“Everybody is proficient in one exceptional lift—and it’s the fork,” says CrossFitter Patrick James. “It used to be my favorite lift, but it is not anymore.”
Patrick James of CrossFit Peachtree City lost 107 lb. over 41 weeks. He also shed 102 points off his total cholesterol. Now, James is a CrossFit trainer himself and is bringing CrossFit to others.
James said the weight gain started in college when he went from linebacker to lineman and struggled to put on the weight he needed for the position. But after college, things were a different story.
“Well, they don’t teach you as a college athlete how to lose weight when you retire, so you just keep gaining and gaining and gaining and as you get older your mind writes a check that your body can’t cash,” James says.
James tried CrossFit on and off at the recommendation of his son Michael, but when left to his own routine James couldn’t stay consistent. The turning point for him came when his son reminded him of a Bible passage in Corinthians that calls the body a temple. He then took Michael’s challenge to work out for 365 days and showed up at CrossFit Peachtree City the very next day.
“CrossFit has given me years back,” James says.
You can follow James’ progress at his personal blog, Pjstemple.blogspot.com.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 134 by Justin Judkins, published Aug. 25, 2010.