My Resolution CrossFit family calls me D-Nice. My real name is Denise Moore. I’m 57 years old and I love CrossFit. I started doing CrossFit at RCF over 6 years ago.
Before I even started CrossFit, I was having issues with my shoulder. It turned out to be a frozen shoulder, something that takes years to fix on its own. It was so painful that I couldn’t even hold a PVC pipe overhead. The coaches at RCF modified all the WODs for me and helped me use CrossFit as a physical therapy tool to heal my shoulder. It was tough, but with hard work my shoulder healed. I would say my shoulder got stronger than when I was 20 years younger. I even dared to participate in the Open in 2012 and again in 2013.
November 1st, 2013, I received a call from my doctor. They had found breast cancer. They gave me options, but with my family history, there was only one real option, bilateral full mastectomy with reconstruction. I went into the surgery in the best shape of my life hoping that would help me recover quickly. It did, but it goes deeper than that. I’ve learned many valuable lessons from CrossFit, one is “never quit” and another is just keep “chipping away.” That’s what I did through the all the surgeries and recoveries, I never quit and kept chipping away. I never quit CrossFit, I just modified what I did. And there was my RCF family, cheering me on like they would do for anyone finishing a WOD, pulling me through to finish.
I can say today I’m cancer free, which is a blessing more than I can express. All the surgeries have taken a toll, but I’m extremely hopeful that eventually I’ll be back to the “best shape of my life.” I’m doing skills that I never did before my diagnosis. I PR’ed on squat clean at 145 lbs. and did my first kipping handstand push-up this year. I’d say the future is looking bright.
I met Matt and Vanessa in early 2010 when Matt became my personal trainer. At the time I was over 330 lbs. and had no idea my fitness journey would lead to where I am today. My then girlfriend (now wife) bought me two months’ worth of personal training with Matt as a Christmas gift. He was working at a small mom-and-pop gym at the time, and honestly, I figured I would learn everything I needed to know from him over the two months and then finish the journey on my own.
After my time with Matt had finished, he told me about this gym he was starting with his then girlfriend (now wife) Vanessa called Resolution CrossFit. He explained to me what CrossFit was and made it very clear he thought it would be helpful for me to continue my training at the new gym.
After two months, I realized that I could not do this journey on my own and started going to Resolution CrossFit. I started to lose weight and found myself becoming a better athlete. As the results improved, my desire to be better also grew. I never intended to be the guy that goes to the gym every day, to be the guy who feels like crap if I don’t get a workout in, but my time at this gym as a part of this family has turned me into to that very guy.
After six plus years at this gym, I now have lost over 120 lbs. and can say that I am happier than I have ever been. I understand that I had to put in the work to get to where I have, but Matt and Vanessa have created a gym and a CrossFit family that have pushed me and inspired me to put in that work and want to come every day to RCF and sweat my butt off.
I typically do not do testimonials or success stories. In this case, I am compelled to do so to let others know about the fine coaches, facilities and community at Resolution CrossFit.
I started at RCF almost 2 years ago. At first I was intimidated due to the amazing athletes lifting crazy amounts of weight with unbelievable technique. As an “over 50” male, my body was not capable of keeping up with my desire and competitive juices. Once I made the commitment to RCF, the coaches and members were fantastic. It truly is an inspiring place to achieve better health and wellness. The coaches have always made sure safety and injury-free workouts are of utmost importance. The members, while competitive, are more encouraging and uplifting. Never does a workout go by where you don’t hear “let’s go, great job, good work,” etc.
As for facilities, there is not a nicer and cleaner gym. There are always lots of choices for equipment, plenty of room, and did I say a fanatically clean environment? I looked at several boxes before settling on RCF. It was an easy decision once you experience the facility and the people.
Now and probably most surprising for me is the community. It sounds cliché, but it is truly a dedicated group of people with similar goals. The chats in between sets and after class are invaluable. When others inspire you, it also holds you accountable. You don’t want to skip class or let others or yourself down so it’s easier to stick to your goals. When there’s no friends or community, saying “not today” can become a habit – not at RCF.
So is mine a success story? I’ve stuck with RCF consistently for almost 2 years – more than any other plan or gym before. I’m in the best shape of my life. Despite the years and wear and tear, I feel stronger, more fit, vibrant and so alive! I’ve met a lot of great people and have made incredible friendships at RCF. I look forward to getting up at 5 a.m. to get my workout in to start the day. I’m well ahead of my peers in terms of health and wellness. Counting all that, yes, mine is a success story at RCF!