Gary BeforeGary After CrossFit Invictus Challenge

What did you think was possible in 7.5 weeks?  Did you think you could lose 30 lbs?  Did you think you could add 30 lbs. to your max effort clean?  Well, several did.

The Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good Challenge was more successful than I could have ever dreamed.  The results, across the board, were phenomenal!  On average, our participants improved by 36 points on their Play Good Challenge workout – a combination of improvement in max effort clean and reps performed in the conditioning workout.  That alone would make me a very happy man; the changes seen in the photographs are icing on the cake.  Several individuals lost 25 lbs. or more while still improving on their max effort cleans.  That’s damn good!

Without further ado, the winners of the Invictus Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good Challenge are:

  • First Place – Kim McLaughlin (finished in the top 3 in all scoring components!)
  • Second Place – Mark “Thor” Noah
  • Third Place – Tausha Beard
  • Fourth Place – Merritte Powell
  • Fifth Place – Gary Martin (pictured above)

I will be highlighting each of the winners as I receive their permission to share their stories, but I will start with our Fifth Place finisher – my big brother, Gary Martin (pictured above).  It’s easy to take him first because I know the circumstances he was fighting to make these changes – and he cannot get too angry about me bragging about him.

Gary won the photo component – which was only one third of the overall scoring – by a landslide.  But he didn’t have an easy path.  Gary is a father, husband and shift worker.  He goes to work at 4:00 a.m. and goes straight from work to pick up his son (5) and nephew (4) from school.  He brings them down to the gym with him at 4:30 p.m., heads home for some dinner, hangs out with his wife (who often has to work late), and then gets to bed about 5 hours before he has to get up to do it again.  Needless to say, this busy lifestyle led to a lot of eating foods most convenient to him, and the sleep deprivation wreaked havoc on his body.

Over the last 8 weeks, Gary gave up soda and fast food, and dedicated himself to a diet fueled by meats and veggies, complemented by some fruit and nuts to satisfy any sweet cravings.  He hasn’t been able to find time to get much more sleep, but he has stayed diligent with the nutrition and consistent at the gym.  The photos (see below) speak for themselves.

I am extremely proud of all of our competitors, and my brother is no exception.  (He is not, however, exempt from razzing about the tan in the “after” photos.)

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