Don Wong

Don Wong Level 2 TestingDedication.  Consistency.  Faith in the CrossFit Scottsdale program.  When I joined CrossFit Scottsdale 19 months ago, I was in bad shape.  I had been recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I was busting out of all my clothes, and I was completely unfit and unhealthy.  My first Baseline was… terrible!  I would come into class and look at the WOD and say to myself, “There’s no way that I could ever do THAT!”  I feared every class and would have dropped out if it had not been for my doctor telling me that I needed to exercise, or else go on diabetes meds within a few years.  The mantra of “Show up!  Don’t quit!” was something I kept on saying to myself as I got into my car, drove to class, and struggled through each WOD.

Then things began to change.  The WODs became… do-able.  My strength and stamina increased.  I actually began to enjoy the WODs…  Was I going crazy?  When I thought about it, I was actually enjoying the personal coaching that I got from each and every coach, as well as the support that I got from my fellow CrossFitters.  That is really what got me through each WOD, and that was what excited me about coming back for the next one.

When the Level II test came out about a year ago, I again thought it would be impossible for me to ever pass it.  There’s no way that I could run a mile, and we had to run two!  Fifty pull-ups?  I didn’t even have one!  What’s all this olympic lifting stuff?  HOW much weight???  And then 50 burpees on top of all that!  No FREAKIN’ way!  But then in June of this year, Coach Luke encouraged me to give it a try.  He told me at the very least I would get a great WOD in.  Needless to say, I did not pass the July test, nor did I pass the September test.  But somehow Luke got it in my head that I could pass with the right training.

Coach Luke helped develop a personal training program for me to do the things that I needed in order to pass the Level II test.  For the next 8 weeks I was doing 2 WODs a day, 4-5 days a week, plus one WOD over the weekend.  I had to work on all the weaknesses in my game.  Run.  Lift.  Pull-up.  I had to eat clean, hydrate, and improve my mobility.  Throughout it all, I had the support of all the CrossFit Scottsdale coaches.  Yeah, I had to do the work, but the coaches encouraged me and helped me adjust along the way.  I am happy to say that the 3rd time is the charm!  I passed the Level II test!  Finally!  And although I am happy to say that I am now in the best shape of my life at 38 years old, I can also say that I know this is only the beginning and I will only continue to improve.

All that I can say is Thank You to all the coaches and my fellow CrossFitters.  While passing the Level II test is a huge accomplishment for me, the CrossFit Scottsdale program has done so much more.  My diabetes is almost completely reversed and without any drugs!  I have met some AMAZING people who inspire me every day!  I am healthy and fit, and I know that I am on the right path to having many wonderful years to come with my wife and expectant child!  I can truly say, from the bottom of my heart, that joining CrossFit Scottsdale has been one of the best things that I have done in my life.  To anyone who is reading this, all you need to do is “Show up!  Don’t quit!” and just trust the program.  It works!  My life has changed in many wonderful ways, and I wish to same to you.