Real Life: I’m a CrossFitter – Israel Temple


        My name is Israel Temple and I started CrossFit in December of 2015. I am 41 years old and have tried a lot of exercise programs. I have been an athlete all my life and that has taken a toll on my body. I have had four knee surgeries, two shoulder surgeries and back surgery. So when I watched the 2014 CrossFit Games, I thought, Wow! I would have loved to try that when I was young and in shape. So when some friends of mine had heard of a CrossFit gym opening near me, I was intrigued. But, I was still thinking, I’m 41 and the things these guys are doing are unattainable. Then one of those friends joined and told me it was life changing and very doable. I was ready. Two other friends asked me to join with my daughter and away we went. One concern I had was it’s a little pricey. I don’t like to spend money. I was told to give up a few things I didn’t really need to spend money on and I did. You will be surprised what you will give up to support this life changing habit. To make this short and sweet, I have changed my body, my mind, my level of happiness and the way I live. CrossFit is not just a workout. It is a family of like minded people who love a challenge. They care as much about your success, as they do about their own. How can people from 55 to 18 years of age get along so well? It’s a place where egos must be left at the door or it will be quickly crushed. CrossFit Enapay is my home away from home. I believe I am getting close to being in the best shape of my life. I am doing things I thought this body was incapable of doing. I am not getting older, I’m getting better. Are all of my aches and pains gone? No, but the strength and stability around those joints is so much greater. My flexibility needs work, but has improved as well. So you think CrossFit is not for you? If you do not want to get fit, find a new level of happiness and gain some unbelievable friendships, you’re right it’s not. For me, I love this life!

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