Received from Jim, via email (Banker and father of 3)
When I first saw what CrossFit was all about, I honestly thought the workouts were insane. Being slightly north of 40, there was no way was I going to be able to keep up. I have known Paul for years and he assured me that the workouts would be adapted to my level and that eventually I would be able complete workouts like I had seen on the day of the open house. I trust Paul completely so I signed up.
Well, I am so glad I did. Though it has only been about 2 months, I am already seeing a huge difference in daily life. I am able to take the stairs quickly and not be out of breath and the best was this past hunting season. We have one run that requires you to start at the top of a steep incline. In past years the trek to the top would leave me winded and require a sit down type rest. This year, when I got to the top, I actually at to stop, look around and check the map to make sure I was in the right place. The trek was that easy I figured I must be in the wrong location.
Paul was right when he said the workouts can be scaled to your ability. I have found that even thought I am doing a heavily modified version of the workouts, no one talks down to you about it or makes any discouraging comments. In fact the opposite is true; everyone has been encouraging and supportive.
It has not been without a downside, and my knees have protested at doing the workouts, but that is where CrossFit Colosseum shines. Having direct access to Athletic Therapy means that pains and strains can be looked at right away and dealt with before they become motivation killers. In my case, my workouts have been adapted so that I can continue without slowing down recovery and strengthen to prevent future injury.