I was a cross country and track runner in high school and college. Post college I played beer league football, volleyball and softball.
I was initially anti-crossfit because I put a stereotype on the people and what I thought the workouts were. Jamie brought me in after a lot of encouragement and put me through a workout – where I really thought I was going to die. After a lot of thinking I decided to put all my theories aside and give it a try. My brother’s wedding was in 6 months and to be frank I just wanted to not look awful in the dress I was wearing and I needed something to focus on and get me to that goal.
My initial goals were to make it through an entire workout – which took some time. Now they are to be better than I was yesterday – add weight, improve on technique and eventually be able to do pull-ups on my own as well as push-ups on my own.
My greatest improvement is showing up as much as possible – and it doesn’t feel like a chore. I really enjoy coming and working out with a great group of encouraging people as well as coaches. Physically – I dead-lifted 200lbs – I never thought I would do that and know that I will be able to add more weight and lift more. I finally got on the rig and did a pull up – with a band, but I had been doing ring rows for so long that making it on that rig seemed daunting, but I finally have overcome that fear of not being able to pull / hold myself up on the bar.
My favorite workout has been dead-lifting and the 5k row for time. My least favorite usually involves jump rope DUs and Crab-walks.
We were offered a rowing clinic – I was having a rough go at it. I think my head just wasn’t in the game. I got really frustrated with technique and trying to get everything to gel and the motion still wasn’t happening. In my head – I had checked out I just wanted it to be over so I could go home and forget about it. The last part of the workout was a team relay row. Kimberly was on my team – and we were down to the last few minutes of the row –when out of nowhere she BELTS out “let’s go” in my ear. At first I thought I was going deaf – then I just laughed and she snapped me out of my own head and we finished. I didn’t accomplish anything spectacular that day – but I always know when I come in to the gym there is someone there to encourage me when I don’t think I can do it myself.