Find Your WHY For A Healthy Life

By: Nick Niedzwiecki

After doing CrossFit for 7+ years, it’s sometimes easy to forget why I do this form of fitness. Why take the time and energy to take care of yourself? What keeps the fire lit inside for years and years? Here’s my story and my WHY behind choosing CrossFit to guide me to living a happier, healthier, longer life.

I started working out when I graduated college in 2014 at 22 years old. For my whole life, up to this point, I was overweight, out of shape, and was never happy with the way I looked or felt. I finally decided it was time to make a change; I had no clue what to do. I started working out on my own, following advice from online programs that I thought were helping me. I was able to lose about 40 pounds with this method of working out blindly, and it turned out not to be healthy. I had reached a point where I was not losing any more weight and I was confused, “I’m working out, not eating much food, what could I be doing wrong?”

This is when I found CrossFit and began to learn about all the things I had been doing wrong so far on my journey. With the help of my CrossFit coaches, I was able to lose an additional 60 pounds to reach a goal I had set for myself many years before, to lose 100 pounds. The knowledge I gained from joining my first CrossFit box is something that I can take with me for the rest of my life.

Throughout this whole process, staying committed to my WHY is what kept me on course. My WHY was to live a better life for myself in a body that I could be proud of, this WHY got me to my goal. Now that I had reached my goal, what would be next? This is when I decided to take the CrossFit methodology and open CrossFit Athens. Since opening in August 2019, we have had the privilege of helping hundreds of members learn new and different ways to approach their health and fitness goals.

Our gym is far from your traditional globo (conventional) style facility with machines and treadmills lining the walls. We have open floor space, we perform movements you may not have done since gym class, jump rope, burpees, running, rowing, squatting, deadlifting, and many, many more. We use our bodies in the way they were designed to be used in life. We were not meant to be stationary and sedentary beings.

So if you’re looking for something new, whether currently working out or looking to start your journey, please reach out to us at to schedule your FREE consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping you navigate your new happier, healthier, longer life.

Coach Nick

By: Nick Niedzwiecki – Owner, Cross Fit Athens