CrossFit saved Trevor Lane’s life. Just ask him. Ask his mom.
The 23-year-old Montrose man has been through much in his young life, and he credits CrossFit, the coaches at Hotova, and especially his mom with seeing him through the worst. It might be best to let Trevor share, in his own words:
“I pour concrete for a living and I love it. I started pouring footings, walls and foundations when I was fresh out of high school. Now, I am a concrete finisher for Straight Line Concrete. We do basements, garages, stoops, steps, driveways, sidewalks and decorative stuff like stamped and colored patios. I do a lot of wheeling with the wheelbarrow and on days off we pump; I run the pump hose.
“I used to play hockey and baseball, and I was very good at it, too. One day, I thought it was more fun to hang out with friends and smoke cigarettes and weed than it was to play sports. I was 11 years old at the time. (Marijuana) led to worse and worse. To make a long story short, I have tried every drug known to man and I’ve consumed them almost every way possible. I was a heroin and meth addict for about five years.”
During that dark time, Trevor says he lost everything, including meaningful, loving relationships. “Most of all, I lost myself,” he confessed. Yet, it was one loving relationship, with his mom, that led him down a different path. His mother was acquainted with Hotova CrossFit’s owners Dean and Giane Tonev, and she is the one who convinced Trevor to dig deep and try something new: CrossFit.
“I finally decided I needed to try this. Once I did, I was hooked. I have now been at Hotova for about 15 months. When I’m not working, I like coming to the 4:00 class because then I can also make it to yoga, and then swing back by the box to work on extra skills. But, during the summer, when I’m working, I like the 6:00 p.m. class.
“After I found CrossFit, I found the strength to STOP (doing drugs.) I’m not proud of my past, but I don’t regret a single day because it made me the man I am today.”
Lane feels the support of the Hotova community, and that’s a big part of what keeps him coming back. “I like seeing all the friendly faces,” he said. “Everybody is so kind and caring, it’s like my second family.”
It’s quite a change from the way Trevor was previously living, but great things are happening because he believes they can. “I show up every day, kick some major (butt,) and have fun doing it. I better myself every day and I try to help others along the way,” he said.
CrossFit has taught him the value of working hard, and now Trevor has even greater goals: “(I want to) get into the Marines, become a welder, and learn as much as I can, including carpentry, so that someday I can build my own house. I want to become a reiki specialist, a personal trainer, and a physical therapist.
“When I get back from the Marines, I am going to start training to be a UFC fighter,” Trevor said. He gives the credit to his mom for pushing him to try CrossFit, which she admits was kind of a desperate move.
“I knew these were good people, good examples for my son, and, if I could just get him to move in that direction, he’d be able to turn his life around,” Jody Arnold said. “My son is the one who deserves all the credit. He’s so strong and I’m so proud of him.”
Trevor’s mom is thrilled with his new direction, as well as the peace it brings to her life: “Now, when he walks out the door, I don’t worry about where he’s going and I don’t worry if I’m ever going to see him again,” she admitted.
The young man has set his sights high and has big dreams. Not surprisingly, they include his mom. “My goal is to be able to put my mom wherever she wants to go for her retirement,” Trevor said. “Along this whole journey of my life, I am going to have fun doing it all, because what is life if you’re not having fun and enjoying it?”
Trevor has some wisdom he lives by, and it’s advice not only for athletes, but for everyone: “You have to wake up every day and tell yourself, ‘I can, I will, I must.’ Life is great. You have to go out there and get it. Put in the work and you will be rewarded. Do what is easy and your life will be hard; do what is hard and your life will be easy.”