Q. What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?
A. My life prior to CrossFit was pretty sedentary. The most I ever really did was take the kids on a long walk or a short bike ride. I wanted to start working with a coach because I needed to take control and do something for myself that helped me identify myself as someone other than just mom and wife. We have the most beautiful playground at our finger tips here in Colorado, I wanted to be able to enjoy the outdoors and not feel like I was going to die hiking or skiing. As my children started to grow and take notice of things, I was sad about the example I was setting for them. I was not who I hoped they would become. I told myself I had to do better, and that I could do better.
Q. What have been your greatest challenges (physically, mentally,emotionally) since you began your CrossFitTraining?
A. My biggest challenge initially was finding the energy and motivation to show up. People often say, about many things, that half of the battle is getting there. I would worry about my ability to complete the WODs, pretty much every day I told myself how much it was going to suck and why do I bother to torture myself. Physically, I felt like I was being asked to go from 0 to 60, I’ve never been so out of breath in my life! Then I got better, I started to complete things that I initially didn’t think I would be able to, and at that point it didn’t feel so bad anymore. I constantly compared myself to everyone else, then one day, I’m not sure exactly what clicked, but I reminded myself that they all started somewhere too. Everyone’s journey is unique.
Q. What have been your greatest successes (physically,mentally or emotionally) since you began?
Holy crap, if Shawn would have told me during my introductory session that someday I would RUN an entire mile, I would have laughed in his face! It has also been awesome to continuously lift and move more weight, which has left me on a total endorphin high. In only a few short months I PR’d my back squat by 50 pounds, got a high score on a WOD, got up on the rope (I could never climb a rope in gym class), moved from plate jumps to box jumps, and ran my first mile ever (My mile before CrossFit was always a run/walk). I’ve gone from “there is no way in hell I could do that” to “oh, I can TOTALLY do that, it might be slow, it might not be graceful, but I will conquer it.” I have learned quickly that planning ahead of time makes me much more accountable. If aWOD is in my calendar, I’m more likely to show up. Same goes for nutrition, if I plan healthy meals and snacks, it is much easier to be successful.
Q. How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
A. CrossFit has greatly improved my overall quality of life. I have somewhere to go for a good release from the stresses of life (parenting, working, etc) and people I can count on to help guide me along. I’m not afraid to try new things, I’m no longer worried about going for that family hike and being out of breath a short way into it, I can actually breath and enjoy the scenery now! I am also finding myself doing things on my own now and not nagging my husband to do them. Gosh, I was REALLY lazy before! When I am stuck in the hospital working for 24 hours, I’m much more likely to knock out a core WOD. 24 hour shifts used to mean no exercise other than the occasional sprint to the delivery room for a crisis.
Q. What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
A. A lot of work is done in a fairly short amount of time and the variety of cardio, lifting, and gymnastics never gets boring. All of my muscles are being utilized, not just certain ones like in traditional workouts. There are really good days and then there are really bad days, but those days are just meant to knock me down so I can pick myself up and be stronger than before.
Q. What advice can you give to others?
A. Be patient. Commit to a certain number of workouts per week, be consistent, and you will start to see results. This is not a quick fix. You will have to work your ass off, the reward will be worth it! Anyone can do CrossFit. I often hear people say that they cant do CrossFit because of their knee and all of those box jumps or they have a bum shoulder, and you do so many pull-ups in CrossFit. Its all excuses. Try it, your coaches will help you modify, you will have someone in your corner cheering you on your way to success.
Q. Any other details you would like to share about your experience?
A. I’ll be honest, when I used to think of CrossFit, I had this stereotype in my head of meat head type mentalities and everyone walking around talking about their paleo diet. None of it is true at CrossFit Julia, I have met some incredible, inspiring, caring people who are just like you and me. I am so grateful for this community.