CrossFit Confessions: “CrossFit Revamped My Social Life”

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Hedge fund guys do CrossFit. So do cops. And construction workers, engineers, and professors. (Even rock stars, too!) Here are their stories.

Paul Byrom, 35, is the New York City-based lead singer of the band Celtic Thunder.

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I moved from Ireland to New York a few years back. I’m a musician, and would either tour around the country or record in New York. I’d been working out in a gym in New York City, but it seemed like I’d hit a wall. Although I was making progress, I was getting extremely bored. I was drinking—I’ve been fond of drinking over the years—and eating a lot of crap. We’d [the band Celtic Thunder] tour, and we’d come offstage, get on a bus, and have pizza and chips.

Because of my odd schedule, I didn’t know too many people—getting to know people in New York is quite difficult. My best friend in Dublin suggested I check out CrossFit as it is a great way to meet people. And while you could live in New York and nobody would know you existed, if you just go into a CrossFit box, there’s this whole community. You meet people who chat with you like they’ve known you your whole life.

Through CrossFit, I discovered my competitive streak—even though I’d never been good at sports—and now I go to the box  every day and the results are incredible. I have a six-pack now, and I’ve never had a six-pack in my life. I went to Vegas recently with a friend, and we snuck in a trip to a Vegas box to compete with each other. When I told my wife she just shook her head.

I think my friends are a little surprised. I’ve gone from being into music, singing, drinking, and partying to suddenly being fit and having 7.9% body fat. Now I’d rather not go out drinking on a Friday so that I can make my Saturday  10 a.m. class. I plan on sticking with it—I don’t want to revert to being a flat-chested, big-bellied guy—so when my wife goes to work, I go to CrossFit. —As told to David Wescott

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