A Story of Transformation

By CrossFit on 03.18.11
Maura Brown has lost 124 pounds and is competing in the Open
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"I have won a longer life, more determination, the ability to perform my job better, and a greater sense of self."

A little over a year ago, Maura Brown entered Jason Khalipa's affiliate CrossFit Santa Clara weighing 260-lbs. She couldn't do a single air squat, or hang from the pull-up bar. Since then, Maura has lost over 100-lbs. and completely transformed herself.

"You watch over the past year just the transformation as an individual from someone who wasn't as comfortable to now comfortable, happy, proud, and strong," Khalipa says.

CrossFit has helped Brown to, in her words, "live my life fuller every day." She works as a fifth-grade teacher and instructs all subjects, including physical education. Through her experience with CrossFit, Brown now feels that she can be a “true example” for her students of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. She’s even found ways to incorporate nutrition into math class.

Brown’s next step is competing in the CrossFit Games Open. She was originally planning to wait a year to compete. But, then she thought, why not do it this year, and use it as “some kind of marker of where I am now.” And next year, she knows she'll be in even better shape.

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Posted at 8:26 PM PST on January 3, 2012

Great success story, keep up the great work and good luck in the open!

Posted at 4:11 PM PDT on March 20, 2011

Nice work.

Posted at 12:21 PM PDT on March 20, 2011

You are an amazing woman and an inspiration to me and I'm sure anyone who will watch this video! I wish you the best in the Games and for your continued success and meeting and surpassing you goals! You rock girl!

Posted at 11:10 AM PDT on March 20, 2011

NICE JOB! I too have had a transformation thanks to CrossFit, from 240lbs and 40" waist when I started (267 at peak) to 190 now with a 33" waist and about 20lbs of more muscle. All WODs now at RX muscle-ups and all, couldn't do a single pull-up when I started. CrossFit may have saved my life!

Posted at 7:28 PM PDT on March 19, 2011

High five! Keep up the good work. I have lost 130 lbs myself and I know what it takes.

Posted at 2:38 PM PDT on March 19, 2011
Régine A

Good job Maura and good luck at the Crossfit games!

Posted at 12:45 PM PDT on March 19, 2011

Nice Job! I know what that takes.

Posted at 11:29 AM PDT on March 19, 2011

Hey Maura!!! Amazing story! You were so nice when I came to WOD at CF Santa Clara! the pic you took is up at our box at Crossfit Carbon. Such an inspiration!!!

Posted at 7:10 AM PDT on March 19, 2011
Bianca S

Wow! I loved listening to your story and admire how you are now inspiring others. My husband and I, and our three young boys, love the feeling and being part of the incredible CF305 crew. Good luck in the games Ms. unstoppable!

Posted at 6:44 AM PDT on March 19, 2011

Good for you Maura! Good luck in the Games!

Posted at 9:35 PM PDT on March 18, 2011

Awesome Maura.

Posted at 6:39 PM PDT on March 18, 2011

You rock!

Posted at 6:36 PM PDT on March 18, 2011

Awesome! Literally.

Posted at 6:32 PM PDT on March 18, 2011

Your doing great. Keep it up girl, I love hearing stories like this!

Posted at 6:15 PM PDT on March 18, 2011

Amazing story! Keep up the good work Maura!

Posted at 6:03 PM PDT on March 18, 2011

You go, Maura! You're beautiful! Best story ever.

Posted at 5:59 PM PDT on March 18, 2011

Congratulations, Maura! Keep it up!!

Posted at 5:57 PM PDT on March 18, 2011