No Excuses

Brian MacKenzie CrossFit Games ITB


A generous letter from someone new to CrossFit and having a good experience. Love hearing stories like these. In the end this (to me) is what CrossFit is all about—helping people get a foothold on being an athlete and making a substantial improvement in their quality of life. Very interested to hear about Steve’s progress over the coming year.


I’m 37, going on 38, have always HATED exercising and I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. I am a chiropractor and instructor and one of the companies I do some teaching with is called Rock Tape, and they have a big crossover with the CrossFit community, Reebok, Rogue Fitness, etc.

 I literally haven’t exercised in years and I was at a gross weight of about 255-260. Not the picture of health, but it could be a lot worse (and a lot better).

A couple people at Rock Tape encouraged me to do CrossFit and I was scared to death. I read your book, Inside the Box, a month or two ago and it inspired me to bite the bullet and join a CrossFit/kettlebell gym that is near my house.

 Today was my 2-week anniversary and I’m LOVING it. I still hate to work out, but I know the hour I spend 4x/week there is WORTH IT because I’m dead at the end of it. Everything you said about the group dynamic increasing the intensity, etc., is spot on, and I have workouts scheduled online a month and a half ahead of time, mostly at 5:45AM, so I have zero excuses to miss WOD’s. 

 Anyway, THANK YOU, I found your book interesting, entertaining and inspiring and I wanted you to know that!

 Steve Agocs, D.C.

Cleveland Chiropractic College – Kansas City

In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit®. From staggering newcomer to evangelist, Murphy finds out how it feels, why it’s so popular, and whether CrossFit can fix his broken body.