I first heard about CrossFit from one of my best friends from college. I tried out a couple of other boxes and then bought a coupon for CrossFit I35. I found that I pushed myself harder in classes than I ever did working out on my own, and the variety in the workouts kept me engaged. I also loved how CrossFit helped me clear my head after a long day at the office. I had to push work out of my mind in order to focus on my form and to get through the WOD. Before I did CrossFit, I could barely bench press a 45 lb bar! Now my bench press max is more than twice that. I also couldn’t do a double under when I started, and I had no idea how to do the Olympic lifts. I can do double unders pretty consistently now; my new goal is to be able to actually string them together! I am looking forward to my first CrossFit competition, the Festivus Games, this October. I used to think fitness meant being thin and toned. Now I know it means being strong, fast, and agile, with high endurance. It’s less about how your body looks and more about what it can do. I only participated in dance when I was younger and didn’t see myself as an athletic person. When I first started, it was intimidating to be in a class with people who could lift heavy weights and do all sorts of movements that I had never done in my life. I have learned that how I stack up against other people is less important than my own personal growth. If I can lift heavier or finish a WOD faster than I did the last time, that’s success.