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Structure + Encouragement = Improvement: Scott's Story

After hitting his weight loss goal through long distance running, Scott Cole stepped into the 12 Labours- Columbia District, then CrossFit Syndicate, looking to gain more strength and structure to his workouts.

“I wanted to build muscle and get stronger,” he explains, “but I’m not a gym rat and wasn’t looking for the usual gym experience- which is why I wanted to start CrossFit.”

When he first started with his free intro with Coach Jess, he knew it was something he’d enjoy. There was a group atmosphere that wasn’t matched with usual gyms or the solitude of strictly running. And while the lifts and form cues are difficult to learn at first, it didn’t take Scott long to come into his own as an athlete at 12 Labours.

He even won the Whole Life Challenge, a nutrition and lifestyle challenge, last spring. The challenge showed his diligence with a strict diet- losing inches and gaining muscle- while also staying committed to getting stronger during each workout.

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"Instead of using other people as competition or comparison, use them for encouragement. Everyone will cheer you on to finish a WOD whether you’re first or last."

  • Workout I’ll always attend: Anything with running. 5k run or anything with running plus another movement.
  • What I’ll always remember: Heels down. Knees out.
  • What I’ll miss most: The 7PM crew (you know who you are) it’s been great working out with everyone and getting to know new people at the gym.
  • Advice to new CrossFitters: Respect the process. Don’t expect to be a champion as soon as you set foot into the gym. Know that this is a process. I came into the gym without an athletic background. Instead of using other people as competition or comparison, use them for encouragement. Everyone will cheer you on to finish a WOD whether you’re first or last.

We’ve loved working out with you and coaching you, Scott. Best of luck to you as you take your talents to Alabama. Keep up the great work.

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