When and why did you start doing CrossFit?
It will be 2 years in November that I started CrossFit. I started because 2 friends asked me to come and try a class with them. I never liked the idea of going to a gym and didn’t think I would go more than just a trial class. I would occasionally work out from home and thought that was good enough.
What is your athletic background?
I played soccer in middle school and did not do much after that. I enjoyed hiking, tennis and rollerblading but never did any of them routinely. I also play pickleball and have noticed an improvement with my game since starting Crossfit.
What was your starting weight? Current weight?
My starting weight was around 110 – 115. Currently I am around 120, which I am excited about because I have gained muscle and strength!
Describe your first day at CrossFit 904
It was hard and I had no idea what I was doing! It was pretty intimidating but it helped having friends there. The coaches were so patient and really made sure I learned the correct form.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since joining?
I have definitely gotten stronger and have increased my mobility. My left shoulder was pretty limited. I have seen such an improvement! I also think that I have gotten stronger mentally. It is pretty neat to be able to push yourself through some hard work outs and feel that sense of accomplishment when you finish. I was thin my whole life but that certainly did not mean I was in shape. I could hardly run 200 meters when I started and now I can run a mile which I never would have ever thought I could do. I also had really bad posture and was always slouching. Now I sit up tall and my overall posture is so much better. Along with the changes in my body I also starting eating better. It is still a work in progress but I eat more protein and veggies than ever before.
Any advice for people just getting started?
The advice I’d give to anyone starting would be to hang in there and just keep coming. After you get over the sore muscles and learn the movements you gain confidence and really start to see changes in your body.