“Prior to giving CrossFit a try, I had followed body-building programs for over 7 years. If I’m honest, I was occasionally “that guy” that would make fun of people doing CrossFit. During those 7 years, I would find cutting programs online and follow their lifting and dieting programs. I would see results, however they rarely lasted more than a week. I would loose weight, but quickly gain it back. I started to get frustrated with the results not lasting and honestly got really bored with the routines I was doing in the gym. I needed something new.

Around April of 2016 I decided to let go of my previous bias against CrossFit and give it a try. I mean, I would see pictures of CrossFit athletes online and thought, it’s obviously working for them, why not? I called around to a couple different boxes in the area and was most impressed with the response I got from CrossFit Oconee. This is not to down the other locations, I just felt more welcomed by Oconee’s owner Payton.

I tried the first ‘free class’ and I was intrigued. I decided to make a commitment and give it a try for 6 months. As I started to show up regularly I began to love the workouts. More importantly though, I began to love the community of people I was working out with. I like to joke that “I’m not good at CrossFit”, but that’s actually what I like about it. It’s movements and exercises I can get better at and I have a community of folks around me encouraging me to get better!

After the first three months I decided to sign up for the Macro program offered by the gym’s owner, Payton. Since most of the ‘diets’ I had been on had produced short-lived results I was a little skeptical. I quickly learned this wasn’t a ‘diet’ by any means. I was able to eat whatever I wanted, as long as it fit within the numbers I was given. I am a planner by nature, so this was perfect for me. I am able to plan meals I love, make adjustments as I go, and am able to hit the macronutrients I am prescribed easily. In just 4 months I have gone down 15 lbs. This was even during an injury where I had to not exercise as much for a week and the holidays where I didn’t hit my numbers exactly. I have consistently stayed under 180 (which was my goal at the beginning) for over a month!! I have never accomplished this! And I accomplished this while eating more food than I was at the beginning of starting the program!

I can’t speak highly enough about CrossFit Oconee. The excellent programming and coaching, combined with nutrition guidance, has put me in the best shape of my life (at 34 years old!). The community of people I get to work out with has been amazing as well. I say all this after only being committed for 7 months. I cannot wait to see what continued commitment will bring!

Jason T. Callis, MSW
Program Manager, Collegiate Recovery Center
The University of Georgia