday work out at Crossfit Silverback.  I thought I would try it for a couple of weeks and see how it fit.

The first week was trying.   I was learning new terminology and my body was learning new moves.  I was so de-conditioned that all I did the first weeks were air squats,  push ups against a bench, and ring rows in place of pull ups.  Week by week I kept coming and little by little I improved.  The bench push ups turned into push up against boxes, and one day Coach Matt said “Try a couple of girl push ups from the floor”.  I was amazed when I did it!!!  I don’t think I did girl push ups even when I was in elementary school.  I am starting to do real pull ups (with a red band) and someday with no bands at all.

At the “globo” gym, I could look down and see the people working in the free weight area and it seemed like a different universe, now not only do I know what they are, I am really doing them! Another red letter day was when I deadlifted 200 lbs!

When I began, I did not weigh 200 lbs, but was so close to it I could touch it.  Since starting CFSB, I have lost 20 lbs, but more important my body is getting toned and clothes that were sitting in the back of my closet are now getting a second life.  I feel more energized and I sleep like a rock now.

I have experienced three things at this “box” that I did not get at my “globo” gym. First is that Matt knows who I am and what my assets and limitations are; and he motivates me to excel and improve.  Second is a community of fellow athletes that encourage me during disappointments and celebrate my successes. I really don’t consider them ‘fellow athletes’ at all; they are my friends and extended family. The third thing is to be an example to my children.  When they come to the “box” while I workout, they see that being healthy is important and this is what mama does. This I did not get – or see – at my old gym.

I am still a work in progress but aren’t we all?  What I have learned about myself is that I can push myself past what I think I can do.  Never get comfortable with routine – Routine is the enemy!  Thank you Matt and everyone for helping me discover this new person.  Now, WHO’S THE MAMA!!

Effort creates results



I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me over the last year. I walked into CFSB a little more than 80lbs over weight and couldnt do a single pullup if my life depended on it. Over the last year here is what happened:
Waist – went from 38-40in down to 32in waist
Shirts – went from XXL down to a large
Pull-ups – >1 now I can do 28 unassisted
Dead Lift – 395lbs to 480lbs (500lbs here we come)
Weight – 282lbs as of this morning I wieght 197lbs = 85LBS lost!!!
I could go on and on about the results that I have seen over the past year. My energy alone is through the roof I dont want to go sit on the couch and eat cookie dough anymore haha. I watch what I eat now and make the right decisions on nutrition (most of the time) all thanks to you. You have truely changed my life and I cannot thank you enough. Not only have you built a great box but everybody is like family. Thanks again for everything you have done and we will see you soon.

  1. Betsy Segers says:

    With kids back in school it is becoming more difficult to find time in the afternoon for a work out. Mornings are looking like my only alternative but…….OMG 5:00 am is crazy! Any one up for a 6:00am class? If there is enough interest, Matt said he would open that time up.


  2. Wendy Robertson says:


    I can’t thank you enough for all the support you give me. When I was talking to Jeremy (6:30pm class) at work and he was telling me about CFSB, I didn’t know if it was for me, I felt defeated before I even came to you and the Crossfit Silverback family. I know it’s only been a month, but results are already here (NOT FINAL RESULTS); I’ve lost 17lbs, 3 pant sizes, went from xxl to a large and still going strong. I feel like I’m in my 20’s again. I can’t believe how much I LOVE lifting weights. Thank you for pushing me and pumping me up. You are truely a blessing to me.


    You helped me rock my first pull-up or shall I say 16 pull-ups (w/2 bands) tonight and I’m extremely overwhelmed with tears of joy. I never thought I could do a pull-up ever again, BAM …I DID!!! Thank you for the “I WILL” attitude.


    You gave me the encouragement to push the 90lb sled in the 5 round WOD. Thank you for telling me to move and DON’T STOP!!!

    You guys are wonderful! The whole Crossfit Silverback Family is growing on me and thanks to ALL for the encouraging words. I will keep everyone posted….I will be rockin’ a bikini again, even at 40!!!!!

    Hugs to All,

    Wendy Robertson

  3. Garrett L. says:

    Great job Wendy! Keep up the good work.

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