5. Patrick Moen
A few weeks after moving across the country for work, I came down sick. First, I figured it was food poisoning, then maybe a stomach bug. After about 2 weeks I started seeing doctors and they still couldn’t figure it out. I was seeing specialist after specialist. Maybe it was liver failure. Maybe my gallbladder had burst. Maybe I had Crohn’s disease. Meanwhile, I had lost nearly 40 pounds. I was eventually scheduled for an endoscopy and we had the answer: I had Celiac disease.
First things first, I had to get my eating habits on track. But once I did, I was ready to get into the gym. I had gotten hooked on CrossFit not long before relocating, and was eager to get back to it. I started hitting the gym two days a week for about six to eight months, and then ramped it up to five or six days a week.
Now, I’m proud to say I’ve gained back all of my weight—and then some—in muscle. I have surpassed all of my goals. I’m actually in better shape than I was when I was a personal trainer in college.
Try This WOD: Amanda. Do nine, then seven, then five muscle-up reps, then follow them up with nine, seven, and five squat snatch reps, using 135 pounds. I sweat just thinking about it.
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