Fury would like to congratulate Ernest Carson on being chosen as July Spotlight Athlete of the Month. Ernest has been with Fury for the past five years. He was nominated for his consistency in showing up as well as the positive attitude he brings to class. Last year Ernest was dealt a bad card when he ruptured his achilles tendon. This injury could have sidelined him and gave him reason to stop coming through the doors, however with determination to stay active he walked in every night to modify any movement he could to stay moving during his recovery. Ernest has been making improvements physically as well as staying mentally strong. He can always be heard giving a word of encouragement to those still needing to finish or even those finishing before him in a WOD. Here are his responses to our Spotlight Athlete questions.

“When I started I was headed towards diabetes and high cholesterol. Now those are far far away.”

What brought you to CrossFit?
I was going to a gym and just lifting weights but not doing any cardio because I was lazy. I was telling a friend about this and he said I should try CrossFit. He explained to me what CrossFit was about and it sounded interesting. I watched some workouts online and of course they make it look easy. After a few more conversations with my friend, I finally decided to try it out. When I finally came to the gym, Alissa showed me around and made feel at home. I signed up and got set up for my first assessment. Brandi killed me in my assessment and I vowed never to come back. It was so brutal!!!! Looking back on it, it was one of the easiest workouts I’ve ever done at Fury. I decided to give it one more shot and I went to my first official class. Marcus was the coach that day and he greeted me with a big smile. I can’t remember what the WOD was but I remember we had to run a 400m and I ran about 150m. I couldn’t believe how out of shape I really was. I remember Marcus telling after class how well I did for my first class and to keep coming. So, I took as a personal challenge to keep coming and to get better. Now looking back on my 5 years at Fury, I can honestly say I’m in the best mental and physical shape I’ve ever been in.

What has impacted me the most at Fury?
The biggest impact that Fury has had on me is the family atmosphere. People at Fury really care about you and your wellbeing. I realized this when I ruptured my achilles tendon. I couldn’t believe how many people asked how I was and really meant it. People that had been thru a major injury gave me advice on how to get thru it. They told me things that I needed to hear. The sad part for me is that it took this injury to realize how special Fury is to me. Also, my fitness level is at its highest. I’m 40 years old and I don’t feel a day over 25. Well on most days. I’ve dropped weight and put on muscle. I’m eating better and my stress level has gone way down. When I started, I was headed towards diabetes and high cholesterol. Now those are far far away. Also, my orthopedist said the reason my achilles healed so fast and good is because I was in such good shape when I ruptured it.

Any additional comment I have for current or potential members?
CrossFit will change your life if you allow it. I hated CrossFit for the first 3 years. I thought of it was a chore that I had to do 3 or 4 days a week. I was closed minded to what CrossFit could do for me. In July 2016, I finally opened my mind to what CrossFit could do for me. I was at my heaviest and unhappiest point of my life. I had stopped coming to gym but something made me finally come back. When I walked into the gym that Monday, Cole gave me a big hug and made feel like I was at home. I started to pay more attention to what I was eating and how my body was working. I started to realize CrossFit was fun. I started to realize what CrossFit could do for me. You might not always see the physical results but you feel the mental results every day. You look forward to coming to the gym to workout, hang out with new people, and have fun. I’m sure all Boxes are like this but in my opinion, Fury is the best. I’ve had some amazing coaches in my 5 years with Fury. I owe a lot to Brandi, Marcus, Derek, Cole, Kelly, Steve, and Reilly. These coaches have pushed me to be the Crossfitter that I am today. I add an element to my work out every day that they’ve taught me. The last comment I will give for current and potential members is just know it’s going to hurt, don’t stop coming, and breath later!!!!!!!