Love this gym and these people! I have been a member since 2014, and CrossFit Wando feels like family. I genuinely believe that CrossFit Wando offers the most comprehensive fitness experience in the lowcountry. You will find a level of professionalism in the coaching, onboarding and membership systems – and a warm, inviting and non-intimidating family atmosphere. Regular events such as the annual Oyster Roast, Barbells that Benefit charity fundraiser, Barbells and Barbeque Competition and CrossFit Open are fun ways for the whole CrossFit Wando family to get together and have a good time. Not to mention, I am in the best shape of my life, certainly because of the influence of the coaches who have helped me along the way.
Best gym ever!! Love all the coaches and fellow athletes. They make sure no one is intimidated by CrossFit and you can scale everything but keep it challenging. Thanks for all you do to build community!
Amazing community that supports everyone to challenge their limits and be a better person. The only thing deeper than the coaches’ knowledge is their squat, but you’ll have to come see for yourself!
Turning 50 is not for sissies. It slaps you in the face and holds you in front of the mirror. I was in the worst shape of my life. I had spent a lifetime going to gyms that no longer inspired me. I could not picture myself going to a boutique fitness studio (I am a little rough around the edges). I had taken some CrossFit classes many years back, and really enjoyed the challenge of the workouts. But dang, was I too old to do that kind of fitness anymore?
Fundamentals was not pretty for me. I was embarrassed about how deconditioned I was. I had zero endurance. My reconstructed shoulder kept making me think I should re-consider yoga. The balance and coordination I had as a young athlete was now a joke. You should have seen me try to do double-unders! I got mad at the jump rope and stomped on it. Wow, this is 50. I am so bad at this. I was afraid I had waited too long; my window of fitness had passed me by.
My coach, Sylvia, got me through with great instruction, I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E patience, an enormous sense of humor and a lot of cheering me on. She promised she would not put me in a class if I was not ready. I had to believe her. That same day, I watched a class that was performing handstands against the wall. I had commented that I could not do that. Elizabeth, their coach, told me “you can’t do that…Yet.”
One simple statement pulled it together for me. I couldn’t really do any of these things yet. But after fundamentals, I think I can do more than I realized.
The first few months in the 5 am class were tough…Really tough! I usually found myself bent over, hands on my knees, breathing hard …. just doing the warmup. We had not even started the workout and I already felt whooped. If there was a timed workout, I was the last to finish. If an exercise was scaled, i was performing it at its simplest level. A few times I felt so bad I quit the workout all together. But you know what kept me going? The people. The coaches, the other people in the class, everyone wants to see you succeed. Everyone gets it. No one is judging how little you are able to do, only that you are there and giving it your all. People are what make CrossFit work.
For every timed workout that I was gutting out, someone in my class was standing with me and talking me through. For every movement that I struggled to get mechanically correct, a coach was there breaking it down for me… one on one. For every morning that I drug my butt in for the 5 am class, someone had me laughing and making me glad I was there. There was not a single workout that I finished where I had wished I had stayed in bed. Not one.
I saw immediate changes in myself. I could focus at work better. My confidence in myself grew. I had more patience. My energy lasted beyond 10:30 am. I dropped some weight. My clothes fit better. For the very first time in my life, I did not fight the alarm when it went off for my 5 am class. (I am absolutely not a morning person!) Then I started seeing measurable change.
The gap between me and the rest of the class grew smaller. I could keep up. The mile that took me around 13 minutes to run in the beginning took me about 9 ½ minutes. I was able to get through the workouts without being so winded. My shoulder no longer felt like it would give out
whenever I held a little weight overhead. Soon I was doing 75 lb overhead squats. I could do rope climbs to the top. I was doing handstands against the wall. Me, this old lady with a gimp shoulder and no endurance… I was doing these things.
I did my first Warrior workout last weekend, Murph. The workout is a one mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and another one mile run. I was so scared to do it. But like every workout at CrossFit, there is a way to scale it to your ability. Know your limits and trust the coaches. I felt amazing when I finished. I even enjoyed it! I am thinking of what I will do to make it better next year.
I am now very proud to say I am 50. I feel good. I feel strong. I laugh at how old I thought this age felt. 50 is nothing. CrossFit challenges me to do the things I would not make myself do, would not believe I could do. The reason I love CrossFit Wando is that every single coach is invested in the success and health of its members. I have never seen a single place with such a staff, and I have been to dozens of facilities in my 35 years of working out. The owners are 110% committed to serving its community and members. They walk the walk. They are always improving the experience. The community is amazing. There isn’t a person there who wouldn’t stop to cheer and help you through a tough workout. In the end you will get a high five, a “well-done”…and then told to go wipe up your sweaty mess. CrossFit may not be for everyone, but if you are lucky, it will be for you.