|I have been very athletic all my life - a soccer player, a runner, and a snowboarder. Yet, after trying several attempts to get in shape for firefighting, I knew something was missing from my workout routine. I needed to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Seeing as though firefighting is highly physically demanding, I realized I needed and wanted to make a change, and fast. I looked to CrossFit Milwaukee with Ryan Atkins which now became my new found way of strength and conditioning.
The training I was doing with CrossFit was very different than anything I had ever experienced before. I learned very early on that if I wanted to really make a difference that this wasn’t going to be just about a nutritional diet or have forced workout routines, but a lifestyle change. I learned fitness can be fun and exciting. The results came quickly for me.
Training with CrossFit was the best decision I have ever made. I remember my first day of CrossFit - I thought I was going to die after 10 minutes. I said to myself, these warm-ups at CrossFit are most people’s “entire” workout. I was nervous just thinking that there was more to come after the warm-up. But that is when I knew that CrossFit was what I needed for conditioning my body. This was the best thing for me and my firefighting. My energy level has increased tremendously and I successfully passed the CPAT test for firefighting. I feel the best that I have ever felt in my life because CrossFit works!
Mandy H. (Milw, WI)