“This Place Has Changed My Life.”

This is another in a series of personal reflections contributed by Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights and CrossFit Axis athletes about the mental, physical and emotional changes experienced since joining our health & fitness community. Regina P accepted the Free Class Challenge Saturday, Dec. 28 and was part of the January 7, 2014 Training Essentials session. Since then, she’s become an effervescent part of the EAD | CFAH Training Community, drawing people in with her enthusiasm, dedication and amazing results. Regina shared her reflection of her first 157 training hours at EAD | CFAH with Coach Jim.

Spend even a few minutes with Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights athlete Regina P and she’s bound to proclaim, “This Place Has Changed My Life.”  She’ll also share — with tremendous pride (and rightfully so) — that she’s gone from a size 24 to a size 14 and lost more than 54 pounds since she started CrossFit classes the first week in February.

Regina After

Regina in an impromptu photo shoot staged by her incredibly proud daughter.

Ask the athletes who train with Regina and they’ll say their day gets kicked up a notch the minute she walks in; she inspires them to work harder. Regina approaches every workout as if it is her reward for the day’s toil. Coming through the door, she greets coaches and fellow athletes with her wonderful smile and infectious optimism.  But it wasn’t always that way.

Regina drove past EAD | CFAH to and from her way to work for more than six years, slowing her car to see what was going on in the gym, but never stopping. Intrigued, and sometimes intimidated by what she saw, Regina wondered if she could somehow become one of those “crazy people running around with big exercise balls and jumping up and down on the front lawn.”

Regina Before

Regina in her pre-EAD | CFAH days.

The should I? / shouldn’t I? impasse ended during a lunchtime stroll when Regina popped in to ask about a new high-protein energy treat, the  RxBar. Over the next few shopping trips, Regina had the chance to talk with Coach Ashley, and Coaches Alida and Karen about the people who call EAD | CFAH their training home, the training philosophy, and more. She accepted Coach Karen’s invitation to take the EAD | CFAH Free Class Challenge, and started her amazing transformation.

Regina says the results she’s gained at EAD | CFAH since early February far surpass anything she’s experienced. She’s spent hundreds of dollars working with personal trainers at big box gyms, endless loops on the treadmill and elliptical trainer, and countless hours in Pilates and Zumba classes. But in less than 160 training hours at EAD | CFAH, Regina says she moves better, has more energy, is more productive at work, and feels better than she has since college. One particularly proud moment for Regina was when her teen daughter insisted on doing an impromptu photo shoot when she saw Regina in her new CrossFit Arlington Heights tee — in a size Regina hasn’t worn since she was a very young girl.

It took a ton of courage for Regina — and for that matter, anyone — to take that first step and try something new; it takes even more courage to stick with it. Regina had her doubts in those early workouts,  yet she says kept coming back because so many people believed in her, which in turn made her believe in herself.

Regina’s training goals include mastering Front Squats and Double Unders. She also has her sights on her first competition, the 2015 Athena Classic. Look  for her as competitor #001!

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