After saying, “See you later” to NY and NJ in December, 2017, we drove 1,200 miles to Florida in a little Prius. Although we stopped at CrossFit Rittenhouse in Philly, and stayed with our awesome friends Zak & Tiffany in North Carolina, we were ready for an epic WOD, and CrossFit Tough As Nails in Oviedo didn’t disappoint.
Our first Saturday there was a crisp morning, and we were greeted by Hank, the owner of CrossFit Tough As Nails, UCF coach, CrossFit master, jiu-jitsu and MMA trainer. He was very welcoming and made us feel right at home from the start, by introducing us to his tight-knit community.
Everyone was super welcoming and hardworking. Emille has worked out five days a week for the last two years at Hudson River CrossFit in Hoboken, so her strength and conditioning are phenomenal. I, on the other hand, have been very streaky with my fitness, but with the training and encouragement from Hank, Jess, Alex, Kayla, Cameron, Kristine and Tamiko, I have managed to learn the movements reasonably well, in two short months—while grunting through them all, Emille reminds me.😂 It must be my inner tennis player. 😉🎾
Emille was able to accomplish several firsts here. It started with jumping rope and continued with pistols and handstand push-ups. She credits these achievements to the coaches who pushed her to the next level.
Moses, Emille’s brother, had never participated in CrossFit previously, and made remarkable progress in two months.
We will leave here with more technical knowledge and “Oviedo passion” for CrossFit than ever before. Thank you for the coaching and friendship. We’ll definitely “see you later, Crossfit Tough As Nails!”
Emille and I would like to say a special thanks to future New York Times Best Selling author, and my mom 😉, CB Hoffmann, who surprised us with one month memberships as early Christmas presents!