Tara is the definition of hard work and dedication. Since starting CrossFit and the nutrition program with us in 2016, her progress has been unbelievable. She is truly inspiring to all of us.
“I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have gone through cycles of gaining weight and losing some but always gaining it back plus more. A year ago after being frustrated with my performance in the gym I decided to try the nutritional program at Landmark CrossFit. I felt like I needed guidance to achieve the goals I had in mind. I wanted to lose weight, maintain/gain strength and improve my gymnastic skills (pull-ups, toes-to-bar, etc) which I have always struggled with. I had already been doing CrossFit for a while but decided I needed help with my nutrition as I was getting nowhere on my own, still making the wrong choices and not controlling my stressful eating.
I had trouble sleeping and would be tired by mid-day. The nutritional program at Landmark CrossFit changed everything for me. With individual coaching that is specific to your needs as well as the accountability that it brings, I believe it is the best solution for anyone regardless of what your trying to achieve. You meet with a coach at least once a week to check on your progress and discuss any concerns or troubles you may be having. You set goals for yourself and always have someone on your side making sure you are staying on track. I would not have accomplished what I have over the last year without the help of the coaches at Landmark CrossFit.
I have lost just over 70lbs and gone from a tight size 18 (probably more like a 20) to a size 12. Before I had trouble with knee raises but can now do single toes-to-bar. I had to use thick resistance bands to do kipping pull-ups but can now do them unassisted. My endurance has also greatly improved! I used to struggle to finish workouts but now I can finish most within the time cap. These are only some of the changes that have occurred. I also have much more confidence in myself both in the gym and outside the gym.
Not only has the nutritional program been a huge help but the atmosphere and the coaching provided at Landmark CrossFit has greatly impacted my success. The people that surround you are nothing but supportive. I still have a way to go and things I want to achieve but I know with the help of my Landmark CrossFit Family I will be able to achieve anything I put my mind to.”
Chris has been with us since 2016 and has made leaps and bounds in many aspects of his life. Not only has his health improved significantly, he’s the leanest he’s been in over a decade!
“When I first joined I was a suburban guy, overweight, back pain, high blood pressure, mid/late 30s, taking prescription heart burn medication and not exactly looking forward to positive health outcomes. Fast forward 9 months and I have lost 30lbs of fat, gained muscle, no longer taking prescription stomach meds (or any meds for that matter!), my back is stronger than ever and pain free and, for the first time in 5 years, my doctor has confirmed that I have normal blood pressure.
People are constantly asking me what I’m doing because of the changes they are seeing in my body and in my energy levels. I am no longer high risk for a host of health problems and can say quite literally that Landmark CrossFit has added years to my life.”
Suzanne is kind of a big deal. She ran 7 marathons on 7 different continents! She started doing CrossFit with us in August 2017 and has been making huge improvements since. She recently told us that she hadn’t been running for a while but decided to go for a 5km a few weeks after CrossFit. She surprised herself when she beat her old personal record!
“I’ve been a runner for almost 12 years now. After becoming the 13th woman in Canada to run 7 marathons on 7 continents last spring, I was looking for a good way to keep my fitness level up while giving my leg muscles a break from running. I discovered Landmark CrossFit this summer, where I now attend classes twice a week. CrossFit is a perfect combination of cardio and strength training and is already improving my performance during my runs.”
Ben is one of our competitive athletes and is one of the hardest workers we know. He comes from a high level wrestling background and has recently transitioned to CrossFit as his competitive sport.
“Some of the best things that happen to us in life are the things we accidentally stumble upon. One event in my life that I have overwhelming gratitude for is stumbling upon CrossFit. I’ve wrestled since 8th grade. I always dreamed of becoming an Olympian and saw that as the ultimate end goal in order to walk away with a grin on my face.
When I first started CrossFit, I just wanted get in better shape for wrestling, never thinking of doing CrossFit competitively or one day go to the Games. As the months went by, I found myself having endless anticipation to go do the next WOD rather than going to wrestling practice.
Last May, I was supposed to go back to Winnipeg to continue my academic studies and wrestling career. Surprisingly my team’s funding was cut, leaving me pondering which school to go to continue wrestling. A thought then occurred to me that I at first suppressed: stay in Ottawa and do CrossFit competitively. As each day passed, the idea grew on me, leading me to the decision of me following through with this new and exciting adventure.
The thing was, beginning a new sport means starting all over again. I had gone so far in wrestling – it was hard to step away. I may not have originally had the knowledge about CrossFit but I possessed traits, life lessons and knowledge from wrestling that I could apply to CrossFit. One of the hardest things to develop and one of the most important ingredients to a recipe for success is an extremely hardworking mentality. Developing a strong mentality is one of the most undervalued and overlooked thing that you need to be a successful athlete. Very few put time into goal setting, detailed visualization and a concrete pre-competition routine. The point is, training your mind is as important, if not more important than training your physical attributes. This is what will carry me to now achieve my new goal of going to the CrossFit Games.”
