Ross and Toni Dunovant
Occupation: Combo Driver/Switcher (Ross); Physical Therapy Assistant (Toni)
When did you start CrossFit?: June 2013
Favorite WOD: "Jackie" (Ross); anything with lateral bar burpees or overhead squats (Toni)
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with HSPU (Ross); I love them all, but "Cindy" once made me sick (Toni)
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I played soccer, baseball and basketball in high school and also played soccer one year in college (Ross). I had never lifted weights in my life before CrossFit. I played softball, volleyball, basketball and track in high school. (Toni)
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? We saw a sign for CrossFit Eden at Red River Grill and thought we should give it a try. Our first WOD was 7 wall balls, 7 sit-ups and 7 air squats for 7 minutes. It was terrible, we hurt for a whole week! At first we thought maybe we can't do this, but then we decided to go back three days later. Since then we have never looked back!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting CF? Before I started CrossFit I was 200lbs and didn't care about what I ate. I couldn't even run around the yard with my kids for more than a couple of minutes without getting winded. After I started CrossFit I lost 20 pounds of fat and then gained 10 pounds of muscle. Now I try to watch what I eat and am stronger and faster than I have ever been in my life! It has also made my marriage better in every way (Ross)! I have lost 8-10 pant sizes since starting CrossFit. I look and feel at least 80% better than when I was 18. I have more endurance, strength, energy and spunk! As a mom of two at the age of 33, I feel blessed to have found CrossFit Eden. It has helped me get my confidence back, and my family and marriage are stronger than ever (Toni)!
Any advice for people just getting started? My advice is to start slow and listen to your coaches. Be smart with the weights you use and learn good form before trying to go heavy. Don't give up. No one gets better by quitting (Ross). My advice would be to keep it up, it doesn't matter if you are the slowest, biggest, smallest or weakest. We all had to start from scratch and work our way up. I started using the fifteen pound barbells and every band possible when doing pull-ups! You WILL eventually accomplish your goals and when that happens scratch through them and make even bigger ones (Toni)!