What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?
- I liked to think I was in shape. In my twenties, I had a personal trainer at a YWCA. There, I learned to “circuit” train. It was all machines and a smith rack, I eventually got stronger on the machines, but that did not translate to reality. I had no stability and my core was still weak.
Later, I rode both road and mountain bikes recreationally, ran occasionally, but in reality I was sedentary – chained to a desk at work and too stressed out to be motivated when I got home. I have known about CrossFit since
about 2005, but was turned off by some of the cult like things I had heard. I walked by a CrossFit gym and watched for a while, it seemed less like a cult than the internet reported. I was lied to by the internet. When CrossFit Julia moved to its current location, I told Megan that I wanted to try it. Months later, she got me a gift and made me go. I was intimidated, because I have had low back pain for two years prior, but knew I had to at least make it through a beginners class. Near the end of it, my neighbor Mike was there and he told me to stick with it for two month and you won’t want to quit. He was so right. In two months, I actually saw real changes in size, my back pain was gone for the first time in two years. It was great.
What have been your greatest challenges (physically, mentally,emotionally) since you began your CrossFit Training?
- 1.) Fear. Overcoming self-doubt. For example, my first box jump. Julia put this enormous (24 inch) stool in front of me and said jump up. I said you’re nuts, but she encouraged me and taught me how and I did it. It took a while to be comfortable and a few falls to realize it wasn’t hard and I wasn’t going to die if I slipped up!
- 2.) Trying to get my body to do what it is supposed to do. That’s the neuromuscular thing Ian had mentioned a few times in class. I see what I am supposed to do, but can’t quite get there. All it will take is some practice.
- 3.) Trying not to RX anything in the first few months or more. This is still hard for me as I want to RX WODs, but I really need to work on form, form , form.
What have been your greatest successes (physically,mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?
- People notice the change and ask me what I have been doing. Sometimes I look in the mirror and don’t recognize my own arms!
How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?
- The only pain I have now is when I am sore from a WOD! My mile time is back to where it was in my twenties. I can do anything for 30 minutes (even burpees). I can actually squat.
What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?
- It works? CrossFit hits so many areas of performance and that’s what makes it effective. Strength, Balance, movement, etc. My previous weight training on the machines left me strong with the big muscles but the stabilizers were so weak, that I think it was detrimental to my long term health. With CrossFit, I am reversing that trend. While we don’t run a whole lot of distance in the WODs, my mile time is back where it was when I was in college, which is fascinating, I am almost as fast as my kids.
What advice can you give to others?
- Learn form, don’t be intimidated by your own fears, don’t RX for the first year, there is zero shame in doing Level 1, Mod 3! Mobility!
Any other details you would like to share about your experience?
- In the spring of 2015 Myself and others from the Gym entered the Festivus Games Competition. My goal was to finish – that was it. I decided to work with Shawn in personal training because my lifts were not progressing as fast as I wanted them to. We split the personal training into Festivus training and Lifts. For the Festivus part, I learned strategies to keep going, when to rest etc. for the wods. This really helped. Not only did I finish, I made it into the finals and ended up in 4th.