“My name is Vince Kunasek, I’m 62 years old and joined CrossFit on February 18th, 2019. I just happened to rent office space two doors down from CrossFit Solaria, and met the owner, Greg, about three years ago when he just moved in. From time to time he would ask me when I was going to join. About a month prior to doing so I saw a Facebook post about a 6-Week Program and it got me thinking about fitness. I filled out the survey, but never followed up. The week of February 18th I was getting into my truck and I saw Greg standing outside. He said to me, “you know, our 6-week program is starting here in a couple of days…” and in a moment of weakness, I said “Okay, I’ll give it a shot,” thinking that 6 weeks couldn’t be that long.
I considered myself to be at that time physically above-average for my age, as I was doing moderate workouts in my home and in my neighborhood gym. It wasn’t long after the first couple of days of orientation that I discovered I was below average in physical fitness. When I first started, some of the strength things weren’t too bad. Other things were not so easy. For example, I couldn’t do a sit-up without having someone put weight on my feet. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to simply step onto a 20″ box especially when you have to repeat it 50 times. After the two-week orientation, I was starting to get a taste of what CrossFit was about, and I must admit there were times that I hated the taste. Early on in week three or four when were actually a part of the workouts, I learned what Metcon and AMRAPs were, and how brutal they can be. I basically died every morning. There were times that I thought I couldn’t finish the first 6 weeks but I was determined to do so. Maybe at any other box I might not have continued, but all the people – of which I am 25 years their senior – made you feel welcomed and a part of the group right away.They offered support and advice, and cheered you on when you thought you couldn’t take another breath or do another rep. Something was changing; I felt my attitude changing while my strength was increasing. At the end of the 6 weeks, I was the only one who took the challenge with perfect attendance. I have just completed my fourth month, I have dropped my body fat mass by 14.3 pounds. I have lost a total of 13 pounds while adding 2.5 pounds of lean muscle mass, and am hitting PRs with almost every lift now. Although burpees still suck, I have an understanding now that CrossFit will always be hard and pushing my limits. So thank you, Greg, Alex, Kaela, Gina, Travis, Rob, Teresa, Nannette, and everyone else who has helped me along. I’m glad to be a part of the Solaria family.”