The story behind SobrietyWOD
Hello! I’m Josh Trahan. I am a Level 3 Certified CrossFit Trainer and I’ve been sober and in recovery for approximately 4 years. My interest in fitness and competition began in high school as a football player. My high school had an excellent strength and conditioning program, and I had an incredible relationship with my coach. After high school I drifted off into the bodybuilding model of fitness where I learned all I could about tearing down and building up muscle, but I was bored, unmotivated, and uninspired by it all. I was looking for that competitive spark.
I found a competitive, supportive group environment when I joined the United States Marine Corps. The training, the blood and sweat shared amongst brothers, and the will to win all returned for me; however, I was in the Reserves and so it was not full-time. I soon returned to the globo gym bodybuilding model of exercise and feeling uninspired.
In 2004, I was ordered to combat in Fallujah, Iraq to participate in Operation Phantom Fury. I quickly returned to a high level of fitness with my fellow Marines. While we looked fit and lean, we tired quickly carrying 75 pounds of gear. Frustrated with the reality that my version of strength and fitness was unusable, I stopped training altogether.
In 2005, I began to drink and use drugs heavily. Along with the drinking came 65 pounds of fat. Over the next few years, I was engaged in a life-threatening battle with addiction. In 2010, I met up with an old friend, a Marine returning from Iraq. My friend looked great. He told me about a new program sweeping the Marine Corps, called CrossFit.
While I was interested in doing CrossFit, at 5’8” and 270 pounds I was in no place to get started. Although I was still struggling with a severe alcohol problem, I started learning about CrossFit from the website and YouTube videos. I could feel the sense of community, passion, intensity, competition and functional fitness. I knew I was already in love with this form of exercise, but needed to get to a better place – I had to quit drinking and needed to lose a lot of weight.