There was a time when Reis Baron was excited to do 90 minutes on the elliptical machine—sometimes twice a day. Then his friend told him about the handstand push-ups he was doing at CrossFit.
“I was just like, ‘Why on Earth are you doing handstand push-ups? Are you in the Army? What is the purpose of what you do?’” he recalls asking. “It was so mind boggling to me.”
Baron walked into CrossFit NYC at 335 lb. His first WOD: a modified Fight Gone Bad.
“Got through four reps before I was borderline puking.”
Knee push-ups made him ill, too.
Today he’s lost 50 lb. and hasn’t weighed himself in about four months, he says.
“I’m better at my job. I’m better as a father. My son does CrossFit now. He’s 5 years old and he does CrossFit Kids near where I live. I just regret so much not doing something like this earlier,” Baron says. “There isn’t something in my life that hasn’t improved. It will never get old.”
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Additional reading: By the Numbers by Amy Santamaria and Tim Retzik, published Sept. 29, 2010.