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Athlete of the Month-John Bergt

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This months Upper Limit Athlete of the Month is John Bergt.  I remember the morning that him and his wife hesitantly walked through the front doors, donning workout clothes, water bottles in hand.  I could tell that neither one was crazy about the idea of working out, much less working out at 530am! I began in the manner that I always do, with new athletes-slowly.  I explained the workout to them, then showed them what all the movements were. Because every one of our athletes is different, we did, with John and his wife, what we would do with any new athlete- scale the movements to their own ability. I stayed by their side through the whole workout, made some adjustments along the way and and cheered them on to the very end! When it was over they looked at me and asked, “Whats next?”

“Your done, you finished the whole workout!”

They looked at each other with the biggest smiles I have ever seen and said, “We did it! We finished our first workout!”

They both continue to make history every time they step foot in the doors of Upper Limit!

Here’s a little bit more about John…

What made you decide to join CrossFit Upper Limit and how long have you been a member? We got exposed to CFUL from a drop-in visit by one of the marketing people to the North Phoenix Chamber of Commerce office. We spent an hour or so talking, and after getting a better understanding of what CrossFit really is, I texted my wife and told her “We are going to CrossFit for the 5:30 am class.” I think she still thinks I was nuts to go to that morning session. That was July 27th, and we have been members since, so about 8 months now.

What are your fitness goals? Our primary goal is to get healthier. I know that is kind of vague, but we are so early still in our fitness journey that it’s kind of hard to say what my end goal is. One of my goals is to be able to buy jeans at Costco. Sounds weird, I know, but that’s a goal. Right now, I have to buy my clothes in Big & Tall stores or online, and there seems to be an automatic 50-100% markup for that. I want to get to a point where I can see my toes again, and be healthy, so I can enjoy many more years with my wife.

Talk to us about your athletic background. What did you do prior to training at CrossFit Upper Limit? Before CFUL I was a couch potato. My philosophy was “How many people break a bone while channel surfing on the couch?” I had spent the last years becoming less flexible, and unable to do things I used to do. Simple daily activities had become much more difficult. It was affecting my life at home, and also in some of the hobbies and activities I am involved with.

What type of diet do you follow? Before CFUL, our diet was non-existent. Thanks to the people we met at the box, we have discovered an entirely new way of eating and preparing food. We now precook our meals for the week, after shopping for supplies at the farmer’s market and a butcher out in Surprise. We have felt a difference in how we feel, and our energy level, and how hard we can push ourselves at the box.

Favorite movements in the CrossFit program? Lifting weights. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment every time I get a new PR.

Least favorite? Squats! I hate squats. But I know with each one I do, my knees get stronger, and they become less annoying.

Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you. I was born in Germany and came to the US with my parents in 1982. I grew up as an airline brat, and I have been to six of the seven continents. I spent my summer vacations traveling all over the world, learning about cultures and people. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but I sure do now.

How has being a member of CrossFit Upper Limit impacted your life? It has been nothing short of amazing! My dad had passed 6 weeks earlier, after complications from a stroke he had Feb 14, 2011. My father in law had just had triple bypass heart surgery after having a heart attack three weeks before we started. It was a wakeup call to my wife and I. A month after we joined, I had an appointment with my endocrinologist. The appointment wasn’t very encouraging. My blood test ranked me as a diabetic. My cholesterol levels had gone way up, my liver values were up, and my weight was going up. Six months later, in January, my next blood test results were very different. I was no longer a diabetic, my cholesterol’s were all in the great range, and my endocrinologist was super happy with my results. I have dropped 25+ pounds, my pants which used to be tight are now falling off if I don’t wear a belt. I can do things I haven’t been able to do, and am now doing things that I never thought I could possibly do.