Member Stories – Todd Kinsman

Hi. My name is Todd and I do CrossFit. Honestly, I still find it hard to believe that I do CrossFit.

I didn’t even know what CrossFit was when I came to the gym. Three years ago I set out to find a fitness program that would help me get in shape in time for my wedding (2 months away at the time… in 2014) and I stumbled upon CrossFit.

Because I’ve always been an ‘indoor kid’ I didn’t realize that CrossFit was also a sport that had an increasingly bigger following—I just wanted to have my pizza and eat it too. I came because I was told by a friend that there was a gym downtown offering a free class and that I should check it out if I wanted to get into shape. So that’s what I did.

I signed up for the free class (member number 6, whoot whoot!) and met Nikole and Dirk for the first time. (That’s a photo from the day we all met!) They were kind people who were passionate about fitness in a way that wasn’t intimidating. I felt welcomed to the community and immediately signed up for more classes. About 6 months later I realized I joined a sport but it was too late to back out, I was hooked.

It’s been over 3 years since I signed up and I’m so happy I did. Recursive has been a constant in my life that has not only given me a place to achieve my fitness goals, but also a sense a community and belonging during busy times, sleepy mornings, and exhausted evenings.

Watching others work hard to learn a new movement or reach a new PR has kept me motivated to set similar goals for myself. In the first year I tended to scale most of the workouts but as time passed the awesome coaches have worked with me and showed me techniques to build the strength and flexibility needed to be successful in the WOD movements.

Thanks to CrossFit and the Recursive family, I’m in the best shape of my life. I even enjoy working out and finding new fitness challenges. Last year my goal was to learn how to do a ring muscle up, and I actually did it.

I’m still not great at ring muscle ups but it was a wonderful reminder that the daily work, however tedious, can really pay off. There are so many lessons in the gym that I have applied to my daily life, helping me succeed and generally be a better human and because of that I’m grateful for Recursive and it’s many amazing members.