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“5 month ago (Sept 2017), I had my first CrossFit class and it was the best decision I ever made. At the time, I was obesely overweight (322.5lbs), I was fighting a deep depression as well as severe anxiety. Needless to say, I was extremely unhappy with my health, and as a result, I was not being the best Dad I could be for my 4yr old daughter.

The previous 4 years had been exceedingly challenging for me (divorce, multiple career changes), and I was looking down the barrel of the busiest and most stressful time of year at work. I knew if I didn’t do something immediately, my health I was going to spiral out of control.

I had driven by Semiahmoo Athletic Club a few times and decided to reach out to Joe and Sharan and start to take control of my health, and as it would turn out, take control of my life again. The support and community that I have found at Semi is nothing short of life changing. From the coaches, to everyone in the classes, it has quickly become an essential part of my and my daughter’s life.

Thanks to a outstanding and comprehensive nutrition program by Sharan, I’ve made great progress with getting my nutrition on track. I’ve also started an Olympic lifting program with Jy and it has quickly become one of my favorite activities. Thanks to Holly and Kyle, I’ve learned new skills in gymnastics I never thought I would ever be able to do! All the other coaches I’ve had the good fortune of working with so far (Joe, Hector, Mike, Erin ) have all been an incredible source of support and coaching for me. My daughter is even working with Erin in the CrossFit kids program!

Throughout this journey, I’ve lost just over 60 lbs., my confidence has dramatically improved, my anxiety is at an all time low, and I’m being a much more active, engaged and supportive father for my daughter. I’ve just completed my first mini season of competition and looking forward to the next ones! I’ve also met some truly great and amazing people in this community and every day I meet more. The support and encouragement they have provided is nothing short phenomenal!!”

-Roger Marshall

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