My spouse, Michelle, and I stumbled on Flux School of Human Movement from a Groupon, and it was probably the luckiest stumble I’ve ever had!
Prior to coming to Flux, we had tried several different things. Right out of university, I landed a job with a focus on “employee wellness”. All of my co-workers would run at lunch hour, almost every day. Most ran a marathon or two every year. I joined them at lunch, slowly building up the distances, and I even ran a few 5K and 10K races, and two half-marathons, but never seemed to get much faster. Every run was hard, I never really enjoyed it, other than getting outdoors for a bit.
Michelle and I also tried a few different group classes, fitness DVDs and video games, slowly filling a small corner of our home with different workout “stuff” that never seemed to make much difference. I continued to read up on different diets and fitness programs, continued to “eat healthy” by getting lots of whole grains, fruit, and lean protein. We cooked it all in margarine and canola oil. I was slowly getting heavier, and not in a good way! I just assumed that I wasn’t doing enough, and that if I trained more hours and ate less fat, I’d start to lean out. I was never an athlete in high school or university, but I thought I could at least eat healthy enough and exercise enough to stop being overweight. I sort of concluded that my metabolism had slowed down during university from “old age”, and there was nothing I could do about that. Boy, was I wrong!
In the summer of 2011, I came to Flux for the first time, did a few introductory/assessment sessions, and we had a discussion about nutrition. What I heard made me shake my head in disbelief. Whole grains are bad for your waistline? Too much fruit can make you fat? I should eat fat with my meat? And then cook the bones into broth? I planned to use up the prepaid intro classes and be on my way, leaving these fat-loving, bread-hating people behind.
Right away I was a non-believer, and didn’t really put my heart into the workouts. Slowly, they won me over. The other athletes were having fun, and telling me how much they struggled to get where they are. The coaches were adjusting workouts so that I was doing similar things as the other athletes. We were all working out together, some were in such vastly better shape than me, I was jealous. Some athletes were older, but could still kick my butt in every measure of strength, stamina and mobility. Every time I went, I was a little scared and a little nervous, but the coaches and the other athletes were incredibly positive and supportive. It was my first exposure to the truly amazing community that makes up Flux.
I stopped running hour-long sessions every weekday and instead just came to two or three, hour-long CrossFit workouts. My trial membership ended, and I renewed for three months, and after that, for a full year. After six months of Flux workouts, Michelle and I slowly made the transition from fruit, whole grains and boneless/skinless chicken into vegetables cooked in butter and meat seared in bacon fat. Within a year, I was down 15kg (35lbs) on the scale, and more than 10cm (4inch) in my waist, and the most startling part was how easy it was! The food was delicious, and the workouts were fun and challenging. The weight stayed off, I ate whatever I felt like without counting calories or macros too closely.
Two years after swearing that these crazy paleo-Crossfitters would be a one-month diversion, I was fully converted and started coaching at Flux and proclaiming the virtues of the Flux lifestyle! I have always had fun with all the different classes that Flux has to offer, helping to coach some of those classes, and being part of a community of people working so hard and cheering one another on. My only regret being that I can’t fit all of the classes I really love into my schedule!