Heather started her CrossFit journey with us in 2017 with her daughter and is a regular at 6am. She went from barely being able to do a bodyweight squat to back squatting over 100lb! Notably, she’s noticed significant changes in her everyday life and is proud to take part in the physical work required at her hobby farm!
“I do CrossFit – something I never thought I would be telling people but I’m proud to call myself a member at Landmark CrossFit! My daughter, Mandy, and son, Mark, convinced me to give CrossFit a try and sure enough I fell in love with it. During my first class, I fell all over the place struggling with the warm up and a simple air squat. I could see the look on my poor daughter’s face saying, “Mom, are you ok?”. I couldn’t feel my legs after Coach Val made me do a gazillion squats. I could barely lift my foot off the ground to do a step up without my other leg giving out.
On the drive home from my first class, I was ecstatic! I loved it. The people I met that morning were total strangers; even so, they gave me encouragement and most importantly, fist bumps! My daughter and I couldn’t stop talking about the experience on the whole drive; how wonderful to share this with her.
I expected to be sore the next day, but oh my gosh did my body ache. I could not get out of bed. Thank God I only had 3 steps up to get into the front door of the house. The burn was so empowering but I knew I had earned it! In no time, I was attending class 4-5 times a week with the 6am crew! What a beautiful bunch of people!
I’ve noticed huge changes in my everyday life. I wasn’t much help at our hobby farm because I didn’t have the strength or endurance but that changed shortly after joining Landmark. Fast forward to 6 months into CrossFit, I am carrying multiple 50lb – 100lb bags of feed, bales of hay and whatever else comes along! Did I mention I am 59 years old and have never regularly exercised in my life! It’s my one year anniversary in April 2018!
The coaches and community at Landmark have had such a huge impact on my life not just physically but mentally. Thank you to my husband, Hans, for being supportive and listening to Mandy and I ramble on about the class, Mark for encouraging me to try CrossFit, Mandy for going with me, and the 6am zombie crew for all their encouragement and friendship. Last, but not least, I’d like to thank Val, Rob, and Terry for their coaching.”
Jasmine, our Nutrition Coach, started her CrossFit journey with us in 2016. Although her shoulder mobility continues to be something she works on, she is dedicated to improving her fitness one step at a time.
“When I started CrossFit I thought that my lack of strength was going to be my most limiting ability. Little did I know that mobility was actually the biggest obstacle I would face. It didn’t take long for the coaches to notice that the range of motion in my shoulders was VERY limited. I couldn’t do anything that required an overhead position. I would also later learn that my spine was stiff and my flexibility was lacking there as well.
Rob showed me some stretches and exercises and also told me about a Registered Massage Therapist that he thought might be able to help, Danny Laramee. I saw Danny right away and immediately saw improvement in my tightness and mobility. But the improvement was minuscule. Danny said it would be like water on stone, it was going to take time and A LOT of work to get my shoulders where I wanted them to be. So, I got to work! I went into the gym early or stayed late almost every day and did the exercises that Rob and Danny had showed me. It’s taken A LONG time and A LOT of work, but I can snatch and overhead squat, which I honestly thought I would never be able to do. I’ve also rid myself of tension headaches which were a common occurrence. I still have a lot work to do, but I’ve come a long way. I’ve also learned that flexibility is just as important as strength if you want to keep up with the amazing people at our box.”
Kaili joined us in the fall of 2017 and continues to make progress everyday. She refuses to let her shoulder mobility get in the way of her workouts. She shows up and gives it her all!
“I did not realize that I had shoulder mobility issues until I started coming to CrossFit, because my previous gym had little to no coaching/supervision. This was frustrating at first, as I was very limited in the movements that I could do, but over time I realized that with mobility comes strength and I decided to go and see Danny Laramee, an RMT and former strength coach, who was highly recommended by Coach Rob.
Going to see Danny has not only improved the mobility in my shoulders, but my overall confidence in the gym. I can do a lot more movements with ease. Once my form and technique improves, I can begin to focus on strength, which is something I am looking forward to.
While I am not yet at 100%, I know how far I’ve come in only a matter of months, and I’m thankful for the help I have received.
Physio has taught me a lot about patience, because the process can be slow at times – but I am now able to work on other weaknesses of mine, and know that one day I’ll look back and see how much I’ve improved and progressed. I’ve learned that being able to appreciate the journey, and the ups and downs that may come with it are integral to success, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Erik started his CrossFit journey with us in 2016 and he hasn’t looked back since. While trying to fill the void after his competitive hockey days, he discovered CrossFit did much more than that.
