I always enjoyed playing sports growing up. That is where I got the majority of my exercise. As I became an adult, my opportunities to participate in sports decreased, and therefore so did my exercise.
All of a sudden, I found myself in my mid-thirties, very overweight, and very out of shape. Knowing I need to make some changes, I started tracking my calories and started running. This plan was successful in helping me lose weight, but I still didn’t feel I was “in shape.” I was moderately successful in keeping off the weight but still struggled with it at times. And the running just wasn’t what I was looking for.
Shortly after turning 40, I tried CrossFit for the first time. I passed CrossFit I35 every day on my way to work, and there was always something intriguing about it. All I knew about CrossFit was that it was hard. As it turns out, I was right about that. It is the hardest thing I have ever done. That is actually one of my favorite things about it. I have pushed myself harder over the past few years than I ever thought was possible.
Nothing in CrossFit has ever come easy to me. Not one single thing. It took me over six months to be able to overhead squat with more than a PVC pipe. It took me a year to be able to string together more than a couple of double unders. Working extremely hard on any movement then finally getting it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. That is why I decided to pursue my Level 1 certification – to help others have the same experiences. I’m constantly amazed and inspired by the hard work and dedication of all of our members, and seeing them achieve their goals is really transformational.