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February 16, 2012

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In 2010, Scott Horton was more than 330 lb. and riddled with health issues.

“My doctor basically told me that if I didn’t start losing some weight, I was going to have some real problems,” he says.

So Horton did some research and ended up being paired with a trainer at a Globo Gym. That trainer—Atom Ziniewicz—introduced him to CrossFit.

“It just made sense,” Horton says. “It was just a really great, balanced workout.”

A few months later—in December— Ziniewicz opened a box of his own, CrossFit Liberation.

Since April 2010, Horton has lost 85 lb. and now weighs 256 lb.

“It’s probably the first time in my life that I’ve ever been really excited to get up at 4:30 in the morning to be at the box and knock out a WOD,” he says.

Those are impressive words from a man who once couldn’t even run 50 yards “let alone a mile without seriously almost passing out.”

And the 46-year-old has a 500-lb. deadlift.

“I think that if I hadn’t found Atom Ziniewicz and CrossFit Liberation I probably would still be… ,” he starts. “Who knows? I might not even be here.”

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Additional reading: Tales of a 40-Year-Old Superhero by Lisa Erickson, published Jan. 12, 2012.

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7 Comments on “My CrossFit Story: Scott Horton”


wrote …

Scott is such a great embodiment of the tremendously positive and energizing spirit of CrossFit Liberation and CrossFit as a whole.

It's been such a blessing getting to know Scott, and being witness to his amazing strength and endurance.

We love you Scott aka Kung Fu Panda!!!


wrote …

great story. thanks for sharing!


wrote …

Great story, Scott. 500lbs deadlift.... WOW!


wrote …

Thank you Scott. I don't even have words after experiencing that video. Just remember, YOU did the work.


wrote …

Just watched it myself, and I agree with everything you said, I started apprehensively, (ask Carrie) but quickly came to love going and working with everyone, and having FUN. If your not having fun with Crossfit you won't keep with it. I was having so much fun I wanted to help and went and got Level 1 certified, (again Carrie will have a good story for you) but it has continued to be fun, and I am really loving the Liberation family and look forward to all of our futures as athletes.


wrote …

Scott, you have shared an inspiring story. Stay in that special place of gratitude and appreciation. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Give us an update in a year. Fred


wrote …

Scott, thanks for speaking so well about your experiences! Inspiring!

And Journal editors, could we have this as a Free Download. I'd love for some of my family to watch this. They don't do CrossFit (yet!), but if I email this to them, they just might watch it!

It's really a video for them anyway, I think. All of us CrossFit Journal members already drank the Paleo Kool-Aid.


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