Kevin Miller was 325 lb. when he found CrossFit through a chance encounter in a bar. Once he started, he was gung-ho, working out five times a week and wholeheartedly adopting the Paleo Diet. It was that attitude, arguably, that got him into trouble.
During a CrossFit Total, Miller had an accident that threatened to leave him without the use of his legs.
In Part 1, Miller and CrossFit New Haven trainers Eric and Carla O’Brien talk about how the 26-year-old found CrossFit and how it changed him, physically and mentally.
“It was a fantastic journey watching him shed weight, become a better person, be more alive,” Eric O’Brien says.
Part 2 focuses on Miller’s accident while attempting a deadlift PR. Miller ended up walking four months after the injury.
“I just said to myself, ‘There’s too many good things in my life for me not to be able to walk again.’”
In Part 3, Miller is back at CrossFit, easing into things with two or three workouts a week and plenty of modifications at first. He’ll keep doing CrossFit forever, he says.
“CrossFit has transformed my life, and made me feel really, really great,” he says. “CrossFit didn’t screw up my life. I screwed up my own life by getting myself to be a head case.”
Additional reading: CrossFit—and My 10-Year-Old—Helped Me Beat Leukemia by Rick Reifenberg, published Dec. 19, 2011.