“In 2016, I had just moved to Louisville and had just retired from my profession as an Olympic track and field pole-vaulter. Now with work and only so much time in the day I thought my goal of staying in shape would be impossible. I had known about CrossFit for years but that world was intimidating to me. I decided to take a chance and join a gym. To achieve my goal of competing in the Olympic Games, that meant surrounding myself with people that not only had the knowledge but also the experience. I took that same approach when finding a CrossFit gym which is why I chose Crossfit the Ville. I am so thankful I did. Now two years later I am stronger than I have ever been, I stayed in shape during and after my first pregnancy, and all with only being in the gym for about an hour a day, 3-4 days per week. The owner, Daniel Barnett, and the whole staff are so welcoming. For them it’s not just about exercising it’s about exercising with a purpose which gets real results. Even if you are new to the CrossFit world all workouts can be scaled to fit your needs. It’s such a comfortable atmosphere which makes you want to go to the gym, not dread it. I promise you, you will get in shape, have fun, and make new friends along the way.”
BE BRAVE, BE PERSISTANT
I still remember the day I visited Crossfit the ville for the first time. Seeing all the athletically fit guys and girls was more intimidating than I imagined. I saw Dan lying on the floor gasping for breath after a workout. I thought if CrossFit can do this to Dan (who is very fit and strong), what will happen to me (Haha). With dilemma and confusion, I joined CrossFit the Ville. Now looking back, I think that was one of the best decisions of my life. My very first workout, I was struggling to breath but I survived. One day became one month and one month became one year and more. With the help of Dan, Melissa and the CrossFit family, I gradually not only lost weight (when started I was 244lb, now I’m 185lb) but also gained a significant amount of strength and endurance.
Everyone at the Ville is very supportive and encouraging. I have learned to jump rope, do kipping pull-ups, snatches, cleans, deadlifts (my favorite), and skin the cat (Ya it’s a workout… haha) and many more skills in this gym. I enjoy when I visit other gyms and I’m able to demonstrate my gains and it’s all because of the help from Dan and Melissa. Working in Medical field is very stressful and challenging but working out with this CrossFit family helps me to deal with all the stress. And I’ve made good friends in the process. So, for all who are thinking to join crossfit or confused about trying crossfit; I would say give it a shot. You have nothing to lose (except some stubborn fat) and everything to gain. And don’t be scared. Dan and everyone at The Ville will be very supportive in the whole process and help you to achieve your goals in the best possible way.
Kuldeep Ghosh aka “Kool”
Early July of 2017 I entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mississippi through the much needed push from family and friends. I had been abusing any and all things unhealthy to the body and mind. A 30-day stint was not enough to get me back on track and quickly fell into old habits and found myself at the Hazeldon Betty Ford Clinic for another round of treatment. Thankfully this was my last. Challenges to my sobriety come up often but through Crossfit the Ville I have found a great way to challenge myself mentally and physically which isn’t the typical path for those struggling with addiction, but is working for me. I owe everyone at Crossfit the Ville an endless amount of thanks for the instruction, the push to continue through the tough workouts and having a good laugh afterwards.