In this new series, HQ trainer Pat Sherwood is searching the CrossFit community for real people with real stories to share. In Part 5, Sherwood is back in Denver and accompanies Matt Chan of CrossFit Verve to the tattoo parlor, where he finds his next community spotlight: Josh.
Josh is a CrossFitter at CrossFit Verve who is somewhat of a local CrossFit tattoo celebrity. He admits he was abusing himself before he found CrossFit.
“I definitely just kind of got into the routine of working all day long, eating once or twice when I had the time in-between tattoos and then going out at night, drinking as much as I possibly could, maybe at four in the morning run to Jack in the Box, and then sleep till noon. Then straight back to work,” he says. “I did that for about 10 years.”
After finding CrossFit, Josh says the diet was the biggest change—and the most difficult.
“Most of the time I feel like I’m trying to quit smoking crack or something,” Josh says.
Chan says Josh’s commitment to dialing in his diet has taken him to the next level as a CrossFitter.
Sherwood says: “That doesn’t matter where you work—it could be a police station, could be the accountant’s office, could be a tattoo shop—if you’re the one eating healthy, everyone else ridicules you for eating healthy, and it was no different here. But he put up with all that and is still sticking with it, so that’s really, really cool.”
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 121 by Justin Judkins, originally aired May 26, 2010.