Fit Forever

By Chris Long

In The CrossFit Life

September 27, 2012

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Chris Long started out with a goal of being fit by 50. Then he discovered CrossFit and found a new goal: he wants to be fit now—and forever.

“What in the world am I doing? I of all people don’t belong here … I am not an athlete in any sense of the word!”

Those negative thoughts raced through my head over and over, with a few expletives for good measure, as I walked into CrossFit Fresno in December 2011 to start my first foundation class. I was the king of excuses when it came to taking care of myself physically. Too tired, too much work to finish, too fat, too much to do at home and on and on.

“What in the world am I doing? I of all people don’t belong here … I am not an athlete in any sense of the word!”

My health was at its worst. I took pills for all sorts of things. The blood-test results from my physical in December were not good, Not to mention I weighed 256 lb. I was snoring like a freight train at night. I woke up frequently, I’m sure because I had sleep apnea. I would drive to work so tired I felt like I could fall back asleep.

“What in the world am I doing? I of all people don’t belong here … I am not an athlete in any sense of the word!”

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7 Comments on “Fit Forever”

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Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.

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The pre-crossfit feelings he describes is exactly the same for everyone that I know who is over 30 years of age.. I wish they would get off their butts like this guy did, instead of making excuses to keep the status quo.
Cheers, Chris! You da man!

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replied to comment from Jonathan McBride

You bet, Jonathan! Happy to do so, I hope it spurs others on.

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replied to comment from m placzek

Thanks for the positive feedback! No more excuses. :)

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BEARD POWER. GREAT JOB.

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Love this. So simple, but such an important reminder of what is happening at CrossFit gyms everywhere. THIS is why we do what we do.

Miranda O.

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Chris - thanks for sharing your story. You've said it beautifully. I'm 46 and my path is very similar to yours. I've been CrossFitting for exactly 1 year and my life is transformed. 50 pounds lost, major health & fitness improvements, the whole family is doing it (my wife and I have lost over 100 combined), new friends & community found. This is what CrossFit is really about. Not the Games, or the firebreathers (though they are all awesome and fun to watch), but transformational change in regular people's lives. It's inspiring!


I for one will never ever EVER go back. Fitness for life indeed!

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