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Joe Sisto

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CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Kids Certified

The youngest child of three, I grew up in Naperville, IL with sports being a major part of my childhood. Being the youngest, I was constantly in competition with my older siblings and their friends and always ‘outdoing’ myself just to keep up with them. At the age of four my mother put me in swimming because she had a fear of water that she never wanted her children to experience. Surprisingly, I was a natural and went on to swim competitively for 10 years. Along the way I played your typical recreational league sports like soccer and baseball. I surfed every summer and snowboarded every winter-thanks to my older brother and his aspirations for adrenaline filled sports. But, it was swimming that taught me a lot about dedication, hard work, and yearlong commitments to practices and competition.

However- you must remember that during this time Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were winning championships left and right and my true athletic dream was to play professional basketball. So at the ripe-old age of 14 I quit swimming to pursue my dreams. Unfortunately, I was a scrawny 14 year old and my height (at the time) did not make up for my lack of stature so my high school basketball career lasted all of one year. I was cut my sophomore year-unfortunate for them-because I would eventually grow to, what would have been the tallest on the team, six feet seven inches! Regardless of what people say getting cut from any team can be devastating to career goals and it wasn’t until four years later that I decided to pick up the ball again. I was introduced to a pick up league at Lifetime Fitness where I met a gentleman who was willing to put me on a travel team going to Las Vegas. From there, I was recruited to try out for a Jr. College in Pratt, Kansas. I had to dig deep on the court and off the court to succeed. I eventually helped lead my team to a Conference Championship and on to the sweet sixteen.

My Jr College experienced turned into a scholarship playing for a four year Division II university, earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and well…. the rest is history.

Even after my glory days of college ball I still continued to play pick up games several times a week and it was taking a toll on my body. In a pick up game is where I met, my now close friend, Bryan who introduced me to Crossfit. I would have liked to think I was in good, conditioned shaped, due to all the games I was playing but, after my first attempted WOD I quickly learned this type of workout was ENTIRELY different! After a few months of 5 am WOD’s with my wife and Bryan at a local gym my determination to get better (mostly in order to keep up with my wife) led me to an affiliate Crossfit Gym. From there, I gained confidence and trust in my physical abilities. Training myself was not enough so, I decided to get my Level One and Crossfit Kids Certificates. Crossfit takes average exercise to the not so average level. There are no exclusion criteria like there was for me in my high school basketball days. IF you can work hard and push your limits YOU CAN CROSSFIT. Crossfit is for everyone..

 
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