Friday, January 13, 2012
Erik - Doctor, friend, client
Recent testimonial from Erik.
Josh and I have known each other for many years. In fact, in 2005, he was the one who introduced me to CrossFit and is when I began my "fitness" journey. As I started this journey, I made a promise to myself to never go back to when I peaked at 204 pounds. I left for medical school in 2006 still maintaining this promise to myself. Over the course of 4 years, I saw myself in decent shape along with a decent diet still performing the CrossFit wods as time allowed. After graduating, I began a one year internship in surgery where 80-90 hour work weeks were the death of me. I made it to the gym 3 times that year. My pants were tighter, stress was at an all time high, and I couldn't climb a flight of stairs with a laundry basket without getting short of breath. With the option of taking on another year of surgery before I start my Anesthesia residency in July of 2012, I respectfully declined. Why you ask? The answer was simple. I remember the promise I made to myself back when I was at an all time low. It was time to take my life and my body back.
A week after my internship ended in July of 2011, I was in Oriskany Falls getting pinched by Josh with those calipers that are familiar to all of us. Needless to say, it wasn't pretty. All that stress was evident in my umbilical score. It was then the diet changed, the stress levels were reduced and I began the journey that Josh always preaches about. The first couple of months were pretty rough. My body was taxed to the max with simple movements...the sweating, the shaking. After a year of inactivity, I guess that is expected. If it wasn't for Josh, his coaching, his preaching, his tailoring to my specific needs and weaknesses...I couldn't have made it through it. After 8 weeks, I went for a visit. Umbilical score dropped significantly. I continued with my prescription and 8 weeks after that...the same result. My body fat % continued to drop, while not losing a single pound. This is a stark contrast from what I saw during my internship. There I saw my body fat increasing, and my weight decreasing.
You may be wondering where I stand today? Well, I can tell you I am standing a lot happier, leaner, and stronger. I have hit numerous PRs this past week and my body fat hasn't been this low since I was 18 years old (I am 32 now). I began training with a deadlift at 135 pounds and now have a 1RM of 300. My power clean hit an all time high of 180 pounds with a 175 pound C&J. Back squat? 245 pounds (2-0-1-0) where in July I maxed out at 155 pounds. Front squat went from 155 pounds to a 1RM of 245 pounds. I am sure Josh can throw many more numbers at you. Never did I think that this was all attainable in only 6 months of training three days a week. If it wasn't for proper coaching and attention to my individual needs, this would have never been attainable.
Knowing Josh on both a personal and professional level has made a world of difference. I have seen him grow as both a coach, mentor, and athlete. Without him, I never would have been able to keep that promise I made to myself over six years ago.