On Transformation

By E.M. Burton

In Kids

July 23, 2012

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Nick deadlifted 300 lb. at 13—and then he changed his entire life. E.M. Burton explains.

I’ve been interviewing CrossFit trainers in the course of my work lately, and it seems the No. 1 thing they like about their job is seeing people transform.

The transformation will be different for everyone undergoing it, but it has a common thread: you’re watching someone get better. At everything.

The reality is we are all transforming all the time. Without our even trying, our bodies are constantly changing. The difference with CrossFit is that you’re controlling the direction of the shift.

Last month, I met with three families to discuss how CrossFit has transformed their lives. In the course of interviewing Tracy Watzek, I found that Tracy has a great ability to tell her family’s story, including how 13-year-old Nick shocked the Facebook world with a 300-lb. deadlift and then found a way to change his life.

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5 Comments on “On Transformation”

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Love the BrandX folks.
The number of lives they've changed can't be counted.

Keep up the good work Jeff/Mikki!

-BathMatt

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Congratulations to Nick...what an amazing success story. The best part of Crossfit, however, is that his success story is just one of many.

15 months ago, I bravely walked into our local Crossfit gym and signed up myself and my two younger children (then 12 and 15). I had discovered primal eating a few months previously and had seen improvement in all of us, but not enough. We were all still chubby and unfit. A month later, my oldest (no longer living at home) expressed interest in CF and I signed him up, as well. The transformation in all of our lives has been astounding. The confidence all my children have is awe-inspiring and, frankly, gratifying. Our gym didn't have a "kids" program. Just an owner/trainer who was willing to give it his all, deal with whiny, scared kids, and help them dig deep. Even though my now-21 year old didn't stick with it after his first year, the changes run so deeply, I don't think he even realizes how much he's been tranformed by his time with Crossfit. I am so grateful for what Crossfit has brought to our family...my children take charge, feel confident, take risks, and keep trying. Frankly, they know how to get up after falling, they know how to support others who are succeeding where they are struggling, and they see people constantly holding themselves accountable to high standards in a world that is so content to settle for mediocrity. Honestly, how can I ask for more?

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This is a great story and very well told. Congratulations.

I did like the statement "by doing CrossFit we build capacity." Yep, I certainly feel like I have a lot more capacity for everything since I started (one year ago today).

Here's to all those transformations happening out there!

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This is a great story and very well told. Congratulations.

I did like the statement "by doing CrossFit we build capacity." Yep, I certainly feel like I have a lot more capacity for everything since I started (one year ago today).

Here's to all those transformations happening out there!

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I love this story, I can never read enough of them, every one I read I relish. Transformation IS what it's about. Thank you EM! Paul

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