Ron Cheslock

 It would not be an exaggeration to say that CrossFit East Cobb has literally changed my life.

 I joined CFEC in February of 2012.  My wife had just given birth to our first child and something about becoming a father and getting really fed up with my current state of health got me to take the first step.  It took me 2 years of “stalking” the gym to get up the nerve that day to finally check it out.  While I had been physically active throughout my life, I had not been working out consistently for over 5 years.  CrossFit seemed like a no nonsense work out and I was interested in that.  I didn’t anticipate the level of camaraderie, friendship and community that I would find in joining the gym.  Raw nerve got me to come in the first day but it was the great people, the training and the unbelievably difficult and life changing workouts that got to me to stay.

I got hooked, quickly.  Over the course of the next 24 months, I lost over 50 pounds, put on 12 pounds of muscle, ran a half marathon, then an ulta-marathon, then a second ultra-marathon and finally a full Ironman…twice.  The transformation was personally inspiring and gratifying.  I am incredibly grateful to the staff of CFEC for their encouragement, their programming and their expertise.

 

Ron After Crossfit

 

 

Cathy After Cossfit

 

Michael Morales

 I started CrossFit in April of 2010.   When I first walked into the box the furthest I had ever run was a 5k. After the first year of building strength and friendships I was motivated to join 18 others as they went to tackle a 50k in Alabama called the Mt. Cheaha 50k.   Jason, the owner, gave a few of us a running plan which only had us running one day a week and building up to the longest run of 24 miles. I spent many days with my fellow CFEC members running the hills at Sope Creek in training. Then race day started and knowing I had the support of the team at every rest area I was able to accomplish my goal of finishing a 50k.  

 After finishing a 50k many of us started to think about what would be our next great accomplishment. I had done one sprint triathlon and it almost killed me. So to make things ever harder, myself and few members signed up for an Ironman in Augusta.  It was a 70.3 and we knew if we trained one day a week and did CrossFit during the week it was ours for the taking.   So after about six months of bonding on the bike, on the road, and in the lake we accomplished our goal! Back at the box the conversation once again turned to what was next!  Well, if we could do a half Ironman why not go and do a full Ironman! So myself and another member signed up to do the Augusta half Ironman AND the Florida full Ironman.   Training was intense and long but it paid off. I shaved an hour off my time in Augusta and felt strong rolling into the Florida Ironman. Although I didn't beat my time goal, I can say thanks to my friends and coaches at CFEC I became an Ironman on November 8th, 2015! There were not many former offensive linemen completing the 140.6 miles of fun and I don't think I could have done it without the support of my box!