Crossfit-AC athlete for the month of December is Jim LaPierre, this is his story!!

Oh wow, where to start?  There I was sitting down, in pain, sweaty and suffering after a WOD when Dino approached me about being the new Athlete of the Month and I though to myself “What an awesome experience I get to share with the best trainer I’ve ever had!”.  My second thought was “Does Dino know this is a single person stall?”.  My quest for fitness started eight years ago while I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, weighed 255lbs and had fantastic moobies that caught the eye of many a construction worker (basically it was just Barry). When I began having to lift my FUPA up in the shower to… Maintain the stepchildren (wink wink) I decided right then and there that I was going to do something about it.  So I decided to drop 105lbs.  Shortly after the divorce proceedings were finalized, I started changing my diet and working out at a local gym.  After a couple years of the boring and tedious gym routine a friend of mine suggested to me that I try “CrossFit” as I would never want to go to a regular gym again.  At first I was skeptical.  I mean, I already wore a dress and heels on the weekends to vacuum, but to go out in public like that and work out??  Then he explained it, and although I was disappointed (had to put my Steve Madden’s back in the closet) I agreed to try it.  Needless to say I was instantly (if six months of whining and crying and promising myself I was never going there again is instant) addicted and I got myself to a place where I was mostly happy with my body and strength and increased endurance.  Once a day, five times a week, lather, rinse, repeat. Fast forward a bit to Dino and Kelly B implementing that whole “Macro diet” phase and over the course of a couple months I lost that last little bit of residual fat and had greatly increased my speed and endurance.  Overall I’ve lost 75lbs and gained immesurable confidence. Pushing my limits on a daily basis addresses my (obvious) chemical imbalance and the sense of accomplishment I get from being there is unparalleled.  I love the community, and consider all of you my friends (except that one little jerk who no-repped me during the open).  Special thanks to Dino, Francesca, Perry, Nguyen and Kelly B. Extra special thanks to Mike Wood, for always giving me someone to (easily) stay slightly ahead of, and to Britt C, for always giving me someone to (happily) stay slightly behind.  Final thanks to my feline  life partner Gary, and who is incapable of relaying any of the horrific things he’s witnessed while in my home (think Buffalo Bill).


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