I spent the last half of my 20's and the vast majority of my 30's with severe lower back pain, with some days hunched over in pain, and some days the pain so severe, I had to crawl to get to the bathroom. I had surgery January 2008 on my L-5 and S-1, diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. After following the doctor's orders to a T during recovery, my quality of life improved 10 fold. Two years later, I started getting backaches again. I went to the surgeon, and he suggested more physical therapy as I needed to build up my core muscles. Previous attempts with pt with results that seemed temporary at best made me leery of investing money. I knew I needed something I could invest in for long-term benefits. I heard about this new gym in Toledo, CrossFit LifeSport (3128 Douglas). I met with the coach, Todd Ovall, in October 2010, and explained my situation. I was not very confident at first, but my determination not to be in that kind of pain again along with Coach Ovall's genuine encouragement, I kept coming back. Coach kept stressing functional movement. Each WOD was scaled to what I could do at the time. This is not a typical gym. The only competition is against your previous time. Every accomplishment, however small, is celebrated. How fast you do a movement is not as important as doing the movement correctly. The fellow athletes help create a family atmosphere. From the very first day, I was cheered and encouraged. Every day I step into that box is a learning experience. Along with functional movement, I have learned about nutrition, flexibility, stress management and proper sleep habits. Coach Ovall is always learning and seeking information to expand his knowledge to improve our lives. During every workout, he, or one of his capable assistant coaches, observes your movements and advises on strengths and areas of improvement. I am 43 years old and in the best shape of my life. I visited my surgeon on my 3rd year CrossFit anniversary. I reminded him he told me I would never be a weightlifter. I then told him all of my accomplishments in CrossFit. He was impressed with what I could do. Half of it was my determination, but half of it is equally credited to the coaching style and fellow athletes at CrossFit LifeSport.
Crossfit LifeSport is the box for everyone! With an exceptional coach like Todd Ovall beginners don't need to be intimidated by the idea that they can't do the crossfit workouts and seasonal athletes are offered a competitive environment that is optimal for self growth! Regardless of age or gender, everyone can be confident walking in the door at Crossfit LifeSport! A life changing door! Crossfit LifeSport has a seasoned and knowledgeable coach offering an outstanding on ramp introductory that teaches clients proper form, mechanics and the basics for the daily WOD (Workout Of the Day). There is a variety of class times to choose from that suits everyones schedule, morning and evenings! Not to mention the amazing combination of caring and understanding members at all different athletic levels who support one another like family! Everyone has an inspiring story to share and extends a hand to help out everyone else! You will always receive proper technique focused workouts along with a sense of humor! You will feel like you fit in while you are getting fit! It is a safe and competitive environment where your personal best is improved upon regularly! This is the best physical conditioning environment I have ever trained in! At Crossfit LifeSport you will gain knowledge, measureable improvement in your fitness and overall health, and a new group of caring individuals that will make your life joyous! I personally feel that Todd Ovall is not only a phenominal coach, but AN EXCELLENT role model!
When I first walked into CFLS almost five years ago, I thought I wouldn't survive a week. I didn't know how to do many of the movements and could barely finish a work-out. But with training and instruction from Todd Ovall I was able to learn functional movements while progressively gaining strength and stamina. Where I used to feel intimidated by the work-outs, I now feel empowered knowing I can do them. I am in the best shape of my life and it is all because of the training and instruction at CFLS. The environment at the gym is friendly, motivating and yet still competitive. That's what keeps me coming back!