I started crossfit 5 years ago. I had always been an athlete. Played baseball professionally and later released. Started to gain weight without sports in my life, so I started running to get in shape. 3 years later I had run 3 marathons in addition to a number of other competitive races. In my 4th year of running, I became arthritic and needed a total hip replacement at the age of 33. After a few years away from running and eating horrifically, I looked in the mirror to see a 256 lb guy that I didn’t recognize. Thanks to the encouragement of Allison & TJ Belger, I started Crossfit at TJ's gym and have been addicted ever since. I love Crossfit for the competitive environment which I had been lacking & comradely between fellow X-fitters. I feel great, have lost 40+ lbs and have dropped 4 pants sizes.