I started looking for CrossFit without knowing why. When Paris asked me that question during the sign-up process, my answer surprised me: because I want to be as strong on the outside as I am on the inside. As a full-time working mother of 2 daughters, I had n0 time to myself. I could also feel and see myself getting less healthy as time passed. I didn’t want to show this example to my children so I decided I would find something that could be both: time to myself and an activity that improves my health.
To be honest, my first impression of CrossFit was feeling intimidated. I really thought I didn’t belong there with such accomplished athletes. I’ve never been a great athlete (does cheerleading count?) and I never thought of myself as competitive or strong.
I could say my first “bright spot” was a PR or when I dropped 2 sizes … But really my first and best “bright spot” was meeting so many friendly members in my 5AM class. Who knew anyone could be friendly at 5AM?! Dee, Neddy, Ginger, Ray, Brock, the coaches, and the many other 5AM-ers were welcoming, helpful, and genuinely friendly.
Fast forward a year and I feel a million times better than when I started. I am specifically working on speed and upper body strength. I am constantly striving to improve – to be more competitive and strong. Not competing with others, but competing with myself and what I think is possible.
My experience with CrossFit, and specifically with CFB, has been amazing. My first Murph, the Open, lifting over 200 lbs. in a deadlift, sticking with my training for a year now … As my new favorite quote says: “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”