“My life has always revolved around athletics for as long as I can remember. From a young age, I grew up playing competitive hockey and soccer. Once I was old enough, I was drafted and then transitioned to playing Junior A hockey in the Ottawa area for five years. Playing Junior hockey, in turn, helped me reach my goal of receiving an athletic scholarship to play NCAA hockey in Colchester, Vermont at Saint Michael’s College. After my four years playing college hockey, and bouncing around a handful of different minor pro training camps, I decided I wasn’t getting any younger and it was time to focus on life after hockey.
I was happy with my decision to become an elementary school teacher, but something was missing. Everything that I had been missing in my life since I made the decision not to pursue a career playing hockey felt like it had returned to me when I finally made the decision to try a class at Landmark CrossFit. That void I had been feeling was no longer there for me. After spending the better part of my life being exposed to living a certain lifestyle and having those daily routines – going to the arena/gym on a daily basis to train and practice with my teammates, being surrounded by a sense of community, having the ability to be able to challenge and push myself and my teammates physically and mentally, holding each other accountable, being responsible with what I put into my body, and more – are all I knew and without them something didn’t feel right. Well, I feel all of those things again being a part of the Landmark CrossFit family – and so much more. I feel as though I am an athlete at heart and I feel more whole again as most of the things I was so used to in my life have returned to me.
The community is second to none at Landmark. I truly get the sense that everyone here cares about and wants each other to succeed in their own personal journeys – we are all working toward a goal of health and wellness. We push each other everyday to be the best version of ourselves and I love that about CrossFit and Landmark CrossFit specifically!
Over my years playing Junior and college hockey, I have worked with many well respected trainers and nutritionists (NHL, NCAA and Minor Professional) and alongside many elite athletes. I can honestly say that the attention to detail that the coaches at Landmark give to us and the pride they take in their craft is second to none. I have learned more about my body than I had in the past and I look forward to getting to the box everyday to try and be better. I continue to grow not only in my physical fitness, but also as a person each and every time I step into the box. Socially, I am not the most comfortable person, and being able to feel accepted by everyone and have interactions with everyone on a daily basis is a really good feeling, especially when the atmosphere is so positive. You instantly have a group of people you feel close to.
I am thankful for my CrossFit family and can’t see a future for myself without CrossFit. I look forward to being a good role model for not only my son as he gets older, but also for my students that I teach every year, in helping them to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I also look forward to continuing to grow as a CrossFit athlete and person each and everyday I step into the box and what the future may have in store for me if I continue along this journey. The only thing I regret so far about my CrossFit journey is not trying it sooner.”
John started CrossFit with us in the fall of 2017 after he decided to prioritize his health. Since joining, he has improved his fitness and overall mobility. John also took the initiative to clean up his diet and lost over 20lb. He is proud to set a great example for his kids in showing them the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
“After watching my weight go in the wrong direction and feeling my energy levels diminish, I felt it was finally time to do something about it. I was originally reluctant to join CrossFit. Other than competitive sports, I had always worked out on my own and was comfortable with my routine. Fear of the unknown was my biggest obstacle. My wife, Karen, who is also a current Landmark member, had suggested that we look into CrossFit numerous times over the years but I always found a reason as to why it wasn’t a good idea for me. There was an at home workout that I wanted to try and I felt that I didn’t need a coach because of my sports background. We also have three young children so I just didn’t think that I had the time. The problem was that although the at home workouts got me moving for a short time, the DVDs got boring and repetitive and my motivation dwindled. If I did workout, I wouldn’t consistently push myself hard enough to make any serious improvement. After Karen told me she was going to sign up with or without me, I decided I’d join with her for one month and give it a try.
I was comfortable in a regular gym setting but this was different. No mirrors, no egos, no people sitting around on machines texting. Just a group of people who were there to get a good workout in, push themselves, and be supportive of one another. It was difficult to admit, but I was in worse shape than I thought. The first week was hard and I was really sore… but I kept going back because I had decided that it was finally time to get fit.
I have now been doing CrossFit for seven months with a personal goal of going a minimum of four times per week. It challenges me daily, but I have made some health and fitness progressions that I didn’t think were possible. I have had bad knees from many previous sports injuries that were severely limiting my mobility. With Rob and Val’s coaching and modifications to exercises early on, I now have the best knee mobility and strength that I have had in 20 years. I am no longer concerned with knee issues in my daily life which is shocking to me after all this time. Athletically, I am doing things again that I thought were out of reach at this stage in my life. I guess I did need some coaching!
I have made dietary changes with an emphasis on avoiding prepared foods and limiting carbs. This, in addition to the exercise, has greatly increased my energy levels. I have achieved my initial goal of losing 20lb and I am now focused on getting better at certain exercises and improving my overall fitness. CrossFit has helped me in so many ways that it would be difficult to list them all. One that I feel is worth mentioning is the example that we are setting for our three children. We have always tried to teach them how important exercise and a healthy diet are; now we consistently model this in our daily lives.
Landmark CrossFit has made a significant and positive impact on my personal and family life. I look forward to many future WODs with the Landmark CrossFit team.”