Patrick is an testament to being persistent, humble, a positive influence, and an awesome KCI CrossFit community member! His progress over one year is astounding! Read below as he shares his story of the past 12 months.
It was one year ago, when I messaged Christine to talk about returning to the CrossFit family. After dealing with some back and knee problems, I was concerned that my body would not hold up like it used to.
Unfortunately, on the first night, my back gave out. My spine was curved and my hips were two inches out of alignment. I thought I’d never be able to return to the one workout style I actually enjoyed! A week lying flat on the ground (not the bed, or a couch, but on the floor) and multiple chiropractic visits, my spine was straight. Christine and the other coaches were wonderful. As soon as the doctor cleared me to return, they wrote a custom program allowing me to fully recover.
This custom programming allowed me to gradually improve mobility, range, and weight. After three months, I was able to finally squat. Shortly after, deadlifts. Then came the pull-ups, cleans, snatches, and everything else! Due to some early childhood injuries, I will never be an elite athlete. No one cares! There is no ego at KCI. Everyone does what they can do, when they can do it. The smallest victories are cheered.
Two days, over the past year, stick out in my mind. The first was October 26, the first time I was able to squat. I did a 3-rep front squat at 75 pounds. Everyone cheered! I should be able to squat much more than that; nobody cared. It was the culmination of a three-month journey.
The second was March 31, when I successfully returned to the 400lb club on deadlift. To think in less than one year, I would go from lying flat on the ground in immense pain, to deadlifting 400 pounds!
Thank you to the coaches and other members for the constant inspiration and encouragement. Here’s to another year of growth, new PRs, and new adventures!