Here is Ben's Story...Enjoy!
Ben Montreuil’s Story
I’ve met most of the members of CrossFit Beyond and joining this gym has been a blessing. We’ve got great members and a great coaching staff (not to mention a great owner!). I generally stick to talking CrossFit when I’m getting ready for a WOD and don’t like talking if I have a bad workout, so I figured I would join in and tell my story.
I’m originally from the Rochester area and graduated from high school in 2010. I first heard the term ‘CrossFit’ from Mr. Merritt, one of my high school math teachers, who also happened to be my wrestling coach. He kept talking about this new and strange concept of fitness and introduced our wrestling team to CrossFit, much to our discomfort. After the season ended in February 2009, I wanted to keep the high intensity workouts coming and decided to give CrossFit a try. I haven’t stopped since.
I first started experimenting with the WOD’s from SealFit with a friend after years of the usual chest/triceps/biceps routines from bodybuilding websites. As expected, the owners of the gym in my town gave me some odd looks but to my relief never asked me to stop. I am forever grateful that they never stopped me, because I didn’t have the funds or time to go to a Box. (The gym is now a Planet Fitness facility)
After graduating high school and shipping off to MCRD Parris Island I knew CrossFit worked. CrossFit says it can help those in the military--- and it’s true. Following graduation from School of Infantry I came to SUNY Albany and immediately joined Albany CrossFit. I spent some time there and then worked out on campus, but an athlete needs a Box to call home. I joined CrossFit Beyond in January 2013 and have loved every minute of it.