Monthly Archives: November 2009

Monique joined us a few months ago and she has never looked back.  She was very willing to share her story.  Check it out and pass it on.  Thanks Monique


I’ve always had a particular interest in fitness and, like so many others, the ongoing challenge of weight ‘control’. I have also been quite active over the years playing golf, water skiing and snow skiing. In an attempt to find that magic pill, I tried it all. I was always after that perfect look. Each new trick worked in one way or another, at first and for a short time. It also brought its own set of side effects and eventual injuries. My focus had been in the wrong place all along.

At 44 I entered a body building contest. That was the beginning of the end of my fitness for a while. After battling my way back from diet rebound and surgeries, I worked my way back into the gym. My weight slowly came down, but as time went on, the aches and pains started to return. I was not getting stronger and I couldn’t even bend down to tie my own shoes. Eventually the gym staff was no longer familiar and I just stopped going completely. 

I had never really heard of crossfit until I saw a photo that Lu had posted of a friend after their private coaching. He encouraged me to try it, so I thought why not once. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was completely different than anything I had ever done. My first class was hard and a real wake up call. There is more to life than looking fit and lean. 

I started off slow, going twice a week, then three times and now I try to make 4-5 classes a week. XFA workouts challenge you in strength, speed, flexibility and endurance all in the same hour. It is the most diverse workout I have ever done. There are no age, gender or size limits to who can do crossfit successfully. Without any intentional change to my diet I lost 12 lbs in the first two months. My body is changing weekly; I am already getting faster and stronger than I thought I could be at this age. I can’t wait for ski season.

With all the exciting changes I have experienced so far, the MOST exciting is the feeling of accomplishment I get being in Lu’s classes. The dynamics of the class, Lu’s energy and relentless monitoring of form, the music, the cheering on of others and the friendly ‘family’ atmosphere. Missing a class stinks because you WANT to be there! Since I have found Lu and XFA I know that the next 50 years will be even more active and fun than the first 50!


Wow now that’s a lean looking back, but guess what she couldn’t touch her toes nor do anything that involved anything functional.  Now look at her….that’s a good looking squat with a great range of motion and she is looking better than ever.  She’s got a rockin’ bod at 50!!!  Who says you don’t get better with age!!!  Our people do!  Right guys?  Leave a comment about how you are getting better with age!