From Gymnast to CrossFit Competitor

I decided to give CFB a try when my sister, Katie, suggested I join her for a workout. I  had been attending boot camps and kickboxing classes, but I had become bored with them and was ready for a new, different challenge. After a couple of workouts I decided it was just what I was looking for. Rope climbs, handstand push ups, toes to bar etc. I hadn’t done those movements in years. I never thought I would be this passionate about a sport other than gymnastics. All the coaches were very welcoming & encouraging and I immediately felt comfortable at CFB.

I love how there are always new goals to set and something new to aim for in this sport. As with many crossfitters, the ring muscle up was a skill I was determined to master. At first I thought it was a lofty goal, but after many, many failed attempts, tons of advice and coaching, and through my own stubbornness, I was able to get it. Anyone who knows me, knows my competitive drive, so it is no surprise that I really enjoy the competition aspect of crossfit. One that stands out for me, is Wodapalooza. It was such an unforgettable, challenging weekend. It was at times, overwhelming and I had ups and downs throughout the three days of competition, but I pushed myself harder than I imagined I could and had an awesome time. It is a crossfit achievement I am truly proud of. Recently I’ve decided to focus more on my olympic lifts and plan on competing in a weightlifting meet in the near future.

Some of my favorite CFB memories are of course all the competitions. I had never competed on a team or played team sports prior to crossfit, so I was extremely nervous about the first team comp I signed up for. That comp stands out as one of my favorite CFB memories though. I got to compete along side my sister and work together as a team. Battle of the Boxes, Girls Gone Rx, the Throwdowns… whether it be on a team or as an individual, I always enjoy myself.  I honestly have fond memories of each and every one of them and have gained many friends along the way. Regardless of where I end up on the leaderboard, I always take something positive away from each competition.