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How long did it take you to try CrossFit?

I knew about CrossFit for about a year before I tried my first workout at an affiliate. I actually completed my first CrossFit workout on my own. I repeated this workout at the gym every week in addition to my regular routine of running on the treadmill and milling about the gym with no clue what I was doing.

Why did it take me so long to start?

Short answer: I was intimidated, worried about injuring myself, and extremely insecure. Above all of my reasons was the big one. I had a big bad EGO!

The gym I belonged to in Rockville Centre was a conventional gym and there was a CrossFit Affiliate in the basement. I had to walk past CrossFit the Rock to use the locker room. Every time I walked by I saw people dropping barbells, doing pull ups, dropping their bodies to the floor, and laying in their own pool of sweat. It looked crazy!

I started to meet people who did CrossFit. They annoyed me. All they talked about was CrossFit. I thought to myself that this thing is definitely a cult. Everyone I talked to not only told me everything they thought about CrossFit, they always wanted me to try it. “You would love it!” my gym has a free workout you can try!

Not me. Never. I never belonged to a cult before. I’m not into trends. I’m already in good shape. I know what I am doing. I don’t like to try new things. I’m probably stronger than all of those guys. I could hurt myself. What if I look stupid. I don’t like putting myself out there. Not for me.

The owner saw me most days when I walked by. One day he waved me in and said just try it already. I did my free class the next day.

My first class was a humbling experience that left me questioning my personal methods for fitness. I thought I was in good shape. I never knew a seven minute workout would challenge me so much. I was used to running thirty minutes on a treadmill, but in just seven minutes I felt more wiped out than any of my running workouts.

My reasons for not trying were definitely excuses. We convince ourselves not to do things that cause pain. Working out is painful. It is hard and it sucks and I’m not just talking about CrossFit. But if you ask yourself on your drive home after your workout how do you feel? I bet the answer will be that you feel awesome, empowered, happy, productive, you name it.

I can’t change how long it took me to start, but sometimes I do imagine what it would be like if I did start sooner.

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brian Rosen
brian Rosen
21:34 21 Oct 20
I’ve been a member at Radd CrossFit since 2013. The coaches are all knowledgeable and supportive of all members no... matter what level you are at in your nutrition and physical journey. The members at Radd are like family members and the entire community is extremely supportive! Through group classes, accountability coaching and one on one coaching I have learned valuable nutrition and exercise lessons that I can utilize for life. I highly recommend starting your fitness journey at Radd!read more
Diane Yodice
Diane Yodice
15:44 14 Oct 20
If I can describe the philosophy of RADD in a few words it would be, "You can do it!" This may sound like a common... phrase, but RADD lives by this philosophy from workouts, to eating, to lifestyle changes, and to overall mental and emotional health. RADD cares about the WHOLE person and helps you to achieve your goals. They treat you like family and they care about their people. Every coach works with you at your own pace and caters workouts to what you can do, and then pushes you to your next level. At first a CrossFit workout seemed like an impossibility to me but I once I took the plunge, I loved it because RADD made me feel that I can do it. Since every workout is structured to your abilities and what challenges you, everyone feels welcome in group settings and everyone supports each other. The RADD family helped me to become a better me both inside and out!read more
Laura Kaveney
Laura Kaveney
18:19 13 Oct 20
I recently joined RADD after moving from the city to Glen Cove, and so far the experience has been great! The owners... and staff have been incredibly welcoming, from the moment I requested information Dan reached out to me immediately (like, within a minute of pressing submit) and wanted to learn about my goals as well as what drives me to be fit and healthy. Since it’s a family run business, there’s definitely a personal touch you sense right away, they care a lot about their members and the quality of the space and equipment. With Covid, the safety measures in place have made me feel comfortable, and I’ve really enjoyed the workouts so far. The programming is well balanced and thought out, and it’s been great to help me get back in shape after quarantine. Everyone is super friendly and accommodating, I highly recommend RADD to anyone passing through the area or looking for a new CrossFit gym or fitness community.read more
Arleigh Rothenberg
Arleigh Rothenberg
02:00 14 Sep 20
RADD CrossFit is incredible. I am so impressed by their professionalism, level of expertise, and their ability to meet... the needs of each client, even when each client is at a different point in their fitness journey. The RADD community is equally as amazing. I can feel and see my improvement, and I'm so happy to have joined RADD! Thank you!read more
Sophia Capobianco
Sophia Capobianco
01:27 03 Feb 20
A very welcoming and supportive community. RADD has taught me all aspects of fitness and how to live a healthy... lifestyle. The Coaches that work there dedicate everything to their members and the community. Love the different classes that are accessible to all ages. I have been there for about 3 years and can see myself a life long member.read more
Jeannette Anobile
Jeannette Anobile
14:56 19 Jan 20
I have been going to RADD since October 2018 and have only had wonderful experiences. I started with no prior... experience, the coaches tailored the classes to my ability and helped me get stronger! They are truly a community! Every coach is approachable and understanding. Rob, Dan and Diana really do want the absolute best for their members. The nutrition support is amazing. They inspire you to work to your best. I have seen amazing changes and improvements to my body. Thank you RADD!read more
Sierra Werz
Sierra Werz
15:25 18 Jan 20
So grateful for RADD and their coaches/members, best thing you can do is walk through those doors!!
Richard Olson
Richard Olson
03:21 22 Sep 18
Great gym and amazing workouts! Coaches are professional, knowledgeable and motivating. Members are really friendly... and welcoming.read more
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