Andy Workman is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the National Guard. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, Workman was involved in a vehicle accident, which exacerbated a high-school football injury and ultimately led him to retire.
“I couldn’t sit, couldn’t stand, couldn’t sleep,” he says.
Workman was prescribed several medications to manage his pain. He became dependent on the medications and found himself overweight, unable to do the things he enjoyed, and living a sedentary lifestyle.
“I had a motorcycle we’d go ride — I couldn’t do that anymore,” Workman says. “I couldn’t go to movies anymore just because the lights would cause migraines. I had no workout routine anymore, so I wasn’t blowing off steam that way.”
When Workman decided to make a change, he stopped taking his medications cold turkey, which left him in bed for over a week with debilitating withdrawal. When he recovered, Workman walked into CrossFit Round Rock in Round Rock, Texas.
“When I started (at CrossFit Round Rock) I was 263 pounds, and now I fluctuate between 215 and 220 pounds,” Workman says happily. “I feel like (I’m in) Army shape again.”