In The CrossFit Life

July 05, 2012

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As a chiropractor and ultra-marathon runner, Dennis Lesniak spent many years being suspicious of CrossFit. Then he found out it really works.

I was first exposed to CrossFit in the fall of 2006 when a few people in chiropractic school heard of it from their military buddies. Some of our friends began embracing the lifestyle, but I thought I was better than CrossFit. I was stronger, faster and fitter. CrossFit workouts were … fill in the blank—I probably said it.

It was my own ignorance holding me back. Chiropractors fight an uphill battle against the medical community. We often joke when people say, “I don't believe in chiropractic.” We respond with, “Good. It isn’t a religion. You don’t need to believe in it for it to work.” Interestingly enough, CrossFit is very similar.

CrossFit has become our lives. It permeates everything we do, and that is evident through our families. We have many family members who work out with us on a regular basis and some who have had career shifts because of what we are doing. Every day, we are doing our best to become better in the gym, in our lives, in our chiropractic practice, and in our coaching. I think that is exactly what CrossFit is: giving your best—not just once but every day and in everything.



3 Comments on “Confessions of a Reformed CrossFit Hater”


wrote …

Great article Dennis. I am glad to see medical professionals championing the sport. Believe it or not, we in the military have the same uphill battle with those mired in the “traditional” physical fitness philosophy. Needless to say, many of these guys are slowly coming around; some are still just missing out. But guys like you and K-Star are really lending a great deal of credibility to the sport and lifestyle we have all grown to love. Thanks.


wrote …

Hey Dennis!!!! I remember you guys :) I also remember Jen being 9 months pregnant, and joking that we may need to take the unknown and unknowable to another level. I hear Austin is great at delivering babies ;/

This is a great article! Congratulations on your new little person and becoming an affiliate! We are so glad that CrossFit has empowered your profession, and impacted your personal lives in ways that make you want to share it with the world.

Say hi to Jen and let us know if you need anything. I'll be looking for you guys at the 2013 Games ;)

- denise.


wrote …

Great article! Last sentence is the best.

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