I want to share with you my story on finding CrossFit, my current idea on CrossFit and what I think our CrossFit Gym will look like over the next couple of years.
I was hooked on fitness AKA bodybuilding for about the last 6 months in the Marine Corps. We worked out in a wonderful little gym in the barracks made by some brig rats of years past. The wall had a big painting of the Hulk, and it was a place where we gathered to gain strength and chase getting bigger. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in June of 2007, I started at a local gym in my new hometown. It had that same bad ass feeling of old and rusty iron (the kind of stuff that you get big and strong on). The only thing missing was a group of folks working out together. I longed for that what was in the Marine Corps.
When bodybuilding got boring for me, I started researching power lifting. That suited me pretty well since I was always a fan of heavy weights. Still not having anyone to really train with, I started to do some research once again. I stumbled upon an article called “Sweat Spot” in Muscle and Fitness that talked about something called CrossFit. I was immediately interested because Andy Petranek was a Marine. The pictures showed a group of people involved in a CrossFit Class.
After reading, I started my search for a CrossFit Gym in the area. None existed! I started doing the workouts from the program they had in the book. After about month, I looked again for a CrossFit gym. I found Guerrilla Fitness - CrossFit Montclair. I immediately set up a meeting. When I arrived I met with Greg Aresnuk (owner) and Lamarr Smith (a trainer at the time). Both of these men are extraordinary business owners and coaches. They trained me and had me hooked on CrossFit within about an hour. I signed up, and the rest is history!
Now this was back in 2008 before anyone really knew what CrossFit was. The CrossFit Games were in the third year and no one had really taken notice yet. I was already hooked by this time and wanted to get certified and compete at the games. I completed my CrossFit level I seminar in August 2008. I also started competing, with my first competition being the 2009 regionals.
I have always loved strength and competing. I believe if you are strong, you can accomplish way more in life, and I also believe that healthy competition is great for your mind and body. This is why Intrepid Strength and Conditoning –Home of CrossFit Warwick will always be about strength and competition. I will always want you to get stronger and I will always encourage you compete in something. Although we have other programs that we believe will push you and add value, our base program is CrossFit. We will always remain true to what started it all. And that is CrossFit.
We plan on pursuing CrossFit in Warwick for many years to come. I want to train your kids’ kids! We love CrossFit and we love strength and competition. But most of all, we love everyone who has become part of Intrepid Strength and Conditioning - CrossFit Warwick!