Hedge fund guys do CrossFit. So do cops. And construction workers, engineers, and professors. (Even rock stars, too!) Here are their stories.
Rob Lavoie, 38, is an Ottawa, Canada-based owner of retail sporting goods stores.
For a New Year’s resolution a few years back my wife and I decided to get back in shape. I stumbled upon a Groupon deal for a CrossFit gym near us. I didn’t know a lot about it. I signed up, went in, and right away it got ahold of me. There was something addictive about it. I then went from twice a week to now four or five times a week. It went from a part-time thing to a major, major part of my life. I’ve lost 60 pounds, and I’m in the best shape of my life.
My wife and I have two kids. Our daughter, she’s five, does CrossFit Kids. It’s a pre-school class. She gets a kick out of going at the same time as dad and getting to sweat and run around. We’d never make her do anything she didn’t want to do, but she’s really enjoying it. Not that we’re trying to run a boot camp at home, but my daughter does know how to do burpees. I’ll do a 5k or 10k, and she’ll do a 1 or 2k kid’s race. She gets medals.
Our 2-year-old son comes to watch me do CrossFit sometimes, but it’s a ways off for him. He puts on his running shoes, says he going to do exercises, and then just lies down on the coffee table or in the hall. He’s a little jealous of his older sister. He’s itching to get in there.
When I was 60 pounds heavier, just picking up toys from the ground or playing with them was a nightmare. Now I can keep up with them. I’m ready to keep running, playing, and picking them up and whirling them around. Of course they still do tire us out—I don’t think there’s any amount of CrossFit that could help me keep up with a five-year-old. –As told to David Wescott