Inspirational CrossFit story by Jonathan Pelts

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Well, my CrossFit story started 6 years ago when I was first introduced to Crossfit by a man named Ryan Nickell. Ryan was training to be a Seal when I was visiting his family for Easter and it was there that my new appreciation for training and taking my fitness level to a whole new level was discovered. Unfortunately, it took me another four years to actually begin this life changing journey. I was living in Nairobi, Kenya where gyms and affordable fitness centers are slim to none. So I began following the log entries and learning the movements. Since I did not have any equipment at my disposal, I began the journey with METCON’s, AMRAP’s and all body weight exercises.

During my time in Kenya, I was the director of youth football (soccer) academies, worked with local community teams and oaches, and played on the side for fun. When I would train coaches or teams my practices would always contain crossfit exercises at the end and beginning of each training session. From kids at the age of 3 to adults in the 60’s, I was able to share this incredible tool and assist them in their coaching education.

I absolutely loved my job, but when it came time for me to work on my technique or just knock out a WOD in the afternoon, it was hard to stay motivated. One tip that I found was the site It’s a social site designed to encourage, spur on, and promote healthy lifestyles. I would post my WOD’s on the site and then my followers would either “high five” or reward my  accomplishment to keep me going. This played a huge role in my mental capacity as I would do the WOD I would actually work harder to get in more reps to hopefully gain more points and ultimately become stronger and more fit.

I have since moved on from Kenya and am now in Denver, Colorado where I practice crossfit at my local gym. I wish that my wife and I could incorporate a Crossfit gym into our budget, but the costs are a little too much for us at the moment. But that does not give us an excuse. If anything it motivates us to watch each other’s backs, maintain our form, and make smart decisions during our WOD’s. Because of this, we have become a stronger team and I am so thankful for that.

I look forward to the day when I can get proper training and hopefully compete in the Games, but at this point I am an “average Joe” who goes to work during the day and hits the gym at night. My work now is physically exhausting as I work for a tree cutting company. Crossfit can take many different forms in a person’s journey and at this stage in life, it’s my self-care. It’s my release from a long day of work and just letting everything out.

I hope this encourages/gives some people ideas or resources to keep them motivated. This sport definitely is not for the faint of heart, but it is a lifestyle that is a choice made every day. We do this not to just be fit, but to be healthy and live life to the fullest.

Ditte and Sarah – keep blogging and motivating the rest of us who are either near or far.



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