~Athlete Spotlight~

You know this athlete by his wide smile, his jovial attitude
and his winning spirit. We're just so GLAD he found us online! He has been an amazing inspiration for so many of our members because he's always saying to us all,
"You can do it! God bless you - come ON!" 
**John Waddell**

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Hello to all my CrossFitters. Love you all.

I have always been very active. I am the oldest of three children (I have a brother and sister.) I grew up in Colorado as a military brat. One of the things that has always been a constant in my life is physical fitness. From an early age, my mother and father had my brother and I involved in swim lessons, playing baseball, basketball, karate, Judo, wrestling and track and field. 

My parents believed that "an idle mind is the devil's workshop" so as a result my brother, sister and I stayed physically active. By the time I got to high school, I focused on two sports: track and field along with football. I attended college on an athletic scholarship playing football and running track for four years. Those were some great days.

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Upon graduating from college, it was hard to stay active. In college there was a routine that I had adhered to and it was easy to stay fit and trim. Now with a wonderful wife (Abna) and a lovely daughter (Anna) it was difficult to stay fit. Just finding the time to exercise became a chore in and of itself. I had every piece of fitness equipment known to man but they sat collecting dust. As a matter of fact, when I joined CrossFit, I had two gym memberships: one at Club Fitness and one at Golds gym. My typical workout consisted of the following: bench pressing and then jumping on an elliptical trainer for 30-45 minutes.

I was so discouraged because I was picking up weight in spite of my exercise routine. I called my brother and asked what he was doing to stay fit. He told me about this program called CrossFit. He said that this was the most challenging fitness program that he ever attempted. Coming from my brother, that is really saying something, because my brother played football in college and was an avid marathon runner. So when he said it was the most challenging thing he had ever done, I was intrigued. 

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I went to the internet and called the very first CrossFit location that popped up. I spoke to Patti who was so warm and friendly and who immediately got me set up for my Elements classes. I found the Elements classes to be challenging and fun. For my very first CF class, Ryan was my teacher. I quickly found out that I was really our of shape. When I first began taking classes I didn't know which was worse, the stretching, the warm up or the actual workouts. It was really tough. In high school and college I had lifted a lot of weights, but I was never taught the proper way to lift weights. All that changed when I joined UnCharted. You're taught the proper techniques of lifting weights and the benefits its offers to your body when the exercise is done properly. 

Our coaches are terrific: Patti, Lynette, Ryan and Jo. They have several things in common. Our coaches are thoughtful, caring, loving, encouraging and subject-matter experts. This November will be my second anniversary here at UnCharted. When I first started, I couldn't do anything - I could barely squat 75 pounds. My wrists and hands used to really ache when attempting front squats and doing a bar muscle up was something I thought happened in fairy tales. But the more I worked out, the stronger I became and I learned to do certain movements, such as my elusive bar muscle ups. Yes - one day I came into the gym and BAM! I nailed it! No one was more surprised than myself, but it was because I came in and worked hard at it all. 

But what I like best about CrossFit is the camaraderie that we share with each other. Everyone is so encouraging and supportive.

I just can't say enough about CrossFit and my UnCharted friends. 

I thank God for each and every one of you who is a part of this UnCharted family. 

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