US Army Major James Maxwell began CrossFitting to lose weight.
"Are you kidding me?" I couldn't believe it. I weighed over 200 pounds again. How is this possible? I had been in the army for over 16 years, doing daily PT, lifting weights and was over 200 pounds. Diets, starving, taking caffeine pills over 200 pounds. Thirty-five years old and five-foot ten inches tall over 200 pounds.
It worked. He lost about 15lbs in 3 months, and was down nearly 30lbs a few months after that. But by the time he took his Level 1 Certification in August, 2008, and CrossFit West Point (now known as Black and Gold CrossFit) was born, CrossFit was not just about losing weight.
CrossFit really began to change for me at this point; no longer just an exercise program, it became a leader-development tool. CrossFit West Point became a vehicle to interact with cadets essentially as peers. The word started to spread on CFWP.