Hey! Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Nicolas Carmichael. I live in Congers, NY.
How did you find out about CrossFit Rising Legends?
My neighbor was thinking about signing up at a nearby CrossFit gym that had recently opened. I wasn’t looking for a gym at the time but CrossFIt had sounded interesting so I mentioned it to my wife. She jumped online, found the box (which turned out to be only 5min from my home and we had driven past it 100 times), contacted Charly, and arranged a trial class.
Why did you want to try this?
My fitness experience has been body weight workouts at home. I started with high intensity interval work like Insanity and tabata. This transitioned into more strength focused work and, most recently, had been focusing on calisthenics progressions but wondering what else I could do. It’s not possible to be into fitness without hearing about CrossFit and it has a mixed reputation that made it interesting. I liked the idea of trying out weightlifting and, coming from a background of strict bodyweight movement, wanted to know why kipping wasn’t cheating.
How does Rising Legends differ from other experiences you’ve had at other Gyms?
I’ve actually never had other gym experiences. I’m used to working out alone, usually in a basement or garage. I’ve heard other people’s stories about obnoxious gym-goers and coaches with unreal expectations. But if that’s what’s out there, then Rising Legends isn’t the norm. Everyone here is friendly, encouraging, and in this together.
Why do you still CrossFit?
I’ve been at this for six months now and I feel that CrossFit is a natural “next chapter” in my fitness journey. The workouts challenge me to utilize the body weight, jump rope, and cardio interval training that brought me to this point. And now I’m building on that platform with heavy weights, complex lifts, and a competitive atmosphere that pushes you to do your best every day. All of this is challenging and difficult which is great because it shows me I have a lot to learn and a lot of room to improve.
Has anything changed for you mentally? Physically?
Mentally - I’m realizing another level of grit. It takes a certain mindset to push through a tough workout and CrossFit WODs some of the toughest. As hard as the physical challenge is, overcoming the mental block is the biggest hurdle.
Physically - My body is learning new movements and positions. Every morning I wake up sore from class and that’s lets me know it’s working.
What do you think about the coaching?
The coaches are very knowledgable and supportive. I’ve only worked with Charly and David so far but I’m sure all of their team is equally committed to making the members feel welcomed and encouraged. And it’s amazing to have your coaches doing the WODs with you. They’re not only giving us guidance but they’re right there going through the same torture we are. That earns the respect a coach deserves.
What do you think about the community / other members?
Coming from a home exercise environment, I was used to working out alone. When I first joined CFRL, I liked the small class sizes (sometimes it’s just me and coach) because it was what I had been doing. But the members are so nice and everyone supports each other. Now I find myself a little disappointed when there aren’t others signed up for class.
What would you say to someone new who’s thinking about starting?
Do it. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, part-timer, or just getting started, CrossFit has enough variety and scalability to be the right fit. The coaches and the members are so friendly, it's easy to feel comfortable and focus on your goals.